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Happy Asian Woman

Happy Asian Woman

By Alice Chen
A show to help Asian-American women find more joy in love, work, and life. With mental health so crucial during these Covid times, let's learn how to live our best lives. Hosted by professional journalist and Stanford grad Alice Chen. Learn more about us @ www.HappyAsianWoman.com and join our Facebook group @ bit.ly/38R7rEJ
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Ep. 11: CNBC Anchor Jon Fortt, Who's Black and Married to a Korean-American Woman, Discusses Raising Children Empowered in Their Racial Identities (Bonus Episode Pt. 1)

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38. Overcoming Burnout with Joyce Guan West (Season Finale Pt. 2)
How do you know when you're burned out? What are some practices to recover? Join me in a conversation with Joyce Guan West, a  business, executive and career coach who also coaches her clients on burnout. In Part 1, we talk about how recover from burnout by challenging your mindset and calming your body through breath work and self compassion. We also discuss how to set boundaries in a non-confrontational way. In Part 2, we talk about how to help someone who's burned out. We also discuss how to recover from burnout if you're in an intense field like medicine or caring for aging relatives.  Connect with Joyce Guan West: LinkedIn Instagram Episode Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting
28:50
November 04, 2021
37. Overcoming Burnout with Joyce Guan West (Season Finale - Pt 1)
How do you know when you're burned out?  And what are some practices to recover?  Join me in a conversation with Joyce Guan West, a  business, executive and career coach who also does burnout coaching.  In Part 1, we talk about how to challenge your mindset and calm your body through breath work and self compassion. We also discuss setting boundaries in a non-confrontational way, through open-ended questions .  In Part 2, we talk about how to help someone who's burned out and how to recover from burnout if you're in an intense field like medicine or caring for aging relatives. Joyce also shares about how she personally recovered from burnout, why it's a great option to work for yourself, and the importance of prioritizing deep work instead of multi-tasking. Connect with Joyce Guan West: LinkedIn Instagram Episode Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting
28:06
November 04, 2021
36: Building a Dream Career in Hollywood with TV Writer Jenn Kao - Lucifer, Leverage, Daybreak, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Emerald City (Pt 2 of 2)
What does it take to break into Hollywood and rise in a competitive field like TV writing? Join me in a conversation with Jenn Kao, a TV drama writer who specializes in thrillers, sci fi and horror. She’s working on a drama pilot for Peacock and was a co-executive producer on Daybreak by Netflix. Jenn’s also written for Leverage, Emerald City, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and Lucifer. Jenn went to film school at UCLA and majored in English at Stanford, where I met her our freshman year. Jen is Chinese-American and grew up in the far west suburbs of Chicago, where her parents co-founded their town’s first Chinese school. Now she lives in Eagle Rock with her husband and two kids. In Part 2, Jenn shares about what it's like to be an Asian woman in Hollywood, balancing family with career, and advice for others hoping to break into the field of TV writing. Don't miss Part 1 where Jenn discussed her path to Hollywood, her parent's influence on her career, and how she handles rejection and competition. Episode Sponsor: www.BrightStory.info
28:19
October 21, 2021
35: Building a Dream Career in Hollywood with TV Writer Jenn Kao - Lucifer, Leverage, Daybreak, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Emerald City (Pt 1 of 2)
What does it take to break into Hollywood and rise in a competitive field like TV writing?  Join me in a conversation with Jenn Kao, a TV drama writer who specializes in thrillers, sci fi and horror. She’s working on a drama pilot for Peacock and was a co-executive producer on Daybreak by Netflix. Jenn’s also written for Leverage, Emerald City, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and Lucifer. Jenn went to film school at UCLA and majored in English at Stanford, where I met her our freshman year. Jen is Chinese-American and grew up in the far west suburbs of Chicago, where her parents co-founded their town’s first Chinese school. Now she lives in Eagle Rock with her husband and two kids. In Part 1, Jenn talks about her path to Hollywood, her parent's influence on her career, and how she handles rejection and competition. In Part 2, Jenn shares about what it's like to be an Asian woman in Hollywood, balancing family and career, and advice for others hoping to break into the field of TV writing. Episode Sponsor: www.BrightStory.info
28:36
October 21, 2021
34. Unschooling and Untigering with Iris Chen (Pt. 2 of 2)
