• 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…

  • 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…

  • Our Inner Black Swan

    I was grateful for an opportunity to share my leadership journey with more than 50 high school students and school administrators at Qatar Leadership Conference (#QLC15) in Doha this past weekend.  The QLC annual conference provides quality workshops in leadership skills and tools to high school students and teachers, and this year, more than 700 participants attended #QLC15 in Doha. I was so impressed by the smart and courageous high school students in my session who shared their insecurities and how they would embrace these instead as their uniquenesses and strengths.  I wish I was half their bravery and open-mindedness when I was at their age. My leadership workshop was about myself, being…

  • 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…