What’s your background?
I am a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese and French. My parents were born in Vietnam and I was born here in America. To answer a question you might be thinking, no I don’t have an accent of any kind and am terrible at even trying Asian accents.
What do you do for a living?
I’m the female version of Jackie Chan fighting crime where I’m called to go! Just kidding, haha! (Tell me you’ve seen the cartoon Jackie Chan and yes, I just showed my Asian-ness!) I work a 9-5 by day and by night and any cracks of time I have, I’m a nutrition consultant and lifestyle blogger over at She Sweats Diamonds (website coming soon). I love teaching others how to live a high-performance life through health and finances so they can live a great lifestyle and do what they love most.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing in 1997 and wrote poems mostly to talk about my feelings about all the boy crushes I had (I know, so deep right?) and from there, my love for writing grew which lead me to blogging and my major: communication studies. My passion for writing and editing is really high on the nerdiness scale and if you really care to know, I’ve also been published at YouTern and Envision Interactive.
Why do you end each post with With Faith and Happiness?
God spoke to my heart in late 2012 about getting serious with my writing so I listened to Him, opened my first hosted domain and chose the name With Faith and Happiness because these are the two things I cannot live without. I cannot do anything without faith in God and in myself and happiness, well that’s a given. A happy life is the best kind of life to live! Since I have closed that blog to rebrand, I decided to keep a part of it with me always as a reminder to live every day with faith and happiness.
What will you be talking about on your blog?
I talk/write a lot so this site will encompass my journey as an entrepreneur and overall health sprinkled with bits of my personal life. Hey, I wasn’t given Little Miss Chatterbox as one of my nicknames for no reason, you know. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! ::wink::
Who/what inspires you?
Jesus Christ first and foremost inspires me because He of the leader and role model He is. To understand what I’m talking about, read Jesus CEO by Laurie Beth Jones and I promise you can apply the teachings in that book to your life whether you’re a believer or not.
What would I do without my parents? Mom is so supportive, loving, caring and brutally honest. She is not afraid to tell it like it is if need be and her way of showing others her appreciation is by giving fruit and lots of it! Oh and she still tells me what she thinks about what I’m wearing when I’m around her, haha! I love her to pieces!
To this day, daddy’s words still echo in my mind, “I know it doesn’t make sense to do a lot of work for a piece of paper, but I don’t want you to work as hard and mommy and daddy so work hard now and learn everything you can, okay?” My daddy was the kind of guy who appreciated education and is probably the reason why I can beat contestants on Wheel of Fortune from the comfort of my living room and have a soft spot for National Geographic magazines. He lost his battle with cancer in 2008 and I said my final goodbyes to him with pink carnations. I’ll forever spread the message of health because I love and miss him dearly.
I have always been blessed to have a handful of amazing people be my closest friends and would rather have a handful of besties than 1,000 acquaintances. My best friends (you know who you are!) tell it like it is and are always watching out for me. I love that we can talk about anything and share a love for everything under the sun! I love them so much!
My OneBody family/team inspire me every single day without fail. If I ever need inspiration, I’ll just hop on their Facebook pages or text one of them and I’m charged up! They teach me valuable lessons, hold me accountable and push me to be the best I can be and I’m so thankful for each and every one of them!
I dedicate this site to Christ, my family, my best friends, my OneBody family because they step out and rise above the noise to inspire, love and spread happiness by giving back to the world in any kind of way. To my readers and clients, you bring out the best in me every single day. Thank you so much for allowing me to serve you and for contributing to this community. You each mean the world to me!