Did you grow up under an authoritarian parenting style and do you want to try something different with your kids? Or perhaps you want your children to have more confidence in their decision making skills, be independent thinkers and self driven? If any of those ideas resonate, listen in on my conversation with Iris Chen, founder of the Untigering movement and author of Untigering, Peaceful Parenting for the Deconstructing Tiger Parent. In addition to being an Untigerer, Iris is also an advocate for unschooling -- homeschooling that's completely student led and non-coercive -- the epitome of Untigering. In Part 2, we talk about what Iris's expectations are of her kids' career choices, how to instrinsically motivate your kids, and how to apply an unschooling mindset if you're in public school. If you missed Part 1, we talked about unschooling definitions and impacts on happiness, Iris' family's unschooling journey, and what a typical day of unschooling looks like. Resources: www.untigering.com Instagram & Facebook: @untigering Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting www.BrightStory.info
34:25
October 07, 2021
33. Unschooling and Untigering with Iris Chen (Pt. 1 of 2)
Did you grow up under an authoritarian parenting style and do you want to try something different with your kids?  Or perhaps you want your children to have more confidence in their decision making skills, be independent thinkers and self driven? If any of those ideas resonate, listen in on my conversation with Iris Chen, founder of the Untigering movement and author of Untigering, Peaceful Parenting for the Deconstructing Tiger Parent. In addition to being an Untigerer, Iris is also an advocate for unschooling -- homeschooling that's completely student led and non-coercive -- the epitome of Untigering.  In Part 1 we talk about unschooling definitions and impacts on happiness, Iris' family's unschooling journey, and what a typical day of unschooling looks like. In Part 2 we talk about whether Iris has expectations of her kids' career choices, how to instrinsically motivate your kids, and how to apply an unschooling mindset if you're in public school. Resources: www.untigering.com Instagram & Facebook: @untigering Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting www.BrightStory.info
23:23
October 07, 2021
32. Have Better Sex and Embrace Your Sensuality w/Dr. Toni Liu (Pt. 2 of 2)
Have you ever wanted to improve your sex life or get more comfortable with your sensuality? If so, listen to the wisdom of life coach and physician Dr. Toni Liu. Dr. Toni is a former OB/GYN turned family practice physician who trained at the Brown 8-year combined undergrad/medical program and the University of Michigan. She's also a life coach and one of her specialties is helping Asian-American women get liberated in their sexuality. Dr. Toni runs a shame-free sex-ed course, teaching women about discovering and embracing their sexuality. In Part 2, we discuss how to attract people, embrace your sensuality, and enjoy and improve your sex life. If you missed part 1, we talked about how to value and develop your sexuality, sex myths, and how to love yourself. Resources: Dr. Toni Liu: DrTooni.com Instagram @DrTooni Episode Sponsor www.BrightStory.info
23:35
September 23, 2021
31. Have Better Sex and Embrace Your Sensuality w/Dr. Toni Liu (Pt. 1 of 2)
Have you ever wanted to improve your sex life or get more comfortable with your sensuality?  If so, listen to the wisdom of life coach and physician Dr. Toni Liu.  Dr. Toni is a former OB/GYN and current family practice physician who trained at the Brown 8-year combined undergrad/medical program and the University of Michigan. She's also a life coach and one of her specialties is helping Asian-American women get liberated in their sexuality. Dr. Toni runs a shame-free sex-ed course, helping women discover and embrace their sexuality.  In Part 1, we talk about how to unearth and value your sexuality, sex myths, and how to love yourself. In Part 2, we discuss how to attract people, embrace your sensuality, and enjoy and improve your sex life. Resources: Dr. Toni Liu: DrTooni.com Instagram @DrTooni Episode Sponsor www.BrightStory.info
26:05
September 23, 2021
30. Christian Mindfulness w/Dr. Regina Chow Trammel (Pt. 2 of 2)
Do you want to learn how to experience more of God in your every day life? Join me for a conversation on Christian mindfulness with therapist and author Regina Chow Trammel, PhD LCSW. Dr. Regina is an associate professor in the Master of Social Work program at Azusa Pacific University and her book A Counselor's Guide to Christian Mindfulness is being released by Zondervan on Sept. 14, 2021. In part 2, Dr. Regina shares some favorite mindfulness exercises for women, using our creativity to bring mindfulness to the mundane. She also talks about how to use mindfulness in mind, body and soul to stop our negative thinking patterns. Dr. Regina also gives tips on how to quiet our minds enough to practice mindfulness. Finally, she shares tips on how to mindfully craft our lives. Don't miss part 1, where we talked about the definition of Christian mindfulness, whether it's a legitimate practice for Christians, and the impact of mindfulness on our brains. Dr. Regina also shares a beautiful exercise she used to help Asian Christian women in a support group she recently led. Resources: Dr. Regina Chow Trammel: ReginaChowTrammel.com Instagram @regina_chow_trammel - posts about Asian American female identity, Christian mindfulness and other therapy tidbits Episode Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting: www.BrightStory.info
