Be Grateful for 2016

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had an excellent holiday season with a smooth intro to 2016.

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Super grateful to be surrounded by friends and loved ones. I intend that you have a great year & don’t forget to stop by!

Here’s a small visual recap of 2015’s festivities. Thank you to everyone for your generous gifts, warm goodies and cards. Intending that the season of love will stay in vibration for a long time.

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I wanted to thank my dad’s father (my Lolo) who taught us the importance of loving plants, cooking and taking care of our well-being. He passed away at 91 years old – you will always have a special place in my heart Lolo. Blessings.

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Be Able to Skydive

Hi everyone!

Holy GUAC! This year has been one that I’m definitely grateful for!

For all of you in the States, I hope you all are enjoying the nice, long Thanksgiving weekend. So grateful for many experiences this year and for all you who take the time to come to this space and hopefully get some value. Thank you!

Also, incredibly grateful for being alive after my first tandem sky dive this afternoon in Oceanside, CA!

It was out-right crazy and very out of the ordinary. The ocean-view and scenery was well worth the slight panic attack.

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This experience is so mind-boggling; you just want everything to go right and not mess up because…well, you don’t want it to be your last plane ride! If I had to offer some tips for prospective divers, I’d recommend these 5 tips (they normally don’t tell you in the reviews):

1. BREATHE – Through your nose is typically more normal but I kept breathing through my mouth which looked incredibly weird on my skydiving video.

2. ENJOY – Try to enjoy the scenery even though you may be recovering from intense panic mode (well at least that was my case.)

3. TRUST – When you go with your instructor, they will guide you in the air so don’t worry about getting things right. You’re in great hands!

4. YAWN – Popping ears will be normal, mine are still clogged after 9 hours. (They’re slowly clearing up as I type.)

5. STRETCH – The harness is placed quite tightly on your upper body and inner thighs, so do a good stretch before getting strapped on. Some soreness around the inner-thigh area can happen & small bruising is possible from getting out of the plane and with landing. (Landing for me was smooth! You’ll either land on your feet or on your butt as if you’re sliding down on a slide.)

Feeling super fearless right about now. Maybe you’ve tried it? or want to try it?

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Be Able to Visit Shanghai, China

Hey go-getters!

You know that feeling when you just need to get away (far away!) from the regular grind?

I was lucky enough to do that!

I wanted to share my memorable recollections from my recent trip to Shanghai, China. It was a that trip that was long overdue, relaxing & meaningful.

The authentic food, the aroma of spices, the shopping and the amount of people – it was all new to me yet it felt so relatable. I  was fortunate enough to be able to take it all in with no expectations or fears, it allowed me to see what the city had to offer. A trip I can definitely see happening again & again in this lifetime.

3 things I’ll take with me from this trip: 

-There are a lot of nice people in the world, you just have to be a nice person yourself and expect nothing in return.

-Be grateful for your current situation even if it doesn’t make any sense. You’re in this very moment for a reason, even if it’s just to be and breathe.

-Bring tissue everywhere you go!

And yes…I did see the sun.

Enjoy!

The view from Ayi’s condo in the A.M.

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One of the many pristine malls with several floors!

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Parkson at the mall, equivalent to a Macy’s

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Bruce Lee M&M, I had to!

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The locals’ means of transportation; scooters, the subway, taxi or by foot! ( Super like!)

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 Bullet train to Suzhou (Must see more of this nature city when I come back)

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The Bund the west bank of the Huangpu River

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Detailed pagoda in Quibao

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Didn’t seem like that many people at the time 😉

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Xitang, Jiashan County, Zhejiang Province, where a part of Mission: Impossible III was shot

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Just off the subways stops…

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Yu Garden, a classical garden in downtown Shanghai. So pretty!

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The Food! 

Loved their immense breakfast options at this one restaurant. Super affordable!

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In Qibao Ancient Town you’ll find, fried shrimp & crab

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Hot & Sour Soup, Tofu, Bok Choy, Veggie Dumplings and Spicy Squid (That squid! So freakin’ amazing!)

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Potatoes and squid on skewers….

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L to R: Eggplant, Dumplings and Cucumber with pork

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Familiar Chippy’s

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The Jing’an Temple is a Buddhist temple on the West Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China.

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A definite must see city! Til next time!

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Be Able To Prioritize

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First things first –

Lately, I’ve noticed that between the holiday gatherings and having to attend my grandfather’s services, that I have been scattered beyond words. I’ll admit that I haven’t been able to remember to breathe in between takes but today which is just straining on the body. However, I finally have some time to be able to prioritize what needs to be done. The first and foremost was rest (which luckily, I’ve gotten much of) and the next is to feed my passion which is why I am writing today. To me, being ale to encourage or uplift just one person is fulfilling my passion.

