12 Goddess Secrets to Staying Youthful and Healthy

Keeping grounded and balanced in nature.

I am often asked about my lifestyle habits and what I do regularly to keep me vibrant and feeling youthful with boundless amounts of energy. There are many things I do, but I will keep it simple and easy so that you can take baby steps to try them out for yourself.

My childhood was restricted with very little room and opportunities for freedom, learning, and self-expression. I feel extremely blessed to be alive after so many near death experiences with Asthma growing up in Vietnam while simultaneously attempting numerous times to escape the Communist Regime and then dealing with my unknown future living situation. All this from the past has led to my current future and why I am so passionate and curious about everything that life has to offer. I wake up every day with so much joy and gratitude. I focus on being present in the moment and on the things that I can control. I rarely think about the past or even plan that much for the future. Don’t get me wrong, I still fulfill my Goddess-ly responsibilities and duties to my parents, my clients, nini Love, and myself. Life is a playground to have fun and express yourself freely without fear and guilt.

My nieces and nephew are my pride and joy.

There are many anti-aging secrets and youth serums and formulas out there, below are my top 12. They are simple and really do not cost you time or money to put into practice. Try them for yourself and experience the transformation from your inner to your outer world.

  1. Smile – I love to smile. It’s even better when I see others around me start smiling along for no apparent reasons.
  2. Dream Big and Dream Wild – I am a big dreamer and I love seeing my dreams manifest into reality.
  3. Be Curious and Be Open-Minded – You don’t know what you don’t know. So don’t make a judgment about something without first experiencing it for yourself.
  4. Tell the Truth – Know your truth-Own your truth-Live your truth. That is all I have to say.
  5. Listen to Your Heart – It never lies.
  6. Be Grateful – Say thank you to yourself, to God, to the Universe, to those you love, and write it in your gratitude journal like I do.
  7. Nurture Your Body It is your sacred temple. Treat it well. Exercise. Eat clean foods. Take healing essential-oils baths and make sure to get lots of sleep and rest.
  8. Forgive and Let Go of the Past – Don’t hold on to pain, hurts, or resentments. You are only harming yourself.
  9. Stay Organized and Clutter-Free – Both in your home and workspace.
  10. Take Nature Walks – I make an effort to keep my chakras healthy and balanced by doing 3-5 miles of walking outside under the sun, the moon and the stars daily. It does not always happen, but it does happen at least 85-90% of the time. This is best when with just Nini Love and myself.
  11. Be Around Children and Animals – Their souls are pure and innocent and their energy is contagious! If I had a magic wand, I would arrange it so that 50% of my time is spent with children and animals almost daily. 🙂
  12. Make Love Passionately and Give Love Whole-Heartedly – First to yourself, then to those you love, and then to the world around you and to LIFE!

Nini Love’s secret to her lasting life is SLEEP!

There you have it. So simple and yet, not easy for us all to put into practice regularly. I would love to know your secrets to staying forever young and vibrant, too. Please do share with me your successes! Until next time…

I like to wow my dinner guests with my original healthy cooking.

Presenting Miss Vietnam DC 2014

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Miss Vietnam DC 2014 winner, Loney Nguyen.

This past weekend, I was honored to be invited by a former design student of mine, Tuyet Nhi Le, to be one of the judges for Miss Vietnam DC 2014 Pageant, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for continuing education and mentoring through a “big sister little sister” program that connects young Vietnamese-American women to various community service projects in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.

I was impressed with how well the event was organized and knowing that there are many young Vietnamese talents out there taking initiative to keep up with their roots and not forgetting their Vietnamese upbringing.  The Ao Dai looked so amazing on all the contestants, too! Enjoy the photos from my iPhone below. For more professional photos by my father, Frank Nguyen, click here.

Opening number

The contestants doing an opening dance number.

Judges table

Eugene, Editor of DC Life Magazine, and I at our judges’ table.

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Lieu Nguyen, mentor and advisor to the young board members giving a welcome.

The final moment of surprise.

Miss Vietnam DC 2013

Miss Vietnam DC 2013, Vicenta Tran, giving her appreciation speech.

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Love the Vietnamese Ao Dai.

I Love This Man!

Talk about courage, faith, and standing strong.  John Riordon is my favorite man at the moment.

After watching the 60 Minutes feature on him this past Sunday about how he risked his life to save the lives of many others after the fall of Saigon in 1975, I was so moved.  It reminded me of what my family went through to come to the States.  I want to give him a big hug and kiss and tell him how his story deeply touched me and that I am so appreciative of what he did.

Click on the image below and watch the clip and you will know what I mean.  Isn’t he amazing?  I absolutely love him and hope to one day meet him in person.

Daring Rescue