I had the pleasure of meeting with a famous Korean motivational speaker, Dr. Jin Kyu Robertson, during my trip to Korea last fall. She speaks frequently to audiences in Korea and around the world, sharing her story of struggle and triumph, instilling hope back into people’s lives and inspiring them to pursue their dreams.
She speaks to audiences old and young, from all walks of life. By sharing her own story, she proves how anything is possible. If she could achieve her dream of becoming a Harvard Ph.D (an impossible dream for a young girl who grew up in poor rural Korea and really struggled with school), anyone could achieve their dreams too!
Her message is simple, but extremely powerful…
She has changed the trajectory of people’s lives by encouraging people to dream again. No one is too old, too young, too poor, or too anything to be able to make their dreams come true.
It was an honor to be able to interview Dr. Jin Kyu Robertson and be able to hear her wisdom and advice on how to achieve impossible dreams. Her advice nudged me forward and gave me a different perspective on how to live my life. I walked away with the sense that I could do anything, and I hope you will too!
This year is the perfect time to rekindle those dreams that lie dormant in the back of our minds. They are there for a reason. They are yours to birth into this world!
To learn more about Dr. Jin Kyu Robertson’s amazing journey, you can purchase her book, Major Dream. It’s an inspiring memoir that demonstrates how you can overcome even the most difficult obstacles in your life to achieve your dreams.
Major Dream: From Immigrant Housemaid to Harvard PhD
Visit her website at: http://drjinrobertson.com/ Read more →
2012 has been a year of change for me. It’s been a year of internal transformation and some deep “problem” excavation. It wasn’t the easiest year, but it was one of the most productive years in terms of getting my life back on track. It was a year of cleaning out the closet (literally and figuratively) and uncovering all the issues in my life that are still lurking underneath the surface… undressed. It was the year to address them. All of them. And I did, and still going…
It wasn’t the year I expected, but it was the year I needed. I needed this time to go deep to sort through issues I didn’t realize were even there. Did this happen to you too?
I intended it, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise, but it kind of was… only because I did not realize how many problems would want my attention. Painful as it was, I dealt with each one by spending the time to face them, address them, and make changes for a different future.
I know I wasn’t the only one. I’ve had some conversations with others who have experienced the same. Rather than moving forward on goals we had wanted to accomplish, we were directed to “clean up” our lives. Emotional baggage, past resentment, lingering to do’s… they kept us busy. We were busy working on letting go of anything that was holding us back.
Now that December 31st is here, I can really look back and say… what a productive year! Productive, not necessarily in the material sense, but rather in the emotional and spiritual sense. I feel happier, freer, and more resolved. My head is clearer and I am stronger. I know what I want and confusion has lifted.
Perhaps the energies of December 21st, 2012 have really started to take effect after all. Read more →
Are there things you’ve always wanted to do, but never gave yourself an opportunity to do? Maybe you dismissed these things as not being that important because they did not make much sense or because they had nothing to do with your career.
What are the things you’ve always wanted to do but never gave them much time or thought? These could be from your bucket list, new year’s resolutions, or random thoughts related to “if I didn’t have to worry about money, I would…”
What are they? List them now.
I want you to give these thoughts some room in your mind. You don’t have to go after these right this second, but I want you to let them wander around in your mind rather than burying them or letting them go. Explore the possibility that these things may happen for you.
My “What I Always Wanted To Do” Fantasy Came True!
I’m encouraging you to do this exercise because one of my long-term fantasies has just come true for me!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve written new year’s resolutions that included a laundry list of items — too many to accomplish in any given year. I used to get discouraged for not achieving them, but now I look at these lists as possibilities.
This year, I created a list on my birthday too. Rather than calling it a list of “resolutions,” which always makes me feel a twinge of guilt if I don’t accomplish the entire list (or any of the list), I decided to call it “Gifts To Myself at Age ____ (fill in your age).”
I listed all the things I wanted to “gift” myself this year. Rather than feeling obligated (as I do with resolutions), I felt privileged to be receiving all these wonderful gifts, whether or not they came. Read more →
In my last post, I talked about following your impulses. I’m doing that now as I am taking action on creating a video series called Flow Living TV that I’ve been thinking about for the last 6 months, possibly longer.
It’s no accident when you have a re-ocurring idea that keeps popping up in your head again and again. It’s an idea that wants to be birthed and it’s asking you to be the mother or father of it.
Whether we choose to take the idea and run with it is our choice. Whenever we have new ideas, we may be asked to step into territories we are not comfortable with to make it happen, but if we believe in the idea, we’ll be able to muster up the courage to take the actions necessary to make them happen. This idea is definitely outside of my comfort zone since I am more comfortable working behind the scenes rather than in front of the camera, but it’s an idea that I thought would be valuable to those who are on their journey towards pursuing their passions in life.