To prioritize can be difficult especially when it feels as if you’ve got a million things going on. I personally want to start on several tasks today but I know that making a list and putting the most important things first will help me. Even though I’ve got heaps of free time today, I know there was a lot of things I’ve put to the back-burner so today, I will alleviate those tasks.

Here are some ways that help me to prioritize and this may help you too, they include:

Asking my inner self – When I have a lot of free time and I don’t know where to start, I ask my inner self, “Self, what needs to be done at this very moment?” And I take a pause and I listen, with an open mind and open heart. This allows you to choose the right action at the right moment. To build this inner-connection with yourself, just be silent and still. Closing your eyes and isolating yourself can help too

My Clear App on my phone and my phone’s calendar – These apps help me to remember what absolutely needs to be accomplished and when it needs to be done. No “if’s” “and” or “but’s” it must get done. Ex.) Paying bills or taking my vitamins.

Clearing my space – Sometimes, I have to clear my desk or room before beginning my tasks for the day. There will be less of a distraction to organize receipts and taking the trash out.

Announce your personal time off – If you live with other people in the household, you can put up a sign outside your door that you’ll be busy for the next 30 minutes or so. Or, you can humbly tell them that you need to catch up on something important and explain to them why you need this time and that you’ll be back in x-amount of minutes or if you’re lucky, hours.

Set a time limit – If you’re at a gathering and you’ve got something else that needs to be done that same day, then limit your engagement to a certain time. You can let the hostess know that you will only be able to stay for a few minutes or hours just so they’ll have a heads-up. Don’t lose track of time or you might end up regretting it when you get home. It’s hard to put restrictions on fun events but you’ll thank yourself when you’ve accomplished your important task(s) and you’re not burnt out come the following week. 

I’m grateful I was able to release some of my hectic-feelings that I’ve had these past weeks. Using my ways to prioritize, I do feel more calm and ready to take on the new year.

Here’s to 2014!

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Be Able to Make Decisions

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Decision-making can be difficult for some of us, especially if it’s a life-changing one that requires a lot of “thinking”. I know that for me,  I’ve has some trouble with making my own decisions in the past because I’d complicate and dissect every part of the decision I was going to make. That dissection opened more issues that I didn’t want to deal with and the logic behind each one just left me with a big headache.

After reading and listening to some of my older wise friends, something clicked in my mind. I was at a book club with my Spiritmind sisters and we were talking about the book we’re currently reading, “The 12 Sacred Principles of Karma” by Steven Hairfield and a discussion came up about intuition.

That evening, my friend was talking about how she has gotten her intuition to work positively for her. She said that many times, her first instinct reaction has always been the one she needed in the future. That first answer you get at the pit of your stomach (or your heart chakra) when you ask yourself  a question, is the only answer you’ll need.

That was an “Aha!” moment for me. Of course I’ve heard this many, many times before but that evening, when she said it-it just made sense to me as if the stars all aligned for a quick minute. So from then on out, I’ve decided to listen to my first gut reaction and I’m not going back and thinking twice about it.

The best result I’ve gotten from this is that it greatly releases the stress and worry that we add on to our daily lives. Imagine being able to make a firm decision and sticking to it. Luckily, some of us have gotten this down already and have been reaping all the benefits, so do keep it up! and keep strengthening that intuition because the world needs positive leaders.

I intend that you can go confidentially in the direction of your dreams.

A special thank you to all of our Veteran’s and those who have risked their lives for our freedom. Much peace, love and light to all of you. 

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Be Able to Enjoy Being 26

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Hi everyone!

Words can’t describe how grateful I am that you happen to stop by.

Today marks my 26th birthday here on planet Earth and I’m the type to give thanks and express how happy I am to arrive at this age.

This past year, I learned a lot and went through some challenging situations that I wasn’t really ready for. But that’s life right?  The Universe just gives us situations to handle because they believe you’re ready for it now. So, I was given those challenges and I assume I took it like I champ because I’m still alive & kickin’! =) Honestly, I’m thankful for those challenges because I would have never learned or experienced such situations unless it was placed at that exact moment in my life.

This year, I learned how to become more comfortable in my own thoughts and to switch my negative thoughts and emotions to positive ones. I think that’s a habitual effort that I have to continue to work on, maybe until I’m in my 90’s. I know its results are beyond amazing so I intend that if you’re reading this, you’ll join me to form that amazing habit as well.

