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This is a podcast about the untold tales of Asian American women breaking out of who they should be, becoming who they truly are, and living their dream life. This podcast is for any Asian American women who are curiously exploring their boundaries and permissions around self-discovery and personal empowerment. This podcast is also for any curious souls who want to learn more about the journeys of Asian American women's own becoming.

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Permission to Become Joyce Bao

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This is a podcast about the untold tales of Asian American women breaking out of who they should be, becoming who they truly are, and living their dream life. This podcast is for any Asian American women who are curiously exploring their boundaries and permissions around self-discovery and personal empowerment. This podcast is also for any curious souls who want to learn more about the journeys of Asian American women's own becoming.

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    Ep. 36: Permission to Become a Healing Practitioner with Liz Andolong

    Ep. 36: Permission to Become a Healing Practitioner with Liz Andolong

    Liz Andolong is a first generation Filipina American, first to complete a college degree and first to go into the healing arts profession in her family. In this episode, we unwrapped her life journey of unpacking the different identities and hats she’s worn, her journey to seek spirituality, how she came to reclaim her cultural identity and identity as a woman, and finally how her own health crisis led to her work in energy healing, trauma-informed work, and ultimately as a healing practitioner and teaching at Esalen Institute.

    I hope you will enjoy this conversation!

    About Liz: 

    Liz Andolong is a healing arts practitioner, facilitator, and intuitive educator who is passionate about holding spaces for folks to do less and feel more. It is within this space — or what she likes to call “the sacred pause” — that she believes folks are able to truly tap into the limitless healing power that is accessible within themselves through body centered experiences like nervous system regulation, energy work, subtle body exploration, somatic emotional release, and guided visualization. She believes every body possesses the power and the responsibility to heal themselves. A certified Usui Reiki Master, E-RYT200, and former teacher-in-residence at the Esalen Institute, Liz guides you from the outside in, in hopes you discover the infinite ways our bodies are our greatest teachers.

    Born and based in San Francisco and Oakland, she is passionate about making healing accessible for every body, most especially sharing offerings through a trauma-informed lens for the BIPOC community.

    To learn more about Liz: 

    www.lizandolong.com

    https://www.instagram.com/lizandolong/

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    Ep. 35: Permission to Become an Integral Coach with Aerin Lim

    Ep. 35: Permission to Become an Integral Coach with Aerin Lim

    In this episode, I interviewed Aerin Lim, a coach, writer, storyteller, and teacher at the Hoffman Institute. Aerin was born and grew up in Korea. Before Aerin embarked on her spiritual journey, she followed the path of achieving material success, getting an Ivy League degree at Brown University, taking up prestigious roles in Investment Banking in NYC and later at tech startups and venture fund companies in the Silicon Valley. However, her world was shaken up when we lost her mother to cancer, led her to begin a profound journey of self-discovery, healing, and transformation. Her experiences led her to create her own map of healing that incorporated different modalities of healing and carved her unique path to serve, surrender, and channel her passion into writing, coaching, and teaching. She shared with us how she found her personal mission statement, how she recommitted to her path over and over again, despite fear, her daily process to stay spiritually grounded, the one question she asks herself everyday to stay on course, what wholeness means to her, and how she engages with her meditation process to be in touch with extraordinary consciousness in the present moment.

    I hope you will enjoy this episode!!

    About Aerin: 

    Aerin is a coach, writer, storyteller and teacher at the Hoffman process. She inquires, explores, and holds space for others’ unfolding. She is driven by her curiosity to understand consciousness, people, and the world so we take care of each other collectively as a community. Her personal mission is to meditate, play, and serve. She hopes to make our world brighter by deepening our presence and elevating our well-being through coaching, teaching, and authentic storytelling.

    To connect with Aerin: 


    Website: https://aerinlim.com/ 
    Social: @embrace_by_aerin / @aerin_lim

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    Ep. 34: Permission to Become a Dating Clarity Coach with Kat Nieh

    Ep. 34: Permission to Become a Dating Clarity Coach with Kat Nieh

    This is a special Valentine’s Day edition episode where I am sharing my conversation with Dating Clarity Coach Kat Nieh.

