So this Mother's Day, we caught up with mother, entrepreneur, and Instagram star Bella Koh and got her chatting about the career change that shifted her life's path towards motherhood and the lessons she has learned so far as she rediscovers life with her 7-month old daughter, Alessandra.
We learned that you quit your job, took up yoga, and changed career paths. What drove you to pursue a drastic career change?
My mind was telling me my body wasn't well. I had wonderful bosses whom I learnt so much from; but the hours and amount of work were very demanding. I was travelling non-stop and managing stressful deadlines from design development to production. The work took a toll on me physically and mentally. So I decided to call it quits and took a step back in life.
Somehow, yoga and a vegan diet found me. I became drawn to the world of food knowledge and factory farming. I became more conscious of what I ate and did. I became so addicted to yoga I was practicing 2-3 hot classes a day. In a strange way, my body felt compelled to do something that felt good. I'm still practicing yoga until today at Pure Yoga. It's been almost 7 years and I definitely feel that my body age remained the same as it was 7 years ago.
Growing up, did you always envision yourself to eventually head towards the path of motherhood?
Honestly, I was the kind of person who never really saw myself as a mother. Being quite an imaginative person, I could visualise everything except this maternal part of myself. I was also at a stage when everything was perfect in my life. I was free to do whatever I wanted at my own time except for tending to a few felines. I hated commitment then, which also explained why we took forever to get married! I was pretty much in denial all the way through my pregnancy until after two weeks when Alessandra was born.