22:29
September 09, 2021
29. Christian Mindfulness w/Dr. Regina Chow Trammel (Pt. 1 of 2)
Do you want to learn how to experience more of God in your every day life? Join me for a conversation on Christian mindfulness with therapist and author Regina Chow Trammel, PhD LCSW.  Dr. Regina is an associate professor in the Master of Social Work program at Azusa Pacific University and her book A Counselor's Guide to Christian Mindfulness is being released by Zondervan on Sept. 14, 2021.  In part 1, we talk about the definition of Christian mindfulness, whether it's a legitimate practice for Christians, and the impact of mindfulness on our brains. Dr. Regina also shares a beautiful exercise she used to help Asian Christian women in a support group she recently led.  In part 2, Dr. Regina shares some favorite mindfulness exercises for women, using our creativity to bring mindfulness to the mundane. She also talks about how to use mindfulness in mind, body and soul to stop our negative thinking patterns. Dr. Regina also gives tips on how to quiet our minds enough to practice mindfulness. Finally, she shares tips on how to mindfully craft our lives. Resources: Dr. Regina Chow Trammel: ReginaChowTrammel.com Instagram @regina_chow_trammel - posts about Asian American female identity, Christian mindfulness and other therapy tidbits Episode Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting: www.BrightStory.info
21:13
September 09, 2021
28. Joy Lessons from Helping a Sick Parent & Season 3 Preview
Welcome to Season 3! In this episode, I share lessons I'm learning about joy while balancing helping a sick elderly parent and taking care of my kids. I also give an overview of what's to come this season - burnout, unschooling, sex and sensuality, Christian mindfulness and how to share our stories in Hollywood.
01:47
September 09, 2021
27. Speaking Up and Sharing Our Stories (Pt 2 of 2, Bonus Episode)
Have you ever wanted to share your story/perspective, whether it be at work, in a book or in the media? The world needs your voice and in this era of anti-Asian violence it's more important than ever to share our ideas and shape our culture. Let's learn from leaders in the workplace, books and the media about how they've spoken out, advocated for themselves and shared their stories. In this episode we discuss how people spoke put about injustice, where people get their ideas since all panelists are in idea-driven fields, and what Asians need to improve on in the work place. Special questions from children include how to speak up in the classroom and how old each panelist was when they started speaking up. Don't miss Part 1 when we discussed how each panelist got to the very high levels of their fields, how they addressed adversity for their race, and how to prevent anti-Asian violence. Panelists: *Michael Cabanatuan: San Francisco Chronicle Reporter *Doy Charnsupharindr, MBA: CEO Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute, Faculty UC Berkeley Haas School of Business *Yang Huang: Novelist - My Good Son, My Old Faithful, Living Treasures Moderator: Alice Chen, MSJ: Journalist and Host of Happy Asian Woman Podcast, Owner of BrightStory Admission Consulting Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting
30:24
May 28, 2021
26. Speaking Up and Sharing Our Stories (Pt 1 of 2, Bonus Episode)
Have you ever wanted to share your story/perspective, whether it be at work, in a book or in the media? The world needs your voice and in this era of anti-Asian violence it's more important than ever to share our ideas and shape our culture. Let's learn from leaders in the workplace, books and the media about how they've spoken out, advocated for themselves and shared their stories. In Part 1 we discuss how each panelist got to the very high levels of their fields, how they addressed adversity for their race, and how to prevent anti-Asian violence. In Part 2 we discuss how people spoke out about injustice, where people get their ideas since all panelists are in idea-driven fields, and what Asians need to improve on in the work place. Special questions from children include how to speak up in the classroom and how old each panelist was when they started speaking up. Panelists: *Michael Cabanatuan: San Francisco Chronicle Reporter *Doy Charnsupharindr, MBA: CEO Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute, Faculty UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Actor, Singer *Yang Huang: Novelist - My Good Son, My Old Faithful, Living Treasures Moderator: Alice Chen, MSJ: Journalist and Host of Happy Asian Woman Podcast, Owner of BrightStory Admission Consulting Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting
38:07
May 28, 2021
25. Balancing Careers, Chores and Childcare w/Your Partner (Season Finale Pt. 2 of 2)
Do you want your partner to help more with the kids and chores? How do you and your spouse balance your careers after having kids? Join Dr. Sophia Lin Ott, one of our most popular guests from Season One, and I as we discuss these issues. In Part 2, we talk about whether it makes sense to step back in our careers to support our husbands careers, creative ways to use paid help, and  how to get kids to pitch in more at home. Don't miss Part 1 where we discussed why women can be easily angered, the importance of getting help and managing our own expectations, and speaking so our partners can hear us. We also talk about how to split chores when one partner makes less money and works more unpaid hours. Episode Resources: Dr. Sophia Lin Ott Dr. Sophia Lin Ott's Online School Dr. Sophia Lin Ott's Instagram | Facebook Episode Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting
31:59
May 27, 2021
24. Balancing Careers, Childcare and Chores w/Your Partner (Season Finale - Pt. 1 of 2)
Do you want your partner to help more with the kids and chores? How do you and your spouse balance your careers after having kids? Join Dr. Sophia Lin Ott, one of our most popular guests from Season One, and I as we discuss these issues.  We talk about why women can be easily angered, the importance of getting help and managing our own expectations, and speaking so our partners can hear us. We also discuss how to split chores when one partner makes less money and works more unpaid hours.   In Part 2, we discuss whether it makes sense to step back in our careers to support our husband's careers, creative ways to use paid help, and how to get kids to pitch in more at home. Episode Resources: Dr. Sophia Lin Ott Dr. Sophia Lin Ott's Online School Dr. Sophia Lin Ott's Instagram | Facebook Episode Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting
40:54
May 27, 2021
Ep. 23: Career & Entrepreneurship Advice from Serial Entrepreneur and Career Coach Joyce Guan West (Pt. 2)
What's holding Asian-Americans back from the top levels of leadership in the workplace? How can you be more valued (make more $) in your career? How do you sell yourself without being slimy? Join me for an interview with top-rated career coach and serial entrepreneur Joyce Guan West as we tackle these questions. Joyce has launched 6 companies and sold a recent one for several million dollars. And Joyce's latest venture is Coaching with Empathy, a career coaching company that specializes in helping Asian-American women level up, especially into the C-suite. One of Joyce's key skills is selling, both herself and her businesses. But Joyce wasn't always this confident and outspoken; in fact, she used to be painfully shy. Listen in as Joyce shares her journey and along the way, drops many pearls of career wisdom specifically aimed at Asian-American women. (Note: Audio quality is imbalanced so it may be hard to hear Joyce if you're in a car. It may be better to listen in a quieter environment. We'll work on preventing this for future episodes.) 02:12 How to learn on the job 11:00 -Side hustle advice 15:52 When to sell a business 17:01 How to be truly valued financially 21:07 Using LinkedIn to land clients 22:05: What's holding Asian Americans back from the c-suite and the top tip for helping them get there 26:50 Tips for relationship building with colleagues 28:11 Advice for parents who want to raise entrepreneurial kids  Connect with Joyce: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joyceguanwest https://www.linkedin.com/company/coachingwithempathy?trk=public_profile_topcard-current-company
35:38
May 13, 2021
Ep. 22: Career & Entrepreneurship Advice from Serial Entrepreneur and Career Coach Joyce Guan West (Pt. 1)
How do you sell yourself without being slimy? How can you be more valued (a.k.a. make more $) in your career? What's holding Asian Americans back from the top levels of leadership in the workplace? Join me for an interview with top-rated career coach and serial entrepreneur Joyce Guan West as we tackle these questions.  Joyce has launched 6 companies and sold a recent one for several million dollars. And Joyce's latest venture is a career coaching company that specializes in helping Asian-American women level up, especially into the C-suite. One of Joyce's key skills is selling, both herself and her businesses. But Joyce wasn't always this confident and outspoken; in fact, she used to be painfully shy. Listen in as Joyce shares her journey and along the way, drops many pearls of career wisdom specifically aimed at Asian-American women. (Note: Audio quality is imbalanced so it may be hard to hear Joyce if you're in a car. It may be better to listen in a quieter environment. We'll work on preventing this for future episodes.)  Interview Highlights: 05:09 Accidental entrepreneurship 06:24 How to sell without being slimy and how sales prepares you for advancing your career 11:15 How to start a business with friends 18:00 Finding a mentor through cold calling 19:20 How Joyce networks 25:55 Midlife crisis at age 22 Connect with Joyce: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joyceguanwest https://www.linkedin.com/company/coachingwithempathy?trk=public_profile_topcard-current-company    