So, here goes… Flow Living TV – an online video series to inspire you to pursue your dreams, give you insights on the real journey to success, and tips and stories to inspire you to live a healthy, happy, and successful life.
Do you have someone who you think would be perfect to interview for this series? If so, let me know!
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Sending you lots of love on your journey! May your life be full of dreams coming true! Read more →
When you declare what your dreams are, the universe will conspire to bring you opportunities that help take you there. Our job is to live our lives to the best of our ability in every moment, and when an opportunity comes our way, step into it.
Opportunities are not always obvious. Sometimes they arrive as an idea or an impulse that may or may not make sense. These ideas and impulses are often gifts from the universe, opportunities to help take you to your next step in your journey. A random idea might pop into your head or you might have a strong feeling to do something. Listen, then step into the opportunity by taking action on it.
Every year I create a list of things I want to to do in my life. Part New Years resolutions and part bucket list, I write out the goals I want to accomplish along with the crazy ideas I come up with as I dream and explore infinite possibilities of what my heart desires. It’s usually a list of items that span all areas of my life, from career to health to fun experiences.
My lists are very long because I add everything I want on there, so it would be really difficult for me to manifest everything on the list in one year. The goal was not to accomplish everything on the list, but rather to uncover what my heart really wanted.
To give you an example, this year, some of the items on my list are:
- Travel internationally with my family (starting with Korea)
- Learn gourmet, healthy natural cooking
- Host a TV Show
- Meet Andrea Beaman
- Have a 6am natural wake-up time (I’m a bit of a night owl and have always wanted to change this)
- Start an eco-fashion line
- Write a book
Honestly, I did not even realize I had written some of these items until I just looked them up as I was writing this. Read more →
I want to talk to you about courage. It’s one of the most important qualities that I’ve had to muster up to accomplish anything BIG in my life.
How many times have you been presented with an opportunity to do something in your life that you knew that you probably should do, but it wasn’t easy for you? Ok, maybe it was just downright scary?
- It could be a little thing, such as being invited to an event where you know no one except the person who invited you. You might want to opt-out and just stay home because the thought of having to put yourself out there and meet new people is just a lot of work and you are tired that day. Or perhaps you are just scared or uncomfortable to be in a room with so many strangers, but you know you should go anyway.
- Or, maybe the opportunity is a big thing, such as being asked to speak at a conference, start a big project, or maybe you have a random BIG thought that keeps rolling around in your head that tells you to take your life in a completely different direction. It could be asking you to change your career, move to a new city, work through a big relationship issue, write a book, or any other big, bold moves that don’t feel comfortable to you right now.
What is calling your name now? The idea may not even make sense to you in that moment, but you know you need to do it.
I’ve learned that any time you are presented with an opportunity or an idea that propels you towards your dreams, FEAR usually gets in the way of you stepping out on a limb and pursuing that route.
Are You Playing It Safe? Read more →
In life, we can go down a path of struggle and pain, or we can choose an alternate path that brings us what we want in life with ease and grace.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have everything flowed into our lives effortlessly? Without struggle, without pain?
The key is to listen to you inner guidance, tune into what your heart and soul really wants, and when you hear the message, actually go and do what it says. This is what I call flow living, or living in the flow. When you listen to what your soul really wants and go for it, the universe miraculously rises up to support you in all of your endeavors. Really!
You will meet the right people to help you at the right time. You will find the money when you absolutely need it. You will find the time to do what it is you need to do. Things just work out.
I’ve experienced this so many times in my life and when I tell people about it, they tell me that the “stars aligned” for me and that it was destiny. Yes, the stars aligned and the universe supported me in my decisions, but that’s because I knew what it took to get the stars to align for me. I followed my inner guidance, my own north star.
Have you experienced this? I’m sure we’ve all experienced this at some point in our lives where we decided to do something and everything just came together miraculously. Maybe you were trying to finish a project by a deadline, plan your wedding, move to another city, get a new job, find a new client, have a baby, launch a business, or just find the perfect gift for someone… it could be anything you were trying to do. Read more →
Life doesn’t always go the way we planned. It takes twists and turns and sometimes takes us in a completely different direction than we had originally planned.
Take my life, for example. I thought I was going to be a doctor, a reconstructive surgeon, in fact. Instead I went into technology. Then, I thought I was going into product design, but life directed me towards software and the web. Then, I thought I was going to be an energy healer, but life sent me to fashion school… and then nutrition school… and the changes keep coming.
It doesn’t make sense, does it?
There is a method to this madness. I didn’t see it then, but I see it now. Life does not waste our talents and our experiences and it all comes together eventually. Your soul has a master plan.
In order to follow the master plan that our soul is guiding us through, we need to let go of expectations and our ideas of accomplishments that we want to achieve by a certain age.
