“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.” ~E.E. Cummings
I love to write. For years I wrote in journals and kept them stacked in piles on my shelves.
One rainy winter evening when I was 25, I walked into the Bourgeois Pig bookshop on Franklin Boulevard in Los Angeles and saw a book next to the cash register written by Natalie Goldberg called Wild Mind.… Read More
“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” ~Thomas Carlyle
I grew up in a small town, Maysville, Kentucky, where I led the perfect, sheltered life. After graduating from high school, I pursued higher education at a local community college, and from there transferred to The University of Kentucky in Lexington.… Read More
“If you are never scared, embarrassed, or hurt, it means you never take chances.” ~Julia Soul
The moment comes when you are on your knees.
You are filled with a knowing that there is something better. There is a life for you that you are not living and you are ready to live it.… Read More
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” ~Buddha
A decade or so ago, when I was 20, I was supposed to settle into an “arranged marriage,” a common concept in India. I would never have known what it means to be financially independent, to go after my passions, and to be true to myself.… Read More
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It seems like just yesterday I wrote, “It’s a pretty exciting week in Tiny Buddha world,” before crafting a massive year-in-review post for the site’s first anniversary.
Yet here we are again, a full year later.… Read More
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” ~Robin Sharma
I can remember the feelings so vividly—the emptiness, the yearning, the confusion, the lacking, and the depression. They all merged together, and they always seemed to present themselves at the worst possible times.
The simplest things, like getting out of bed in the morning, felt so heavy.… Read More
“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~Mary Engelbreit
I wrote a letter to my dad on his 70th birthday this past May. Since it was a milestone of a year, I wanted to really give him something that would be meaningful, however, my ideas weren’t actual items.… Read More
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” ~Etty Hillesum
There was a time that I wished I had more than 24 hours a day to finish everything in my long to-do list. I have a full-time job editing news stories for a media agency while tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist for entrepreneurs.… Read More
“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless.” ~Pema Chodron
I always wanted to travel to exotic places. When I received an all-expenses-paid invitation to Bangkok after a conference accepted a paper I wrote, I jumped at the chance to go.… Read More
“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” ~Horace
During my second year at an arts conservatory, I took a detailed, diagnostic test to determine the hemispheric dominance of my left and right brain. People who tend to lean toward the left are logical, reality-based, practical, and intellectual, when people who tend to lean toward the right are artistic, intuitive, feeling, and imaginative.… Read More
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” ~Samuel Johnson
When I worked in the corporate world, I didn’t focus on a race to the top. I enjoyed the day-to-day work of running a product line, finding opportunities for new markets, and helping managers in other countries launch similar lines tailored to their markets.… Read More
“It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.” ~Unknown
Over the past four years, I followed a career path that felt soulless.
As I moved from city to city, climbing the corporate ladder, I noticed that, ironically, the bigger my paycheck, the emptier I felt.… Read More
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.” ~Rumi
When I was young, I fell in love with Africa. It was an unsophisticated and amorphous love, not directly related to anything in particular about that vast continent. I now see that the point of my love affair with Africa was to deliver my first calling to me.… Read More
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot
If you read a lot of blogs or are even remotely tech savvy, it’s highly likely you’ve heard the term “lifestyle design.” Perhaps you’re wondering just what the heck it means, and how you can do it, too, just because it sounds so enticing!… Read More
“Just as much as we see in others, we have in ourselves.” ~William Hazlitt
Most days I am a dedicated writer and artist, focused and working away with my oh-so-happy hands.
Most days I feel inspired to share adventures and insights from living in Paris for over two years while going to graduate school.… Read More
“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” ~Unknown
Have you ever paused at a podium, feeling your hands shake as you speak to the senators before you? Have you ever laced your skates, shuddering as you heard your name announced as the next skater to compete?… Read More
“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” ~Marianne Williamson
I believe we are here to grow, to expand—to learn and experience and understand. Growth and discovery are the purpose of life.
I also believe we tend to get in our own way.
Our experiences, our cultures, and even our families can create fears and limitations that can hold us back, or hold us down.… Read More
“There are two great days in a person’s life—the day we are born and the day we discover why.” ~William Barclay
The word “capacity” has many definitions. It can be summarized as the maximum measure of innate potential and the ability to understand and demonstrate one’s optimal capability and power in a specified role.… Read More
“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.” ~Jack Dixon
The first time I picked up a brush to paint I was 28 years old. I had never painted before, not even as a child. I couldn’t draw (except lousy little doodles) and never even thought I would enjoy painting.… Read More
“A leader leads by example whether he intends to or not.” ~Unknown
Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to “be somebody.” For the majority of my life, I worked very hard at being whatever I thought I needed to be in order to be a great leader amongst my peers.… Read More