Ji Eun (Jamie) Lee

Professional Speaker & Negotiation Trainer

Tag: Gratitude

May I be Frank

Last night I watched a truly inspiring documentary about Frank Ferrante and his emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental transformation over a 42-day journey of raw vegan food eating, coaching, daily affirmations, and colonics. It’s called May I be Frank.

In the beginning of the journey, he weighs nearly 300 pounds, takes a fistful of medicine every day for hepatitis-C, and suffers from suicidal thoughts and chronic fatigue. He walks into Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco one day, and – motivated to fall in love one more time before dying – enters a challenge for 42 days of healthy living. As the film progresses, we learn that Frank’s biggest challenge isn’t downing wheat grass juice for breakfast or detoxing through colonics (there’s a lot of pooping involved), but loving himself.

Choosing and loving oneself, and committing to a daily practice for emotional, spiritual, physical and mental health are also the core message in James Altucher’s latest book “Choose Yourself.” James generously forwarded me a free copy of the book, and I’m grateful for that. The book offers many actionable suggestions on ways to develop a spirit of gratitude, practice healthy habits, and grow a strong idea muscle. In fact, watching a film about an inspirational figure is one of his suggestions.

This morning I woke up still basking in the afterglow of the film. By the end, Frank has shed forty pounds, is cured of hepatitis C, and overflows with radiant positivity and love. The love travels beyond the screen and touches people whom Frank has never met, like me.

I woke up smiling. I did something out of my daily routine. I started cleaning the house, which I normally put off until the afternoon. I hugged and kissed the wonderful man in my life. It’s going to be a beautiful day.

I’m taking Frank’s daily affirmation.

I Ji Eun Jamie, do love me, my body’s vigour.
I am in perfect health.
I am a perfect human being, radiant beauty and divine energy.
I am divine.
I now hold in my mind this new image of myself. A thriving, flourishing, gloriously, beautiful person.

Thank you for being a friend.

I had an idea while climbing up the stairs out of a subway station last night. I’m going to write a “Thank you” tweet every day. First I thought I would do it for a hundred days, but knowing myself, I’ll probably lose count somewhere in the mid-twenties, lose interest, and stop. So I’ll just keep it simple and say thank you every day for as long as I can remember to tweet every day.

Here’s the first one from yesterday that got me started. At the risk of sounding like a hippie, two friends inspired me this way, and the good vibes generated from that inspiration grow and grow when I say thank you.


This morning I was grateful for another friend whose infectious optimism never fails to impress me:


Gratitude makes me happy. So saying thank you is a self-serving exercise in feeling good. I am (a neutralized) American, so I believe I can achieve happiness through action. Plus, I spent my first two school years in the South Korean public school system where politeness is taught as an integral part of the neo-Confucian code of moral conduct. The American part of me tells me I will be happier for saying thank you; the Korean part of me says it’s the right thing to do.

Or maybe I just want to get rich.

In other news — and while on the topic of money — I’m involved in a series of events on the topic of startup equity for employees in the month of October. If you’re in NYC/Brooklyn area, here’s where you can see me talk in public.

  1. Panelist on Legal Stuff Explained: Equity Compensation Hacks (for founders and startup employees) on Thursday, October 4th at Docracy in Dumbo

  2. Teaching Startup Equity Primer 101 for Employees on Wednesday, October 10th at Tipping Point Partners in NYC

  3. Moderating New York Digital District’s Panel on Equity for Startup Owners and Employees on Tuesday, October 16th at The Dumbo Startup Lab

And in running news, I ran a combined total of (3+3+8=) 14 miles last week. My pace needs improvement, but I’ve done my job of putting in the miles. The half-marathon is this Saturday in East Hampton. This will be my second race, first half-marathon, and one really fun event.

All in all, I’m grateful for the friends who inspire me to action. I’m grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned. I’m grateful for the opportunity to go the distance.


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