July 10 2024

WowThankYou: The Movement

It’s been a hot minute. Sorry I’ve neglected you, blog. You’ve been loyal to me for a long time and I’ve treated you poorly but I promise to try to write more consistently. Especially when the good times roll.

An exciting new project is about to take off on Twitter called WowThankYou. It’s a women empowerment movement that’s all about appreciating the wonderful women that have impacted our lives. In a tweet (or TikTok video), you describe what makes them so special (using adjectives like strong, sweet, generous, smart, creative – you get the drift) and then you say how they’ve inspired you. Don’t forget to add that hashtag #wowthankyou in the end!

Just to give you some examples, here are four I’ve prepared for Twitter. These are the full statements (on Twitter, I’m going to shorten them).

Selena Gomez, aka @selenagomez, more than for all of your talents and your businesses, I admire you because you shed light on mental health. I also have bipolar disorder which I see as both a blessing and a curse. Your movie and song My Mind and Me hit me to my core. #wowthankyou

I’ve looked up to Tina Roth Einsberg, aka @swissmiss, a Brooklyn NY based designer for almost 20 years! That’s how long her blog SwissMiss has been around. Not only has she shared her design inspirations, she’s had an amazing career, launching multiple businesses like TeuxDeux, Tattly, CreativeMornings and Friends Work Here. As a woman entrepreneur, I’ve always admired her guts, creativity, and design eye.

Cup of Jo, aka @joannagoddard, is a NY-based lifestyle blogger who grew from a one woman show to having whole teams of writers where they cover everything from fashion to motherhood. She’s down to earth and relatable even though she’s blown up and now has a newer blog called Big Salad. She’s the kind and cool girl you’d want to be BFFs with! #wowthankyou

Joy Cho, aka @ohjoy, is the reason why I started @mymodernmet back in 2007. She came before me with her design blog. Did you know that she has the the most Pinterest followers at over 15 million? Her design eye is insane. I admire all of her natural brand collaborations, her consulting business and how she designed and built a house from scratch! You’re amazing Joy! #wowthankyou

Won’t you join the movement? Let’s make this baby go viral!

March 7 2023

The One Important Question to Ask for a Happy Marriage

Sam and I have been married since 2007, that’s 15 years! Though we’ve had our share of ups and downs, I still consider him my best friend and the love of my life. I think one of the keys to our happy marriage is that we’re always thinking about the other person. Whether that means getting each other Starbucks in the morning or bringing up water at night, we’re always trying to make the other person’s life easier.

Every day I ask Sam, “What can I do today to make your life easier?” Asking such a simple yet powerful question to your spouse acknowledges the effort and emotion each partner contributes to their relationship.

It also shows a genuine interest in your spouse’s well-being, which can help build trust and understanding between partners. Taking time to ask this one simple yet meaningful question can help couples reflect on their relationship, appreciate each other more, and have a happier marriage overall.

Now go try it!

March 7 2023

Favorite: Rainbow “All We Need is Love” Denim Distressed Jacket

You may not know this about me but I love collecting jackets and coats. This is not only for practical reasons (I’m always cold!) but I love how a jacket or coat can make a statement. This one, by Wren+Glory isn’t cheap, at close to $400, but I love it because I’ve never seen anything quite like it. There’s a large rainbow, spreading across the back to the front, with ‘All We Need Is Love’ painted in white with a dripping effect. Each piece is hand painted meaning no two are alike. Love!

March 7 2023

My Motivating Morning Brain Hack to Exercise More

Today I wanted to share with you guys a hack I use to motivate myself to exercise in the morning. You know I love my morning routine which consists of actions such as morning prayer, meditation, and writing in my gratitude journal. I always end the routine with writing in my main journal. I believe in talking to yourself in an encouraging way so I also do this in my main journal. After I’ve dumped my brain onto the page, I end with writing affirmative statements like, “You can slay the workout! You’re fierce and fabulous. Let’s do a :30 minute ride with our favorite instructor Cody Rigsby.”

Then, after my ride is finished, I come back to the journal and write something like, “Great job, girl! I knew you could do it.”

Try it and see if it doesn’t encourage you to jump on your bike and ride!

March 6 2023

3 Essential Elements That Will Lead You to Your Dream Life

I was thinking about what makes successful people successful and I think I finally boiled it down to three things. They’re essential elements, if you will. Master these three things and watch how your life transforms!

