Self-Awareness As The Basis For Growth & Connection 

With Mali Phonpadith

Mali’s journey has been a walk through several personal tragedies and upheavals. From being a refugee from Laos at the age of 4, to losing her fiancé to a drowning accident, followed by a series of other losses, she has carried herself and her life with poise, grace and kindness. Her passion for creating community and family runs deep, and she does this in almost every area of her life. In our interview she shares her journey and her favorite practices to help her manage her stress, anxiety and traumas. Such a sweet conversation!

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About Mali Phonpadith

Mali Phonpadith is the CEO of the SOAR Community Network and Cofounder of the SOAR Community Nebula. She is a two-time, #1 International bestselling author, TEDx speaker, workshop and retreat facilitator, Certified Talent Optimization Consultant and the Executive Producer/Host of Tea with Mali Cable TV Show. Several years ago, Mali was selected as a Belief Team community partner through Values Partnership for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network BELIEF initiative. She is currently building her own community called Nebula, a consortium of business owners, executives and professionals who gather to learn, network and collaborate in order to collectively create positive change throughout their communities.


  1. Susan Hudson

    Mali, I appreciate your sharing of your life’s journey today! I took pages of notes in my journal to revisit as I journal.

    Poetry, for me, is also a way of “encrypting” emotional experiences that cannot be fully described but must be felt, tasted and experienced in a non-direct way. My poems have also been my safety net!

    As Richa asked you about EFT tapping, I am totally drawn to that and have heard reference to it before, but don’t know what it is and how to practice it. I am grateful someone will speak directly to that practice in upcoming sessions.

    “For us to do it right, we have to do it wrong!” I JUST FINISHED giving approval to the publication of my first book, called: “Spirited Voyager: A Memoir of Motherhood, Mission and Ministry” — which, for me, has been a journey of inner healing after a very fast-paced career in mission and ministry with a fast-moving husband and three beautiful daughters.

    The jigsaw puzzle pieces of my life were scattered all over the floor for me emotionally, and writing the book has been my way of putting the puzzle back together, so that I could see the big picture and find it good. Right now I am “standing in that celebratory moment” and have been surprised that not everyone can celebrate with me. That’s okay.

    I can celebrate my powerful moment. It is my version of my story.

    I would love to stay connected to you and your community!

    Grace and peace,

    • Richa Badami

      Oh my Susan! What an absolutely beautiful testimony to the mission and vision to this series! Thank you thank you thank you! Yes, Mali has a way of demonstrating, with such beauty, ease and grace, how all the pieces can come together in our life! Congratulations again on your book, WE are celebrating with you ALL THE WAY!! More Motherhood, Mission and Ministry!!! Yes, yes, yes!!!! Please reach out to Mali, stay connected, thrive and SOAR, SOAR, SOAR!!! So much love, always!

    • Mali Phonpadith

      Hello Susan. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch our conversation AND even take notes. Richa and I have been dear friends for years and as my soul sister, she made the sharing so easy. Thank you for your kind words. Please reach out to me via email at so I can provide additional resources for the EFT technique and provide you with additional information about our SOAR and Nebula communities. Also, I’d love to read some of your poetry as well!
      Congratulations on your book. How exciting!!
      Warmest regards,


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