ARCHIVE: Newsletters [2016-2017]

FORGIVING WITH A PURPOSE

One thing never changes – things never happen the way you expect it to be. No matter how much you prepare and reflect at the beginning of the year, there are always lots of surprises when you look back. Skills you thought would be impossible to hone were mastered; Milestones that seemed easy have tested your patience; Friendships that you never thought could happen became the pillar of your relationships; and gained experiences that redefined the way you

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

How often do we let ourselves forget this? Despite the increasing social engagement online, studies consistently show how more individuals are feeling isolated, depressed and alone. Why could that be?

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FORM OF GRATITUDE

It’s never the ones we can say easily. Yes, we say ‘thank you’ all the time in various forms. From daily gratitude to emails and messaging with friends on social media. But what are we really grateful for when we say ‘thank you’? It’s easy to be grateful for the things where we can see positive results: wins, new accomplishments, and success. But what about the other half? We are who we are today not just because of the

YOU WITH THAT FEAR. DON’T BE DISCOURAGED

When you experience “the worst case scenario”, what do you do? Deep down, we all know that there is something we fear and when it happens, it can be terrifying. I know that I panic for a moment and it feels horrible. Despite the heroic reminders of “challenges make you stronger” ringing through my head, at that very moment, I know that I feel a huge sense of

WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING IN CRUTCHES

Sometimes we forget to fully appreciate what we have until we lose it. From canceled meetings, missed flights, and unexpected snowstorm, I have learned to be calm in face of challenges. Yet, when I unexpectedly found myself leaving the ER with crutches and wheelchair need due to an ankle injury four days before my flight to a client workshop and conference, I got worried. My logistics and priorities changed. I needed to make extra phone calls to ensure where I was going could accommodate my needs.

IN THE JOURNEY OF FINDING THE PERFECT HOUR TO BE CREATIVE

The human part of us like simple answers to complex problems. Deciphering how one can be more creative in the face of limited time, energy and resources is something that many feel like is an impossible task. This is probably why we like to read, share, and enjoy reading articles that highlight one or two secrets to be creative or building a creative culture in a company. It’s nice to feel that with

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION?

I remember the days I used to be nervous about first impressions. It felt like asking the world to judge me based on that first email, first handshake, and first greeting about who I was.

The possibility of screwing that up seemed daunting on events that I thought was critical which only added pressure to how I felt about

#NEVERFORGET WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO DO FOR GROWTH?

There is something powerful about nostalgic memories. They bring back all emotions, reminiscences, and details you thought you had forgotten about, as swift as that fall-wind blowing on your face. Some may see holding on to the past to be a bad thing. I say remembering the past is a powerful way to measure our growth and appreciate our journey. How do you truly know

PAUSE, RIGHT THERE..

I want you to take a moment to close your eyes and ask yourself: When was the last time you really rested your eyes and minds for five minutes without any pressure? When was the last time you truly paused? For many of us, the answer is, ‘it has been too long ago’. We shrug saying that we are too busy and that there is too little time. That there is no time to stop.

But let’s look at this from a

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON ON THE OTHER SIDE.

I remember how shocked I was when I learned how my supervisor had to manage hundreds of emails per day, fifteen years ago. How is it possible to get that many emails? I thought that was what it meant to be a manager.

WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?

If I asked you this question, do you have an answer for everything you do? With the rise of purposeful living and workforce, I started wondering how one can truly understand what purpose is and how to make sense of it. For instance, while purpose is something that makes you feel enriched, happy and challenged, haven’t you noticed how the “what”

HOW DO YOU DEFINE MILESTONES?

Take a moment to write down three moments you hit a milestone in the past three months. Is there any patterns? What happened? Sometimes it’s when we accomplished a goal, won an award or did something we thought was impossible.

FEEDBACK’S TWO FACES

We all have room for improvement. We also see how others can improve. Giving and receiving feedback is a pretty important part of our personal growth. I agree. But I wonder what our feedback really means if we are also judging that experience based on our own lens instead of being open to what is happening.

YOU GET WHAT YOU PUT IN

You don’t need to be a math wizard to understand this. You exercise and eat well because it will get you good health. You work hard and contribute to your team to succeed within your organization. Your output is directly related to your input.

HOW DO YOU GREET YOUR DAY? THE DETAILS MATTER.

Since entrepreneurship, I started noticing how some of our daily expressions may influence the way we subconsciously think about our work and daily routines.

A: “How are things?”
B: “Oh, same old, nothing much.”

“Thank God, it’s Friday!”