With the holidays fast approaching, that means gatherings will be happening soon. 

This may be a stressful time for you, because this is when a lot of inappropriate comments, unwanted questions and unsolicited advices will be made.

These may include:
When are you getting married? 
You should be having more kids. 
Have you found a job yet? 
Did you gain some weight? 
You should show up to this event. 

Here’s something I teach my clients. 

You can TAKE CHARGE of how you want to respond to these comments and questions. 

When I talk to people about it, they’re usually like, what do you mean I can take charge? 

Here is what I mean: 

We are raised to believe that our emotions are caused by other people’s actions. 
But we know we cannot control other people’s actions, and we feel disempowered. 

So here’s what we usually end up doing: 

Feeling hurt, so we cry and sulk in front of them, or we yell and force other people to change their behaviours. 

But rarely can we actually control other people’s actions. 

I’ll share this with you:

Here’s what really stands between their actions and your feelings. Your thoughts. 

You can either keep blaming them, and wanting them to change, and remain feeling disempowered. 
Or you can take responsibility and take charge of your own emotions and how you respond them them.  

Understanding that our thoughts cause our feelings is the first step to taking your power back. 

A very simple example I always give to my clients is this. 

Your relative can say, “I don’t like how your blue hair looks on you.” 
If you don’t have blue hair (and assuming that you don’t) You’re not going to feel hurt by this comment. 
You may feel confused, because you may be thinking, “I have no clue what my relative is talking about.” 
But you won’t feel hurt or triggered by this comment because you don’t have blue hair, and you don’t have any hurtful beliefs about yourself around this. 

But if your relative asks, “Did you gain some weight?” Or
“When are you having your next kid?”

Now you may feel triggered, because deep in your mind, you do have some sort of belief surrounding these issues. 

“I’m not looking like what’s expected of me, I’m not beautiful enough.” Or
“I’m not doing what’s expected of me, I’m not a good enough wife.” 

These beliefs had been ingrained in you since you were a kid. 

You are expected to be a certain way, or you must behave a certain way in order to feel accepted.

I’m not dismissing or condoning other people’s behaviour.

But ultimately, these questions or comments hurt, or they make you irritated, or shameful even, because you have a strong belief about yourself. 

And they are very painful beliefs to have! 

What I do, is I help my clients identify all these thoughts and beliefs.

Dig them up and look at them. 

Process the painful, irritating, annoying, or whatever feelings that come with it. 

And then we ask: Is this thought really true about me? 

If it is not true, and if it’s not something that serves me anymore, then what do I really want to believe about myself? 

How do I want to feel? 

And most importantly, HOW do I want to respond when other people are doing the things I don’t like? 

Do I want to confront them and tell them to f-off? Or 
Do I want to let it go and not be bothered by them? 

And this is important!

Because by you going through this process, you get a chance to sort through all of the beliefs that you’d accumulated over so many years (42 years for me!)

And You get to look at all of them and decide if this is really who you are, and if it’s something you want to keep for yourself

You get to create the real version of yourself, to redefine who you really are. 

So you can LOVE yourself the way you are. Love yourself the way you want. 

And when you love yourself, you stop giving a sh*t about what other people say about you. 

You become stronger in your voice. 

When you decide to speak up, you can let other person know that they’ve crossed the line, and it’s inappropriate of them. 
Or you can be cool and calm and say, “That doesn’t bother me, it’s not even worth my time, they can say whatever they want to say.” 

You give yourself your sanity back, you take your time back, you take your energy back! 

This is how you get to take charge! You get to take control back over how you want to feel when other people do whatever they do. 

That is the power you get to have. 

If that is what you want, then let’s get you on this path! 

Book a free 60-min Jump Start Conversation with me, and we can identify which areas you’d like to work on, how you want to show up for yourself, and see if we’re a great fit to work together! 

I want you to be who you truly are! 

Because what other people do or say, they don’t define you. 

You are beautiful, smart, ambitious, giving, and you get to decide for yourself what is best for you. 

Take that power back and truly be yourself! 

Book a session with me now

Dec is just around the corner, and this year, it seems like the holidays is upon us faster than ever!

One of the things that I come across A LOT when chatting with other people is, “holiday obligations”.

Needing to be a certain way.

Must do certain things.

Because “I have to”.

Here’s what usually happens:

  1. There is an expectation you need to fulfill
  2. Feeling resentful for “needing to do it”
  3. Feeling guilty for not “wanting to do it”
  4. And if you’re brave enough to say no: Feeling judged for not doing it.

