Monday morning inspiration (from my husband)

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“In love and in dreams there is no such thing as impossible” “I spent my life scared. Scared of what could happen…Might not happen.. I came to realize that fear is the worst of it. Fear is the real enemy. So I got up…got out in the real world and kicked that bastard as hard as I could square in the teeth” “When you find yourself doubting how far you can go…Remember how far you have come. Remember the times you have won and the challenges you have overcome…”

Monday morning inspiration

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“Option A is not available. So let’s kick the sh#* out of option B” – Sheryl Sandberg “If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in a right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped” – Melinda Gates

Backpacking 28 countries for 8 months…

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“I told a lie to my father that I was going to travel in Korea for a week. That’s how I started backpacking 28 countries for 8 months alone. As growing up in a conservative family, that’s the only way to convince them. At that time, I was stuck in the situation of my family’s obligation and working pressure in Japan. One day, I lost my family member after long care, and then I felt that I need some break before losing myself. At the beginning of my trip, I didn’t know how to enjoy my first freedom that I haven’t got for long time. For example, whenever I felt happy, my tough memory in Japan flashed back. I felt that “old me” was monitoring me with jealousy from the sky, and it made me feel guilty about my decision. In China, people mistook that I was a lost child, so a lady kept holding my hand. In Wales, I missed a bus in mountain; my first hitchhiking attempt was succeeded because a kind family picked me up. In Laos, when I visited a small village without electricity, the moon was bright enough to allow me to walk in the forest at night, and rice fields were shining all over place by reflection of the moon. The great nature and people were enough rehabilitation for me to heal. In Vietnam, I had a motorbike accident and lost my memory. In Morocco, I was chased by young guys with knives. Although I faced dangers in my trips, I didn’t regret my decision, because every single moment was precious for me. It was my first and biggest rebellion in my life. Looking back now, I never thought that I had a hidden power to continue 8 months backpacking. Before the trip, I was very weak, powerless, and I sacrificed my life for somebody’s sake. But what I believe now is- you are the one who find your hidden power inside you, not by someone. You have to be bold and courageous to change your situation even if it looks impossible to do so. During my trip, one traveler told me such “Don’t live somebody else’s life”. This still keeps motivating me. Women tend to sacrifice their life for somebody. But you have to be a main character of your life”.

9 lives…

“This concept just came to me as I was contemplating this blog post. I was thinking about how I could possibly write something from a position of empowerment or power or “I’ve got it all together” when I so don’t have it all together; I started thinking “but I’ve had it together before, what happened?”. In thinking about this I came to the realization that we never have “OUR LIFE” (I have capitalized this on purpose as though it is one big thing) together. My life, I realized, is actually a series of small lives… Continue reading “9 lives…”

The courage to share with the world…

“Empowerment – the word means different things to different people. For me, the road to empowerment means challenging and overcoming my fear of criticism. Looking back over my younger days, I remember some crucial moments when I let my fear of criticism get the best of me. Literally my BEST evaporated under the stress of fear and humiliation. My younger, less confident formative years were filled with a debilitating fear of criticism. But around the age of 15, I started to find my courage. In our high school, we had a Friday night coffee house set up in the library, for aspiring folk singers like myself to take the stage and entertain the crowd with a couple of songs. Continue reading “The courage to share with the world…”

empowerment quotes

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right-for you’ll be criticized anyway. You will be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t” – Eleanor R.

“The giving of love is an education in itself” – Eleanor Roosevelt

women’s empowerment

“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult” – Charlotte Whitton

“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say. “She doesn’t have what it takes”. They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes”- Clare Boothe Luce

“The best protection any women can have ..is courage”- Elizabeth Cady Stanton heres-to-strong-women

“Confidence comes not from always being right but not fearing to be wrong”
“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny” – Albert Ellis

Happy international Women’s day!
The daughters. The mothers.
The sisters. The friends. 
The wives. The girlfriends.
The aunts. The nieces.
The grand-somethings.
The women in your life.
Who love, lose, cry.
Laugh, heal, thrive.
Nurture. Care.
To every beatuful women on earth,
I am wishing you happiness and health!
You are stronger than you think.
You are more beatuful than you think. Be strong. Be positive. Be yourself.
You.Are.Amazing.

“The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.” — Charles Malik