The Energy of the Color VIOLET

January 17, 2017

So, Purple/Violet is my favorite color.

I’m not sure why… but I love the color Purple. Right now, I’m wearing a purple/black striped turtleneck and my bandana for the day is purple! My phone case is purple…and my eye shadow is purple!!!

In her book The First Element: Secrets to Maximizing Your Energy, Dr. Tae Yun Kim talks about the energy of colors.

Here is what she says about Violet:

“Violet is the highest frequency, fastest vibrating color in our visible spectrum.  So it is the most soothing, tranquilizing, and cooling color vibration.  It stimulates you to experience the calm, peaceful, fluid harmony of your non-material energy states. Violet naturally promotes a meditational frame of mind, and encourages your emotional body to feel the spiritual bliss belonging to higher frequencies of your ki energy. Even more than indigo, it encourages the healing of unbalanced mental conditions in people who are overly nervous or high-strung.  Idealism, dedication, and artistry are positive qualities associated with violet.  Foods which enhance the violet vibration include purple broccoli, beetroot, and purple grapes.” 


It is fascinating to me that purple is the fastest vibrating color in our visible spectrum, yet it is the most soothing and tranquilizing color vibration…

It is definitely a color that I need to connect more with. My internal clock moves really fast…sometimes too fast.


If you want to learn more, check out Dr. Kim’s book, First Element!

You can get your own copy here:

Amazon (real book)

NorthStar (eBook)

SmashWords (eBook)

Have a beautiful day!

As Dr. Tae Yun Kim always says,

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!

Snowboarding? Me??

January 16, 2017

Life has an amazing way of just teaching us great lessons if we are open and ready to receive them.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim, my mentor and Life Coach, teaches me to have an open cup, an empty mind, ready to be filled with all the great wisdom and experiences that Life has for me.

Last weekend, I went to a ski resort with some friends. I wasn’t planning to ski. I thought I would just “hang out” in the lodge, drink hot chocolate and do some social media surfing on my iPad…

But one of my friends said that she was going to take Snowboarding lessons…she was the LAST person I would have thought would try snowboarding.

Then I thought to myself, “Self, you know that Dr. Kim is always telling you to challenge yourself, to step out of your comfort zone…what are you waiting for?”

So, skiing is out of my comfort zone, but I’ve skied before, even down Black Diamond slopes…

But snowboarding is WAY out of my comfort zone. It always looked like fun, but I never thought I could actually do it.

So, on the spur of the moment, I decided to abandon the comfort of the lodge chairs and dive into the snow with a snowboarding lesson!

Well, it was WAY harder than I thought. I took a beginners class with some of my friends and we spent 2 hours sliding, falling, getting up, shuffling back to the “top” of the teaching incline and doing it all over again. Sliding, falling, getting up, etc…

The instructor was a young girl in her teens or early 20s… Snowboarding was very natural for her and she explained different aspects and had us try different things to work on very basic moves.

I tried hard to understand the logic behind the moves…but that made it impossible to actually do them.

I’d like to say I had a breakthrough and was snowboarding down the bunny slope by the end of the day…but not yet…I definitely I need more practice. A LOT More practice.

Step one: get on the training slope with a teacher and take a class: DONE

Step two: go back out and take another class, then practice, practice, practice!

I bought an annual parking pass for that ski resort… so I’m ready to go back!!!

Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches:  Practice Your Success!

That means, step out of my comfort zone and keep practicing, practicing, practicing!

What new things are you doing out of your comfort zone? 🙂

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!


Learning from Movies

January 16, 2017

I love watching movies. Not just for the entertainment value, but because there is so much to learn from watching movies.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim, my mentor and teacher, has been teaching through movies for many, many years.  When I first started training over 25 years ago, I remember watching a movie with Dr. Kim and other students, and after the movie, Dr. Kim asked, “what did you learn?”

I didn’t understand. I was entertained. But what did I “learn”?