All these feelings go hand in hand.

We grow up with a lot of expectations placed on us.

How we “must” behave.

What is considered “appropriate”

To be a good mom, good wife, good daughter, good friend.

We have a tendency to over do the thing, because we want to take care of others, we don’t want to “hurt” other people, or we don’t want to “disappoint” others.

But the only person who gets the short end of the stick is ourselves.

This year, what about if we only do the things we REALLY WANT?

Give gifts ONLY if we want to?

Rather than gifting gifts, what if we are able to set a new rule for this year?

We’re going to spend some quality time together?

Cook that dinner ONLY if we want?

Rather than making that dinner, what if we buy take out for some unusual food?

This is what I’d been telling all my clients recently.

When you stand up for yourself, you’re going to be ruffling A LOT OF feathers!

Other people are going to push back, make nasty comments.

BUT, it's do-able!!!

What if you can build up your strength, so that you can stand strong for what you want?

And how you do it, is all about facing all the negative emotions.

Be able to face them, and say, you know, this is dang uncomfortable, but I’m still going to stand by my own choices!

Because I WANT TO!

If standing up for what you want is what you’re looking for this holiday, AND for this upcoming new year (2023 is coming right up!!), I’m offering a free  60-min Jump Start session  with me.

We’ll go through exactly what it is you want to work on, and we’ll make a plan to make this happen

Be more “selfish”, be more you!

Listen! When you’re burnt out, you’re no fun!

When you become more “selfish”, when you give yourself more time and energy, that's when you can bring the fun back into your family!

Who wants a grumpy mom who yells and nags and is resentful all the time?

 Book a session with me now !

I had the opportunity of hosting a workshop for Mothers to Daughters, and had a chance to share my knowledge about fear with others. 

Most of the times, I find that if there is something we really want to do but if we haven’t done it yet, it’s most likely because of fear. 

But we don’t actually see it as fear, because our society doesn’t tolerate fear very well.

Most of the times, we see fear as a weakness. 

We say things like,
Why are you scared? There’s nothing to be afraid of! 
Oh c’mon it’s nothing! 
Oh scardy cat!!! Scardy cat! 

So we “push” fear to one side, or stuff it down and white knuckle our way through. 

But when we feel fear, our brain is giving us a warning, saying that it’s really afraid of something. 

And when we ignore the signal and keep going, our brain will send out a bigger signal to stop us the next time! 

If we muscle our way through again, our brain will send an even bigger signal the next time! 

That’s when procrastination happens! That’s when we stop ceasing movement forward. And then we think it’s a problem, we say things like,
Oh I have “no motivation”. 
It’s not what I really want to do. 
I’m not cut out for this. 

But all of these are NOT true. 

It’s just our brain trying to hold us back. 

So I shared with everyone that there are two things to understand.

First, fear doesn’t like to show up as fear, it likes to disguise itself as the following: 

Logic - it’ll be irresponsible for me if I quit my job to do what I want!

Excuses - I’m too tired from today’s work, it was a stressful day

Blame - I wanted to work on my business but my son got sick again! 

Over-analysis - what if they laugh at me, or what if I don’t know how to respond? 

Guilt - I shouldn’t do that because my parents sacrificed so much for me. 

Perfectionism - I have to work on the script again, or I have to keep taking another course! 

So what is your fear’s disguise?

So many times, I was either blaming someone in my life, or I’m making excuses for myself. I was also criticizing myself a lot, being a super anal perfectionist! Those were some of my fear's disguises!

Second there are three types of fear

Fear of Lost of love - being abandoned or rejected, scared that other people no longer love us or support us.

In the old days, if we were ever abandoned, we couldn’t survive! 

Fear of Physical or emotional pain - getting physically or emotionally hurt by others if we do something 

There was a time when “witches” were being burnt and we would be physically tortured and humiliated if we did outrageous things! 

Fear of failure/the unknown - fear of not having enough skills and feel incompetent and not knowing what the outcome is

If we wanted to fight an animal, and if we were physically incapable to do so, we would die! 

Our brains had to survive those times, and they protected us so we didn't die! Our brains had evolved to keep us alive. Even though these fears don’t serve us anymore, it’s natural that we’re still stuck with them!

To overcome them, we have to be able to pinpoint what exact fear we’re facing, and then we process that emotion to embrace it. 

Embracing it means, to drop into our body and feel the emotions. Be able to describe the feeling in our body. 

It’s this simple, yet we don’t like to do it because it doesn’t feel good! 

