I’m Fat!



That was one of the first things my mom said to me when I landed in Bangkok a couple of weeks ago.

“You’re fat.”

“You need to watch the middle-age spread.”

In the Chinese language, there isn’t a politically correct way of stating things like this.  You can’t say, “Oh, you’ve filled out a little.”  Or, “You’ve put a bit of weight.”

And, people in the Far East are just more direct.

What I love about it is that what they say is to the point.  It saves time, and it’s not personal.  It’s stating a fact.

Am I “fat” as we think fat is in the west?


Has my body shape changed in the past 6-12 months?

Yes, it has.

I had a really bad shoulder injury, which restricted what exercise I could do.

My hormones are all over the place as I approach menopause.

I have been busy building our businesses, and therefore, haven’t exercised as much as I could (injury, or no injury).



Yes, it does make you wince when someone speaks the truth, but there’s no point arguing, or trying to come up with an excuse.

Own it and move on.

Either choose to do something about it, or let it go.

What truth have you been confronted with recently?


Year of the Dog


It’s Chinese New Year on Friday, and it will be the year of the dog.

So, make sure you avoid cleaning clothes, using scissors and sweeping floors.  You’re also meant to avoid crying children …. I leave that one with you!

For the first time in 31 years, I will be celebrating the new year with my family.  It is amazing how time flies, and it really shocked me when I calculated how long I have been in the UK; and family, is something that we shouldn’t take for granted.

Rather than share with you what the year is expected to bring, I thought I would share one of the key marketing trends that is predicted.


Because we are now working with 2 business coaches and 1 business mentor to drive our businesses forwards.  We have big dreams for giving back and leaving a legacy and in order to do that, we need to get our businesses to a certain level.

With that thought in mind, the marketing trends in China, according to Forbes, include convenience, lower-tier cities, new retail, information partnerships, artificial intelligence, and finally, …

Green, natural, healthy and environmentally friendly.

Whilst these are the predicted trends for China, the final trend, I believe, will be worldwide.  It is already a growing trend and will continue to grow, and when China jumps on board, it will undoubtedly go through the roof.

My partner and I are independent consultants for Arbonne International, which are a vegan company.  For this reason, we do not trade in China, as China still enforces animal testing on the cosmetic and beauty industry.  With this prediction and pressure from global companies, I can see that China’s view on this will be dropped.  In this day and age, there is absolutely no need for this practice to be carried out.

I hope this will happen sooner, rather than later.

What are your thoughts?

In the mean time, much love for Valentine’s Day, and wishing you a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year!

A Year of Reflection


So, how was your year?

What have you learnt?

I feel 2017 is a turning point for me.  I’ve started working with a business coach again, and am now putting things into place again for another shift in our businesses, and where we wish to be financially.

Change is definitely in the air; and sometimes it is challenging to let go.

And yet, I know, that in order for the new to flood in, we must get rid of the old and create space.

I have learnt that I need to keep working on patience (something that I’m rather short on, if I’m honest).  I get so annoyed and frustrated when people break things down to the minutiae, and forget the bigger picture.  We should be concerned about the whole person, the species, the planet, rather then tweaking the detail.  We get so caught up with the finer detail that we forget to step back and appreciate the whole. In traditional medicine, practitioners look and appreciate the person, rather than the affliction.  Western medicine started to break the person down into systems, and cells, etc. And you can see this in practice when the oncology department fails to talk with the orthopaedic department, for example.

And, what happened with looking at your plate as a whole, rather than how much carbs, protein, etc you have on your plate?

Life is way to short to focus on the detail.

So, you can see, I still need to keep developing patience?!

That, is my Bhavana for 2018.

As I leave 2017 behind, here are my wishes for you ..

Be bigger in your thoughts.

Be healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Be whole as a person.

Be human.

Much love .. Ann-See x