Melissa Thi Le
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Melissa Thi Le is the Founder of Strive With Me, a business owner, and community leader. She loves learning about personal development, business, and social impact as she builds a life dedicated to combating social issues affecting millions of people. She created Strive With Me to build a community to support each other on their journey towards achieving their goals.You can reach Melissa by emailing Contributor@StriveWithMe.com

3 Ways I’m Getting Out of My Own Way

I’ll be the first to admit, I get in my own fucking way all the time.  It takes me forever to finish an article (due to the self-inflicted judgment, shame, and self-rejection), so I have hundreds of uncompleted drafts and…

How to practice more self-love today: Self-love for beginners

Nowadays, it’s all about self-love and I am all for it! We’re reminded over and over again of the importance of loving ourselves but have you ever wondered what it actually means? What does loving ourselves even look like? And…

Unrealistic Love Expectations – Confessions of a Recovering Hopeless Romantic

As I approach 30, I can’t help but reflect on the expectations many of us have on love, romance, and intimate relationships. Like many, I grew up romanticizing love. Due to conditioning from fairy tales, tragic Shakespear plays, and societal…

You don’t need to be perfect to start

Perfectionism is a funny thing. It’s the strong urge to do things “perfectly” even when the expectations are unrealistic. Whether it’s your first time trying something new or you have no idea what you’re doing, the pressure to do things…

Not everyone deserves access to you

Despite what you were taught, were told you should feel guilty for, or what you believe, not everyone deserves access to you. When it comes to your time, energy, and focus, people have to earn their right to you. This…

An open letter to anyone who’s felt rejected lately

We all have our low points. We believe we’re going to land that job, promotion, date, or even that award we didn’t even know we wanted until it was dangled in front of us. Then, we get the dreaded email,…

5 gifts I’m giving myself this holiday season 

As we’re in the gift-giving season, it’s essential to reward the most important relationship we have with the hottest gifts of the year. The relationship I’m talking about is the one you have with ourselves and the gifts? Well, you’re…

Being thankful in a crisis

It’s odd to think of all the things you’re thankful for when there’s so much pain and suffering in the world. You may feel a sense of silliness, guilt, and/or shame in being grateful for your blessings when others have…

The Influence of Culture on Mental Health

This article is a followup of a Strive Conversation on the Influence of Culture on Mental Health, a part of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. The experiences shared in this article do not…

7 Tips to Improve Your Conversations and Connect with Others

We all want to build better connections with others. Most of us don’t want to admit that we’re not quite sure how to do that…  Whether you’re forming friendships, building communities, or looking to address a nation, learning how to…

Creative Cooking During Hard Times with Amanda Huang, Founder of Earth Made Kitchen

With the world on lockdown, many of us are finding alternative ways to cope, survive, and strive for more during this pandemic. Now, more than ever, is a time to brush up on your creative cooking skills and get your…

9 Ways to Spend Time with Yourself

There has been a lot of back and forth on what people should be doing during this lockdown…  Facebook messages encouraging others to take up online classes (guilty of this one). Twitter posts about how people are struggling to grieve…

Commit to yourself, your goals and your purpose

Welcome to the final segment of our Motivation series. In Part I, you learned how to introduce healthy habits and activities to help you feel better when you’re feeling unmotivated. Part II showed you how to create and hold space…

Developing clarity and regaining motivation to pursue your goals

Quick intro: Welcome to Part II of our Motivation series about achieving your goals and serving your purpose. If you didn’t read Part I, please do so here. In Part II, we’re going to build upon the practices you learned…

How to overcome demotivation and get back to achieving your goals (+ serving your purpose)

We all feel discouraged from time to time. We get frustrated for not aggressively working on our goals and angry at ourselves for not better managing our time and focuses. We may even feel powerless if our problems become too…

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