But embracing it is so important! Because it means to acknowledge our brains and say, hey, I know you’re scared right now, but we’re feeling it right now, and we’r safe. There really is nothing to be afraid of. 

Once we embrace it, THEN we can move on. 

I’m not saying we can’t move on without processing it, but when we don’t, we feel a lot of resistance moving forward. The forward momentum feels very heavy. 

After processing it, the resistance may still be there, but it’s a bit lighter, because we know it’s just an emotion. 

So many times we want to try something, and fear is right there! It’s inevitable! 

So now we learn to take care of ourselves by creating a safe space for our brains, let our brains know that we’re not in danger.

We can trust ourselves, and we have our own back, no matter what really happens. 

If you’d like to learn how to process your fear because there is something you really want to do, even just as simple as speaking up for yourself, I’d love to help. 

I’m offering free 30-min coaching session where we can process your fear. And decide on how you want to feel instead. 

Imagine how life can be like if you can be you! Not caring about what other people say, you can do what you want, say what you say, be how you want to be, without fear, without guilt. 

Look, you’d been doing so many things for other people in your life, you’re seeing so many people move forward, but what about you? 

It’s time to look after yourself. It’s time to focus on you! 

The first step to do that is to get over your fear. 

I can help with that, see for yourself and book a session with me now

And have you ever felt so tired, but you still muscled your way through to keep pushing on? 

I got sick for the past few days, and I didn’t get a chance to compose my blog for 2 days. 

I promised myself that I’d write 1 blog post every day in the month of November. 

Here were the two things I worked through. 

First, I worked through my mindset of “inconsistency”. 

This came up because every time I said I was going to do a “challenge”, I would drop off midway through. And when I stop, my mind would say, “See! You’re stopping again! You’re giving up again!”

Second, I working on my “pushing through”. 

Because so many times, even though I’m too tired, or I know I’m physically unable to, I’d still push myself onward, without any regards of how my body feels. And when I push, my mind would say, “You’re so tired, but you’re still pushing, you need to rest!”

There would be a constant flip flop between these two extremes. AND no matter which extreme I was on, I would constantly beat myself up for it.

I would either judge myself for being inconsistent, or for pushing myself too much. 

Never enough! No matter what I did, I did the wrong thing. 

This time around, I actually allowed myself to rest, AND tell myself that I am still being consistent, at my own pace. 

And my internal brain actually said, “It’s time to stop, you need to rest.” 


“You can continue when you feel better, you’re still being consistent.”


This is huge! I’ve worked so hard on myself, I’ve loved myself so much, that I know when to push myself, and when to stop. 

And I feel enough where I am! 

No guilt, no blame, no shame, no self beat up. 

I feel friggin’ fantastic! 

Here’s the thing, so many times, we set goals for ourselves, and we start off with high energy, and we do it for a few days, and then things start to get difficult. 

We start muscling our way through, and then we stop. So we start beating ourselves up for it. 

Or we felt we have to prove something, so even when we are physically incapable, we still force our way through. 

Both of which, make us stop pursuing what we’d set out. 

But what if we don’t have to prove anything? 

Have you ever experienced that? 

Maybe you want to lose weight, or write a book, or start a business. 

You are like, yeah! I’m going ahead with this, I want to do this! 

And then things start getting difficult, and  you stop, which make you believe that you’re not meant for it.  

Or you feel the need to show the world  you’re a certain way! So you keep muscling through, even when your mind and body are telling you NO! 

What if you actually don’t have to prove anything? 

What if you can trust yourself that, you can keep going, and it’s okay to stop when you need to stop? 

What you need, is to build up self trust. Trusting your intuition. Trusting that you can keep going when things get tough, AND trusting that you need to rest when you need. 

It actually comes from loving yourself. 

And I want to offer this to you, because it took me a while to get to this point. And I am damn proud of myself. 

It feels wonderful to my own body. This actually feels like “flow” and I don’t have to muscle through anything. 

If you’d like to find out what this is about, and how you can apply this to your life, I’d love to hop on a free 60-min Jump Start Conversation with you. 

We can figure out what you want for yourself, and I can pin point in what aspects of you life you can work on to get there. 

Most of all, we can see if we are a great match to work with each other! 

Book a session with me now! 

I rewatched a talk by Simon Sinek. 

He was talking about how he and his friend just finished a marathon, and at the end of the race, there were free bagels. 

Simon said free bagels, and his friend said, the line’s too long. 

He learned that there are people who see the good thing at the end, and there are people who only see the obstacles. 

