“Work is Love made Visible.”
(Kahlil Gibran – The Prophet)
Award-winning restaurateur and storyteller Pauline Nguyen has transformed a challenging, fear-filled childhood into a life of compassion, creativity, meaning and purpose.
Words by AMY TAYLOR-KABBAZ
“Looking back, I don’t feel like a victim at all.”
As an opening line for the story of award-winning restaurateur, filmmaker, boat person, writer and abuse survivor Pauline Nguyen, there couldn’t be any better. Once your start to understand the challenges she has overcome, and the enormous success she has managed to create, you’ll understand why. Nguyen doesn’t do victim. Instead, she takes some of the most confronting parts of the human experience, turns them into opportunities and then takes it on the road to help others do the same.
True Story: There is a married couple who sit around the breakfast table and check my Instagram and Facebook profile every morning. They mock, criticise, judge and laugh at my posts. Sometimes, the female sits around the living room with her group of female friends, and as a collective, they do the same, having a great old time sharing the same level of derision and the same frequency of vibration with one another.
WHEN WOMEN SUPPORT EACH OTHER, INCREDIBLE THINGS HAPPEN.
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Wherever I go, and as much as I can, I always try to leave those who I choose to touch with a sense of ‘Increase.’
I know the value that I give. I know the impact that I make. I know what I am worth. This is why I stopped giving people ‘discounts’ a long time ago.
People often ask me how I ‘G.S.M.S.D’ (Get So Much Shit Done). It’s because I surround myself with Ninjas who have the talents, skills, speed and passion in the areas that I do not. This beauty is one of my most Powerful Secret Weapons.
My daughter Mia turned 13 yesterday. A milestone in any parents eyes. She is a stunning beauty with a big heart, a feisty spirit, a haunting singing voice and a clever (and at times, evil) sense of humour.
The love that she has for her friends, and especially for her father is sentimental and sweet and kind. At her baptism, when the priest asked each parent what they would like to wish for their baby child, I simply answered, “I wish for my daughter to be kind.”
Are you feeling fatigued, foggy and confused… as though you are sleep walking? Do you sometimes feel that fear, anxiety and overwhelm is holding you back? Do you lack inspiration and animation? Do you feel a disconnection from your soul’s purpose and perhaps that life is without meaning? Do you yearn for a deeper life, a fuller life, a more adventurous life?
I nailed an important meeting today. It was another manifestation that I had not long ago prayed for. My prayers are making themselves manifest so quickly now that it has become the norm. The thing is, this door would not have opened had I not closed the other. I have always believed that if opportunity doesn’t knock, I gotta build a door. I have built many many doors in this lifetime.