Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

The French Flag is called the Tricolore. It consists of 3 vertical stripes of blue, white and red. It was established as the flag of France after the French Revolution of 1789. Red & Blue were the colours of Paris. White was the colour of royalty. With the white sandwiched between the red and the blue, it symbolized the control of the people over the monarchy. Today the colours are said to mean: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity ideals associated with the Revolution that still resound in the hearts of many French Citizens.  Another interpretation is that the blue represents the people’s history, the white the people’s hope and the red the blood of their ancestors. 

Before the French Revolution the Royal French flag was designed with Fleur-de-Lis, which was the emblem of the King of France and a symbol of the French Monarchy. Historians believe that the three petals of the Fleur-de-Lis represent the three medieval social estates: the commoners, the nobility and the clergy. The Fleur-de-Lis was said to represent a symbol of the king’s divinely approved right to rule.


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French Edition of “This Is Your Quest” Climbing the Amazon Charts

“If it’s worth celebrating, it’s worth celebrating in hotpants.”

Only 48 hours after its launch the French edition of “This Is Your Quest” is storming up the Amazon Sales Charts! Thank you to everyone that has bought my book and visited my website. I hope that you find something inside to inspire you!

Launch Photo for the French Version of “This is Your Quest”

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48 heures seulement après son lancement, “En Quête du Bonheur” fait irruption dans les ventes d’Amazon! Merci à tous ceux qui ont acheté mon livre et visité mon site internet. J’espère que vous y trouverez de quoi vous inspirer !

Amazon France Sales Chart for 30 May 2019.

“This is Your Quest” at #47 on Amazon France Self Help Books – Rankings 30 May 2019


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Breaking News! The French Version of my book “En Quête du Bonheur” is available!

EN EXCLUSIVITÉ ! LA VERSION FRANÇAISE DE MON LIVRE EST DISPONIBLE !

Un voyage passionnant à travers l’histoire, le discours socio-économique et la discussion philosophique. Ce livre vous guidera, en utilisant une approche holistique, pour trouvers le vrai bonheur. Cet ouvrage a le potentiel de bouleverser votre façon de penser en vous exposant à des concepts, des philosophies et une façon de penser (par vous-même ) qui n’était peut-être pas évidente auparavant.

En Quête du Bonheur – Joanne Reed

Offrant une abondance d’information et de stimulations sur plusieurs sujets clés, il decompose le bonheur en trois parties (l’argent, l’amour et la santé), qui ont le pouvoir de nous rendre heureux quand les choses vont bien, mais aussi la capacité de nous rendre vraiment malheureux dans le cas contraire.

Notre Quête du Bonheur commence en suivant des exemples historiques et actuels de héros des temps anciens et modernes, ceux qui ont réussi dans leurs propres Quêtes. Vous serez séduit, surpris et inspiré par ce livre. Les mots ont de la profondeur, le récit est extraordinaire et le message à la fois tendre et provocateur. Etes-vous prêt pour votre Quête?

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Breaking News! The Second Edition of my book “This Is Your Quest” is out!

By popular demand, the Second Edition of “This Is Your Quest” is out! In this new edition you will find some new analysis on some current events, some points have been refined, and some new wisdom has been added! There is more to it than there was before!

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Second Edition of “This Is Your Quest” is out!

In this new edition you will find some new analysis on some current events, some points have been refined, and some new wisdom has been added! There is more to it than there was before!

Pick up your copy today and follow me on this Epic Adventure!


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10 Minute Mindset – Part 2 of my Podcast Interview

I was a special guest of Mario Porreca who is the host and founder of 10 Minute Mindset Podcast. Mario reached out to me because he believes that I have a story (through my book) that the world needs to hear. 

Let’s talk philosophy and let’s find out why we should pay attention to the philosophy of the philosophers! Hint … it is because philosophers know the fundamental thing: how to live! Philosophers are experts in the art of living.

10 Minute Mindset with Mario Porreca – Episode 2 – “The Point of Life”

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10 Minute Mindset – Part 1 of my Podcast Interview

I was a special guest of Mario Porreca who is the host and founder of 10 Minute Mindset Podcast. Mario reached out to me because he believes that I have a story ( through my book) that the world needs to hear. 

Mario asked me to tell him what led me to write my book. He was very interested in the fact that I talk a lot about history, philosophy and economics in the book and wanted me to tell him more about why these are important when we go on our own journey of self-discovery on our own Quest.

