Yogi Ridgely of Buderim in the Sunny Beach believed that reading and writing difficulties in her childhood were caused by the fact that she spoke several languages and was raised by Indian parents in New Zealand.
The fact that she has dyslexia, she learned only in the second year of university in the early 1990s.
Today, Yogita runs a successful personal development business, and recently did what many people living with dyslexia would find scary: she wrote a book: “Find me, myself and me.”
But it took a lot of self-knowledge to get to where she is today after the trauma she suffered as a child caused by unknown teachers of her condition.
«Society needs to educate you and enhance your abilities, and that hasn’t happened. Due to my lack of reading and spelling skills, I developed a very low self-esteem, ”Yogita said.
A late diagnosis was made when Yogita was studying for a bachelor’s degree in commerce. She loved to tell stories and wanted to switch to journalism, but her dreams were shattered when the teacher revealed that she may have dyslexia.
This failure added to Yogita’s sense of worthlessness, which later culminated in depression and negative emotions, even when she was a successful entrepreneur.
About 10 years ago, amid a difficult relationship, Yogita realized that she needed to change her life to become a good role model for her children.
“The biggest point for me was that the kids were aware that I had low self-esteem and I couldn’t fall in love with myself or accept that I was dyslexic,” she said.
“I thought to myself, this needs to change. If I don’t take responsibility now, I will never be able to help them. ”
Yogi’s book tells the story of her journey to becoming her “true self,” starting with how she left her family on a single trip to London. There, she delved deeply into the root cause of her problems before embarking on a journey of self-knowledge to finally accept herself, including her Indian and Western culture, and “the gift of being dyslexic”.
“Traveling alone allows you to get out of your life like coming out of a photo to get acquainted with your appearance. It happened when I went on my first trip. It opened up a lot of ideas and helped me endure most of the trauma, ”Yogita said.
“It took me a while, but I realized I didn’t need to be shy. I could tell I am dyslexic and I am fine. I am not determined by anyone’s opinion. ”
Yogi’s individual experience inspired her to run her business, Travel with me, me and mewho was recently recognized as a finalist in the People’s Choice category. How to make a difference (health and well-being) from the QLD & NT 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards.
She has now traveled alone to 59 countries around the world and supports other women in achieving positive mental, physical and emotional health by taking responsibility and making changes.
With a conservative estimate of the number of Australians living with dyslexia is 10%Yogita believes her story can help others who may have experienced the same low self-esteem as she, especially during World Dyslexia Awareness Week (October 5, 2020 – October 11).
“Dyslexia is what you are born with, and for a long time I thought it was my weakness, but it’s really a gift that gives me the ability to do what normal people can’t do,” Yogita said.
“We have amazing ideas and ideas that I have used for my business and helped others with their plans and ideas. Moreover, we solve problems, ”Yogita said.
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