• Life Journey Starts with You

    I just wrapped up teaching 2 workshops in Dubai and Doha, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to share my tools with those who attended the workshops. Many people asked me why I am so motivated to teach mindfulness and professional coaching to others.   My answer simply is that , “I just want to make an impact in people’s lives.  Help them make positive change and be more resilient.” I personally went through a soul-searching journey 5 years ago, after moving from NYC to the Middle East and recovering from a life-changing medical event.  Only applying tools like professional coaching, yoga, and mindfulness, I began living…

  • Minimalist Guide for Business Travel Packing

    Ever since I was a child, I have loved flying.  Experiencing an airplane taking off from the runway and marching into the sky is my favorite moment of any travel.  Plus, the feeling of gazing the cloud in the sky gives me a sense of present moment and stillness. I fly every week for work, and packing efficiently has become one of my obsessions.  Interestingly enough, I observe that when I pack minimalist-ly, I do feel content and energized during my entire trip. What does packing minimalist-ly mean?  It means to pack items that only serve a need during the trip and spark happiness when I use or wear them.  After many trials and errors,…

  • 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…

  • Creating a yoga practice space while traveling

    Since last year, I have been spending 50% of my time traveling for work.  Packing a week’s worth of daily necessities in a carry-on suitcase has become one of my super skills.  I am able to de-clutter my mind and sense happiness, with just the right travel yoga essentials by my side. One-third of my carry-on suitcase is now my yoga travel kit, Yogo yoga mat: the most compact yoga mat I have ever had.  The environmentally-conscious yoga mat folds up like a newspaper and is made of 100% recycled material. Yoga Buckle Strap: this cotton strap comes in handy, especially after a long flight. I use the strap to…

  • Productivity Tools that Make Life Simple

    Every year I search a new way of managing things in life, in order to remain motivated, informed, and paperless.  I have tried out various notebooks, sticky notes, iOS apps, or even voice recording.  After so many trials and errors, I finally have a list of productivity tools that I can’t live without and go paperless.  Here they are, WhatsApp:  I travel across the globe, and WhatsApp is the only messenger that people can’t live without.  It’s easy to use and fun.  You can create private groups that people can share, chat, and record. iPadPro:  The magical 12.9′”tablet has truly enabled me to go paperless.  The screen is the same…

  • 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.…