• Do What You Love for Living

    I like Greece, a country filled with so much history, beauty, culture, and kindness.  The unemployment rate in Greece is at 23%.  On the street of Athens, it’s not hard to spot economical stress in people’s eyes.  Yet, it’s also not hard to feel Greek people’s determinations and passions for what they do for living, especially small business owners. My husband and I always love exploring boutique shops in countries we visit.  While in Greece, we tasted the best coffee and hot chocolate in Athens, and the best home-cooked Greek food in Nafplio.  Each place we tried, we experienced shop owners’ detail to attention in food we received.  An that…

  • Time Management

    Since 2015, I have taken on 2 female mentees in Qatar and UAE.  And, I have to say that my mentees teach me so much, and I love their bluntness and their willingness to better themselves. One of my mentees recently asked me how to improve her time management, as she is going through heavy university courses while leading a student club and volunteering in her community.  My advice to my mentee:  self-evaluate, self-discipline, and self-rewarding. Let’s say we sleep 6-8 hours a day, 2 hours daily commute, and 2 – 3 hours eating meals.  Then, we truly only leave with 12 hours a day to work or do things.…

  • Learn about Ourselves

    Get to Know Ourselves and Our Minds I just finished 2.5 weeks of leadership trainings in the US.  To many, an opportunity of being at GE’s Crotonville Leadership Training Center is incredibly rewarding.  To me, the experience is a great moment to get to know myself at a deeper level, and prioritize what is truly important in life. Each of participants at the training had detailed analysis of Emergenetics, a measurable analysis that combines human behavior and thinking patterns.  Instead of changing our weaker behavior traits, we should be more aware of our dominant behaviors and mindful of our thinking patterns impacting our interactions with others. My Emergenetics results are somehow a surprise…

  • Listen More to Each Other

    Watching the US election live in Dubai, November 9th was a hard day for me.  Especially, when my coworkers told me that their children crying on phones with fear, the only thing I could do at that moment was to give my coworkers hugs and listen to them. I became a US citizen in 2000.  Ever since 2000, I have voted in every general election.  I was beyond proud of being an Asian-American.  The US is so special to me, as it’s where I got my eduction, built my career, and met my other half.  Living in New York also taught me so much, embracing all genders, ages, races, religions, and…

  • What is Your Brand?

    This is my 2nd time, invited to speak at Qatar Leadership Conference, an UN model organized by student leaders on leaderships skills and development.  Over 50 energized students attended my session.  I spoke about  how I applied brand lessons from my favorite houses to my own brand. My 3 favorite fashion houses are Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany & Co, and Alexander McQueen.  Not only theses brands have carefully crafted their brand images, but also maintain their brand consistency through out years.  These 3 brands are connected with me through great emotions, and represent who I am.  How so? Salvatore Ferragamo brand: obsessed with solving a problem, innovated designs with 350+ patents, associated with…

  • Turning 38 … #ShareTheJoy

    I turned 38 this October.  Being in my late 30’s is exciting to me, but yet anxious (2 more years and counting, pushing for 40’s).  I am thankful and grateful for so many things in my life, including my loved ones and friends.  However, as a human being, I often look at things I haven’t accomplished yet, personally and professionally. For my 38th birthday, my husband and I went to India for the first time, and stayed at a remote yoga and meditation eco-resort in Kerala, India. Reconnecting our souls to our minds and bodies, I enjoyed the daily discipline – 4 hours of yoga, meditation, and vegetarian meals.  Every day at…