I had the privilege of being on iHeartRadio’s “The Kevin & Nikee Show” with the extraordinary hosts, Kevin D. Benton and Nikee Warren!! They just aired my podcast with them about my travels, poetry book “Loving Yourself Into Being”, being Jackie Chan’s personal assistant, Safe & Solo, and so much more! I hope you enjoy it. I start around 36 minutes in. Huge shoutout to Diana Weng for connecting us!! And thank you, Kevin & Nikee for being such kind, warm and fun hosts to connect with!!
In Nikee’s words:
“It’s time to get our travel on! “The Kevin & Nikee Show” EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT! THIS WEEK IT IS ALL ABOUT – “LOVING YOURSELF INTO BEING” – ADVENTURE, EXPLORING AND TRAVELING THE WORLD AND LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST!
Our Special Guest today is Karina Hsieh, who studied Psychology at Harvard University and worked in Silicon Valley before backpacking solo around the world for 1-1/2 years. She is an Adventurer, World Traveler and Explorer fueled by Love and Gratitude, who has cultivated her own self-love and compassion while craving exponential personal growth and perpetually following Love, especially self-love, as her North Star. Karina is the creator of www.safensolo.com which is a platform to empower other travelers, especially women, to feel safe and confident to explore the world. Karina is a Happiness Engineer, Creatrix, Fitness Instructor, Martial Artist, Writer, Blogger and the Author/Poet of “Loving Yourself Into Being” that she published on Valentine’s Day this year. This Awesome book is a collection of poems about self-love and compassion that dance playfully across the pages and bypasses your brain and nestles into your heart. It is split into three sections—Love, Becoming and Miracles—with the intention of displaying various aspects of Love and cultivating your own self-love and compassion. This is so that you awaken to the magic within yourself and in your life, which helps people to feel loved and remember their own deep capacity for compassion, kindness and Love. When Karina’s not writing, you can find her dancing, singing, unmasking miracles hidden in plain sight and just living life to the fullest. She also had the honor of being Jackie Chan’s Personal Assistant on the set of “Kung Fu Yoga.” It is going to be another fun, great show! You don’t want to miss it! Then after the interview don’t forget to check out “Kevin’s Korner” as he talks about ”Signs That Indicate That You Are Vibrating On A High Level And Frequency (Week 75” and “What’s Bothering Nikee” as she talks about ”What Are You Doing To Bring Honor To Your Family?” It is going to be another good show! You don’t want to miss it!”
This past week I had the privilege of being in my magical, happy place, Sedona, AZ! Here I am at Cathedral Rock reading the poem “Edge Thoughts” from my poetry book, “Loving Yourself Into Being” that I wrote on this ledge 2 years ago. I hope you enjoy!
Recently, I had the privilege of doing a podcast interview about Self-Love on Valeria Teles‘ podcast, “Fit for Joy”! Here’s an animated snippet of our interview with the full podcast available on apple podcasts here or on “Fit for Joy”. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you so much for having me, Valeria
I just published the e-book version of my poetry book, “Loving Yourself into Being” (amazon.com/Loving-Yourself-Into-Being-Compassion-ebook/dp/B08B3BF9SB)!!! I’m donating 100% of book profits from both e-book and paperback to the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund for the month of June. It was a steep learning curve as I was trying to combine two different types of e-books into one (fixed and reflowable), add a navigational Table of Contents, make it legible on different devices, etc. but I’m SO happy it’s done, and I can now share different formats with you! If you have questions about the e-book or paperback book making process, I’m happy to share my tips/experience with the self-publishing route. I hope you enjoy it
I’ll be donating 100% of profits from my poetry book “Loving Yourself Into Being” (amazon.com/dp/1734614307) to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund for all of June. NAACP LDF “seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice” (www.naacpldf.org) and has had a fantastic track record in creating change in this space.
I’ve been reflecting and feeling the weight of my own privileges as an Asian-American—that I don’t face the same multi-faceted discrimination as other POC, that I have the space, safety and resources to educate myself on how to be anti-racist and un-learn old biases. I hesitated on sharing this post because I feared diluting the Black Lives Matter movement and felt that I wasn’t helping “enough” or in the “right” way. But then I was reminded that we can all contribute to social change in our own way—by speaking out with our art, passion and livelihood—which is better than being silent out of fear of being criticized or mis-judged. It is important that we be courageous by sharing what’s on our minds, and equally important to be open to constructive feedback—this is how we learn and grow. The commitment of this post is just one step of many in supporting change that is long overdue.
I believe these poems can help bring us back to our own humanity, back to ourselves, and back to the beauty and love that is innate within each and every one of us. May they recharge and heal you so that you have greater energy to contribute to a better, united, more just and loving world.
Happy Valentine’s Day!! On this day of Love, I’m finally releasing “Loving Yourself Into Being” into the world on Amazon!! I’ve been pouring my heart and soul into this poetry book—180 pages & 112 poems— for the past 1 1/2 years and am so happy to finally share it with you!! It’s a collection of poems about self-love and compassion that dance playfully across the pages to bypass your brain and nestle into your heart. It is split into three sections—Love, Becoming and Miracles—with the intention of displaying various aspects of Love and cultivating your own self-love and compassion so that you awaken to the magic within yourself and your life. Pick up these poems any time you want to feel loved or remember your own deep capacity for compassion, kindness and Love.
I’m donating 10% of my book profits to the incredible non-profit Rise: America’s premier civil rights accelerator! Rise was founded by one of my best friends, Amanda Nguyen, who unanimously passed the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights and was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. While I penned this book into existence, Amanda and her team at Rise are providing tools to help others pen their own civil rights into existence! It is truly my honor to contribute to her exceptional cause with your help–together we’re making the world a better, safer, more loving place one book at a time.
I have to thank my dear friend, Leslie Bodner, for generously painting the stunning Calla Lily on my cover and providing the perfect cover to invite you into my poetry world! You can check out her breathtaking work at here.
Also, my deepest gratitude to Heather Swallow for your love and support on the table and being my healer and scribe while poems flowed out! I could not have asked for a more enjoyable writing process! Thank you to Tonia, Mike and Mason Hsieh, Sherwood Wang, Madison Greer, Alexia Usgaard, Debbie Lai and Lauren Asher for all of your editing help! There are so many other beautiful souls who helped me birth my poetry baby into this world that I want to thank too. Please know that you have my deepest love and appreciation for you. I’m so grateful you’re all in my life!
I hope you’re with all of your loved ones either in person or in spirit today and all days. And may you be extra gentle and loving with yourself!