Would you rather be happy or famous Flawed or blameless?You think fame will give you a nameRaise your statusErase your shameBut only you can do that To thine own self be true Don’t be chasing after visionsJust simply be you Fame doesn’t erase your painIt adds more to your already full plate Stresses you out, … Continue reading Would You Rather Be
I put the water bottle in her room so she wouldn’t ask for it at 3 am like the night before. I thought I had it made. “I’m gonna sleep like a baby tonight!” Nope. Faint words began to interrupt my dream. Moments later, I’m up. She didn’t need more water this time, she needed … Continue reading Good Morning! Wait, What?! It’s 3 am!
I wake up everyday with this sort of amnesia. Thoughts running through my mind. To-do lists draped across my heart. I am bewildered, beset by concerns. It’s not as if I have conquered my previous 35 years of life’s challenges-—some minor, some more severe. That track record is nowhere to be found. And so, every … Continue reading Stumbling Through
That phrase could mean, "Why is this happening now?" Alternatively, it can connote, "Why focus on the Now?" As in the present moment discussed by Eckhart Tolle and many other mindfulness experts. Well, I'm going to touch on both of these phrases, and would you believe it—they are actually connected! When our brain goes to … Continue reading Why Now?
Dear Inner Critic,Sorry I’m not always perfectBut I’m not the shmuck you paint me asI am strong I am braveI have survived a lot of shitRemember that time my cousin got killed by a fuckin’ volcano?Or how about that time my dad suddenly collapsed and went unconscious and I never got to speak to him … Continue reading Dear Inner Critic
Some things move fast in life—like my car, or the internet. The internet also exposes me to other people’s lives and makes me wonder to the tune of the John Mayer song, “Am I living it right?” For example, I’d love to be a well-known author some day. Years ago, most people’s works became more … Continue reading Immediate Gratification and the Meaning of Life
My professional life is a lot about SMART goals. So is my personal life really. I mean setting specific, realistic goals is universally helpful. We got SMARTphones dumbing us down-—mind and soul. What’s SMART art? Really it can be many things. For me, at this moment, it means, realizing that anything CAN be art. Every … Continue reading SMART Art
Tonight into tomorrow will mark 15 years after my father’s sudden passing. Even before he passed away, my whole life I struggled with low self-esteem. But I covered it up with good grades and people pleasing. Well, the illusion of control shattered in my senior year of college when I got the call from my … Continue reading Be YOU
I know my life experiences inform my writing. The sudden passing of my father in 2006, my cousin's tragic death 6 years prior. But I think there is something else to it as well. My whole life I have been authentic. I never succumbed to peer pressure in high school. For most of college, I … Continue reading Happy 36th to Me—Authenticity Breeds Felicity
They say bilingual children start speaking later but when they do, they speak with fuller, richer language. Or similarly how quiet toddlers that speak later at times start off speaking with full sentences. I feel like I am multilingual in a sense. I speak academic, I speak 9-5 job life. But I also speak spirituality … Continue reading Multilingual Soul Speak