Without even missing a step we carry on with our Sexy, Successful and Inspirational ladies in this issue with Mo Seetubtim, Writer, Founder & CEO of The Happiness Planner. An inspirational stationery brand designed to help people become happier by mastering the art of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and personal development.
She also has a blog called moseetubtim.com where she writes about modern life wisdoms, happiness, self-development, and entrepreneurship. Her vision in life is to inspire people to live a purpose and passion driven life and to find happiness from within. One Coast just had to find out more about this amazing lady.
Firstly, welcome Mo to One Coast Magazine, it is a pleasure to have you with us, please tell our readers a little about where you were born and grew up?
I grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. I went to Thai schools. Then when I was 19, I went to Melbourne, Australia, for a holiday and fell in love with the city. So, I went back home and convinced my parents to let me move there for university.
You seem to have lived and worked in quite a few interesting placers around the world?
I lived in Bangkok, Thailand until the age of 19. Then I moved to Melbourne, Australia for university. I did my Bachelor’s in Business (marketing) with minor in Psychology. I also became a club promoter / music festival promoter when I lived there (mainly because I wanted to make friends with people who love music and going out) and fell in love with the music industry. So, I took a year off to do a diploma in Music Business Management.
When I graduated, I felt like I’d had enough of Melbourne and was ready for something new, so I applied for jobs everywhere and landed a job at a media agency in Sydney. So, I moved there and lived there until early 2015. That’s when I also launched The Happiness Planner. It’s an e-commerce business which means I could work online from my laptop. So, I decided it’s time to leave Australia and explore other parts of the world.
Where are you settled now, and do you have family?
I now live between California and London. I mostly spend summer in Europe and winter in California. I’m not married yet. I do feel that it will be hard to travel once I become a mom, so now I want to travel and explore the world as much as I can.
When did your passion for positive living and mindfulness start?
Since I was little, I always enjoyed participating in school competitions – I’ve always had this intrinsic need to be the best I could be. Since my Dad is also a high-achiever himself, he grew up learning how to the best he could be and passed on what he learned to me. So, I can say that I’ve always been interested in personal development since I was little.
But the twist of the story is that I grew up with two different parents. My Dad is a liberal, positive, free-spirited entrepreneur and an ex-athlete who’s very interested in personal development and psychology. My Mom is a very strict Tiger mother who is negative and overprotective. I was faced with a lot of expectations and negative energy growing up with my Mom. But this challenge in life, along with my Dad’s teaching, taught me to see difficulties in life as a platform for growth and an opportunity to increase my mental strength. It also inspired me to want to find ways to help people to change the way they are especially if they have been somewhat negative or harboring destructive behaviors.
My desire to want to inspire people one day started from when I started seeing that most kids were not taught to think the way I was taught by my Dad. Most people are taught to think like others do. But my Dad always told me to be different and to have a growth mindset. I also felt like most people weren’t encouraged to find out who they truly are and weren’t encouraged to live life chasing their own dreams. A lot of us kids, especially in Asia, get a lot of pressure from parents to become what parents think we should become.
Inspired by my Dad, I grew up believing that I am the master of my own life because I am in charge of my attitude, beliefs, and mindset. I started practicing positive thinking, visualization, positive affirmations, and mindfulness since little (literally since when I was in kindergarten). These practices have helped me achieve everything I’ve ever dreamed of achieving and have never let me down. So now I am inspiring others to do the same so that they can create the life they want.
Who would you say was your biggest inspiration on your journey?
Like I just mentioned, my Dad. My Dad is a high-achiever. When he’s passionate about something, he makes sure he becomes the best at it – from one thing to another – whether it be sports or business. His passion for life inspired me to become the best at whatever I set my mind to. The mindset he instilled in me and the words of wisdom he passed onto me are things I’ll forever be grateful for. And I’ve been sharing those with the world through my blog (and soon my books).
How did your Happiness Planner evolve into such a successful business?
I think when you really follow your heart and passion and create something from the soul, people can feel it. And when you focus on adding more value to the world, success will follow. From day one, I never focused on making money. I focused on inspiring people to live a more passionate and purposeful life – which is what I had always wanted to do all my life. I started it without expecting to make money from it but then it grew into something powerful.
I’m also very good at marketing, branding, design, and business. I started reading business and marketing magazines since I was 10 as I was very passionate about it. So, it makes sense that putting these things together, I gave birth to a beautiful brand.
You must have one client success story you’d love to share with us?
A lot of customers came back and said that our Happiness Planner helped them learn to be more positive and still feel grateful for life even when things don’t go as planned. They also said that not only do they feel the change in themselves, but those around them (their family) also get affected from the positive change that has happened.
But the more surprising stories would be the stories of how the Happiness Planner actually helped thousands of people with clinical depression or anxiety learn to harness the power of positive thinking, and slowly, by taking it one day at a time, they successfully rewire the way they think and feel, and they are now without depression or anxiety.
Your business has gone far what do you feel most proud of?
I feel proud that I have made my childhood dream come true – a beautiful global inspirational brand that people love. Plus, I get to work online and travel the world like I dreamed of. This creation has changed hundreds of thousands of people’s lives on a global scale. I’m very proud of the fact that I managed to grow it on a global level. Now that we’ve learned how to do it in 5 other languages, we can replicate the process and do it in 10 or more languages.
What is your strongest personal quality?
I’d say my determination. Since I was little, I was a determined kid. If I wanted to make something happen, I would put all my heart and soul into it and make it happen.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I’m not too sure. Nothing is really embarrassing. Maybe I’m just too positive and carefree to see anything as such.
What does a perfect day look like to you?
A day when I’ve had a good night sleep (8 hours), wake up in a good mood, hit the gym, have a healthy breakfast, have meetings with new super smart and talented people, have a productive day at work where I tick off all of my to-dos, and end the day with maybe a nice glass of wine with one of my closest girlfriends or my boyfriend.
Tonight, you are taking one person to somewhere special, who do you take and where do you go?
Probably Oprah Winfrey. I’d take her to Bangkok, Thailand. I will take her to get a Thai massage, try fresh fruits from one of those street carts, eat at the best local restaurants, and end up drinking cocktails on a beautiful rooftop bar talking about life and its beauty.