It was at this moment that I discovered that Dr. Tae Yun Kim wasn’t an ordinary teacher or Martial Arts Master. She saw learning moments everywhere…at the mall, at the movies, on the mountain, watching a butterfly, finding a four leaf clover.

After that first movie, I watched movies a LOT differently. Instead of becoming numb to what was happening on the screen, I paid attention to what was happening, what was being said, what touched me the most during the movie.

It’s amazing. There is Always something to be learned… courage…consistency…patience…determination…drive…never giving up…compassion…all things that I want to develop in myself, I could see in the movies I watched!

Last night, I saw a movie called “Deepwater Horizon“.  It stars Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams, an Engineering technician on an oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, that was being contracted by BP Oil to drill for oil. It is based on a true story.

This movie had so many incredibly powerful moments that I can apply to my own life.


If you haven’t seen the movie yet, and want to be surprised, don’t read any further! ♥

Scene: The bigwigs from BP came on board the oil rig and had basically stopped all the testing from the 3rd party vendor because of time and money. The rig was 43 days late and BP didn’t want to spend any more time or money waiting…even if it meant bypassing all the safety checks. This greed caused one of the biggest oil spills in the U.S. in all of history.

Lesson learned: QUALITY! QUALITY! QUALITY! Nothing is worth more than verifying the quality of your work.  It doesn’t pay off to sacrifice quality because the end customer will suffer. No matter what you do, put Quality into it!

Scene: The rig is blowing up, fire is exploding in all corners. One explosion rocks through the bathroom where the main team manager, Mr. Jimmy is taking a shower. Pieces of glass are shot at him and pierce his body in dozens of places, damages both his eyes and a big shard gets embedded in the bottom of one of his feet. When he regains consciousness, he has no idea what has happened. He pulls the piece of glass from his foot, and blinded by the explosion, he feels around for his overalls, painfully puts them on, and feels his way out into the corridor to try to find out what has happened. When Mike finally gets to him, he tells Mike to take him to the bridge.

Lesson learned: Purpose, determination, responsibility. Mr. Jimmy was responsible for the rig and all the people on board. Even though he was severely injured, he knew he had to get to the bridge to disconnect the pipes to stop the explosions. He could barely walk, he couldn’t see, yet he was determined to make it to the bridge because it was his responsibility. How much do I take responsibility for my own life? If I could only apply that kind of purpose, determination and responsibility for everything I did in my life, how different my life would be! But I have discovered that it is too easy, too comfortable and too lazy to not accept responsibility and to blame others all the time. And once you get into a habit of doing this, it is hard to break free from it. 2017 is MY year to break free from this!

Scene: On the bridge, Andrea, the engineer in charge of driving the rig, sees all the explosions and fire… not knowing what happened or what was going on, she had the instinct to disconnect the pipe and to turn the EDS on (not sure exactly what that is, but it had something to do with shutting things down). But the other guy on the bridge told her that they did not have the authority to shut things down. She kept moving towards the button to disconnect and the other guy was forcefully insistent that they could not make that decision. When Mr. Jimmy finally made it to the bridge many minutes later, he asked if they had disconnected the pipe and enabled the EDS and they said no. So he went to do it.

Lesson learned: Andrea’s Silent Master told her what needed to happen…to disconnect the pipe and to enable the EDS. But the other guy…the “logical/rational” mind said they were not “allowed” to make that decision. But the rig was exploding and fire was shooting out everywhere! How much time was wasted and how many lives were at risk because they didn’t act on Andrea’s instinct? Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches about our Silent Master, that 6th sense inside of us that is intimately connected to God and that is a voice that quietly speaks to us…but most of us have too much noise in our heads to hear it. This lesson is that I must learn to listen to my Silent Master and to take action based on that…and NOT let my rational/logical mind talk me out of things….this happens way too often to me. My rational mind always seems to interfere with my listening and hearing my Silent Master voice.