10 Minute Mindset with Mario Porreca – Episode 1 – “This is your Quest”

You can listen to the podcast by going on Mario’s website or by playing the file below (interview starts at 5:52):

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10 Minute Mindset with Mario Porreca – Episode 1 – “This is your Quest


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Small Things Count – The Key to Happiness?

This picture was taken in the Gardens of Suzhou in China walking on the smallest bridge ever built. A key message that transpires throughout my book is that small things count, and those small things are the key to happiness. It is very inspiring to hear stories of heroine such as Yu Gwan Sun or Joan of Arc (who features on the cover of my book) but ultimately not everyone has inside of them that capacity to do heroic deeds. 

The World’s smallest bridge?

You don’t have to go out there and save the world. Every person great or small has important work to do. I believe that there is for each and every one of us a goal that we must follow. But it doesn’t have to be something extraordinary or amazing. It can be something very small indeed, that is the key to happiness.

Small things are important because the world needs more people who are content and happy.


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Yu Gwan Sun Heroine and Martyr – the Pursuit of Freedom and Independence

Yu Gwan Sun (1902-1920) was a heroine of Korea’s Independence movement using non-violent means to protest against the Japanese occupation. She was imprisoned after taking part in the March 1st Independence Movement and was a true inspiration for the whole nation. She died from her abuse & torture at the young age of 17 years.

The ID of a schoolgirl who became the face of a nation’s collective yearning for freedom

Yu Gwan Sun’s History

Yu was a student at Ewha Haktang in Seoul, which was established by American missionaries as the first modern educational institution for women in Korea. On March 1, 1919, Yu and four classmates joined others taking to the streets with cries of Mansei! (Long live Korean independence!). Protest organizers came to Ewha Haktang and encouraged Yu and her peers to join a student demonstration to be staged on March 5, she and her classmates marched at Namdaemun, a gate in central Seoul.

A few days later, Yu returned to her hometown, Cheonan, about 53 miles south of Seoul in South Chungcheong Province, with a smuggled copy of the Declaration of Independence. She went from village to village spreading word of the Samil (literally three-one, or March 1) Movement and rallying local residents to organize their own protests. By early April Yu was distributing homemade taegeukgi, or Korean national flags, and giving speeches calling for independence. The Japanese military police arrived at one of the protests and fired on the crowd, killing 19 people. Yu’s parents were among the dead.

By the time the authorities quashed the protests a few weeks later, an estimated two million people out of a population of 20 million had participated in 1,542 pro-independence marches, according to Djun Kil Kim, author of The History of Korea. More than 7,000 people had been killed, and about 46,000, including Yu, had been jailed. After being convicted of sedition, she was sent to Seodaemun Prison in Seoul where she was repeatedly beaten and tortured for speaking out. “Japan will fall,” she wrote shortly before dying of her injuries on Sept. 28, 1920, at 17.

“Even if my fingernails are torn out, my nose and ears are ripped apart, and my legs and arms are crushed, this physical pain does not compare to the pain of losing my nation,” she wrote in prison. “My only remorse is not being able to do more than dedicating my life to my country.”

Photos taken at Yu Gwan-sun Birthplace near Cheonan, South Korea

A Resistance

In March 2019 the movie, A Resistance was released in South Korea to mark the centennial of the March 1 Independence Movement. There have been several biographic films of Yu in the past, but A Resistance: The Story of Yu Gwan-sun directed by Jo Min-ho, delves deeper into her emotions as she spends her days inside the prison along with other inmates.

I wrote about histories like Yu’s in my book 📖 because we can gain wisdom and courage by acts of bravery by the oppressed against their aggressors. 


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The Pursuit of Freedom & Independence – The Righteous Army – Part 2

General Kim Si-Min was a prominent Korean General during the Joseon Dynasty. He is most famous for defeating 300,000 professionally trained Japanese soldiers with an army of just 3,800 men comprising of farmers, scolars, monks and women.

Thank you to Monk Beobhye (who is a direct descendant of General Kim Si-Min) for his hospitality and for sharing this amazing story of courage and determination. 

