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 […]

leveling up / jul 2019

the feeling of leveling up is a surreal experience. it happens when many facets of your life are going well simultaneously, better than you had imagined. you may have stumbled onto a situation that led to other positive downstream effects. you may be in situations thinking “This is too good to be true.” you may […]

Be an active citizen of the world

Prior to the 2016 election, I would listen to New York Times’ podcast “The Daily” every day on my morning commute. I followed the election and found myself becoming more angry as the days past and more depressed about the endless perils of the world. When our President was announced, I was simultanously devastated and […]

Ebbs and flows

There is a natural ebb and flow of life. One week you’re on it – crossing out everything on your to-do list, excelling at work, hitting the gym, eating more green foods…and then the next week, you’re the opposite. Accepting this natural twist of events is the first step to limiting the turbulence. Allowing yourself […]

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 […]

Technology, both polarizing and powerful

Technology is both polarizing and powerful. Polarizing because of its ability to automate. Some people are thrilled at technological advancements as it can improve processes and allow us to focus on what cannot be automated. For example, by allowing systems to take over reoccurring tasks, we can shift our focus on exercising our soft skills […]