A MUM who spent years living on the streets after being raped at just 15 years old, has turned her life around to become a successful life coach.
Sian Young, who now lives in Littlehampton, east Sussex, was homeless for seven years before she embarked on a life-changing six-month trip through Asia and Australia with her newborn son.
Sian credits the six-month trip with transforming her life[/caption]
The 44-year-old, who was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Scotland, came back from the holiday and set up a pole dancing business from her living room.
Now, she’s been nominated for a prestigious women in business award.
“It’s hard to describe what life was like on the streets,” explained Sian.
“I was freezing, hungry and treated less than human by passers-by.
“I was abused, scared and had to fight grown men to survive – it was hell.
The mum was nominated for a prestigious women in business award[/caption]
“But eventually, I thought ‘I’m not dead yet, so maybe I should learn to live’.
“My career has actually really been helped by the fact I was a street girl – young girls who aren’t wise get swallowed up.
“I came from sleeping on the streets and most people who have been through the things I’ve been through are either dead or in mental institutions.
“But the fact I am alive and have lived to do all the things I’ve done means I’m meant to be on this planet.”
Sian turned her life around after the birth of her son[/caption]
Sian ended up living on the streets after she was raped at the age of 15.
The mental strain of her ordeal meant she got involved with the wrong people, which led to her leaving her family home.
Although she stayed in a hostel for a period of time, Sian eventually became homeless.
After years of abuse, a family friend gave Sian a fold out bed in his kitchen and she attempted to get her life back on track – but became bedridden for two years due to severe irritable bowel syndrome which saw her vomit blood 10 times a day.
After having her son Jordan – now 20 – she decided to make a change and booked a trip to the other side of the world.
Sian and her son Jordan travelled for six months[/caption]
“I felt that travelling unwound my mind, I hit the ground running,” Sian explained.
“All those long, long drives allowed me to process what had happened to me.”
And when she returned, Sian was inspired to set up her own business, starting a pole dancing studio from her two-bedroom flat in Aberdeen.
The mum went from having six clients in her living room, to more than 5,000 in a studio employing six instructors.
“I had no skills, but I was so determined to lift my life up and knew I could pole dance,” she said.
“I thought if I used what I had I couldn’t go wrong, so I built a pole school.
“I was trying to sell pole dancing classes from the first home I had ever had – a flat in a high rise council estate which had one pole in the living room.”
She started the business from her living room[/caption]
Now, after closing her business in 2014, Sian has started working as a health adviser.
After taking courses in nutrition, meditation and health coaching, she has also started working with homeless charity, Turning Tides, creating a five-point plan to help those who have lived on the streets recover.
“I want to help people realise you can’t think straight if you are vulnerable, stressed or ill – without your health you are nothing,” she explained.
The mum says the trip helped her process what had happened[/caption]
“I have seen middle class people go through a string of unfortunate events and find themselves homeless.
“I am really big on sustainability – if people can’t take care of themselves, how are they going to take care of the planet.
“If you are upset and do not love yourself what hope do you have, I know what it is like to be at the bottom end of not loving yourself.
“Because I survived I know there is a reason for me being here and that is to help people take care of themselves.”
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