A Litmus Test

“Pardon? I had some trouble hearing you, please repeat, sir”, I uttered to some drunken guy in a restaurant lobby. He simply yelled back at me to “move”; it appeared that this man left his ‘pleases’ and ‘thank you’s’ at home along with his respect for women, and also, a clean shirt. In the home…

Hobby The Hobbit

Hobby the hobbit was a wee man, a patient man, a kind man. Wherever he hobbled he brought with him his many hobbit friends, seeking adventure or small tables for mealtime: hobbits eat many meals in a day. No, none of this is true; I just thought that if we could transform the concept of…

Courage Is Many Words

I received an email last week from one of my readers about being at a serious crossroads in her life, mainly in relation to her job. Her guttural descriptions regarding specifics facets of her life, those by which she felt so devastated and so confused- her relationship, her job, her hobbies- had me feeling so…

Love: Us Vs.Us

I feel absolutely pitiful for penning these dreaded words, but Justin Bieber nailed it when he said, “you should go and love yourself”. Simple, profound and entirely true- we must  love ourselves from within before we can expect others to love us from without. The first step on the road to finding a new friend or…

Never Put A Lion In A Cage

You know that feeling on a Saturday morning when you have a thousand errands to do, too many friends to see, a hearty brunch to eat, and a workout routine to adhere to, and you accomplish it all? That same feeling: accomplished, uninhibited, powerful- well, this is exactly how I feel about working independently, being…

Authenticity Is Authentricky

  We throw around the word “rare” or “unique” like we do “cool” or “amazing”. The truth is, the more we make a habit out of using these terms, the less value they hold; we must earn their worth. I never wanted to end up in shackles behind the bars of commonality, and thus, I fully ‘own…

The Company We Keep

We are judged by those around us- judged by their actions, their mishaps, their wrongdoings. If the company we keep is powerful, famous, or strikingly beautiful- regardless of our connection to them- we are paired alongside them and labeled as puzzle pieces in their entourage or crew. A huge believer in the “less is more”…

Being Resourceful

When I was young, my mother always said the quality she most revered in me was my resilience. The quality I admire the most in others is resourcefulness. Being able to garner information and make informed decisions after patiently spending hours researching the pros and cons of any situation was something I could never really grasp; it’s…

You Didn’t Read Lonely Planet?

Travel is something so engrained in my being and in my soul that I spend a good chunk of my free time staring at virtual maps, learning country capitals, stating at google pictures of local or unique dishes, and deciding if my next venture will be to a cold or warm climate. Two weeks ago, my…

Transition, The End.

April 3rd, 2010- today’s the day I’m going to tell them. Prior to this, day after day, I would awake, toss off my blankets and pop-tart out of bed, ready to make the genuine commitment to myself and to honesty by speaking a few basic words. I would stand up, prepare my speech, cower, cry, and crawl back into…

The Transition- Part 1.

The word transition is incredibly on-brand for my particular set of beliefs. I believe that when executed correctly, transitioning is the key to success, both personally and professionally. It is not a one-off for making decisions, but transitioning helps us fill the gaps in our lives, and helps us to make moves or adjustments informatively and responsibly.