• Set Your Financial Goals

    Check out my recent Facebook Live interview with Matt Nobles, the founder of Dubai Personal Finance.  Matt is also a personal finance educator and certified financial coach. Matt shared practical tools and advice that can help everyone set financial baseline, categorize expenses and investments into 4 categories, and 2 methods to become debt-free.  Most importantly, we need accountability in order to feel being in control and moving forward. As we kicked off 2018, I hope this month’s How-To on financial goals and actions energize you.     *Music: Ice Cold by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ and Artist: http://audionautix.com/

  • Manage Holiday Stress

    My good friend, Andrea Gemma, and I have been friends since 2012 when we both went through ICF coaches’ training together at University of Miami.  Now, we both are certified ICF ACC coaches and continue to find ways to give back to our online communities. In our last Facebook Live event, we shared our techniques that can help people manage their stress and cope with holiday blue, while staying committed to goals during this year’s holiday season.  In short, there aren’t lots of time left in 2017, here are 3 things to consider, Focus on 1 goal only List out top 3 actions that you will need to accomplish that week. …

  • Moving Forward toward Goals

    The past 6 weeks went by so fast, and I felt these time have been so fruitful, yet intense.  Since September, I had 4 speaking engagements, co-hosted 1 Facebook Live, conducted 1 workshop, attended the largest technology conference, and plus, all of projects I have at work.   Phew, high-five to myself! Because we are human and we have the need to feel that we are moving forward in our lives, having bite-size milestones for each of our goals can help us see progress that are sometimes hard to spot.  I often advice my coaching clients to set up tangible and measurable goals at the beginning of the year (or if you…

  • 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…

  • Defeating self-judgement 

    Being in the corporate world for 15+ years has much influenced on how I operate in my personal life.  I look at 2016 the whole year and divide my goals into a 4-quarter system. And, this quarter, I made a decision to work on my personal goals, and honestly, I have had my ups and downs on this journey.  During the up time, I feel like a superwoman, on the top of the world; however, during the down time, I feel incredibly blue, overwhelmingly judgemental toward self. From a coach’s perspective, it’s actually healthier to have down time, as long as you are willing to notice, acknowledge, and contemplate your…

  • Setting New Year Resolution that Stick

    I love Statistic Brain Research Institute’s article on new year resolutions and success rate.  In 2015, almost half of American (45%) made new year resolutions, and “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions“, regardless the success rates. Coaching tips on setting ew year resolutions Separate your goals into 2 categories:  Personal and Professional Goals.  Personal goals are for yourself, focusing on “you” as a person, and professional goals are for your career, focusing on a milestone that you can reach. Each goal has measurable outcome:  outcome can either be measured by numbers or yes/no. Each goal has realistic actions:…