Updated: Oct 20, 2020
Spirituality has been making an interesting comeback in recent years, or perhaps an entrée into the mainstream, with a lot of people around the world getting more and more interested in yoga, meditation, its modern derivative and other therapies. It is rightly said that as long as you’re evolving towards your highest self, you are living your meaning.
Spirituality has a huge impact on people's thoughts and behaviours. Professionals in the field of spiritual psychology understand that the body, mind, and the spirit all work together and each of these elements must be healthy and "in shape" to achieve optimal harmony.
We interviewed Ms. Maya Simmons aka 'Epiphany', who is a Spiritual Psychologist from Singapore. Maya has a degree in psychology and a certificate in Ayurveda. Speaking to us she told how she developed an interest in this field and overcame all barriers to reach her goals.
Tell us about your business
I am a Spiritual Psychologist, my formal academic training in psychology fall under the branches of business consulting, child psychology, and general psychology. I also have a B.S degree in Health and physiology with an Ayurveda Certification. I take exciting new age non-conventional methods and infuse them with classical academic psychology training to give clients a holistic approach and better results. My goal is to help the wonderful people of Singapore live more filling stress-free and anxiety-free lives; so they may succeed in their personal goals.
From where did you get the inspiration to start the business?
The idea of doing something on my own has always inspired me. I remember at the age of 6, opening a refreshment drink stand outside my home with my peers.
From how many years are you in this business?
How supportive is your family?
Very, they are proud of my altruism and noble career choice.
Do you think, women are having more business opportunities because of changing social environment or not?
Yes and No. The world is changing! The world is starting to become more aware of its faults of the past but we still have a long way to go before it can be considered equal.
What are the social environmental factors that have increased the prospects of women entrepreneurship?
Socially I see more women given the opportunity to speak up on large media platform about sexism, sexual harassment and pay inequality. Before that was a taboo thing to do ( go and speak the truth about men). Unfortunately, these platforms are not global yet. There are many parts of the world where women still have to risk their lives just for their voice to be heard.
What problems do you face as an entrepreneur?
Right now, I would say being a foreigner and a woman living outside of my home in the USA.
How much initial investment was required when you started the business?
To be taken seriously as a real psychologist and not just a seminar life coach I had to pay college tuition myself. That set me back in 100,000 dollars of student debt.
How would you like to educate other women to take up entrepreneurship roles?
I see women all over the world who bought into a false belief that they are stuck. Stuck in the role of a certain job, role in their community, being a Mom or Spouse but realty is very different. I want to bring awareness that women are way more powerful and capable of getting out of society boxes and redefining what they want their life to be. As a double minority where I am from I was told that since my parents did not finish college I would most likely not finish college. I was told that I would end up a single mother but I have no children. I was told that since my mother was a drug addict that statistically I would become one as well. My created reality is that I have never done drugs a day in my life. I have beat all the statistical data odds and created a freeing, healthy, living life on my terms reality.
What are your plans in terms of your business?
I plan to be a mentor so I can pay it forward. I would love to see young women that I mentored become the next big "whatever is in their hearts". My motto is that "I am not here to create mini me's but to create Big You's"! - Maya Simmons
I believe each woman has a story and we need to hear these stories to inspire, encourage and empower each other. What is your story?