35:45
May 13, 2021
Ep. 21: Money - Spending on Self, Lessons and Investing (Pt. 2 of 2)
Money impacts so many areas of our lives, from our marriages, to careers and parenting. Having access and spending wisely are crucial for happiness.  Join real estate investor/finance expert Daisy Fitzgerald and I as we talk about all things money. In Part 2 we discuss the importance of spending money on self care, lessons learned from running our own consulting businesses, and our personal investments. Don't miss Part 1 when we discussed the importance of money knowledge for happiness, what to look for in a potential husband when it comes to money matters, how to not let money control you, and how our financial and career priorities changed after having children. Show Sponsor BrightStory Admission Consulting
21:15
April 29, 2021
Ep. 20: Money - Empowerment, Husbands, How Not to be Controlled (Pt. 1 of 2)
Money impacts so many areas of our lives, from our marriages, to careers and parenting. Having access and spending wisely are crucial for happiness.  Join real estate investor/finance expert Daisy Fitzgerald and I as we talk about all things money. In Part 1 we discuss the importance of money knowledge for happiness, what to look for in a potential husband when it comes to money matters, how to not let money control you and how our financial and career priorities changed after having children. In Part 2 we discuss the importance of spending money on self care, lessons learned from running our own consulting businesses, and our personal investments. Show Sponsor BrightStory Admission Consulting 
32:54
April 29, 2021
Ep. 19: Taking Risks, Overcoming Rejection & Making $ as a Creative w/YouTube Star Clara Lieu (Pt. 2 of 2)
Have you (or your kids) ever wanted to pursue a creative career? Ever wonder what it takes to get 95,000 subscribers on YouTube? Learn from Clara Lieu, a visual artist and founder of ArtProf.org, a free website that features art lessons, critiques, mindset lessons and more on YouTube. Clara is a former adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and she discusses how she's created her own opportunities in the art world. In Part Two, Clara talks about making money on YouTube, the power of experimentation, cross pollinating and more. If you missed Part One, be sure to listen as Clara talks about balancing passion vs. money, coping with rejection, and the secret to getting so many YouTube subscribers. Resources: www.ClaraLieu.com ArtProf.org Join our discussion on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/achen.msj/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2869727736597314 Episode Sponser: Brightstory Admission Consulting www.BrightStory.info
30:31
April 16, 2021
Ep. 18: Taking Risks, Overcoming Rejection & Making $ as a Creative w/YouTube Star Clara Lieu (Pt. 1 of 2)
Have you (or your kids) ever wanted to pursue a creative career? Ever wonder what it takes to get 95,000 subscribers on YouTube? Learn from Clara Lieu, a visual artist and founder of ArtProf.org, a free website that features art lessons, critiques, mindset lessons and more on YouTube. Clara is a former adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and she discusses how she's created her own opportunities in the art world. In Part One, Clara talks about balancing passion vs. money, coping with rejection, and the secret to getting so many YouTube subscribers. In Part Two, Clara talks about making money on YouTube, the power of experimentation, cross pollinating and more.  Resources:  www.ClaraLieu.com ArtProf.org Join our discussion on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/achen.msj/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2869727736597314 Episode Sponser: Brightstory Admission Consulting www.BrightStory.info
29:37
April 16, 2021
Ep. 17: Self Advocacy w/o Being a B*tch at Work and at Home (Pt. 2 of 2)
Should you be a b*tch when you ask for what you want? What does being a b*tch even mean? Join Harvard Law grad and expert communications coach Elaine Lin Hering and I as we discuss these dilemmas. Elaine was just 33 when she made managing partner of the Triad Consulting Group, which helps companies with  conflict management and negotiation. In this episode, we discuss how to find a mentor, how to advocate without being a b*tch, and speaking up at home.  Resources: https://www.triadconsultinggroup.com hering@diffcon.com Want to chat more about this?  Join our discussion on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/achen.msj/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2869727736597314 Episode Sponser: Brightstory Admission Consulting www.BrightStory.info
30:39
April 01, 2021
