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It's as important to un-plan as it is to plan :) 

2 years, 3 months ago on The Year I Planned Someone Else's Life


Definitely made me think . Thanks for writing this, Manu. 

2 years, 4 months ago on If you think you are right, this post is for you (hint: you are wrong)


NIce. I am opposite. I LOVE to dig down and master the basics. I find those to be most interesting and fulfilling aspects of the learning experience. Once I master the bascis then I don't worry about he finer details and just come up with my own style. 

2 years, 4 months ago on The Totally Unexpected Thing I Learned While Teaching Squares


I love this subtle shift in perspective that you are suggesting. Many people want that 'unicorn' and nothing else will do. I think by doing so we are, inherently, setting ourselves for failure before even beginning our attempt.

What you suggest definitely has some degree of success already attached to it because, by doing so you are proving that you are committed to the outcome but just taking a different route. 

Thanks for this Erin :) have you read the book, The Noticer? It's all about perspectives and how they can change lives. You'll like it a lot.



2 years, 8 months ago on What Not to Do When Faced with Obstacles (and What to Do Instead)


Oh no, not the bookshelf! ;) Perhaps you can create something (painting, poster, artifact, etc) and hang it up where the bookshelf once stood? That way you're filling the absence of yr old identity with your present one. Just my 2-cents, not sure if that agrees with the whole minimalism agenda. Good post, Erin! 

2 years, 8 months ago on Learning to Live with Absence


I've been following Ryan's work and blog for a couple years now and I am really looking forward to digging into his books. Check out his interview with Chase Jarvis Live too. Very good stuff. 

2 years, 9 months ago on How Dropping Out Can Change Your Life


I hear you, man. I'm 26 and luckily my family is pretty chill about the whole marriage deal. I guess, my parents are the only divorced Indian couple I know and probably the happiest Indian ex-couple too.


But I see some of my Indian friends dealing with these same issues since now that they are in that "age-group". It's quite painful for me to watch them go through this. Some are resilient and do not marry for the sake of it or as an obligation. However, most are timid and crumble under the pressure. A year later they are pregnant, throwing pav-bhaji parties and talking about the furniture sale in the city. Completely oblivious to their incomplete dreams and ambitions - or perhaps they pretend to forget?


Marriage should be a result of overwhelming love, not overwhelming pressure. Stay single as long as you want and enjoy the ride! Take care, buddy. 






P.S. Just to mess with their heads, have you ever tried telling them you're gay? Boy would that go well haha. 

2 years, 10 months ago on A Culture of Expectations: A Rant on Indian Weddings


I really liked this post, Mark. I should hang out here often more :)

2 years, 10 months ago on Fifty shades of beige




Some good advice here. Thanks for sharing these thoughts. Is it just me or "making a dent in the universe" now the new "think outside the box"? Haha. Looking forward to more awesome post, my friend.



2 years, 10 months ago on How to Make a Dent in the Universe


Hi Kit (?)


I tried searching for your name here but didn't find anything. So, hopefully it is Kit. I like this post. Another great example of this you see online these days is, Minimalism. There's this competition to lose more stuff and de-clutter. 

Being mindful is focusing on the present moment, regardless of what's in the future or the past. The moment to begin to compete or "keep score",  you aren't being mindful anymore. Mindfulness is about being in the process and not worrying about the end results.

Also, there is a huge difference between being attentive and being mindful. I think mindfulness encompasses attentiveness. 


Thanks for your thoughts :)




P.S. We can a fun little community at I'd love for you to be a part of it. 

2 years, 10 months ago on the trouble with mindfulness


Thanks for spreading such essential message, Srinivas. I completely agree with the 5 qualities you mentioned. I guess, another such quality is - resilience. The ability to carry on even when you are not doing so well. Kinda goes back to believing in your message, I guess.


I am trying to change something today with my Food & Travel Manifesto ( too. 


Have a great day,



3 years ago on 5 Qualities of People Who Change The World


Great post! Reminds me of my favorite quotes by George Sheenan, “There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down / until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.”

3 years, 4 months ago on Stop Asking for Permission