Friendship and Sales: 5 lessons from bizdev on being a better friend.

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.

How to say no to your family and partner without being an asshole.

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.

“Dream big, don’t waste your potential”. But what’s wrong with little dreams?

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?

Reconnecting with my hands: Why I’ve picked up a non-digital hobby.

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.

‘My mind just won’t shut up!’ Starting a daily meditation practice.

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.