My most dominant thought while I was going through so many career changes was that I had to find my passion so that I could start a business I loved BEFORE I had a baby. I wanted to be an entrepreneur and I thought I’d have everything all set to go by the time I was 30. I would be financially free, I would be in control of my schedule, and everything would be set up for a wonderful work/life balance.
30 came and went. No baby, no business, and I was moving to another city to go back to school again.
It can be very frustrating not knowing where you are going even though you know you are headed in the right direction. It would be simpler if life just handed us a neat little package with our life plan clearly laid out. Read more →
Guest blog post by Emilie James
Personal style is an important element when choosing what to wear each day and conveys much more than the shirt du jour. It is also a channel for self-expression. It is a reflection of places been (both figuratively and literally), where in life one seeks to go, as well as a person’s feelings in that moment.
As humans, we are breathing, walking and talking canvases, and how we choose to adorn that canvas ultimately portrays how we wish the world to view us and how we perceive the world.
Style is also about presenting the best possible you to the world and being an example to those who look up to you. I find that through accessorizing, it is the easiest and perhaps the most fun way to accomplish this.
Jewelry is an easy way to bring several elements of your personality into an outfit. It offers opportunity to add visual interest to any number of outfits. Pieces can be religious or offer calming Zen reminders. It can recall memories from world travels and express exotic cultural interest.
Jewelry can also bring shine and glamour to t-shirts and jeans or romantic bohemian elements to office attire. For example, today I’m wearing a beaded cross pendant & necklace purchased in a Stuttgart museum, a dainty solitaire ring, and citrine birthstone bangle bracelets I received as a gift.
In addition to mirroring one’s experience and self, jewelry can add unexpected texture and excitement to your outfit and provide an average outfit with essence and depth. Statement pieces with beads and jewels or made of metal can give an outfit a really contemporary or artistic voice.
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Let me be real with you here. I had been struggling to get a post out onto my blog for the past few weeks. Contrary to what this blog is all about, I was not in the flow. I would sit down to write and everything would get in the way of me writing. Quite literally!
Here’s one day’s example…
I would sit down to write and I would of course start checking my email and then click through to some things that might interest me. Then Facebook would call my name. I finally got myself back onto a blank page to start writing and then the doorbell would ring because a package came. I’d have to run downstairs and get it then otherwise the super would lock it up in the package room and I’d have to follow up with it later.
As soon as I got back upstairs, a random phone call would come from a telemarketer. Then the doorbell would ring again because another package came. Was this for real? What was with all the interruptions?
There’s more. I’d sit down to write again, and then my mom called and would talk to me for half an hour. As soon as I got off the phone with her and was determined to write, my husband would call me, and then another telemarketer. I never got calls from telemarketers on my cell phone before. What was the deal? I could not believe everyone was calling me back to back during the time I had allotted for writing.
Did the universe not want me to write? Why was all of this happening all at the same time on the same day? Pretty soon, the day was eaten away by all these little disturbances and then it was time to pick up my baby from daycare. Read more →
“The Mad Russian”
I am always interested in learning about alternative healing modalities and therapies. A few months ago, a friend of mine told me about her trip to see someone that was known as “The Mad Russian” or “The Russian,” a man out in Boston who could erase cravings, addictions, depression, anxiety, or phobias. The man’s name is Yefim Shubentsov and he calls himself “The Eraser.”
My friend went to see him from a recommendation from her friend because she was trying to solve her problem of eating under stress. As a future business owner, she realized that she needed to address this issue in order to become an effective business owner. She had suffered from a life long problem of turning to food to make her feel better during stress. She knew she needed to break this habit in order to be a truly effective leader and she finally realized she needed help. Dealing with it on her own wasn’t going to fix the problem.
What amazed me was how her lifestyle completely changed after going to see “The Mad Russian.”
You may be able to relate to my friend. Especially during stressful times, she turned to sweets, fried foods, and anything unhealthy to comfort her. She was addicted to these foods. Willpower alone was not going to prevent her from turning to these foods. A stressful episode might leave her completely depleted emotionally for a full day or two. She wanted a more effective way to deal with her stress and not turn to food.
The Results of My Friend’s Experience
Going From No Exercise to Running Every Day
After her trip to Boston, starting from the very next day, my friend woke up early in the morning and she went out for a run. She simply woke up early and thought, “It’s time to work out.” She laced up her shoes and went out for a run. Read more →
Most people I know hate moving. It’s a physically and emotionally taxing process to have everything in your home packed up and moved into a new home where you have to spend weeks and months setting everything up again before you feel truly settled in. The amount of work it takes is incredible, but there are huge benefits to creating such a big change in your life.
The truth is, I like moving. It gives me a fresh start and a chance to re-evaluate everything in my life and an opportunity to make changes to improve my life. I find that most people don’t share my sentiment, but because I know my mission is to truly create a life I love, I am ready and willing to make any drastic changes necessary in my life to create a better future.