Ep. 16: Self Advocacy w/o Being a B*tch at Work and at Home (Pt. 1 of 2)
Should you be a b*tch when you ask for what you want? What does being a b*tch even mean? Join Harvard Law grad and expert communications coach Elaine Lin Hering and I as we discuss these dilemmas. Elaine was just 33 when she made managing partner of the Triad Consulting Group, which helps companies with  conflict management and negotiation.  In Part 1, we discuss definitions of b*itch, how to promote your professional accomplishments - well before your performance review and without eliciting jealousy from your colleagues - and getting prestigious jobs with the help of mentors.   Resources: https://www.triadconsultinggroup.com hering@diffcon.com Want to chat more about this? Join our discussion on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/achen.msj/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2869727736597314 Episode Sponser: Brightstory Admission Consulting www.BrightStory.info
31:57
April 01, 2021
Ep. 15: Healing and Resilience Strategies in the Face of Racism (Pt. 2 of 2)
How are you holding up in the recent wave of anti-Asian violence? Listen to therapist, international public speaker, YouTuber and author Jeanie Y. Chang as she shares about how to unlearning unhealthy patterns, incorporate things that are working into your life, how to dismantle racism, and her new book, "A is for Authentic, Not for Anxieties or Straight A's."  If you missed the last episode, Jeanie talked about the impacts of racism on our mental health, how to be proactive with our mental health, and strategies for resilience. Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanieychang https://yourchangeprovider.com/ https://www.instagram.com/yourchangeprovider/?hl=en
26:53
March 17, 2021
Ep. 14: Healing and Resilience Strategies in the Face of Racism (Pt. 1 of 2)
How are you holding up in the recent wave of anti-Asian violence? Listen to therapist, international public speaker, YouTuber and author Jeanie Y. Chang as she shares about the impacts of racism on our mental health, how to be proactive with our mental health, and strategies for resilience. Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanieychang https://yourchangeprovider.com/ https://www.instagram.com/yourchangeprovider/?hl=en
31:14
March 17, 2021
Ep. 13: Season 2 Kickoff: Happiness Tips, Show Update and Preview
This trailer is being released on the day after the Atlanta shootings targeting Asian women. It's more important than ever for us as a community to practice deep self care, support each other, speak out, and share our stories to humanize us.  Join me as I share some recent lessons in happiness, discuss show developments, and give a taste of what's to come. 
05:11
March 17, 2021
Ep. 12: CNBC Anchor Jon Fortt, Who's Black and Married to a Korean-American Woman, Discusses Raising Children Empowered in Their Racial Identities (Bonus Episode Pt. 2)
Are you concerned about raising children in our racially fraught country? If so, join me for an inspiring conversation with CNBC anchor Jon Fortt, the co-host of Squawk Alley. Jon will share how he's teaching his kids to be empowered in their racial identity. In the wake of the George Floyd killing, Jon decided to teach his young sons, ages 10 and 12, how to survive in America. He created an 18-lesson course called The Black Experience in America, which he taught his children and their friends. The Course is available at Fortt Media and will soon be available at various schools and in a corporate setting. Jon and his wife also participate in many Korean traditions, and took their sons to Korea to learn about their roots. In Part 2, Jon discusses how he maintains hope in the face of racism, how Asian Americans can help their children understand their racial identities,  and the importance of learning from other cultures. Resources: ForttMedia.com
35:29
January 19, 2021
Ep. 11: CNBC Anchor Jon Fortt, Who's Black and Married to a Korean-American Woman, Discusses Raising Children Empowered in Their Racial Identities (Bonus Episode Pt. 1)
Are you concerned about raising children in our racially fraught country? If so, join me for an inspiring conversation with CNBC anchor Jon Fortt, the co-host of Squawk Alley. Jon will share how he's teaching his kids to be empowered in their racial identity. In the wake of the George Floyd killing, Jon decided to teach his sons, ages 10 and 12, how to survive in America. He created an 18-lesson course called The Black Experience in America, which he taught his children and their friends. The Course is available at Fortt Media and will soon be available at various schools and in a corporate setting. Jon and his wife also participate in many Korean traditions, and took their sons to Korea to learn about their roots.  In episode 1, Jon discusses how his parents encouraged his racial identity. He also shares about raising kids who are wholly black and wholly Korean, and teaching kids about racism without traumatizing them.  Resources: ForttMedia.com
29:46
January 19, 2021
