• Being the Best of Me || Re-enter the Dating World In My 40s
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    Being the Best of Me || Re-enter the Dating World In My 40s

    It has been more than two years that I lost my late husband who was also my best friend and my soul-mate. I often joke about myself as the master of survivals. I have survived from hunger and poverty, from family abuse and domestic abuse, from losing my father and losing my late husband. Now I came to a conclusion that there is no situations that I can’t get out off and turned it around to a happy ending. All the suffers that I had been through have turned me into this strong and happy women today who has the laser focus on my dreams and to be the best…

  • Being The Best of Me || What I Say to Myself Matters
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    Being The Best of Me || What I Say to Myself Matters

    Our emotions are often triggered by what others say or do to us. But the hard truth is really what I say to myself matters. It is all about the stories that I tell myself to create the reality of my life. The second year after I moved to America from China, I started working as a Chinese tutor at our local public schools to help a few Chinese kids. Most of those students spoke almost no English. At that time, my English was quite limited as well. I felt very uncomfortable with speaking and writing during our weekly tutor meeting. I took notes by writing it in Chinese and…

  • Being the Best of Me || Develop New Habits to Create a Better Life
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    Being the Best of Me || Develop New Habits to Create a Better Life

    Being the Best of Me || Develop New Habits to Create a Better Life We are our habits. What is a habit? A habit is something you do daily without thinking much about it. It is the unique way that you think, you speak, you act in an autopilot way. Habits become such a part of our routine that they become who we are. Want to be a different or a better, happier person? Just start some new habits! On the other hand, a habit can be something that you can try and break. For example, someone who smokes about 10 times a day knows that this isn’t the best…

  • Being the Best of Me ||Creating A Vision Board To Manifest My Dream Life
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    Being the Best of Me ||Creating A Vision Board To Manifest My Dream Life

    See it, feel it, and believe it! This is the power of a vision board. Jack Canfield has said that “Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you.” A vision board is a concrete representation of your desires for your dream life with images that you can see. They are so fun to create. Just think about that you were granted some superpower and you can get everything you dare to imagine. So just make your dreams as big and as wild as you can! Lol! I for sure had so much fun to make mine! A vision board also can serve…

  • Being The Best of Me || What Would You Direct The Movie About Your Life?
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    Being The Best of Me || What Would You Direct The Movie About Your Life?

    During the holiday seasons, I like to watch movies to build up my holiday cheers. A few nights ago I watched The Christmas Chronicles and really loved it. I am not from a long line family of true believers, lol! But I really believe in miracle of life. I think Santa represents the miracle power that we all have in us that we just have to choose to believe in ourselves. So this movie got me thinking, what if I am the director of this movie called MY OWN LIFE? What type of movie am I going to make? Drama? Action? Adventure? Comedy? Crime? Family? Fantasy? Mystery? Romance? Lol! There…

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    Blog Anniversary || Color and Grace Turns Four Years Old!

    December 7th, 2014, after about one week of researching, discussions with my late husband and other friends, I bought the domain of Color and Grace and posted my first blog on www.colorandgrace.com. Below is one of the earliest photos for the blog post. I had no clue of photo editing. I was so shy so all the photos were taken either in my front yard or back yard. And I had no clue what to write! In the past 4 years, there was one frequently asked question: “What inspired you to start Color and Grace?”. So here is the answer. 🙂 I was born and raised in the rural village…

  • Being The Best Of Me || Improve My Emotional Fitness
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    Being The Best Of Me || Improve My Emotional Fitness

    Physical fitness is easy to see from the mirror, or a scale and if you want to work on this try beginner tennis lessons. But emotional fitness is quite hard to see so it makes it difficult to manage. I thought I have done so much work on myself the past two years, and I am pretty good at understanding and managing my emotions. But the holiday brings so much mixed emotions and I was surprised by how emotional I was, again! I hosted our annual family Thanksgiving dinner at my house. We had great food like usual and a great time hanging out with my step-kids, especially my two…

  • Being The Best Of Me || Focus On What I Want
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    Being The Best Of Me || Focus On What I Want

    Everybody knows we need to focus on what we want. But the reality is we often focus on what we DON’T want. Last week, I was invited to an event in a nearby city in Michigan. The night before my trip when I chatted with a friend, I said something like this ” Let’s see how long it will take me to get there since I always get lost.” My friend pointed out to me “Be positive!” I suddenly realized that my energy focused on what exactly I don’t want!! Why am I doing this?! It kept me thinking. Later on, I think I found my answer. The fears of…

  • Being The Best Of Me || Taking 100% Responsibility For My Life
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    Being The Best Of Me || Taking 100% Responsibility For My Life

    This past April I started my soul searching journey. It all started me wanting some answers about why I lost my husband and what happens after a person passes away? I have been listening to spiritual and motivational Youtube videos every morning since then, and that is how I got familiar with Jack Canfield’s work. I took his ten-day challenge online course and loved it so much, so I signed up for one day workshop in Denver. During this workshop last month, I also signed up for a one year program with him called Train the Trainer. I am so excited to learn more from him and give a more…

  • Being The Best of Me || Podcast Interview On Design Your Second Half
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    Being The Best of Me || Podcast Interview On Design Your Second Half

    It was my great pleasure to be interviewed by Nancy Del Santo from DESIGN YOUR SECOND HALF Podcast. Nancy is such a cool lady in my eyes! As an interior designer/decor, her work has been featured on HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation, The Pasadena Showcase House of Design, The Philharmonic Society of Orange County House of Design, Pasadena’s ASID Kitchen & Home Tour, The Los Angeles Times, CBS Los Angeles Local Newscast, Kitchen Trends Magazine, Bathroom Trends Magazine, NKBA Profiles Magazine, & The Laguna Design Center’s Entertaining By Design. In addition to this, she is a Best of Houzz Award Winner, House Beautiful Online Blogger, Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame…

  • Being The Best Of Me || Finding The Truth Of Loneliness
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    Being the Best of Me || Finding the Truth of Loneliness

    A few nights ago, I was on my way home from an event. I followed my car’s GPS, but it was not updated so It didn’t know anything about the freeway closure. I ended up in Detroit, somewhere in the dark of night. It made me a little nervous to stop at a gas station and fire up my Google Maps app on my phone. Finally, I was on the right freeway. It was quite late, and I was very tired. Suddenly, I heard some huge engine roaring right behind me. Before I reacted, I saw the car near me almost tip over. It was trying to avoid getting hit…

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