In the 4-Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss tells a little story that illustrates the idea of work-life balance. Listen to it here: The Parable of The Mexican Fisherman and Investment Banker.
Which of these two characters reflects how you work? Are you the determined American, constantly seeking to expand your career with a vision of a content life upon achieving your goals? Or are you the content Mexican whose life is a beautiful blend of work, family and personal time?
Regardless of whether we are self-employed or work a nine to five, each of us desires a balance between work and our personal lives. But why is that? We dream of being present for everything in life. We wish to build solid careers, entertain our hobbies, explore new ventures, spend time with friends, start a family and raise children. We want it all! …
Did you know that the practice of giving flowers dates back to prehistoric times? The Victorian era holds the record for the most interesting floriography. During this period, verbally expressing emotions was not considered noble. So instead of saying how they felt, Victorians used flowers to communicate their emotions.
The Victorian era was a time when flowers were not only a woman’s object of desire, but they also symbolized a love language. Victorians were quite intentional in how they used the language of flowers. …
How old were you when you first watched The Jungle Book? Do you remember how it made you feel? Did you dance along with Mowgli and Baloo, and sneer every time Shere Khan came on? No? — I guess it’s just me, then. The timeless story has been told and retold a myriad times. Its 2016 film adaptation grossed close to a billion US dollars. The Jungle Book is a big deal!
Rudyard Kipling, the genius behind it, is a big deal himself. Beyond his success with the Jungle Book, he is also a world-renowned poet. I was introduced to the potency and power of his words when, a few weeks ago, a friend shared his most famous piece with me. …
I’m certain most of us get asked this quite often. It is in fact one of the most prominent interview questions! Where do you see yourself in five years? This has always been a challenging question for me because quite frankly I don’t know. I have come to realize that this question is mostly used to determine one of two things:
1. Your ambition. People assume that a great response to this question would be one that indicates an individual’s vision for the future. The more specific and well thought through it is the more ambitious someone is said to be. …
I say feel it, feel it,
When it’s too dark and you can’t find your way back,
When it’s too deep to pull yourself out,
When it feels like there’s a void at the end of the tunnel,
When it seems like there’s no one but you in the middle of the night,
When it seems like all your cries for help go unnoticed,
When you can’t seem to find your own shadow,
When it feels like you have had enough,
When it feels like you are ready to succumb,
I say feel it, feel it,
Let it go through every inch of your…
There is a voice inside me,
Quietly taking up space,
It wakes me up in the morning,
And demands to be heard,
As I lay awake at the brink of dawn,
It shows me my greatest desires,
Like a chest filled with treasures,
It draws me in and pulls me close,
It shows me where to sail and which path to take,
It shines a light on my journey,
So, I get up every day to chase after a reality I have yet to see.
There is a voice inside me,
Recreating the world I live in,
It speaks to me as I take my coffee,
Reminding me of all that is yet to be experienced,
All that is yet to be seen, heard, created, touched, loved, written,
It delights in the unknown,
With no fear for consequence,
Or mere limits set by humanity,
It opens my eyes to a world with endless possibilities,
A vast universe of stars just a touch away,
So, I put down my coffee,
And chase after a reality I have yet to see. …
How can you build and sustain a strong, secure relationship where you and your partner feel that your needs are met? One tip is to think of your relationship as a love bank.
The theory of love banks stems from the basic concepts of ordinary bank accounts. Essentially, a bank account grants its user a platform for making deposits and withdrawals. When we transfer funds to our bank accounts, we are making deposits. Deposits create positive balances. On the other hand, when funds are taken out, we are making withdrawals. …
As part of our weekly reflections, Pepper and I decided to do this fun activity that also served as a guide for self-reflection. You can do it too! Here’s the link. I am going to share some of my responses here.
1. Time alone
Lately, I have been taking time to reflect on life. It has been a beautiful journey of re-discovering myself through meditating on my feelings and thoughts-I guess you could say I’ve been soul searching. This has made me realize how peaceful and refreshing it is to simply listen to your own thoughts.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. …
As you read this, you are listening to your inner voice guide you through these sentences. Your inner voice is a near-constant companion. We spend a lot of life having a series of verbal monologues within ourselves and it is important to learn how to make this inner chatter work for you.
Here’s two ways we use our inner voice: 1. to motivate ourselves and 2. to evaluate our actions. Remember that time you got called in for an interview? Your inner voice worked with you to prepare for it. That is you using your inner voice to motivate yourself. Think of a time you had to reflect on a mistake you made. Your inner voice steered the direction of that process, no? …
LOVE “the most beautiful form of ART”
An inspiration for creatives over the years, love has been the most featured subject in different forms of art ranging from paintings, music, films, poems, books. Exceptional art pieces/works that have remained captivating over the years came to life when different people tried expressing love or their opinions on the subject matter. Among the countless alluring art pieces is “The Mona Lisa” by Leonardo Da Vinci which is arguably the most famous painting in the world and Da Vinci’s greatest masterpiece. …