It’s July 2019, the day after my boyfriend’s birthday. Somehow I’m on the floor of the emergency exit corridor, locked out of the hotel room we’d booked for the occasion. I check my pockets. No key. No wallet. No phone. I do, however, have a watch. It’s 6am. I ring the bell. The metal door… Read More The day I decided to swear off alcohol for good.
In my former job, I managed relationships for a living. Business development or bizdev, account manager, salesperson, partnerships manager…. Whatever the title, the core job description is the same: “I work with People.” Building, maintaining and nurturing relationships. This was what I was paid to do everyday for several years. And I was pretty good… Read More Friendship and Sales: 5 lessons from bizdev on being a better friend.
Saying no is hard. For a people-pleaser like me, saying no is a downright emotional roller-coaster. Waves of anxiety, guilt and self-loathing rise up whenever I think of saying no. Sure there’s some science that explains why saying no is unpleasant for most of us, linked to an innate desire to cooperate as social creatures,… Read More How to say no to your family and partner without being an asshole.
19-year-old me is elated to share where I’ve chosen to go for further studies. “Dad, I’d like to go to photography school.” Dad looks up from morning paper, eyebrow raised.“Don’t waste your potential. You can dream bigger; go to business school.” (He also said he’d disown me otherwise, so to business school I went.) Where… Read More “Dream big, don’t waste your potential”. But what’s wrong with little dreams?
I’m from the generation that has seen the greatest transition of offline to online. … That’s probably what my mom and grandma would say, too. Smartphones are a mind-boggling invention to mom, whose childhood didn’t feature telephones. Netflix is a miracle for grandma who grew up without TV. I’m a self-proclaimed technophobe. The one with… Read More Reconnecting with my hands: Why I’ve picked up a non-digital hobby.
I voluntarily left my job 3 months ago to go full-time into seeking my purpose. Purpose, to me, is a pursuit which aligns with both what matters deeply to me and is one in which I can contribute at my very highest. An alignment of meaning and strengths. A pursuit which sets my heart on… Read More Purpose is not an accident, it is sought.
Is there a ‘proper’ way to meditate? The word conjures up visceral images: of scented candles, monks speaking about following your breath, mats with mandala prints and sitting cross-legged in lululemon tights. I was always curious about meditation. I craved the stillness, the serenity, the clarity I hear so many talk about. A long time… Read More ‘My mind just won’t shut up!’ Starting a daily meditation practice.