Hey there! My name's Maya, I'm from Belgium living in Peru. I am a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, a professional singer here in Peru, a Virtual Assistant, and the founder of Maya's Jounaling Corner.
When I was 15, I got diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Doctors told me: "You just have a small energy bucket and you need to learn how to live with it." I refused to accept this and started looking for my own solutions, which I found in the Peruvian Lifestyle and Functional Medicine.
I learned how to balance my Belgian structured side and my Peruvian spontaneous side. I always said: “A mix of those two cultures would be the best lifestyle!” - So here I am teaching my clients exactly how to be structured and productive while still listening to their body, enjoying the moment, and being flexible.
"I went from chronic fatigue syndrome to overachievers syndrome."
My body broke down at the age of 15, and doctors had no idea what to do with me. I couldn't go to school, I couldn't shower without my mom's support, I couldn't walk without a walking cane.
I lost many years of my teenage life.
The doctors told me: "You just have a small energy bucket and you need to learn how to live with it." I refused to accept this and knew I could work on my health, run up stairs again soon, and build the life I really wanted for myself.
When nobody could give me the answers for my extreme fatigue, I had no choice but to coach myself and experiment with meditation, having a daily routine, becoming very smart with my time and energy and planning empty moments of recovery FIRST … I refused to take any medication and got better little bit by little bit.
I found my answers in Functional Medicine and in the Peruvian lifestyle. I moved to Peru when I was 21 and it completely changed my life and my health. All of the sudden, I could work full-time, dance salsa, have a vibrant social life, work as a professional singer, and live without a more flexible agenda so I could listen to my body when I needed to.
I am the perfect example of wanting to find the solution myself and it ended up taking me 10 years, instead of finding the right person and get results way faster.
Honestly, I was studying everything I could get my handson about natural health, nutrition, mindset, positivity, the immune system, meditation, … Just to help myself, really.
Until one day I wanted to run some tests with a Functional Medicine practitioner and after a 2-hour chat with his health coach, she said: “Maya, you know a lot about health already, and you love working with people, and you know what it’s like to not have the energy to do everything you want to do … Have you ever thought of a career switch??” … Nope, I hadn’t!
I enrolled in the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and started building my own community Healthy High Achievers. It’s my greatest passion, and now it just sounds absurd how I never thought of becoming a health coach, when I had been coaching myself and friends/family for over 10 years!
I don't want anyone to go through what I've been through.
I used to think I wasn't good at all (hello, perfectionism) because I compared myself to Christina Aguilera and I wanted to give up, until a guitar player in Peru invited me to perform with him and asked: "So how much do you want to earn?" And now, I work as a singer in Peru!
I graduated as an Intercultural Relations Manager.
Which is how I ended up living in Peru, working at an NGO with single moms. It seems like a totally different thing, but actually my very practical and organized mind and my time management skills have been my best assets to manage my energy levels and help my clients use their energy to its fullest potential.
I did 10 years of competitive jump roping.
I was only 6 years old when I started. Saying "I can't do this." meant doing 10 pushups. Can you believe how hard it was to actually start listening to my body after 10 years of having a push-through mentality? When my body broke down, I woke up every morning thinking: "Today I can do it. I can go to school." And when I reached the bathroom I had to admit to myself: "Actually, I can't."
Once, I was a Master of Ceremonies at a wedding.
I did all kinds of crazy jobs and got so comfortable with jumping out of my comfort zone. I was a Master of Ceremonies mixing English and Spanish. I just looked up videos on YouTube and totally winged it. I think that's the day I conquered my perfectionism. Fake it 'till you make it!