I just recently moved to a new place just a few weeks ago, hence the delay in posting. Thanks for your patience! Moving is a lot of work, especially with a baby, but looking back, it was worth every ounce of effort.
We were nervous about how the baby would adjust to a new home and a new daycare, but it was absolutely seamless that it truly surprised us! All the effort it took to find a new home that fit the criteria we was looking for, get all the paperwork together to apply, find a new day care, and logistically schedule movers and time off to make it all happen was all worth it.
Practically speaking, our family did not need to move. We were only moving one neighborhood away, a 10-15 minute walk. Everything was situated… day care, my studio nearby, we were in an elevator building and located right next to the train, making it a very convenient commute to the city. Read more →
A few weeks ago I attended a natural dye workshop held by the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, at Etsy Labs. I had been wanting to learn how to do natural dyeing and had purchased several books, some natural dyes and a dedicated pot that I purchased for my natural dyeing months ago.
After flipping through the natural dye books, I was overwhelmed. I learned that natural dyeing is not 100% non-toxic as one might assume. There are some mordants (the chemicals used to make the dye color “stick” to the fabric) that are mildly toxic, some more than others. While some sources say that the mordants are completely non-toxic, others say that they are mildly or just plain toxic. It’s controversial, it seems, so many companies opt to use low impact dyes for their fabrics.
This debate was enough for me to hold off until I could learn about the topic in more depth before I proceeded to test stuff out in my kitchen. What I learned from a natural dye book was that each color requires a different mordant in different amounts. There’s a science behind all of this and it was going to take more research than I had originally thought.
(I’ve since found that the most toxic mordants are chrome, copper and tin, which are heavy metals. Avoid these if you attempt to use natural dye. They pollute the environment and are toxic for you too.)
Fortunate for me, Etsy was holding a natural dye workshop not too far from me where I could go and see how to use natural dyes.
The type of natural dyeing method we learned in the workshop is called “bundle dyeing.” The name is quite literal. We bundle the dye stuffs into a piece of fabric (we used a silk scarf in the class) and tie it together. Read more →
We all have dreams of doing amazing things with our lives. Some of us are keeping those dreams alive by believing in them and pursuing them whole-heartedly. If that’s you, you are one of the daring ones that are overcoming fears, moving through blocks and progressing forward to pursue what you REALLY want with your life. Congrats! You are on your way!
What about the rest of us?
Maybe you know you want something more for your life, but are not ready to just go for it yet. There are many reasons for not moving forward and pursuing your dreams — financial concerns, not wanting to give up a lifestyle, fear of failure, kids, etc. Surprisingly, the main reason I hear why people are not pursuing their dreams isn’t one of the ones I listed.
The #1 reason I hear why people aren’t pursuing their dreams is: “I don’t know what I want to do with my life.”
Is this you?
Figuring out what you want to do with your life is not always an easy question to answer and is one that many people struggle with.
We always hear of people who were born knowing what they want to do with their lives. Lucky for them, they can easily focus on the dream that they had since they were a child. For the rest of us, it requires a journey to uncover what we are really passionate about.
Our dreams are often buried because we have been busy just trying to survive, chasing money or prestige, or because we have been living someone else’s dream. It could be one of your parent’s unfulfilled dreams that has been directly influencing your decisions, or maybe you have been working for your parents’ approval your entire life, so you followed a career path they would approve of. Read more →
Monisha Raja, Founder of Love is Mighty
I had an opportunity to meet an amazing vegan shoe and accessories designer, Monisha Raja, doing amazing things with her company, Love Is Mighty. She told her story of how she started her company, inspired by travels through India, in search of doing something that was more meaningful in her life. Prior to starting her company, she was working for many well-known fashion houses in New York, yet didn’t feel fulfilled. Two years ago, she left in search of something more.
What was so inspiring about her story was how she started her journey by really letting inspiration take her wherever it led her. By following where it led, she ended up in some tribal villages in northwest India where she met with tribal artisans that create some really exquisite embroidery. She spent some time in these villages and lived among them, in a hut, really learning what their lives were like and learning about the beautiful work they do.
In these tribal villages, every aspect of their lives are decorative. Girls make everything they wear from head to toe, dressed in their own handiwork and embroidery. They all learn how to sew and embroider from a young age. Women mainly do the bead work and men do the metal work. Embroidery is a big part of their culture.
Meeting these tribal artisans led to the creation of her company, Love Is Mighty, where she incorporates the handmade embroidery of these artisans into the designs of her vegan sandals, shoes, and accessories. All of her shoes and accessories are handmade by these tribal artisans.
Here are some of the beautiful shoe designs from her collection:
Producing With Artisans
Unlike the typical factory lifestyle we find in the U.S. and other developing countries, these artisans do not have all day to spend working on producing designs. Read more →