We had the good fortune of connecting with Alice Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alice, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Meditation: I meditate almost every day to stay mindful of my thoughts and behaviors throughout the day
Journaling: I see journaling as a way to communicate with myself. Sometimes, we hold ourselves back from stating the truth but journaling is a safe way to explore my own inner world.
Relax: Relaxing is so important! Currently, I still work a full time job at a school working with students with Special Needs. It is imperative that I prioritize my own mental health so that I can be present for my students and clients. I also try not to overwhelm my schedule with activities, leaving gaps of time to do absolutely nothing.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I grew up around holistic health all my life. My grandparents ran a pharmacy in South Korea where they would sell both Western and East Asian medicine. My mother went back to school to become a acupuncturist when I was a child. I would watch her concoct herbal medicine in our kitchen as our entire house would become loaded with an earthy scent.
When I was fifteen, I began experiencing severe mental health issues and was eventually diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder. I struggled a lot with suicidal ideations and addiction for many years and relied heavily on both Western and holistic treatments to help me. Through trial and error, I learned that holistic treatments were much more effective for me, which led to an interest in Reiki. After receiving my Master Reiki level, I opened Hibiscus Healing to share what I have learned with the community.
I still experience symptoms that come with a Bipolar diagnosis but instead of feeling defeated by depression and anxiety, I am actively working to integrate and honor those emotions as part of my life experience. I am grateful to be walking the path of sobriety now. Being in the health and wellness industry helps me commit to my recovery while being able to empathize with those who still struggle with addiction problems.
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?
My lifestyle revolves around health and wellness. I love practicing yoga and one of my favorite studios in San Diego are Sojourn Healing Collective, where I used to do work-trade. I also love to rock-climb at The Grotto in Mission Valley and Mira Mesa.
One of my favorite hang out spots in San Diego is Sunset Kava, where I sometimes perform open-mic. I also enjoy performing at Queen Bee’s from time to time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to my partner Alex who has been there for me since the very beginning of my business journey. Without your encouragement, hands-on support, and never-ending patience for my new ideas, I would not be where I am today.