Ep. 12: Abby Wen Wu, Permission to Feel

Summary

In this episode, I interviewed Abby Wen Wu (she/her), who is a first-generation Chinese-American woman. Her work currently focuses on helping individuals in organizations find their voice to have courageous conversations, and also teach others advanced listening skills so the world has more spaces for us all to be heard.

In this episode, we chatted about:

  • Root of our emotional discomforts & how that ties to the Asian American culture & upbringing
  • Permission to feel: how to fully feel through an emotion or overwhelming sensations in the body
  • Power of emotions and somatic experiencing to finding one’s true voice
  • Dealing with workplace burnout & stress and post-recovery
  • How emotional healing plays a role in our mental health and well-being
  • How emotional healing plays a role in our collective well-being

Also, stay till the end for a 5-minute BONUS practice session as Abby guides us to feel our bodily sensations via a practice called Focusing

Resources: 

To learn more about Abby and her work, you can visit her website at https://www.abbywenwu.com/. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/permissiontobecome/message

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Ep 10: Jun Yi, Permission to Become Ordinary

Summary

From pursuing a PhD in Geophysics at Yale on track to become a renowned professor to becoming a STEM educator, yoga teacher, Argentine tango dancer and international DJ, Jun Yi shares with us her courageous journey of self-discovery and radical truth-seeking in this episode.

Tune into this episode to hear Jun’s story about: 

  • Her transition from the journey of becoming extraordinary to the radical acceptance of being ordinary, from persistent self-improvement to an awareness of the balance, between self-acceptance and self-improvement, and becoming and being.
  • How she became a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher, aspiring to empower her students to come home to themselves.
  • The art of Argentine tango, the dance gave her space to be radically human, messy, imperfect, real and alive.
  • Her path to becoming a DJ working internationally at festivals.
  • How education, yoga and tango have been the three pillars of her life that hold her intellectual, social, creative and spiritual self.
  • How she dived into the practice of compassion and embodiment of befriending herself.

‘Start from where you are’ is her daily practice to engage life from the new frontier of her current experience.

You can learn more about Jun via her instagram (@junyoga108) and her website https://www.junyogaonandoffthemat.com/

If you have any comments or feedback on what resonated with you on this episode, I’d love to hear from you! 

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Email: hello@permissiontobecome.com. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/permissiontobecome/message

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Ep. 9: Turning Perfectionism into Permission

Summary

In this episode, I will be talking about 

  1. Different ways perfectionism shows up in our lives 
  2. How perfectionism is actually fear-in-disguise, preventing us from taking action 
  3. How you can break the pattern of perfectionism and turn that into your permission to become the truth of you are 

Season 2: Permission to BLOOM into your true essence, my story to becoming

Summary

In this episode, I am kicking off Season 2 of the PTB podcast, called Permission to BLOOM into your true essence. In this season, I am embracing radical honesty and will be sharing with you the lessons I have learned along my journey of giving myself the permission to become my true self. I will also be sharing more resources, tools and inviting guests who have expertise in the field of personal transformation and self-discovery to empower you to fully step into your truth. In this episode, I am sharing my own journey to becoming and the parts of my story that I have felt too ashamed and vulnerable to share in the past. Finding the courage to own and accept my story has given me the permission to reclaim my power and step into the Truth of who I am. So I hope that by sharing my truth, you can find the courage to BLOOM into your true essence. 

“One has just to be oneself. The moment you accept yourself as you are, all burdens, all mountainous burdens simply disappear. Then life is a sheer joy, a festival of lights”. —Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

I’d love to hear from you.  Feel free to share any comments or feedback on what resonated with you on this episode by emailing me at hello@permissiontobecome.com or DM me on Instagram (@permissiontobecome).

Ep 7: Iris Guo, Permission to Become a Sustainopreneur

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Episode Description:

In this episode, I interviewed Iris Guo, a truly inspirational Asian American Gen Z woman, who is taking huge strides towards making social impact via OpenMeal and Neutrify by alleviating hunger, addressing racial injustice for the Asian American community, and raising awareness to reduce carbon footprint and save our planet!

