Life Skills

Post image for ‘Gravity,’ Sandra Bullock, fear & getting what you want

Sandra Bullock knows about fear. She’s had to deal with a cheating husband, divorce, single motherhood, aging, adoption. I’m not sure how losing out on the 2014 Oscar for Best Actress impacts the mix, but I’ll bet she’ll be fine.  I’m a fan because she is such a survivor. Recently, she amazed me during a pre-Oscars interview that […]

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Post image for Clearing gutters in a snowstorm & more, with photos

Ugh, the endless snowstorms! I can find a life lesson in almost anything. But this is one I would’ve preferred to skip. Still, I am learning. The takeaway: Be thoughtful about simple, little details. They hold consequences. This is a huge change in my approach to snow. As a homeowner, I tend to resent all […]

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Post image for 3 ways to get richer in the Year of the Horse 2014

This is the year that I makeover my finances by transitioning away from credit cards. So bye-bye, plastic. Hello, cash. This new strategy has also been kinda painful. To my surprise, it’s creating a completely different lifestyle. But in the long run, I’m sure I will be better off. The Year of the Wood Horse […]

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Post image for A new mantra for 2014

As a single working mom on a budget, I’m not usually big on spending even a few bucks on greeting cards that recipients look at for two seconds and then throw away. Recently, though, I saw a card that screamed to me. Clearly, this was a message from the cosmos. It turns out that the […]

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Post image for Don’t be a perfectionist: 5 steps to recovery

I just rewrote my book manuscript for the third time — and it was total agony. The final, two-day push was a marathon effort involving very little sleep, six slices of pizza and lots of cookies. Did I mention that my normal diet is dairy-, sugar- and gluten-free? Haha! The past week was super-stressful because […]

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Post image for Asian Americans & therapy: Chat with Dr. Michi Fu

As you all know, I’ve been in therapy for years and it’s been great. This post airs some of the general — as well as ethnicity-specific — issues that I’ve struggled with. If you’ve been thinking about getting help, hopefully the interview below with Dr. Michi Fu will get you off the fence. Michi’s specialty […]

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