We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
I think the single most important decision I’ve ever made was to start going to therapy after a really bad car accident in 2016. Physically I was doing okay, but mentally I was not. The PTSD was intense and I started developing anxiety that began to impede my everyday life, making things that I would normally do like driving or cooking or even talking to people really difficult. I want to start off by addressing the stigmas and taboos surrounding mental health. Some believe it shouldn’t be talked about, some believe that “its all in your head.” These types of beliefs create a mindset of denial to our subjective experiences, and when we begin to reduce ourselves in this way, we start to look outward for validation and become increasingly disconnected from our own truth. After 2 years of weekly therapy, I’ve witnessed my levels of peace and positive connections increase the more I addressed my mental health concerns and talked about what was happening within me. I began opening up to the world again with newfound hope. As a survivor taking charge of my wellness, I believe that true success comes from making decisions from a place of grounded focus and centeredness. In order to get there we need to expand beyond the initial desires that our egos want us to believe as truth: glory, fame, a new car or house, acknowledgment of our achievements. All of that is secondary to the little things that matter most when they’re gone: our health, peace, joy, and loving connections to the self and others.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Before I started my music career, I dove into the world of holistic health in 2012 to look for a cure for my chronic stomach illnesses and depression while I was attending UCLA. The journey to get to that point was long and excruciating, and I am sure that those who have suffered from both mental and physical health issues, who have seen multiple doctors and specialists without any real relief can relate to my story. I can say with certainty that after years of studying and practicing, I was able to cure myself with therapy, meditation, and energy healing. Now, I am a professional meditation guide and Reiki instructor, and I am an advocate for mental health, alternative medicine, nutrition-based wellness, and psychoneuroimmunology. When it comes to music, I am inspired by my travels (both physical and internal) the intricacies of human emotions and consciousness. I have two kinds of projects going on right now: my dancier bass/electro pop music and my soundscapes with guided meditations. I enjoy creating tracks that are relaxing and yet interesting enough to the ear to keep the listener focused throughout their practice. My current meditation series is the 7 chakra journey, where I’ve been recording and uploading 1 chakra meditation a month since December. Right now we are on the solar plexus chakra, which governs our willpower, confidence, “gut feeling,” digestion, and an overall can-do attitude. Other than my meditation tracks, I have a huge catalogue of music set to be mastered and released this upcoming year. On March 26th my Nightscapes EP will be released through Inner Ocean Records’ Drift label. I was drawn in to connect with the label director after watching a documentary on the intuition called Innsaei (which also translates to “to see within” or “the inner sea”). Drift also focuses on relaxing atmospheric soundscapes that carry the listener off to peaceful places. The synchronicites were so profound that despite the doubts and old rejection tapes playing through my head, I reached out with a demo. A couple of emails later, I signed Nightscapes EP. What I want the world to know about me is this: I am not so different from you or the person next to you. We are all doing the best we can in the way we know how, and I’ve had to overcome some really difficult challenges in both my personal and professional life to get to where I am today. I believe that the hardest thing we need to do is to recognize where we need to change, and to love ourselves throughout the process of finding the help to assist us in making those changes. It takes a long time to break down and create new habits, and so with a healthy dose of patience, self-love, and a positive community, I believe that anything is possible.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend coming to town, I would totally make them quarantine in my house until they had to leave hahaha! Just kidding. I would definitely take them to my favorite forest town up in the San Bernardino mountains where we would visit the crystal shop, the chocolate shop, and hike a trail with some of the nicest smelling trees to have ever graced my nose. Back in my area, I would bring them to Vibe Kitchen and to Laguna Beach. Maybe Black’s Beach if we’re feeling adventurous. The Yellow Deli is also pretty cool. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to give a shoutout to my therapist and mentor Elaine Stahlhofen, who has shown me how to find myself and to embody the peaceful warrior within me.