First up is hard work. You have to put in the effort and do what needs to be done to reach your goals. That might mean putting in extra hours, taking on new opportunities, and taking risks. Hard work doesn’t always mean long hours every day; it can even be small actions that move you closer towards your dreams!

The second thing is consistency. To make progress towards our dreams, we must stay consistent with our efforts over a long period of time. It’s important to create habits and stick with them so that you don’t get sidetracked. Having a plan and sticking with it can help keep you motivated, as well as give you an idea of what kind of progress you’re making towards your goals!

Finally, self-discipline is key for achieving our dreams as well. Keeping yourself motivated even when times get tough and having control over your impulses can lead to great accomplishments. Self-discipline is key when it comes to staying focused on tasks at hand and making sure they get done correctly and on time.

Work on these three essential elements and you’ll achieve the life of your dreams. Miss one and you’ll be back at the starting line.

March 6 2023

3 Powerful Viktor Frankl Quotes about Life, Suffering and Success

Viktor Frankl is a holocaust survivor and one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century. His reflections on human suffering, life and success have inspired many people all over the world. Today we will be taking a look at three powerful quotes from him.

Quote 1: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
This quote by Viktor Frankl is an essential reminder that although situations in life may be difficult and out of our control, we always have the freedom to choose how we react to them. We can choose our attitude, adjust our mindset and ultimately gain control over ourselves.

Quote 2: “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”
This quote speaks volumes about our ability as humans to adapt and grow within challenging circumstances. When faced with an unchangeable situation, it gives us an opportunity to develop resilience and strength by changing ourselves first – something that only adds more value to our lives in the long run!

Quote 3: “Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue…as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.”
This quote reminds us that true success come from dedicating oneself towards something meaningful or bigger than yourself – such as achieving your goals or helping others around you reach theirs. It cannot be pursued directly but will naturally follow when there is commitment and purpose behind your actions.

March 6 2023

5 best kindness quotes that feel like a warm hug

Here are five of the best quotes on kindness. These quotes are sure to warm your heart and inspire you to be kinder to others. I’ll explain the meaning of each quote and how it can help you in your everyday life.

1) “Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it touches,” by Khalil Gibran. This quote means that just like snow makes the world around it more beautiful, acts of kindness can make the world a more beautiful place.

2) “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see,” by Mark Twain. This quote means that even if someone can’t hear or see, they can still understand kindness. It’s a universal language that everyone can understand.

3) “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention,” by Oscar Wilde. This quote means that it’s not our intentions that matter most, but rather our actions. Even the smallest act of kindness can have a big impact on someone’s life.

4) “Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return,” by Albert Schweitzer. This quote means that being kind isn’t about getting something in return. It’s about wanting to make someone else’s life better.

5) “In a gentle way, you can shake the world,” by Gandhi. This quote means that even though we might not think our actions will have a big impact, they actually can. By being kind and doing good deeds, we can change the world for the better. So never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the world.

December 10 2022

Oprah’s Daily Inspiration Cards: A Must-Have for Quote Lovers

Recently, Oprah came out with a limited edition product! It’s a box of 365 inspiration cards, each with a quote from either herself or one of the world’s greatest thinkers. The beautiful linen box houses the cards which each has a quote in front and then an action step like a breathing exercise in back. The point is to pull out one card each day and then spend 5 minutes thinking about the meaning of the quote and then completing the prompt. If you’re an Oprah fan, you’ll fall in love with this box of wisdom. I went through all 365 cards (for research purposes, of course!) and found 50 that really resonated with me. I guarantee that there will be some quotes you’ve heard before but many will be new to you. My favorites are the ones where you need to take a moment to really let the wise words sink in.

I chose these 10 because they are related to my number one goal this year and next year (2023), that’s getting healthier and more fit.

Why wait till January 1 to start a new healthy habit? Make a small change now and you’ll feel extra proud of yourself.

This quote reminds me of Lizzo. She’s proud of her body and isn’t ashamed to show it off. Be confident with the way you look right now, appreciate your body always.

I’m always striving to be the most authentic person possible so I liked this quote. Be open, be honest, be vulnerable.

They say it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Remember to pause often and just enjoy being in the moment.