Well, there were many more lessons in many more scenes…but to not be too long winded, I’ll stop here…you get the picture!  I’ll continue to write more about the lessons I’ve learned from the many movies that I have seen with Dr. Kim… I hope you enjoyed this!

As Dr. Kim always says, He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!d

Celebrate Every Living Breath as if it were Your Last!

January 12, 2017

Celebrate Every Living Breath as if it were Your Last!

Tae Yun Kim, Great Grandmaster, shouts this out with amazing energy and spirit whenever she gives a lecture or motivational speech.

Time is flying by. It is already the middle of January, 2017… Before you know it, it will be summertime…then fall…then Christmas time…

Why spend any time grumbling and mumbling…complaining about your life or your situation?

Dr. Kim shares that there is no more time for this. We are in a new time, a new age. If we don’t grab hold of our happiness RIGHT NOW, there will never be another time!

When was the last time you said “I love you” to your significant other?

When was the last time you hugged your child or your best friend?

Celebrate every living breath as if it were your last… what does this really mean?

It means, don’t waste any more time.

Do the things that make you happy. Do them now! Don’t wait!

Have you written up your bucket list? If you have, Start doing everything on your list and start crossing them off one by one. If you haven’t written your bucket list, do it now!

Eat dessert first because you never know what might happen!  That means Enjoy Life Now.

Don’t wait for “a better time”…don’t wait for “a better chance”…there is no time like the present.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim is the epitome of Celebrating Every Living Breath… sometimes, she will just jump in a car and drive to go see the sunset from a mountain top…or will just turn on some music and start dancing!

Why wait?

Why not express and feel joy and happiness right now? Right this moment? You never know what will happen in the next moment.

Guaranteed that people who get into serious car accidents did NOT decide that morning that they would get into a fatal car accident…

You could be the most careful driver on the road, but you have no control over the other drivers…so your fate is unknown.

What you do know is that you have This moment NOW.

So, like Dr. Tae Yun Kim says… let’s CELEBRATE every moment, every living breath because we never know…this may just be our Last!

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!

Don’t have any regrets!

January 6, 2017

I played the piano from when I was age 6 through 18…12 years.  My mother used to always tell me to Practice, Practice, Practice!  She would say: Practice Makes Perfect!

Me, the rebellious one… my reply?  “No one can be perfect, so why practice?!”

Typical child, adolescent, teen..

Children never know what is good for them!

I definitely learned my lesson! Fast forward to my college years…when I discovered that NOT EVERYONE learned to play an instrument when they were younger! That gave me a new perspective on my life and I realized that I was grateful to my mom for pushing me for so  many years to learn to play the piano.  Now I can play!

I only wish that they had pushed me to learn to speak Korean!!!  Argh!! One of my biggest regrets in my life…not learning when I was growing up, when it would’ve been easier to master…

Hindsight is always 20/20…unfortunately, most of us go through life pretty blind…

My martial arts master, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has always encouraged me to learn more, to be educated in all different areas. I just never went all the way!

I don’t want to have any more regrets in my life.

This is my year to GO ALL THE WAY and really become educated in many different arenas. I am diving into a huge blue ocean and not looking back. Thank you Dr. Tae Yun Kim for always giving me wise advice!

Lessons from a Great Grandmaster

January 6, 2017

I have Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within, and it is a very powerful book.

I just decided to open it and see what page appeared…and here is what came up:

page 100

“Clinging to a good picture you have created possibly keeps you from expanding into an even greater good. Clinging to a disagreeable picture keeps you there! So, don’t hold onto either as though it’s the final story. You don’t hate, resent, fight, or quarrel with an undesirable situation, and you don’t overly love or cling to a desirable situation. Detachment means you are always ready, open and willing to experience change. That is how you develop. You can’t develop and grow if you hold on tightly to something you’ve acquired no matter how good you think it is.”

Wow. Powerful, for me in my life right now.

