Synchronicity

Meet the founder of Synchronicity:

Sandra Shum

Sandra is a certified health and lifestyle coach, a graduate of the professional training and certification program at the world-renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.  She is also board certified and an accredited member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).

“Sandra is a very sensitive coach.  My consultation with Sandra was well executed, I felt heard and understood and Sandra had a loving patience about her that enabled me to deeply consider my inner self and goals.  Working with Sandra is very comforting, her knowledge and support will continue to enable me to grow and be the best person I can be.”  Annette Merriman, Half Moon Bay, CA

Sandra founded Synchronicity in the beginning of 2013, with the vision of creating a health and wellness destination dedicated to the cultivation of joy through self care.

So exactly how do we cultivate joy through self care?  Well, the word happiness in the Chinese language is made up of two words and translated literally means “open heart.”  As such, in order to have joy, we must first have an “open heart.”  However, we cannot have an “open heart” until we learn to love and connect with our own unique body, mind and soul.  Transformation happens when we are able to work through our blockages and make that shift in mindset from one of survival and fear-based to one of self respect, empowerment, love, abundance and profound connectedness with ourselves and the world.

Sandra has recently gone through this exact transformation in her own life and can’t wait to support you on your journey!  We all have a purpose, a unique gift we bring to the world.  Question is, when will you get out of your own way and allow your true nature to come forth?  You are good enough!

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”  Lao Tzu via @MarieForleo

Early life, growing up in a village in the 1970’s in China.  What was it like?

Sandra grew up in a village in Guangzhou, China, in a naturally self-sustainable environment, where every family had farmland and grew vegetables, fruits, peanuts, chickens and pigs.  The water was pure from the village well and probiotics came from preserved cabbage, eggs and fish.  Cooking was made possible by burning wood and dried leaves collected from the village mountain by Sandra and other children of the village.  Dragonflies, crickets and silk worms were everywhere.  Everyone lived in alignment with nature, deeply connected to the earth’s energy.  The grounds were unpaved.  Walking bare footed was the only mode of transportation.  Life was simple, authentic and grounding.

Starting a new life in a new country…

Sandra and her family immigrated to the United States in 1982, when she was ten years old.  Despite the challenges in learning a new language and adjusting to a different way of life and social environment, she completed high school and went on to earn her B.A. degree in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.  Since graduating from UCLA, she has built a career in financial planning and analysis working in both public and private sectors in Silicon Valley.

She is a doting and dedicated mother to two beautiful children.  The moment she held her babies in her arms, hugging every inch of their bodies, holding them tightly against her heart immediately after delivery, was an experience of the greatest, most profound joy.  It is powerful, moving and divine!  Since becoming a mother, she has grown exponentially, as a mother, friend and woman.  Her children have been her greatest teachers.

Health challenges & solutions…

Sandra has had her share of health challenges.  She was born with chronic tonsil inflammation and was frequently treated with antibiotics.  She also took birth control pills for many years.  This combined with the demands of Corporate work, two pregnancies and lack of nutrient rich foods in her diet took a toll on her body.  She was diagnosed with thyroid and adrenal imbalances soon after her first pregnancy.

Given her health condition, she felt inspired to take charge of her own health.  She is constantly reading and doing research to customize her food choices and lifestyle to keep balanced with the focus of being present in every moment with optimal energy and joy.  In the past 10 years since she started her journey into holistic wellness, she has gone to India twice for detox and rejuvenation.  She is extremely open and curious about health and well-being and practices many different strategies in keeping herself balanced.

Since completing her training as a health and lifestyle coach, she has continued with her studies in the graduate counseling program at the world-renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

What does Sandra enjoy doing in her free time?

Sandra believes in all things simple, fun and practical.  She enjoys hiking, sometimes bare footed and catching up on health and wellness readings.  To keep her creative spirit alive, she loves to experiment with different skin care and body care formulations, mostly by using ingredients from her kitchen.  The best part for Sandra is being able to relax and enjoy the wonderful creations with her girlfriends.  Imagine sitting with your girlfriends with Manuka honey and egg white on your face, completely relaxed with your eyes closed with angel music playing in the background and the magical fragrance of lavender, jasmine and rose essential oils in the air while chatting away about your dreams, inner most desires etc…  what a loving, energizing and fun ritual this is, especially on Friday nights!  Wow!!!  May you find ways to cultivate joy and love in your life daily.

Here is to unlocking the secrets to your wellness!

Cheers,

P.S. Summertime at Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto, how delightful!  My kids, auntie and I are so in awe of the gorgeous flowers everywhere on the garden grounds.  They take our breaths away.  The garden is magical, inspirational, spiritual, healing and invoke such an amazing vibration every time we visit.  Wow!  May you find the time to enjoy the beauty of nature this summer!

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Elizabeth Gamble Gardens

Elizabeth Gamble Gardens, Palo Alto, CA

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