In this episode, we dived into Iris’ upbringing in China and how she decided to move to Canada when she was 17 because she wanted to live a different life than what was prescribed by her society.

This is a super insightful episode as Iris shared her wisdom on:

  • How she broke out of peer pressure and social norms to create her own path
  • How she integrated cultural values from China to building relationships and human connection
  • How she overcame imposter syndrome and self-doubt through drama and improv
  • The power of storytelling and the secret sauce to crafting a powerful story that influences other people to take action, including her own story of turning “rejection into redirection” and landing her dream job at Google X

You can get in touch with Iris via social media channels if you are interested to learn more about Neutrify or her career path.

If you are interested in learning more about Iris’ company, Neutrify, check out the website (https://mailchi.mp/c11c1b6d22f8/neutrify-launch) and if you’d like to support her initiative in climate change, check out this survey (https://form.typeform.com/to/I8TNWEgY).

If you have any comments or feedback on what resonated with you on this episode, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at hello@permissiontobecome.com.

Ep 6: Ammarah Maqsood, Permission to Become a Feminine Philanthropist

Summary

In this episode, I interviewed Ammarah Maqsood, a human rights and gender justice activist and feminine philanthropist.

In this episode, we dived into Ammarah’s own journey of challenging the traditional paradigms and standing up for her truth as the only daughter in her South Asian family and a minority in a predominantly white neighborhood. As a female warrior goddess with the heart of an Aquarius, Ammarah shares her passion for human rights, social and gender justice and how she defined her own success as a woman of color and is redefining the world of philanthropy, wealth and power dynamics through the lens of femininity.

As we dive in conversations around gender justice, wealth decolonization and privilege, this might be an uncomfortable conversation for some. Part of discovering and living our truth is to step into the discomfort and get vulnerable.

Show details:Ammarah talks about her own upbringing in a household of 3 older brothers, defying traditional model minority ideals and the expectations on women in South Asian culture How Ammarah found her early passions for social justice and international human rights in high school How she decided to quit her law school path and carved her own path in the social impact / nonprofit sector where she did not have a blueprint and nor were there mentors of her skin color How she stood up for her authentic self despite strong opposing forces and social pressures that tried to conform her How she is redefining and leading social impact in gender and social justice, youth literacy, women empowerment and decolonizing wealth in her nonprofit career

Resources mentioned in this episode:Book: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn Book: The Motorcyclist Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Che Guevera  Book: Winners Take all: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas  Book: Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar Villanueva Article: Why philanthropy is a femininst issue  Article: What is the feminist approach to philanthropy Listen: The 1619 Project Watch: What Is Privilege?

You can get in touch with Ammarah via LinkedIn if you are interested to learn more about feminine philanthropy.

If you have any comments or feedback on what resonated with you on this episode, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at hello@permissiontobecome.com.

Ep.5: Cindy Gu, Permission to Become a Feminine Energy Coach

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Episode Description:

This is a very special interview I conducted with Cindy Gu, feminine energy coach (@the.femininecoach). In this episode, we went into the deep end of Cindy’s heroine journey, of how she transformed her deepest wounds into incredible personal power that ultimately propelled her to find her soul purpose. Now she is on a bold mission to elevate femininity and help women find inner alignment, abundance, and freedom.

In this episode, we talked about:

Cindy’s first 15 years growing up in Beijing with both traditional and modern Chinese values

Her early fascinations with Taoist philosophies

Being born as a daughter in China’s One Child Policy and “the son her father never had”

How her move to America and how that affected her sense of self

Her decade of becoming and the dance of femininity and masculine pursuits

How her journey of being a femtech founder who brought yoga off the mat into everyday life led to her true purpose in life

You can find Cindy here:

Instagram: @the.femininecoach

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gucindy/

Also, Cindy is generously offering the Permission to Become podcast listener a free 1:1 alignment session with her. Here is the link to complete an assessment prior to booking the session: https://www.thefemininecoach.com/assessment

If you have any comments or feedback on what resonated with you on this episode, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at hello@permissiontobecome.com.