    Prior to becoming a dating clarity coach, Kat worked at a fast growing tech startup. While she was passionate about her work and her company’s mission, she found herself burnt out and searching for something more to life. This sparked her journey of self-discovery, where she learned to surrender to the process of becoming, taking responsibility for the life she wanted to create, to explore what it means to be a woman, to be Asian, to grow up bicultural, to be a creative, to let go of her tech job and labels she has attached herself to. Since she gave herself the permission to embark on her personal evolution, Kat became an NLP Master Practitioner, award-winning author, speaker, writer, and fulfilled her dream of traveling to all 7 continents within 12 months. More importantly, we talked about how she stepped into her own femininity and was called to channel her own passion into her current as a dating clarity coach, to help others step into conscious relationships and be transformed in the process. 

    Also, given the timely release of this episode before Valentine’s Day. Kat just released her latest guided journal called "Love Vision Clarity" on Amazon. This is an amazing guide that will bring you clarity on your ideal partner and relationship whether you’re single or in the early stages of a relationship. The best part is, it is FREE on Kindle before Wed 2/15/23! So make sure to grab your copy today! 

    I am SO EXCITED to share my conversation with Kat!

    About Kat:

    Kat Nieh is a dating clarity coach that empowers frustrated and discouraged singles to get clear about who and what they want in a relationship to manifest their partner. Prior to becoming a coach, writer, and award-winning author, she was a burnt-out workaholic who left the tech industry and her 12-year design career where she honed her resourcefulness and creative problem-solving skills. Now she passionately brings her years of knowledge and expertise to guide her clients in boosting their self confidence, elevating their dating perspective, and taking aligned actions towards co-creating their dream relationship.

    Check out Kat's guided journal "Love Vision Clarity" on Amazon (available in paperback, hardcover, and kindle). Whether you’re single or in the early stages of a relationship, this guided journal will help you discover and create a clear vision and detailed blueprint of your ideal partner and dream relationship. After you’re done, the clarity you get will boost your confidence and empower you to manifest and co-create what you truly desire.

    Website: www.thoughtfullykat.com/journal

    Social: @thoughtfullykat (Twitter + Instagram)

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    Ep. 33: Permission to Become a Bestselling Author with Joanna Ho

    Ep. 33: Permission to Become a Bestselling Author with Joanna Ho

    Joanna Ho is a New York Times bestselling and award winning author who has written a number of picture books, including Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, Eyes that Speak to the Stars, and Playing at the Border, which received numerous distinguished awards, including the Golden Kite Award, an Ezra Jack Keats Honor, and a Golden Poppy Award. Most recently, she published her first young adult novel, The Silence that Binds Us, which just received the Asian/Pacific American Award from American Library Association. 

    In this episode, Joanna shares her personal evolution from being an educator and advocate for anti-bias, anti-racism, and equity work to becoming a full-time writer, novelist, and best-selling author with a mission of elevating AAPI representation through literature and picture books. It was inspiring to learn that her racial awakening at Camp Anytown in high school inspired her passion to devote herself to public education, which had an underrepresentation of AAPI. She also shared with us her journey to becoming a best-selling and award-winning author, after years of rejection and having written several unpublished books before landing her first acceptance.

    I hope you will enjoy this episode! 

    About Joanna:

    Joanna Ho is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of many books for kids. She has received the Golden Kite Award, an Ezra Jack Keats Honor, and a Golden Poppy Award. She is a writer and educator with a passion for anti-bias, anti-racism and equity work. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s from the Principal Leadership Institute at Berkeley. She has been an English teacher, a dean, the designer of an alternative-to-prison program, a creator of educator professional development, and a high school vice principal. She lives in the Bay Area, where she survives on homemade chocolate chip cookies, outdoor adventures, and dance parties with her kids. Keep your eyes open for more books to come!

