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The One Reason Why You Should LIVE Instead of Worrying About Tomorrow

Tweet  image  credit   We are, at least in the modern society, hard-wired to worry. We want security, and minimize risks, and make sure that we don’t end up in trouble. We want to eliminate problems. We want to eliminate unhappiness. We want safety – in every sense of the word. None of that is […]

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5 Lessons I’ve Learned on the Path to Becoming A Polymath

Tweet  image credit   Last week I wrote my progress report, on becoming a polymath project. As promised, this is the follow up article. The road to polymathy is not straight-forward. I started off in uncharted territory, and I’m mapping it as I go along. Often by going over the same road again. There is […]

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5 Things to Keep in Mind When You Are Starting Fresh

Tweet  image credit   You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down. – Mary Pickford   It’s tempting isn’t it? Starting from scratch? Beginning again, as if moving to a new country or a new city, starting […]

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On Birthdays and New Beginnings

Tweet  My Third Birthday Party The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. Oprah Winfrey Today is my 32nd birthday. Convention is to settle down in one’s thirties, mine started with major overhaul of my entire life. So it’s a whole new type of settling down now, […]

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5 Lessons I Learned Since the End of My Marriage

Tweet  image by Eric Magnuson Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you. – Roger Ebert   My husband and I decided to get a divorce over a year ago now, and have been separated since then. It’s not a secret, but I haven’t spoken about it here on Kaizen […]

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3 Reasons Why You Should Be Open to Saying “I don’t Know”

Tweet  image by wallyg   We live in a society where strong opinions are valued. You meet people who seem to know what they want, and it makes them appear solid. As if they know who they are, where they belong, what their place in the world is. People who have no idea what they […]

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Journaling Exercise: Lessons Learned

Tweet  image by johnonolan   A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw   We’ve been conditioned to be afraid of mistakes. Ever since childhood, both in and out of school, we’ve been taught to avoid making mistakes so that […]

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Friendship: A Mysterious Joy

Tweet  image by sandeepachetan   What is friendship? Friends are a family we choose is a well-known cliché. It is however not strictly true. Most of us don’t set out to become friends with someone particular. In my experience, all the valuable friendships I have, were not the ones I set out to cultivate. They […]

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Secrets of Adulthood

Tweet  image by thelotuscarroll As a part of my Kaizen Reading Challenge, I am reading The Happiness Project. In the book, Gretchin Rubin talks about Secrets of Adulthood that she’s discovered. As I read that part, I thought about making a list of my own Secrets of Adulthood. I wrote this fast, without thinking about much, […]

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On Judging Others

Tweet  image by safari_vacation Lately, I’ve had a considerable experience of being at the receiving end of people judging me and my life. It’s not because of my life, but rather because I’ve been in India for the last two and a half months. This habit of judgement is not uncommon in India. In fact, […]

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