It is so easy to become complacent…to be lazy…to just accept “the way things are”.

But is that the healthiest way to live?

We can’t grow if we are always staying within the status quo. Change is uncomfortable, but when we achieve greater things in our lives because of change, isn’t that a good thing?

I know that I want to achieve greater things in MY life… so here I go!  Down the path that is less traveled…the one that looks more winding, more rocky, more challenging…Because I want to claim my success!

Thank you Great Grandmaster Kim for sharing your wisdom in this powerful book!

(For more information on this book, check out this blog!)

The Power of Hummingbirds

January 4, 2017

Tae Yun Kim's Wisdom as shown through animals


Hummingbirds are amazing creatures.  They are very beautiful, very wise, strong, resourceful.  In fact, it’s quite mind-blowing how these tiny little creatures are so powerful, and go through the day with such purpose and determination!

They remind me of something I just read in Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s book “The First Element.”

“A tiny bird unborn bird pecks away at his shell hundreds of times for no other reason than to be born!  For no other reason than to be who he is.  He follows the life-force as far as his purpose directs.” (The First Element, page 137)


How beautiful!  I am striving to be just like such a little bird, to fulfill my purpose!

But Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim takes this way further.

“But you!  You are born with so much more capability than this little bird.  If you are not living your life with the…

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Kicking Off the New Year 2017

January 4, 2017

it was an awesome class! My body feels ALIVE! Jung SU!

The Art of Jung SuWon

Welcome to the New Year 2017. This is a time where everybody begins to think about their plans and goals for this year. It is also a time to reflect on the previous year to see what goals were accomplished. Did I achieve the goals I set out to achieve? Did I improve on the different areas I wanted to improve?

At Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy, we began the new year with a kick-off class for 2017. All of the students of all ages and belt ranks gathered to practice and work out together. It was a class of unity and working together. Overall, it was a high energy class with positivity surrounding the training floor.

Everyone had the opportunity to regain their flexibility and wake up different muscles of the body that were dormant during the holiday break. School will be back in session and the schedule will…

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Nature’s Beauty – Living Meditation

December 29, 2016

I love nature…there is a beauty that is peaceful to observe and just take in. My life tends to be quite hectic and busy. Life rushes around as if knowing that time is short. Sometimes I have so many things going on that it’s hard to just take a moment to be quiet.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches about the importance of Meditation and quieting the mind. Meditation doesn’t have to be sitting in a dark room with music playing and a candle flickering.  It can be, but doesn’t have to be. Dr. Tae Yun Kim talks about moving meditation and walking meditation.

Whenever I get a chance to be in God’s nature, I love just walking and seeing all the beauty around me. It could be a drop of dew on a rose petal, or a rock positioned just right in a flowing creek…

I just need 5 minutes to breathe slowly and watch the beauty that God has provided and this becomes a peaceful meditation for me.

If I had more time, I’d show you more of my photos, but I guess that will have to wait until my next “moment”…the rush of life is calling me back!

Have a wonderful day!


Mountain Water


Almond flower blossoms ready for Spring!


More Morels!


Morel Mushrooms getting ready to pick!

Dr. Tae Yun Kim’s way of preparing healthy beef

December 29, 2016

Healthy Foods Inspired by Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim

Even though I might have written about this before, this is such an important topic these days, and Dr. Tae Yun Kim has emphasized how crucial it is to eat the purest food possible.


Doesn’t this look good?  Unless you are a vegetarian, there is a good chance you enjoy beef ribs.

In today’s world, there is so much contamination – air pollution, soil solution, water contamination all contribute to making our food supply less and less healthy.

In addition, the majority of our cattle and poultry and even pigs are kept in very close quarters, the feed lots where they can hardly move and typically stand in their own urine and feces.   To avoid diseases and malnutrition, and fast growth, the animals receive a lot of antibiotics, hormones and other chemicals.  These chemicals will go right into our bodies when we eat that meat.

You can still enjoy…

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