    To connect with Joanna:

    Pre-order Joanna's latest book, One Day (to be released on March 14, 2023), a mother's love letter to her newborn son, a dreaming of all the ways he will grow up and embrace the world. ⁠https://www.joannahowrites.com/one-day

    Check out her other books: https://www.joannahowrites.com/books

    Twitter: @joannahowrites

    Instagram: @joannahowrites

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    Ep. 32: Permission to Become a Spiritual Teacher with Jovinna Chan

    Ep. 32: Permission to Become a Spiritual Teacher with Jovinna Chan

    In this episode, we dove into the life journey of a spiritual teacher and seeker, Jovinna Chan, through the many seasons of her personal evolution, from immigrating to America to study global marketing in Louisiana, then moving to New York City to pursue her passion for theater, arts, and dance by moonlighting as an actress and dancer while working in her day job at CitiGroup. Her life took another turn when her life circumstances led her to pursue her spiritual path and she ended up devoting 8 years to study yoga at the Kripalu Yoga Center. Because Jovinna is one of the few Asian American female faculty members at Esalen, we unpacked why there are so few Asian American female representation in the spiritual community and how Jovinna is, once again, redefining her own life journey and chartering the path for the collective evolution by bringing more diversity, equity, and inclusion, through her unique gifts, personal experiences, and Asian representation, in the healing space.

    About Jovinna:

    Jovinna Chan is a seeker who desires to know the truth of who she is and to experience spiritual union with the Divine. Jovinna Chan, E-RYT 500, YACEP, co-founded Shakti Initiation Yoga Leadership School and A Wild Life Sanctuary™. She served as the assistant dean and 200- and 500-hour teacher trainer for the Kripalu School of Yoga and is a certified Soul Motion™ and LetYourYogaDance Teacher. Jovinna is a co-founder of Pranotthan School of Yoga and leads transformational programs around the world. She has taught many workshops and trainings at Kripalu Center, Omega Institute, Esalen Institute, and 1440 Multiversity.

    To connect with Jovinna:

    Website: https://jovinna.com/

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/jovinnachan

    Instagram: @jovinnachan

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    Ep. 31: Permission to Become a Creative Novelist with Kyla Zhao

    Ep. 31: Permission to Become a Creative Novelist with Kyla Zhao

    It was the summer of 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Kyla Zhao (@kylazhao) was living alone in California while completing her last year at Stanford University. Being all alone for months and not being able to unite with her family in Singapore led her to turn to books for comfort. During the height of anti-Asian racism, Kyla realized that many of the books she read did not feature characters of color with whom she could relate to. This realization inspired Kyla to write her own book—one that features an entirely Asian cast of characters and is set in her hometown of Singapore. Although Kyla never thought she would publish her book, after completing her entire draft in 3 months, she eventually found an amazing agent and publisher who believed in her story and in Asian representation.

    In this interview with Kyla, she shares with us her journey to becoming a creative novelist, from her early exposure working at fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Tatler, how the pandemic inspired her to write her first novel, how she managed to complete her draft in 3 months, how she found an agent who believed in her work and eventually received multiple offers from major book publishers, and finally her tips and advice for aspiring Asian American female writers!

    About Kyla: 

    Kyla is a lifestyle writer, fashion journalist, and author of her first debut novel, The Fraud Squad, a story about a working-class woman who worked her way into high society in order to get her dream job at a posh magazine and the world that unfolded from there. She grew up in Singapore and moved to California to attend Stanford University and majored in psychology and communications. She graduated in 2021 and has been working at a tech company in Silicon Valley since. But before that, she worked at several fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Tatler, which brought her up close with the glitz and glamor of high society. In addition to The Fraud Squad, she has two more books coming out in the next two years, another adult novel and a children’s novel.

    To connect with Kyla: 

    Check out her book, The Fraud Squad: https://kylazhao.com/the-fraud-squad/

    Twitter: @kylazhao_

    TikTok: @kylazingaround

    Instagram: @kylajzhao

    Email: kyla@kylazhao.com

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Really brilliant listen. I loved how informative it was, even though it felt like I was listening to friends talk.
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I love the calm energy Joyce brings to these conversations with women who have really reached inside and pushed themselves towards a more energizing and fulfilling path 😊

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