“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.

The Serenity in Routines: From Someone Who Used to Hate Routines.

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.