Hi there! I'm so glad you're here
Meet your podcast host
Hello it's me, Maya Zhou (aka the disembodied voice from that podcast you've been listening to!)
I'm a Chinese-Korean, 20-something-year-old born in Japan, raised in Shanghai, and now working in Boston as a product marketing specialist.
I love being a cat mom, bodybuilding, storytelling, and learning about other people's stories.
I'm an advocate for intersectional feminism, spirituality, animal rights, mental health awareness and sexual assault/domestic abuse survivors.
Most importantly, I never shy away from difficult topics, and my greatest joy in life is helping other people and their emotional wellbeing.
The first tattoo I ever got was the Japanese characters for "kintsugi," an art form where you mend broken pottery shards using golden lacquer so that the cracks show through.
It felt so fitting at that time (and it still does), because for most of my life I struggled a lot with accepting all the "bad" things I went through, whether it was an eating disorder, addiction, sexual assault, losing my mom to cancer, or battling depression, OCD and anxiety.
It was only when I realized that everything happens for a reason, and it's precisely these things that have turned me into the resilient badass woman I am today, that my life began REALLY turning around. And I'm hoping by sharing my moments of brokenness and of light, that I can help change the lives of my listeners too.
Kintsugi is the idea of embracing imperfections and even taking pride in them. We are all broken in one way or the other, and loving our collective and individual brokenness is the first step to healing.
Kintsugi reminds me to practice compassion for myself and others and to advocate this philosophy in all that I do. I hope you'll find solace and inspiration in this concept.
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I've traveled to 15 countries and can't wait to visit more in the future. DM me your recs!