deep in the arena / sept 2019

it’s already been a month since my last conversation with my work best friend Ilya. september was quick yet i learned many key lessons. i am progressing quickly because of the people i’ve met, bootcamp i started, and the experiences i’ve had this month. thus, it is time for another inventory check. tl;dr headspace: “i […]

semi-annual review: 2019 so far

i have poked and prodded, and now they are all out. the repetitive, unnecessary thought patterns are flushed from my system (for the most part), and i am mentally and emotionally cleansed. the people who are meant to be in my life are here, along for the ride. now it is time to embark on […]

When you decide your life is your own

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your […]

Only you can fully understand you

Only you can fully understand you. There is simultaneous melancholy and joy in this statement. Melancholy because you will never be entirely understood. No one will know all parts of you. Even if you try to expose someone to the various facets of your life, only you will fully experience the life you live. On […]

Art is letting out your inner child

Art is not meant to be filtered, unless you’re editing. However, many people don’t get that far. Their inner critic hinders their creativity so they don’t create at all. When I create, I think of a quote by Ernest Hemingway. Write drunk. Edit sober. Tapping into your creativity is you allowing yourself to be a […]

Better how?

When someone says that something is “better”, question it. Better how? Elaborate. Describe what you are thinking, feeling, working towards. Continuous improvement is easier when it is measurable, strategic, and practical. The more detailed the visual is in your mind, the more likely you are to achieve it.

How do you make yourself smarter?

Ask questions. Listen. Learn. Analyze. Connect. Then ask more questions. Do so with careful thought and humility. Know that you don’t know everything. It’s even okay to not know what you don’t know. Just ask, absorb, and analyze until things make sense. If you ask considerately, people will be thrilled to share their knowledge.