I also learned how to breathe and take a minute or two to slow down and relax. Everything is so fast-paced you’re concentrated on something that you can forget to just inhale and de-stress your body. Our bodies are always working hard and we need to give it periodic breaks for it to remain sharp and healthy. When I get overwhelmed, I stop and inhale as slow as I can and release my breath with a clear mind. That allows me to go back at my task in a better mood and I more relaxed manner.

I also learned that when faced with making decision, go with the one that makes you most happy or has a positive outcome. It isn’t being selfish because it’s going from within yourself and it feeds your soul. You have to take care of yourself before you take care of others.  Feeling guilty or overly caring about someone who is capable of their own feelings and emotions can’t do any good.

Those are some of the major things I learned and/or had to pay more attention to this year and hopefully those points can inspire you to look at your life in a positive perspective.

This space undoubtedly allows me to channel my inner happiness by sharing my personal life experiences, lessons and just living in the present moment. Thanks for letting me share that with you.

Also, thank you for taking the time to read this, I know it may sound a bit sappy but the fact that you’re reading this means you have taken the time to show your love and support for me on our happy journey through life!

Thank you the bottom of my heart.

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Be Able to Enjoy the Flower Moon

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Hi everyone and happy Friday!

If you happen to catch Friday’s full moon, you would have see a huge Full (Flower) Moon. Based on it’s name, it means that all of nature’s beautiful flowers will abundantly bloom this month.

Some Algonquin tribes knew this full moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon (via FreePeopleBlog) Most gardeners will reap their harvest this time of the month as their crops are ready to by picked. Stories say that the flowers will grow under the moonlight and dance for the moon =) Also, it’s good to dig into the soil (with your hands) under the moon and reap for your harvests. The Almanac has the best planting facts if you’re interested

I celebrated with some spiritmind friends and we were able to take an outdoor labyrinth walk at my sweet friend, Kate’s house. She’s a true friend of nature, with a  great backyard filled with so many lovely plants, gardens, a huge labyrinth, a ceramic studio and so much more.

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Have a  lovely 3-day weekend all and Happy Memorial Day!

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Be Lucky

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone! 

I just wanted to share these awesome and happy clovers that were growing all around at the Muir Woods National Park in Mill Valley, CA back in February.

 I intend that you all find good luck and prosperity everywhere you look, even if it’s in the forest =) 

Send out love and joy and it will come back to you.

Happy New Year 2013

From my family to yours,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Year of the Dragon in Chinese astrology)

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  ~Hal Borland

With all the New Year’s resolutions and goals going around, let’s remember to really dig deep to our inner-self and ask what it is that we truly need to work on for this lifetime and let’s begin small.

  • Let’s remember to encourage others and keep uplifting them into a better place.
  • Let go of all negativity and past fears and habits and let’s dive into a new way of thinking about ourselves.
  • Let us assist those who are in need of help and love.

I intend that this year will continually bless you and those around you.

Thank you for joining me on my journey through living life in a more positive and uplifting light.

 

Be Grateful for 2012

Hi Everyone!

Thank you so much for joining me through this blessed year.

 

I truly appreciate all of you for stopping by and hopefully gaining some new tips and words of encouragement.

Tomorrow is the last day of 2012 and what an amazing year it has been. I know we all go through different experiences everyday which in turn creates a more beautiful life. I do heart-fully intend that you all have a wonderful 2013, filled with abundant laughter, love, safety, good health and prosperity.

If you’re having some trouble on setting your new years resolutions or intentions,

I’ve come up with some great ideas on some powerful thoughts to bring in for 2013:

-Be grateful for everything you have in your life right now, for the Universe knows what you need and want in this lifetime.

-Never take anything or anyone for granted, everyone is in your life because they are here to teach you something.

-Be humble and always come from within your heart, your intuition knows exactly what’s good for you; listen to it.

-Do not lead with your ego and pride.

-Clearly set your intentions and visualize what you want in your life, whether it be writing it down on paper or typing it up. Let it be precise and to your liking.

-Clear all negative thoughts for they are just toxic to your mind.

-Give love and you will receive love.

-Forgive those who have hurt you this year and send them love and light.

-Bless those who have it harder than you and send them light and safety.

-Call, text, e-mail or visit your family members, for they love and miss you.

-Venture out and see what’s out there, there may be a whole different life outside your city or country.

 

I hope those spark some good thoughts and continue to encourage you and those around you!

 

Happy 2013 and have a meaningful new year.