Pauliina Salmenhaara is a raw food chef, an alternative therapy enthusiast, and a big believer in the holistic lifestyle. Coming from her home country Finland and moving to China, Pauliina faced many challenges to maintain her health. Eager to take charge, Pauliina dedicated herself to a decade long journey of ups and downs before finally reaching her healthier and happier place.
Everyone has their own definition of balance; for Pauliina, balance is more of an illusion than a goal to strive towards. In fact, sometimes being ‘off balance’ like putting other priorities aside in order to spend more time with family is the kind of off balance to pursue.
To Pauliina, finding the right kind of balance requires you to have a conversation with yourself and your body in order to evaluate the kind of ‘balance’ needed. This evaluation should stray from any indication of perfection, as balance is more about adjusting to your current environment and societal context. Applying extremes, such as completely cutting out sugars, coffee, alcohol, etc. tends to set up for failure. The objective is to understand your surroundings and the people around you in order to decide what is realistic and achievable.
Completing her journey towards a healthier life, Pauliina was inspired to launch her business R.A.W. Inside Out. Her business is structured around helping others make lifestyle changes based on four main pillars: sweat, surrender, shine, and savour. She has a supporting team to help her at each pillar, but the main objective is to help people improve their overall health in the amount and method that is realistic and achievable for that person. Her business gave her an outlet to nurture a new chapter in her life. In this new journey Pauliina felt she was ready to make a shift in her circumstance and opened up her world to The Athena Network.
The Athena Network is a community of female entrepreneurs eager to support and help catapult each other towards achieving their business and personal goals. In her current journey, the relationships the Athena Network helps nurtures aids Pauliina in achieving her desires to juggle family life, being a business owner, and orchestrating a wellness community in Singapore; offering people guidance towards a happier and healthier journey.
There are multiple journey’s each individual will walk through. The important factor is to always understand where you are in the current moment; as by understanding your current situation you are then able to make the right compromises to bring you the right kind of ‘off’ balance.