“If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?” ~ Unknown
Did you know your intestines produce a majority of your serotonin levels? I had no idea of the theory, but I have actually experienced it in practice. Last year in September, after a particularly trying time, where I lost my job, lost my partner, and was feeling particularly down, I decided to take on two major changes in my life:
I decided to learn something completely new that would transform my life and future – Options trading. I have spoken about this in previous posts.
I also decided to take on a complete detox of my body and habits to ensure that I became healthier. I had developed high cholesterol and I knew that at 31, I was way too young to be so unhealthy on the inside.
Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation. – Noam Chomsky
For some inexplicable reason, I have a learned phobia of learning languages. I learned in my pre-teens that I am not good at learning languages and that stuck with me forever. How did I learn that? I had a horrible Hindi and Marathi teacher in high school and they made me believe that I am bad at languages and I will never be able to learn one. In every other subject, I got wonderful grades, except Hindi and Marathi. I sucked at them both. Continue reading →
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
I have noticed something really interesting in recent times. Every single person that comes into my life, for whatever period of time, leaves me a little bit better. I learn something new from every new person who enters my life.
Every Single Person!
That is a bit of a revelation to me, as I sometimes dismiss certain encounters as being too unimportant, too short, too meagre, not long enough, not deep enough, or whatever else it might be. But I am absolutely wrong. No matter how long that person comes into your life for, and how deep (or not) the encounter was, they will leave an imprint on you in some shape or form. Continue reading →
In short, no pattern is an isolated entity. Each pattern can exist in the world only to the extent that is supported by other patterns: the larger patterns in which it is embedded, the patterns of the same size that surround it, and the smaller patterns which are embedded in it. – Christopher Alexander
I love my life. I really do. There’s always so much going on. Anyone looking at me will never think that I have an exciting life. I am mostly an introvert, I am quiet, I like to cook and read, I like to walk around the city by myself and observe, I don’t go out to eat a lot, or go clubbing that often, and I am not a celebrity of any sort. So from the outside it looks like there’s nothing going on. But on the inside, I have a wild and rich life. I am always thinking, gaining perspective and learning, and moving upward and onward with my personal growth goals.
Recently, I was sitting in a coffee shop in Kensington Market, called Cafe Pamenar. It’s a great little spot to sit and people watch and enjoy a great cup of coffee. I was sitting there with one of my soul mates, Liz. Like most of my soulmates, I met her randomly in the most opportune of ways. A million different patterns had to come together for us to meet up, but because we had to meet, we did. The universe is funny like that. Even if something seems improbable, if it is meant to happen, it will. Continue reading →
People are always judging you based on where you’re from, where you went to school, how you look, how you talk. But at the end of the day, you’re going to have to look into the mirror and accept who you are. It’s all about being authentic. – Andre Carson
I turned 32 on August 24, 2015. And for the first time, I can say that I am truly living an authentic life. I am living the life that where I am being true to my values as much as possible, and living in accordance with my true self. I wouldn’t say I’m at my ideal life yet, as I still have constraints on my time and I am not spending all of my time doing all the things I want to do.
But the more I think about it, the more I can say that I’m ‘Being Boom Shikha.’ I first noticed this phrase in Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project. She said, that she tries in her daily life to ‘Be Gretchen’. To be true to herself. Continue reading →
“So we finish 18 and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, ‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little somethin’, you know, for the effort, you know.’ And he says, ‘Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.’ So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.”
– CARL SPACKLER (Bill Murray) in Caddyshack (1980)
This is compiled from the reddit post on ‘What’s your favourite movie’ in the INFJ thread. I thought it would be interesting to see a list of all the movies INFJs recommend to other INFJs. I am actually not a movie person, but I am slowly going to make my way through the movie list, as I absolutely loved the first two recommendations, Amelie, and Inception. I was smiling for days after. So check it out and let me know in the comments if I missed any. Continue reading →
I discourage passive skepticism, which is the armchair variety where people sit back and criticize without ever subjecting their theories or themselves to real field testing. – Tim Ferriss
Last year, in the 31st year of existence, I finally moved on from passive to active investing. I discovered the tastytrade financial network online. I have written about this previously, but to reiterate, I had been let go from my job, I had been let go from my long-term relationship, and I had been let go from my dream of being a long-term traveler. All of a sudden, I was at home every day with a LOT of time on my hands. Idle minds do create the devil’s workshop, so I decided to take on a new project. Thankfully, my father knows how my brain works, and he knew that Options trading would be a great way for me to use my mental powers. Continue reading →