Ep. 10: Lessons Learned, New Year's Resolutions and Looking Ahead
What have you been learning lately and what are your New Year’s resolutions? In the final episode of Season 1, I'll be discussing what I've discovered through producing this season - take risk, focus on joy and share a passion project. I also discuss a major life changer in terms of happiness (it's free and better than any drug), New Year's Resolutions (tips for decreasing tech use) and a sneak peek at Season 2. Join the discussion on our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/2869727736597314  Episode Sponser: BrightStory Admission Consulting www.BrightStory.info Resources Mentioned: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
07:48
December 21, 2020
Ep. 9: Resilience lessons from My 80-year-old Spiritual Mentor (pt 2 of 2)
2020 has been quite a year, hasn't it? If you're interested in some lessons on resilience, listen in on my interview with my 80-year old spiritual mentor. Penny Ticehurst  is an artist whose son Greg became a paraplegic as a result of a motorcycle accident 18 years ago. Penny moved from New Jersey to the SF Bay Area to help take care of Greg, who passed away last year. Despite all this, Penny is one of the most optimistic and positive people I know. Penny shares life advice on how to find joy in the midst of tragedy. In this episode, Penny talks about how they got through Greg's health issues before his death, advice for maintaining a 58-year marriage,  and how to get free therapy through the mail.   Don't miss Part 1, where Penny discusses  how she became an artist, art therapy, careers, how she came to know God, parenting,  and coping with her son Greg's accident.  Let's discuss this episode together in the Happy Asian Woman FaceBook group bit.ly/38R7rEJ Penny's Book Recommendations: -Heaven by Randy Alcorn -All books by Watchman Nee, especially The Spiritual Man -Books by Rev. David Ebaugh, especially El Elyon Now, Names of God -Books by Bill Britton, like Jesus the Pattern Son -The More Excellent Ministry by Kelly Varner Show Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting www.BrightStory.info
19:17
December 14, 2020
Ep. 8: Resilience Lessons from My 80-Year-Old Spiritual Mentor (Pt. 1 of 2)
2020 has been quite a year, hasn't it? If you're interested in some lessons on resilience, listen in on my interview with my 80-year old spiritual mentor.   Penny Ticehurst  is an artist whose son Greg became a paraplegic as a result of a motorcycle accident 18 years ago. Penny moved from New Jersey to the SF Bay Area to help take care of Greg, who passed away last year. Despite all this, Penny is one of the most optimistic and positive people I know. Penny shares life advice on how to find joy in the midst of tragedy.  In Part 1, Penny discusses how she became an artist, art therapy, careers, how she came to know God, parenting,  and coping with her son Greg's accident. In Part 2, Penny talks about how they got through Greg's health issues before his death, advice for maintaining a 58-year marriage,  and how to get free therapy through the mail. Let's discuss this episode together in the Happy Asian Woman FaceBook group bit.ly/38R7rEJ Show Sponsor: BrightStory Admission Consulting www.BrightStory.info
21:45
December 14, 2020
Ep. 7: Finding Joy During Covid Times (Pt. 2)
How are you holding up during these Covid times? What are you doing to find joy? For me, it's been a mix of highs and lows.  I'm definitely looking for ideas to bring more joy into this season, so I brought my good friend Shawnda Bolon-Wilde onto the show to swap ideas. Shawnda is a former teacher and mom of two young kids. We'll talk about how we find  joy in the middle of a pandemic, balancing busy lives without much childcare. In this episode, we talk about spiritual practices, grace, and good books. Don't miss part one, when we discussed wardrobes, food, exercise, outlook and socializing. Resources Mentioned: -Pleasure Activism -How not to hate your Husband after Having Kids -Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee -Happiness Project - by Gretchen Rubin -Four Tendencies - by Gretchen Rubin
23:12
December 07, 2020
Ep. 6: Finding Joy during Covid Times (Pt. 1)
How are you holding up during these Covid times? What are you doing to find joy?    For me, it's been a mix of highs and lows.  I'm definitely looking for ideas to bring more joy into this season, so I brought my good friend Shawnda Bolon-Wilde onto the show to swap practical ideas of how to find more joy. Shawnda is a former teacher and mom of two young kids. In part one, we talk about envisioning a hopeful future. We also discuss wardrobes, food, exercise, outlook and socializing.  In Part 2, we talk about spiritual practices, grace, and good books. Resources Mentioned: -Pleasure Activism  -How not to hate your Husband after Having Kids -Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee -Happiness Project - by Gretchen Rubin -Four Tendencies - by Gretchen Rubin
27:48
December 07, 2020
Ep. 5: Managing Stress in Today's Competitive College Admissions Environment
