Relationships

The Importance of Being Present: How Showing Up Can Make a World of Difference

My grandparents fled to Vietnam when Japan invaded Guang Zhou, China during World War II. My grandpa went first to get things settled. He hopped on a boat from Hong Kong to Saigon to start their new life, and told my grandma to come meet him in a month. My grandparents with their kids in …

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The One Skill You Need to Have Happy, Healthy Relationships

One of my best friends Mark called the other day and said, “I come in on Wednesday at 6:30pm.” Whenever he comes to town he stays at my place, but this time I was feeling overwhelmed and didn’t feel like having anyone over. This made me agitated. I often go to Mark for advice because …

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My Best Date Ever: The Time I Soared Through the Skies of India

I was in India at a wedding, getting ready to call it a night. On my way out I walked past a group of guys and one of them said, “Hey, you’re the photographer from LA, right? The groom told me about you…I’m applying to go to film school in NYC or LA.” We talked …

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What My Dog Taught Me About Relationships and Being Treated As I Deserve

My dog had surgery on her paw. She couldn’t climb up stairs wearing the protective donut-of-shame, so I began to carry her. 3 weeks later the donut-of-shame was removed, bandages off. She is back to running around and attacking dogs on the street. Last night at 4:00am she started crying at the bottom of the …

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Who NOT To Ask For Advice: My Tip For Always Choosing the Right Person

Who I take advice from: Relationship advice.  I would call my friends Leslie and Kevin, or Toni and Ari.  They have long lasting marriages that I admire. They respect each other, put each other first, and have a great group of friends and family in their lives. They are like love magnets! I’m not going …

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Don’t Waste Your Time on Crappy Friends: How I Let Go of Toxic People

“It is your own responsibility to determine your happiness, but a big part of heightening it or making it easy, is your peer group.” I forgot where I read that, but I like it. Growing up, I somehow found myself surrounded by negative people – those who constantly complained and criticized others. It’s toxic. Part …

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Why Being Open to Opportunity is the Best Way to Be Successful

An important characteristic I see in people who are successful is that they know how to see things as opportunity. Unsuccessful people love to fall into victim mode and complain about how bad things happen to them. They don’t see things as an opportunity, or have a willingness to do what it takes to create …

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How You Know You’re In A Great Relationship

I met my friend’s new boyfriend recently. She asked what I thought. Me:  I like him because I like who you are when you’re with him. Her:  Really? I feel like I’m just being me. Me:  Exactly. A great relationship is when you love who YOU are in that relationship. *Excerpt from my book, Show Up: …

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