• What do successes look like?

    I started writing this blog post from Seoul’s Incheon airport.  This Eid, I had a few moments of reflections on my life. Those moments made me smile and appreciate my family, friends, and loved ones.  And all of moments prompted me to think deeply about what successes are, or should be, in life. To me, successes are having people you can share your feelings with, care for, work through ups and downs with, and move forward as a team to achieve what you dream of in life.  It’s not so much about the monetary or physical things.  Successes are emotional connections you make or have with one another, and that…

  • In Your 20’s and 30’s

    I love Olivia Wilde’s response of being in 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, “At the end of your twenties, you realize you are inherently flawed, and that’s great, and that’s what makes you dynamic. For me, personally, it was around 27 when that kind of return to self took place, of living for myself, not living to keep up expectations. You know, I think you go from living for your parents to your peers, maybe back to your parents, maybe to your employer—You go through all these stages of living for other people, and I think at 30 you say, it’s my life and I live it for me”. Live your…

  • Powerful Questions that My Father Asks Me

    Taiwan may be the only place on earth celebrating father’s day on August 8th.  During WWII, the Republic of China government chose a date when families could honor soldiers and fathers who died during the war.   In Chinese, number 8 is pronounced as bā (八) and the sound is similar to the informal word for father,bà (爸).  August 8th (bābā) then became official father’s day, celebrating all 爸爸(bàbà) during WWII.  Fast forward to today, the tradition of father’s day on August 8th remains in Taiwan. Living outside of Taiwan for 22 years, I still call my father every father’s day.  In every phone call, my father makes his points on life with powerful questions to…

  • Creating Awareness in Daily life

    Last night, I had a “lengthy” discussion with my husband regarding public perceptions of the words, Awareness and Self-Awareness.  In his mind, both words sound like a textbook-term and also hard for the public to relate to. Let’s take a look at definitions according to the Oxford English Dictionary.  Awareness  is the knowledge or perception of a situation or fact; Self-Awareness is conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. For me – as a coach, a yoga instructor, and a senior leader at a Fortune-10 company – I believe having self-awareness (knowing who you are by paying attention to self) is one of the cornerstones to improving ourselves and creating positive outcomes in…