They say one’s true character is revealed when faced with unfamiliar challenges. As I reflect on another year full of uncertainty, I see that the path that I chose is to find every way to constantly stay in motion. Action was my reaction. If A turns to B, then you do C. And if that turns into D, then you do E. That’s the beauty of life - never a dull moment. So how did I become that person? That kid who cannot sit still?

I realize that I am a product of the people I have chosen to surround myself with - namely, my family. We are a family of action. And driving those actions are certain key characteristics. These are the traits that I am most proud of, and I know exactly who has helped to build them in me.

Curiosity and sense of adventure

My mom has always given me a lot of leeways to explore and find my true interests. In high school, I went from fencing to swimming to tennis. For extracurricular activities, I participated in programs from law to tax to public speaking. While there were no connections between each of my choices, she was always very supportive. From this foundation, I had the confidence to make similar decisions in my career, moving from marketing to finance, from the US to Vietnam, and from corporate to entrepreneurship. Be curious, and don’t be afraid to explore.

Be open and embrace the possibilities

When I first met my husband, it was in college. The first thing he said to me was, “Why are you majoring in accounting? You should do IT - technology is the future.” Fast forward 10+ years, and we meet again for coffee in Vietnam. And instead of asking me why I moved to Vietnam, he talked about how he thinks Vietnam is amazing - a place with so much potential. Always the forward thinker. He encouraged me to join a reality TV show, to build my businesses, and to pursue my passions. Be open and embrace the possibilities in every situation.

Self-care is not selfish

My sister is many years my junior, but her soul is probably many years my senior. As the oldest child, I have always focused on working and supporting the family. She taught me the importance of focusing on myself - my physical and mental health. She reminds me that my health is an investment, not an expense. And that self-care is not selfish.

They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. I am truly lucky that my top 3 have been such positive influences - which highlights the importance of filling out the other two roles in my life. I think I have found my self development goal for this upcoming year!

What about you? Are the people around you helping to pull you up? Have you filled out all five positions in your inner circle?

I wish you all much happiness in the new year, with many new experiences and strong relationships, both new and old!