A year ago, while reading Glennon Doyle’s ‘Untamed’, I remembered pausing at a quote that says ’it’s a heavy burden for children to know that they are the reason their mother stops living her life’.

It sounded cruel and yet true. …


I arrived at 30 at a peculiar juncture of time: global pandemic, nationwide lockdown, being pregnant and confined at home for over 6 weeks.

On my 30th birthday, I woke up in an ordinary morning and carried out my ordinary routine of sun salutation sequence followed by meditation.

There was…


It is an interesting time to be a witness of history, to observe how a virus outbreak that happened thousands of miles away erupted into a global pandemic, and to feel the weight of shock when it burned my neighbourhood.

From reading news on the sideline, suddenly, I became an…


When I first discovered that I was pregnant, I was worried about my mental health.

After going through what felt like a tremendous transition in life from marriage to adjusting to new family life to setting up our new home in a new part of the city — there were…


Have you ever imagined how it feels to find out that you (or your partner) are pregnant?

I thought it is the most beautiful thing in the world — until it caught me off guard.

When I was holding the pregnancy test kit that turned positive in seconds instead of…


In the past 3 months, I’ve written more than ever even though I haven’t put anything out in public. While I feel like an imposter as a writer, somehow, I knew that I wasn’t in the right place to create anything meaningful.

In the midst of a transition of lifestyle…


I recently encountered a distressed fresh graduate who wanted to pursue something entirely different from her college degree but she wasn’t sure if that’s her purpose.

At that time of our encounter, while I was navigating my post-wedding ‘lostness’, I saw younger myself in her anxiety.

Purpose…?!?!

I wanted to…


(Chaos)

This is so frustrating.

Coming back from honeymoon, my life dissolved into a puzzle that I had to piece together.

Getting married is not just ticking off a yearlong (or half-year, in my case) to-do list and ended with a massive glamorous endeavour.

What nobody talked about, and what…


The older I get, the more I understand that I am a creator, the more I am at peace with who I am.

This understanding is of utmost importance because it liberated me to create whatever I want to, without feeling the need to fulfil a certain image.

Whenever I…


In Septemeber 2018, I left my first Vipassana meditation course with a glorious feeling of accomplishing 100 hours of cross-legged meditation, reaching a state where I felt my body dissolved into a mass of energy.

In the span of a year, from the ‘gungho-ness’ to wake up and meditate at…

Isabelle Thye

Author, storyteller, creative misfit, writing about conscious living and personal growth @www.isabellethye.com

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