Right now, a lot of my time are spent on coaching, writing up content, thinking about what’s valuable to share. I’m also working on developing my skills to be a better coach, and a better speaker. 

For those who don’t know, I’m also working full time, a wife, and a mom to a 5 year old. 

And I hear this a lot, where do you find the time? 

I now create time for all of this, but it wasn’t always like this. 

For many years, I “didn’t have time”. 

I blamed many things in my life:

-Well, if only I don’t have to take care of my son! 
-If only I have more help! (My husband actually takes care of a lot of things) 
-If only I don’t have to work full time! 
(All the external circumstances)

-Maybe I’m too dumb. 
-Maybe I am too lazy. 
-Maybe I am not really made for this. 
(All the internal chatter)

All obstacles. 

Through coaching, I realized 2 things: 

1 I was using these obstacles to define who I am (I can’t because…)  
2 It was really fear that was stopping me from taking actions. 

I had to learn to see these obstacles as things I have to overcome, instead of things that define me. 

The epiphany moment was when I heard Teal Swan’s Tutorial of Life. 

(The first minute was the main idea.)

I set an intention before I came into this world, I determined for myself what I came to learn. I chose the condition, I chose the OBSTACLES that are presented in my life. By overcoming them, I expand. 

So many times, we have the tendency to think that we’re stuck, we keep bumping up against the same obstacle again and again. 

Maybe it’s money problem, whenever we earn money, something would happen and we have to give it up. Or it’s self love, we keep meeting people who don’t treasure us. 

We became stuck in our obstacles, believing that we’re not meant for these things. But these are the exact obstacles that, by overcoming them, we become a different version of ourselves!

Have you ever feel you’re meant for more, but you keep coming across obstacles getting in your way? To the point where you stop believing you’re meant to go after it. You feel like everything in your life is conspiring to stop you from getting what you desperately want! 

Here’s what I want to share with you: 

1 This IS the obstacle you’re called to overcome, so you can expand. You’re meant to have that thing!

2 Figure out what exactly it is that’s holding you back, not just the surface reasons, but the deeper reason. For me, it was fear, what’s yours?

By seeing these two things clearly, then we can come up with a strategy to overcome them. 

You are meant for more! The obstacles that are in your life are not here to define you, but rather, they are meant for you to overcome! So you can be the best version of you! 

If you'd like to identify your obstacle, I'd love to help! I'm offering 2 free 30-min coaching session for us to figure it out together!

As humans, we have a powerful pre-frontal cortex that help us create meaning, to remember the past, to plan for the future, etc. 

We also have a primitive brain, which is the part of the brain that keep us safe, avoid pain, seek pleasure, and be as efficient as possible. 

This is our subconscious mind.

Remember the first time you learned how to drive a car? You use your conscious mind to actively learn how to drive. 

As you master this skill, you no longer have to pay as much attention to the action itself. While driving, you can start thinking about other things, or have a conversation with others. 

Think about the last time you drove, but you barely remembered the drive itself. 

That is the subconscious mind functioning under our awareness. And it is in charge ~95% of the time.

It helps us survive, live day to day, doing the same thing over and over again. If we stop consciously directing our brain to do something, the subconscious mind will take over and default to the every day activity. 

Also, while growing up, we develop certain beliefs about the world. These beliefs are generated based on what we saw, how we were treated, the experiences we encountered first hand, etc

We drew conclusions of how this world is like, and we develop a set of beliefs based on our experiences, and we are shaped based on these beliefs. 

Beliefs such as: 
No one really cares about me. 
You have to work hard to make money. 
I can only depend on myself. 
All the guys I find are always using me. 

These beliefs are not always true. Sometimes, these beliefs are developed in order for us to survive while we were young. It was meant to protect us. 

But as we keep growing, these beliefs end up keeping us stuck in some way, and we end up in a cycle. 

For example, maybe you were yelled at by your parents whenever you spoke up. And you got scared, so you stopped speaking up. So when someone starts yelling at you, you find yourself holding back. Even when you really want to speak up, you find it very difficult to do so. And you keep finding yourself “attracted” to these people in your life. 

The truth is, there is nothing wrong with any of these beliefs, there is nothing wrong with you. 

As a matter of fact, your brain is functioning really well. It had kept you safe all along. 

And at the same time, your pre-frontal cortex is now telling you, “It’s time to speak up and stand up for yourself!” Because you’re tired of being treated poorly.

And this is where coaching comes in. 

Coaching allows you to dig deeper to find out what exactly are your beliefs around anything you want to work on, so that you can become conscious and aware of it. 

