Can't drive, don't have a job and hanging on to the last shred of sanity. That pretty much describes my situation today. And I've been there before - in some other place, at some other time in my life. And it is a scary place to be. What's even scarier is the belief that you … Continue reading Revisiting a Scary Place
Avoid. Delay. Procrastinate. Distract. Quit. Run. This is what I do when things don't go my way. It's always easier than confronting the problems. Or so I thought till I learned it the hard way. I ran away to Pondicherry to do my M.S. thinking that my problems would stay behind in Chennai. But they … Continue reading The Escape Artist
"Almost all your blogs talk about work," my daughter declared a few weeks ago. I mildly protested but then it struck me that she was right. The years since I started blogging have been devoted to finding work, finding my passion, quitting jobs, moving and trying to find work again. At times I was under … Continue reading Coming Full Circle
I am aware that no two paths are alike and everyone is unique but human beings have this kind of herd mentality that they find hard to resist. And time and again we struggle with the same ideas and situations. This is especially true when one has graduated from high school and stepped out into the … Continue reading Advice for 20-somethings
It's hard to remember to be grateful when things are going well. Now being grateful when your whole life is falling apart? That's just impossible, right? And no my life is not falling apart, though I like to pretend it is every time the temperature drops below zero. Subzero temperatures here in Seattle have … Continue reading Being Grateful When You Don’t Feel Like It.
Whenever I think of Goddesses incarnating on earth I fondly remember my grandma. She was a powerful matriarch with an iron staff (or should I say sword?) She was fearless and stood up to most anyone - die-hard patriarchs included - who saw her as a hapless widow. She owned her power. She was kind, … Continue reading Unleash the Goddess Within
My emotions surrounding our move to the Pacific North West were not entirely pleasant. It seemed like I had just about perfected my rhythm in life when this blaring move came along and threw me out of my poise. My blog was running along successfully. I had a part-time job that allowed me to balance … Continue reading Haven’t I Been ‘Here’ Before?
Has it ever happened to you that you are having a conversation with someone and even though both of you were speaking the same language you couldn't really understand a word of what they were saying? Walls of cultural references, upbringing, experiences and age separate you. You could tell them what it was like to … Continue reading Dancing Between Two Worlds
When do normal people retire? Typically after their kids leave the nest and they have hit a certain age. For me retirement came at the ripe old age of 30! Yes 30! After being a full time mom for several years and spending every breathing moment with my toddlers, they suddenly left me for prospective … Continue reading My Involuntary Retirement Years…
Once there was a little girl who was perfect in every way. Beautiful, smart, loving and kind. Her parents loved her until their next child arrived and then the next and the next. Before she knew it she had to grow up and take care of herself all at the age of five. And when … Continue reading Her Five Year Old Self