Don’t think losing weight or accomplishing a goal is going to be easy. It’s going to require a hell of a lot of effort and hard work. Buckle up, baby, you’re in for a ride.

This one hit me hard. You may have every intention to get in shape but without the reps at the gym or the salad instead of the steak you’ll never make progress.

Turn your dreams into reality, make bold moves and then watch the magic happen.

The mind and body are inextricably linked. You must work on both.

Your life is in your hands. Take responsibility of your life, you’re in charge.

I love this one because it’s so simple but powerful. This is one of Oprah’s classic quotes. Believe in yourself and watch your life transform.

You can buy these on Oprah’s website or on Amazon.

February 15 2019

The Best 1.5 Hours I’ve Ever Spent With My Husband

Last night, after the boys went to sleep, Sam and I started talking about the mental health podcast I’ve been wanting to create. This idea of starting one, which would be about successful people who have/had to deal with a mental illness, has been on my mind for months. I’ve been daunted by the task because of several reasons; having to learn the technical aspects of starting up a podcast, finding guests to interview, and the natural fear of being judged by my family and friends. I’ve always been open in sharing that I have bipolar, I’m not ashamed by it, in fact, I think it’s kind of cool. 🙂 Truth be told, I’m probably in a hypomanic stage right now, I only slept about three hours last night yet I’m full of energy and excitement about what the future holds.

I’m now in week 2 of my altMBA course yet I have to say that I’ve been changed. I’ve received so much helpful feedback from my fellow cohorts that it’s given me some clarity as to how I would structure the podcast. The first episode will be about sharing my personal story – starting from when I was young and having to deal with social anxiety to the present day, living with and managing being bipolar. When I look back at my life, now being almost 43-years-old, I can say that I’ve experienced social anxiety, PTSD, depression, and bipolar. Crazy, right?

The second episode would be hearing Sam’s side of the story about how I ended up in a mental hospital. He would talk about what life is like in a supporting role and how we somehow manage to live a life we love. (On a side note, that’s how I’d define success. It’s not about money or power, it’s about living a happy and fulfilling life.)

This got me thinking that I’d like to write a memoir, sharing my difficult life experiences and what lessons I’ve learned along the way. My hope would be that it would give others a glimpse into the life of someone who has dealt with several mental illnesses yet how a person can turn those experiences into something positive. If I can live through my mother’s suicide and being locked up in a mental hospital for six weeks, what can’t I overcome? I’ve learned how to be resilient, how to be the best mom I can be, and that having a mental illness doesn’t have to stop you from pursuing your dreams.

So back to last night. Sam and I were sitting on the couch when we decided to tape our conversation. We just started talking about my first psychotic break and how scary it was both for me and him. I told him what I last remembered, and he filled in all the details. At one point, I started to cry (ok, I cry easily), because I had no idea how much he did for me. Not only did he drive up every day from Temecula to the UCLA psych hospital to visit me (a 1.5 to 2 hr drive, one way), but he also checked in with the doctors, constantly asking for updates. I had family and friends who wanted to visit, so he created a schedule and gave everyone advice on what they should or should not say. He also had to deal with my loving but sometimes crazy sister who couldn’t understand what I was going through. In the hospital, she said, “Why can’t you just snap out of it?” Oh, if only I could.

It has now been five years since that hospital stay and I’ve gone into mania about once or twice a year. Depending on my level of stress, I can easily slip into hypomania, which my therapist correctly describes as “seductive.” In hypomania, you feel on top of the world, you hardly need any sleep, you feel more creative and less inhibited. But it’s a slippery slope, if I don’t increase my medication I fall off the cliff and my brain goes into overdrive. I start seeing patterns everywhere, ones that don’t make any sense, and I’m easily overstimulated. Even the sound of my boys raising their voices makes me extremely anxious so it’s hard to be present and be their mom.

I’m more motivated than ever to start this podcast. Inspired by Tim Ferriss, I’ll create six episodes and then see if this is something I really want to pursue. In the meantime, I’ll start jotting notes down about my life experiences and maybe they’ll end up in a book. One last thought we had was starting a YouTube channel where Sam and I discuss things like parenting, love, gratefulness, self-improvement and entrepreneurship. That one may be hidden for a while. Stay tuned…and thanks for taking this journey with me.

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