The Last Ten Pounds: One Woman's Journey to Love (by shedding Fear, Anger, Hatred...and Everything In-Between)
by Lina Sage
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Shortly after I was born, my family left Vietnam’s strict Communist regime by escaping on a tiny fishing boat in the middle of the night.
Luckily, Canada accepted us as refugees and we were excited for a new beginning. However, any hopes of a brighter future vanished before an abusive alcoholic father who’s repeated physical violence against my mom left me screaming for any stability. Sexual, physical and emotional abuse clouded my childhood years leaving me so damaged that it changed who I was meant to grow up to be.
In my early twenties, I bought a house and converted it into a full blown marijuana grow op.
Soon after, I entered into the world of elite call girls and became one of the most sought after girls in my agency. By my late twenties, I was on top of the world and the proud owner of a multi-million-dollar luxury day spa.
Just when I thought I had it all, I made the ultimate mistake that ended in me losing everything and hitting rock bottom.
I was spiritually broken and in desperate need of healing. I had no choice but to reconcile with my past. This decision brought me down a miraculous journey that opened me up to consciousness and enabled me to exist in the space I do today; that of uninhibited peace.
The Last 10 Pounds: One Woman’s Journey to Love (by shedding Fear, Anger, Hatred…and Everything In-Between) is my personal journey and a testament that it is possible to heal and transform. To be the person you were born to be.
Flashing red lights and turbulent commotion outside made me abruptly wake up to a scene of a dozen men who were heavily armed, dressed in full on black armor and gas masks, jumping out of what looked like black SWAT vans. I was anesthetized in my own trepidation; unable to run or hide. All I could do was stand by my window. As if in slow motion—taken straight from the movies—I watched these men approach my house. You couldn’t engage in an illegal grow op for long without getting busted and I had enough marijuana plants in my house to face a strong conviction. In that moment, my usually rapidly thinking brain, experienced the unusual phenomena of an outer body experience where time stood completely still and I felt like I was listlessly floating amongst the clouds. Harps played in the background replacing the loud bangs of the SWAT team trying to break down the door. And just as if I was protected by a sea of angels, I slowly came back to my body and realized that the loud bangs were that of my neighbor’s door and not mine. The SWAT team had veered off to my neighbor’s house without me even realizing.
Q & A with Lina Sage
Q & A with Lina Sage
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
I have to say there has been no books or authors that have influenced my writing. I find that my writing just comes from my heart which sound a little bit cliché but I don’t know how else to better say it. I do have authors in various genres that I enjoy reading. For fiction, I like Wally Lamb, Maeve Binchy and Dan Brown. For non-fiction, I gravitate to spiritual books and like to follow the teaching of Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Osho and Krishnamurti to name a few.
Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
There’s a few things I hate doing. I hate cleaning because I find it such a waste of time when I could be doing something else more productive. However, recently I’ve tried to find joy in the things I don’t like so now when I clean my house, I turn up the music and see it as a good workout and that I don’t need to go to the gym that day. I also hate doing research. Any kind of research. Some people enjoy looking for vacation deals or researching for a big purchase such as a car. I couldn’t be bothered. It’s like pulling teeth for me which explains why a lot of times I end up over paying for things. I also hate being in crowed places. It’s funny because if you ever met me, I’d come across as an extravert but the truth is I’m much more comfortable being an introvert. I love staying at home and doing things around my house like cooking and watching movies. However, when I do go out and meet people I always try my best to be engaging because I respect people’s time and if I truly didn’t want to be there then I wouldn’t be.
Share a funny incident in your life.
Even though my childhood was very painful, I do have a few good childhood memories and this is one of them. My family and I were living in Vancouver, Canada at the time. We had a huge raspberry bush in our yard with the freshest berries. My parents come from Vietnam and in Vietnam there are no raspberries. They thought that raspberries were poisonous so they forbade us to eat them. That didn’t stop my siblings and I from sneaking behind their backs. On one particular day, my parents were out so my siblings and I decided to pick some raspberries. My sister was standing on a chair and somehow fell into the raspberry bush. She was crying in pain from all the thorns that were pricking at her. My older brother rushed to rescue her but somehow he fell on top of her. Now both of them were crying out for help. I was the youngest and only five years old but somehow manage to pull them both out. Needless to say when my parents got home we all got a good lashing. It didn’t seem funny at the time but now looking back it’s a childhood memory my siblings and I often laugh about.
What's your pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is ungrateful people. People with the mindset that life owes them something just because they exist. I would like to tell them that “life doesn’t owe you anything and life doesn’t have to guarantee you anything. You should just be grateful for your existence and when life does show you grace, be thankful”.
When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music, do you have a playlist?
When I’m in writer mode, I prefer to write in silence. I find that music is too distracting to my writing process because it inhibits me from hearing my inner voice. I like to use my inner voice as guidance when I’m writing.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lina Sage is a writer, speaker, producer and entrepreneur. She is the creator and founder of Chic Spirituality; a movement whose philosophy is to live your life with heightened awareness by surrounding yourself with things you deem beautiful. Lina believes balance of mind, body and soul, is the key to unlocking all things beautiful. Therefore, she enjoys physical activity to maintain a strong body and meditation to calm the mind. But she especially cherishes time spent with her beloved husband and dog because they are what brings her soul the greatest joy. Lina also likes to surround herself with great food and exotic travels around the world.