HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANG! Today’s Life Lesson comes from this birthday girl, who, like so many of us, is wondering if she’s doing it right. The “It” is motherhood. Sang, thanks for being so open and honest. And guess what? We ALL wonder if we’re doing it right. GEM nation, show Sang some love and birthday wishes, eh?

If you’re like to take part in our Life Lessons exercise, drop us a line and we’ll get the questions right out to you!

Are you happy at the moment?

Yes – for the most part. I have some “sore” spots in my world that I feel could use some colorful daisies to make it better, but as long as I know at the end of the day I am working toward that goal, I will get there.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16 year old self now – what would it be?


What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

Just because I thought I raised my kids right, does not mean they will turn out right.  My mothering has been in question A LOT this year (by me, not others), and at times I feel like I am a failure as a mother.  I can lead the horse to the water, but I cannot make it drink – but IT WILL RESPECT ME.

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

My goal is to make life as simple as possible – help as many single mothers launch their dream businesses and watch their freedom blossom!

What’s your secret to happiness?

I am sworn to secrecy. Kidding. Okay, my “secret” to happiness is to find humor in everything. People take life sooooo seriously that I think they forget to laugh!

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Remembering where I came from – remembering when I was homeless – remembering when I had nothing to call my own – remembering the wonderful moments with my mother!

What’s your biggest regret?

Regret? None. Crazy I know, but if I had any regrets, then I wouldn’t be WHO or WHAT I am today.  And the ONE thing I could think of would have changed the course of my life FOREVER!

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

To be honest and loyal.  However, only one kid has embraced this lesson.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

Finishing what I start.  I have this interesting bad habit of starting things – getting all excited – and then next thing I know, this “idea” is on the shelf, collecting dust!

Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

Making it this far in my life by the grace of God and on my own.  Of course, I have had friends who have watched my journey, but being a college student with $20 in my pocket, no sheets for my bed, and determination to succeed – I had to make it, I didn’t have a choice.

When were you happiest?

I am the happiest now.  My childhood was not the best of childhoods and my teens were even worse.  I do not even remember my senior year in high school.  My 20’s were a pain in the ass with all the life lessons – choices I made and the loss of my mother.  In my 30’s, I am coming to terms with people, life and how to just be free with my thoughts, words and be myself!

What ten words best describe you?

Sangtastic! Brilliant! Sassy! Determined! Respectful! Generous! Loyal! Honest! Thoughtful! Strong!

Sang Thi Duong is currently running her home-based business part-time while working full-time in the construction industry.  She is the founder of The Soul Steps Project (website coming soon), designed to assist single mothers who are ready to take that leap in to entrepreneurship and make their dreams a reality.  Sang is the mother of two, significant other to her King, sister to the best RN ever & sister to the most country redneck ever!  When Sang is not networking, writing, or reading, she can be found taking time to breathe and living life….and shopping for heels while sipping on some Starbucks!