Redefining ageing with Michelle

What does ageing mean to you?

What does ageing mean to you? Growing older can mean different things to different people but here at Jurlique, we believe it’s about being comfortable in your own skin, embracing inner beauty, celebrating our lives and ageing with confidence. We recently asked Jurlique customers to help us ‘redefine ageing’, going beyond previous negative perceptions of age and bringing it into the positive space it should be.

Michelle Lee is one the of the women we spoke to. Originally from Malaysia, she moved to Australia in 1989 in search of a better quality of life and now spends her time juggling a career, motherhood and self-development. She talks to us about how she’s ‘redefining ageing’ below.

Tell us a bit about you

I am a Malaysian born Chinese. What this means is that I was born as a Malaysian citizen of Chinese (Han Chinese) ethnicity. However, I am now an Australian citizen.

I have over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Payroll but I left the corporate world about six years ago and now I am working for the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

How did you find the move from Malaysia to Australia?

My family emigrated to Australia in June 1989 to have a better quality of life and to be closer to my mum’s family who were already residing in Sydney. The move was very much of mixed feelings. Why? We were all excited to start fresh in a new country, but sad on the other hand having to say goodbye to good friends and other relatives.

The challenges were many both rewarding as well as scary and depressing at times. You never realise quite how strongly tied to the culture of your home country you are until you move abroad and are faced with a culture that is markedly different than your own. The language wasn’t the issue as we spoke English widely in Malaysia. The main challenges were adapting to the cold winter and making new friends.

What are your main passions? Have those passions changed throughout your life?

My passions are: Myself (investing in self-development), Uplifting Others, Health and Fitness, Relationships, and Life.

These passions have definitely changed over the years as I mature, especially when I’ve come to appreciate what’s around me, my achievements and beliefs.

You’re a mother to two girls. What’s motherhood like?

I have two beautiful, intelligent and good-natured daughters. They are everything to me! Being a mother means being completely and totally overwhelmed (in the best possible way) by love, joy, responsibility, and selflessness. Motherhood means sleepless nights, losing your body shape, amazing chaos, brain malfunction etc. There aren’t enough words in the world to describe the complex and unique experiences of motherhood.

How has your relationship with beauty and skin care changed throughout your life?

As I mature and age is catching up and I get over the hill, especially in the last 10 years, I have come to realise that I need to pay more attention to my skin. I want to age gracefully. With all the technologies available these days, we can now research more into skin care products.

If you could give any advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Life is short! Be more passionate in health and fitness as it will boost your wellbeing. Enjoy and appreciate your body and skin and try not to stress.
What do you like about Jurlique?

It’s Australian made. Some of the ingredients are grown in Australia and it’s not just made of chemicals. I have noticed a significant difference in my skin texture. The products do show good results as my friends have complimented on how radiant I look.

Discover how our other Jurlique customers are redefining ageing here.