This army was known as the Righteous Army. Victory was obtained thanks to General Kim Si-Min ability to motivate and inspire his people to fight for their freedom and independence, thanks also for their superior strategy of using archers who had the power to accurately hit their targets from far away, and for their ability to find innovative ways to conduct warfare. This battle established General Kim Si-Min firm reputation as a fierce warrior. In Japanese theater play the villain is known as Moksa 👺 – Legend has it that Moksa is General Kim Si-Min.

In my book I described the act of courage of the opppressed against the aggressor. 

General Ki Si Min’s first act of bravery was to kill a snake that was terrorizing his village when he was only 7 years old.


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The Pursuit of Freedom & Independence

On the 1st March 2019, South Korea celebrated the 100th anniversary of the March 1st Movement, a mass demonstration of Korean resistance against Japanese Colonial rule.

The Korean flag is full of symbolism and represents the spirit of the nation. The white background of flag means Peace. The red & blue circle in the center refers to the origin of all things in the Universe, Yin & Yang. The blue part is Yin and represents all the negative aspects whilst the red represents the Yang and describes all the positive aspects. Together they represent perfect harmony and balance.

Taegugki – the South Korean flag

Yin & Yang represents duality, there are many natural dualities, such as good and bad, light and dark, fire and water, expanding and contracting, however as these dualities cannot exist without each other the duality of Yin and Yang is also thought of as an indivisible whole.

The four trigrams at the corners of the Korean flag represent the four classical elements : starting from the top left corner: Heaven, Water Earth & Fire. The flag symbolizes the nation as a whole ; the white background represents the land, the circle represents the people and the 4 trigrams represent the government. All three make-up the essential elements of the Korean nation.

Learning to salute the flag

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Epic Journey Through China – Part 3

Temple of Heaven

Extract from This Is Your Quest – Chapter 7 – Page 100:

“The idea of building huge temples and monuments was to instill the idea that the rulers were of a different class than the average man. The other way the rulers imposed their authority upon the rest was to make up stories/narrative in order to make the people believe that men were fashioned from clay and created for one purpose only: to serve the Gods and Sons of Gods living on Earth (i.e. Kings and Emperors) by supplying them with food, drink & shelter (i.e. palaces) so that they may have time for their divine activities spent mainly towards the preservation of their own glory & authority. The ultimate purpose of the rulers was to install control, regulation and fear into their subjects, so that they themselves could have a life of leisure and luxury.”

Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Photo taken in Beijing at the Temple of Heaven which was used to be a place where the Emperors of the Ming and Qin Dynasties went to worship Heaven and offered sacrifices to pray for good harvests & favorable rain.


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Epic Journey Through China – Part 2 – The Forbidden City

“Welcome” to the Forbidden City!

The Forbidden City was the official residence of 24 Ming & Qin Dynasty Emperors & their entourage with 9,000 rooms built and hosting up to 30 000 people. The name “Forbidden City” describes very plainly the fact that the City was forbidden to the “Common People”. No commoner was allowed inside these walls and there were separate entrances and separate quarters for men & women.

Red Palace Door in the Forbidden City

Feng Shui Red Door Significance: red is a vibrant color that attracts attention and the attention can bring fame & fortune. In Imperial China, only the Emperor and High Ranking Officials could paint their doors red, which is one reason why red is associated with prosperity.

Dress to Empress!

Dress to Empress

All females living in the Forbidden City were sequestered for life. The concubines main task was to bear children for the Emperor. Those who gave birth were elevated to Imperial Consorts, with the Empress at the top of the pecking order. The selection process was rigorous & was based on beauty (white porcelain skin was a criteria of outstanding beauty), together with size of their feet (barbaric foot-binding practice was prominent at this time) ; their intellect, artistic skills (painting, singing, dancing) & temperament were tested, so was their physical condition (medical examination). Social background was no barrier and many Emperors chose concubines from the general public.

The Empress was the one exception. Only a few of those who made it through this rigorous process would be noticed by the Emperor, win his favors and be taken to the Emperor’s bed-chamber by the eunuchs. Eunuchs were servants who had been castrated in order to make them reliable servants of the Emperor. These emasculated men served as palace servants and as watchdog primarily to concubines, safeguarding the Imperial Ladies chastity. The majority of the concubines would spend their lives in bitter loneliness (away from friends & family), embroiled in daily Palace politics and jealousy was rife among the concubines. When the Emperor died, so did the concubines. They were forced to commit suicide (poison) or were buried alive with the Emperor. 


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