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.
I had a curry incident last week. The recipe promised to be foolproof: under 10 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes. Simple and easy, the way I like my cooking. What could go wrong. At 19 minutes, I had a taste. WOW it was bland. And if you’ve had any curry, you know ‘bland’ is… Read More Lessons on Slowing Down From Making Curry in a Hurry.
It’s okay, what a wonderful phrase! So easy, so versatile, “it’s okay” can be applied to all sorts of contexts and still make sense: “Do you want extra rice?” “It’s okay” “How’s the weather?” “It’s okay” “Do you think this toenail is too long?” “It’s okay” “I heard you’re going through a tough time….” “It’s… Read More Why I no longer say “it’s okay”.
This is not another post about using routines to increase productivity, efficiency or accomplishments. Instead, this is about using routines to find serenity. In this stay home period, though well-intentioned, the inundation of ‘make this time useful / productive / meaningful’ has been incredibly stressful. I’m constantly swimming against a tide of self-applied pressure, worrying… Read More The Serenity in Routines: From Someone Who Used to Hate Routines.