Owning your story

When I started this blog, it was because of my story. My story of being an insecure child, who struggled deeply with low self-esteem. I started this blog because, during a large part of my past, I didn’t feel good on the inside. I took my emotions and anger out on my siblings, the kids […]

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“Chuc Mung Nam Moi” from our diverse family to yours

I think people are super surprised when I tell them my mom is Chinese. My sisters and I totally take after our Italian and Scottish father!  We didn’t typically grow up doing anything traditional for Chinese New Year aside from my mom giving us some lucky money.  I do recall my mom buying mandarin oranges […]

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Speaking my truth in an upcoming documentary: I heart Bullies

Sometimes you simply have to speak your truth, even if your voice shakes. But, what is your truth? Your truth is what you stand for, your values, boundaries, what you’re aspiring to become and most importantly; your authenticity. This is something I didn’t fully quite grasp until the other day when I was in a vulnerable […]

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The things I am most proud of this past year and… the things I am not

As the new year approaches, I’ve reflected on this past year. Mostly, I’ve been pondering the things that made me feel good within, and truthfully I’ve been thinking about the things that didn’t. Last year I wrote a post about the things that brought more joy into my life, and how going into 2015 I […]

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Making personal connections

Last weekend, I attended an intimate one day retreat called Being Woman and this past weekend I attended  Leading Moms and Blog Podium. Although each event was very different, I left all of them feeling refreshed, inspired, and most importantly; connected. In fact, many people I saw at these events, I’ve connected with online. And, I finally […]

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Raw Beauty Talks- #MyBeachBody campaign 

When I was asked  to take part in the Raw Beauty Talks #MyBeachBody campaign with my daughters,  I did not hesitate. In fact,  a bathing suit blog post is something I’ve been  thinking about doing for a while. When the opportunity came up, I was excited and eager to take part in it. I wanted to […]

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Photos aren’t meant to make you feel bad about yourself…

You know what’s soul-destroying? Looking at a photo of yourself and hating it. That is  what’s  soul-destroying. When I received our wedding photos back in 2007, I remember thinking to myself, I should have worked out harder, because I thought I looked fat. Although it was one of the happiest days of my life, I […]

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#3ThingsThursday- Three last-minute Valentine gift ideas

With Valentine’s Day  quickly approaching, I thought I would share for #3ThingsThursday,  three last-minute Valentine’s  gift ideas for anyone in your life. I  truly enjoying giving gifts more than receiving. There’s just something about giving that feels so  good, all year round. If you want to make someone feel good on the inside  this Valentine’s […]

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Hate is a strong word

  There have been many occasions as an educator and parent when I have used the phrase: “hate is a strong word.” For example, when children say they hate their peas, or hate their carrots, or hate their friend who took their toy, I always reply with this phrase. While it’s natural for children to […]

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