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Ep.4: Christian Ou, Permission to Become a Food Blogger “One Happy Bite”

Summary

Episode Description:

In this episode, I interviewed Christian Ou, the founder of One Happy Bite, a baking blog that features Asian-inspired ingredients, such as matcha, ube, and taro in traditional western baking.

In this episode, we talked about how Christian became a self-taught baker from her college dorm and later turned her passion into what is now her blog, One Happy Bite, with almost 5,000 followers on Instagram (@onehappybite).

Show notes:

How food played a role in her Asian American upbringing, where food is the default love language in her family.

Her early food inspirations, from witnessing her family run a restaurant business firsthand to being enamored with Asian ingredients during her childhood in Taiwan.

Her decision process on choosing a career as a physician assistant and how she stumbled upon baking, that quickly grew to become her obsession.

How she started her baking blog, One Happy Bite, in Jan 2020 and the productivity hack she came up with to overcome her biggest barrier, time, while working a full -time job.

How she defines “success” for her passion.

Resources mentioned:

How I built this with Janice Bryant Howroyd podcast episode

You can find Christian here:

Blog: https://onehappybite.com/

Instagram: @onehappybite

If you have any comments or feedback on what resonated with you on this episode, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at hello@permissiontobecome.com.

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Ep.3: Hillary Jeanne, Permission to Become a Brand Photographer

Summary

What is your true value? This one simple question changed the course of Hillary’s life’s path.

Tune into this episode and listen to Hillary share her step-by-step transformation from being burnt out and unhappy working at a 9-5 to becoming a self-taught personal brand photographer and strategist, living her passion and purpose through helping women entrepreneurs elevate their online brand.

Episode highlights:

How her bicultural upbringing shaped her artistic interests and money mindset

Her early career path working in Silicon Valley tech start-ups

How answering one simple question propelled her to discover her passion

How she found her passion in photography after a life changing trip to Peru

Her step-by-step transformation process of how she transitioned out of her 9-5 tech job and turned her side hustle into a full-time photography business

How she combatted her limitations – imposter syndrome, self-doubt, security-based money mindset – in order to give herself the permission to turn her passion into a thriving career

You can find Hillary here:

Website: https://hillaryjeanne.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hillary_jeanne/

If you have any feedback or comments, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at hello@permissiontobecome.com.

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Ep.2: Brenda Chen, Permission to Become a Real Estate Investor

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Episode Description:

In this episode, we will be diving into Brenda’s journey from being a premed at Cal to becoming a real estate investor, founder of Venus Ventures, life enthusiast and adventure capitalist. She currently works as the Head of Sales at Conventus, personalized financing for real estate investors. 

In this episode, we will talk about:

Brenda’s bicultural upbringing as a Taiwanese American

Shifting her belief from “you have to work hard and sacrifice in order to succeed” to choosing a life doing what she loves

How she found the courage to step into the unknown

Her process of tapping into her desires, experimenting, and creating a powerful vision that propelled her into her dream life

How she got into real estate and how she turned her passion into a career that makes money

You can find Brenda here:

Email: brenda.t.chen@gmail.com

Website: https://brendatchen.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brendachen.re/

Resources:

In this episode, Brenda shared some of her inspirations and powerful tools she’s used:

Natalie Ellis and Danielle Canty, co-founders of Boss Babe

Stoicism philosophy in dealing with fear.

Tony Robbins

Tim Ferriss Podcast

Jack Canfield

Grant Cardone

6-Phase Meditation by Vishen Lakhiani, founder of Mindvalley

Miracle Mornings by Hal Elrod

Habit Tracking

If you have any comments or feedback on what resonated with you on this episode, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at hello@permissiontobecome.com.

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