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My Girl

I’m so grateful for my 13-year old Honda CRV. I remember when I first bought her. Her silver paint job shone radiantly in the sun. Since then her paint job has faded. It’s a duller gray, with a hint of luster to it still. She’s been banged up a few too many times....

5 Reasons You Need To Be More Selfish

Although I’d rather die than return to the 1950’s, in some ways I feel it’s harder for women now. There is pressure for women to have an impressive career, be a super mom, be a perfect wife, have a rocking body and have an amazing circle of...

What The Bible Says About Orlando

As a blogger, I feel it would be remiss not to talk about the terrible tragedy that occurred in Orlando: the largest mass killing in US history. I remember when the Paris shootings occurred my Facebook feed was awash with posts about prayers for Paris and red, white...

How I Survived No Screens For 24 Hours

Photo by Paul Townsend is licensed under CC BY 2.0 No, you didn’t misread the title. I went without screens for 24 hours. Why? I’m a super spiritual, monk-like, transcendant guru who wanted the discipline of no screens. NOT! I had been having some weird...

5 Reasons A Smaller House Is Better

We recently moved from the burbs to an urban, walkable neighborhood. When asked why people would ask “Are you moving to a bigger place?” The implication was bigger was better. Most of the homes in our new neighborhood were built in the earlier 1900’s...

Need A Superpower?

What if there was a product guaranteed to make you feel better, look better, be healthier, help your brain function better, improve your emotional well-being, increase your productivity and arguably improve your relationships and finances? How much would you pay for...

My Manifesto

How many people do you know whom are living out their dream? A handful? More likely 1 or 2? Why? I see too many people who are victims of their lives, rather than masters of it. They’re overwhelmed and carried along in a sea of problems, rather than pursuing the...

Why She Doesn’t Like You

Photo by mendhak is licensed under CC BY 2.0 This post would fall under the emotional health category, which I feel is directly linked to financial health. She’s looking at everyone except me. She’s not making eye contact. Why is she smiling at everyone else? Did I do...

How I Failed Epically

Growing up in an Asian immigrant family, I grew up constantly striving for perfection. I believed my worth was derived from perfect performance. I followed the perfect path. I went to an elite private high-school, Georgetown for college (well, I guess not so perfect,...

That Hat I Was Jonesing For

Recently, I went on a date with my husband to a store selling hats. I don’t often wear hats, but there was a black felt hat I became fixated on. See picture above. Isn’t it darling? I tried it on and it made me look cool (at least I thought so). The hat...

What’s Your Personal Legend?

Photo by dynamosquito is licensed under CC BY 2.0 One of my favorite books of all time is Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. I decided to kick off this year reading it. Even though I’ve read this book several times, I was blown away by how inspired I was. The...

My Scary New Year Resolution

What? I can’t do that. People like me don’t do things like that. I met with an amazing mentor of mine, Chris Martinez, who challenged me to write a book. Thoughts filled my mind… I can’t do that.  Normal people like me don’t write books....

How to Avoid a Holiday Hangover

I have a term I like to use called the “Holiday hangover.” It’s not from drinking too much eggnog, but from overspending and overdoing it during the holidays. But, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!” Although, this really...

What gave you joy in 2015?

This is the time of year when I get reflective. I think about what I’m grateful for, what went well, what didn’t go well and where I want to go in the next year. Thinking about my life and business, I’ve been asking myself: What gives me joy? What...

3 Ways I Found Sanity

Photo by Kathy Kimpel is licensed under CC BY 2.0. (Las Cruces, New Mexico) My life has been crazy. I’m sure you can relate. Nowadays, people seem to respond with “Busy’ more than “Good,” when I ask how they are. In her book Overwhelmed,...

How To Thwart ISIS

You may be surprised I’m blogging about this topic, but as a blogger who blogs about wellness, I feel it would be remiss not to say something about Paris. I started seeing stuff about Paris on my News Feed on Facebook.  Sadly, I’ve become used to hearing...

Crystal Paine’s Antidote to Every Mom’s Dilemma

When my son was born I thought I only had two options. Option 1: I could be a stay-at-home mom and bring in no income, which was not really an option for us.  Option 2: I could continue working my corporate job, but not spend as much time with family as I wanted to....

If You Have Trouble Saying No to Yourself

When I hear the word “No” it brings me back to Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign from the eighties. This is not a great connotation, considering the “Just Say No” campaign instilled morbid fear in my soul. I can still visualize Nancy...