It's that time of year again -  college application madness! Listen in as I share insights from my years of experience as a college admissions consultant. I'll give an update on the state of college admissions today and also share strategies for Asian Americans to manage stress through the process.  In this episode, my mastermind partner Wendy Huang Landerholm, the administrator of a law firm, interviews me on topics including the elimination of SAT/ACT score requirements, "quotas" for Asian American applicants, extracurriculars, entrepreneurship, preserving mental health, and definitions of success. ------ Sponsor:  BrightStory Admission Consulting www.BrightStory.info Community: Continue the conversation with our supportive Facebook group: https://bit.ly/2IMtuBy
29:44
November 30, 2020
Ep. 4: Self Care: Why We Struggle with It, and Giving Ourselves Permission (Pt. 2 of 2)
Are Covid times stressing you out? Aside from worries about getting sick or losing a job, perhaps you're supporting your kids' education, juggling work with minimal childcare, supporting your parents / partner. Where is self-care on your priority list? It's so crucial during this time.  Join us for an interview with Silicon Valley psychologist and executive and life coach Dr. Sophia Lin Ott to learn about self-care. In this episode, Dr. Ott discusses why Asian-American women have a hard time with self-care, and how they can be more mindful to practice it. She shares examples from her own life of how she's let go of cultural expectations. Dr. Ott also discusses how a stress-reducing lifestyle can improve mental and physical health, even leading to post traumatic growth instead of post traumatic stress. If you missed last week's episode, be sure to tune in as Dr. Ott talks about boundaries (Asian style)  and how to communicate well with our Asian parents. She also shares about energy management, and how she got mysterious symptoms when she was highly stressed for 11 years. Dr. Ott closes out the episode with systematic tips on how to practice self care. _____  Connect with Dr. Sophia Lin Ott  Website: www.drsophialinott.com Online School: https://drsophialinott.thinkific.com  Instagram: drsophialinott  Facebook: http://facebook.com/drsophialinott  Current Coupon Code for Online Courses: "blackfriday2020"  _____  Recommended Books: Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend Show Sponsor: www.BrightStory.info
30:18
November 23, 2020
Ep. 3: Self Care - How to Say No without Saying No, and Healing from a Mysterious Illness (Pt. 1 of 2)
Are Covid times stressing you out? Aside from worries about getting sick or losing a job, perhaps you're supporting your kids' education, juggling work with minimal childcare, and supporting your parents / partner. Where is self-care on your priority list? It's so crucial during this time.  Join us for an interview with Silicon Valley psychologist and executive and life coach Dr. Sophia Lin Ott to learn more about it. Dr. Ott discusses boundaries (Asian style)  and how to communicate well with our Asian parents. She also shares about energy management, infertility/premie twins/ PTSD, and how she got mysterious symptoms when she was highly stressed for 11 years. Dr. Ott closes out the episode with systematic tips on how to practice self care. In the next episode, Dr. Ott will discuss why Asian-American women in particular struggle with self care, and how to give ourselves permission to do it.  _____  Connect with Dr. Sophia Lin Ott   Website: www.drsophialinott.com  Online School: https://drsophialinott.thinkific.com  Instagram: drsophialinott | Facebook: http://facebook.com/drsophialinott  Current Coupon Code for Online Courses: "blackfriday2020"   _____  Additional Resources: Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend | Show Sponsor: www.BrightStory.info
35:24
November 23, 2020
Ep 2: Learning to Speak Out and Raise Assertive Daughters (Part 2 of 2)
Want to know how my friend Belinda Luu, a highly accomplished lawyer and negotiator,  and I are helping our daughters become more assertive? Then give this episode a listen. And don't miss the last episode, where we discussed how we learned to become assertive and what it takes to get ahead in the work world. Connect with Belinda Luu https://bit.ly/35U8HoQ Sponsors for this episode: www.BrightSTory.info
23:54
November 15, 2020
Season 1, Ep. 1: Learning to Speak Out and Raise Assertive Daughters (Part 1 of 2)
Did your parents teach you to respect your elders and obey? And if so, how is that working out in your career and relationships?  In this episode, my friend Belinda Luu, a highly accomplished lawyer and expert negotiator, and I discuss how we learned to be more assertive. We also talk about what it takes to get noticed and promoted in the work world.  In Part 2, we'll share stories about how we're helping our daughters learn to speak up. Connect with Belinda Luu https://bit.ly/35U8HoQ Sponsors for this episode: www.BrightStory.info
23:15
November 14, 2020
Trailer: Happy Asian Woman
Introducing Happy Asian Woman.
00:25
November 11, 2020