Remember, your subconscious mind is working continuously under the radar. 

If you don’t pay attention to it, it will take over. 

Coaching gives you a chance to slow down and pay attention to you, so you can get to know yourself some more. 

It is also a time for you to give yourself the love and attention, so you can heal from previous wounds and traumatic experiences. 

Coaching gives you a chance to see yourself as whole, AND addressing the fact that you want to keep expanding and evolving into a a better version of yourself. 

Basically, coaching is like having a best friend who allows you to be truly who you are. This friend knows when to give you the space you need, and when to give you a kick in the butt. Most of all, this friend is willing to walk with you whenever you are afraid to walk on your own. 

For me, coaching allowed me to love myself so much, that I don’t need to depend on anyone else. If they are too “freaked out” and want to leave, I let them leave. If they love me and want to stay, that’s the icing on the cake. 

And this is what coaching is to me. 

It can feel scary to dig deep sometimes, because we don’t like to feel uncomfortable. And it’s all okay. Because you don’t have to do this alone. 

If you are interested to find out more about coaching, or try it out first hand. I’d love to gift you 2 free 30min coaching sessions! You can bring any of your problems to me, and we go on a journey to get to know you better. 

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Recently, I saw a video of this Chinese girl who was trying to logically state her case against her dad’s request for doing more homework. 

First of all, I had to applaud her, because I can’t even speak this eloquently against my parents. And I’m sure many kids and adults who’d endured through this “pressure” can understand it. 

This video made me want to talk about so many things. 

The amount of pressure parents are putting onto their kids. Because of the competitive environment, the parents feel the need to keep pushing their kids to be better. 

And how this creates a state of never good enough. 

No matter how good this dad thinks his daughter is, he still wanted her to do more, because he didn’t want her to fail. No matter how hard she worked, no matter how much effort she put in, it’s not enough. 

We end up believing that we’re not enough. 

But in this post, I want to address the mentality of expectations. 

Not the dad’s expectation of his daughter (or our expectations on our kids), but our expectations of ourselves. 

There is a something called the Law of Mirrors. 

It is a theory that allows you to understand other people through your own behaviours, and in turn you understand yourself better. 

What you see in others, is what you see in yourself. 

So many times as parents, we want the best for our kids. So we put a lot of expectations on them. 

And we get disappointed in them, when we see that they haven’t “performed” up to our standards. 

Or we get disappointed in them when they fail. 

According to the Law of Mirrors, It’s all a reflection. 

We see a potential in them because we see a potential in ourselves 

We place high expectations on them because we have high expectations in ourselves. 

We get disappointed in them, because we are disappointed in ourselves. 

We get upset and mad at them, because we are upset and mad at ourselves. 

So guess what we do? We place an even higher demand on our kids. 

The next time you are disappointed in your kids, ask yourself this:

Is there something I really wanted to do, but I have somehow “failed” and I’m disappointed in myself? 

Maybe you had a dream, but you gave it up.
Maybe you "should have" studied harder, but you didn't.
Maybe you felt like you'd disappointed your parents.

These are all valid.

So now the question becomes

Can I love my kids right where they are right now? 
Without having to do more, perform more, study more, behave better? 

And more importantly:

Can I love myself right where I am right now? 
Without having to do more, have better behaved kids, have a cleaner house, have more money? 

The Law of Mirrors also applies to other people in your relationship, not just your kids. It could be your parents, your spouse, other people at work. 

How you see others is how you see yourself. 

I remembered the first time I started working on myself, I got so impatient with everyone around me. 

It was all because I was really impatient with myself. 

Because of how I grew up, I wanted things to be done quickly and efficiently. I wanted to get the results right now. 

In the beginning, I only saw that in other people, when they are too slow, not efficient enough, taking too long, I became impatient.

Through understanding myself better, I realize how impatient and disappointed I am of myself, for not creating the results I wanted right away. I kept pushing myself, and being disappointed in myself. 

I'd like you to bring your attention to yourself, what expectations do you have of others? Because those are probably the expectations you have of yourself. 

If you’re interested to explore more around this area, and would like to dive deeper into it, I’d love to offer you 2 free 30-min coaching sessions. So that you can what coaching is about. 

Through this exercise, you'll be able to accept and love yourself more, so you can accept and love the people around you more, so you can have a stronger connection with them.

One of the things I love to do with my clients is to bring them the awareness. The first step is really to be aware of what’s going on. It’s eye opening every single time. 

Book your sessions with me now. 

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