My Grandpa, Love and Meditation

The love from a grandparent is unlike any other love that exists in the world. Whereas love that comes from our parents, children or lovers may be complicated and littered with expectation, a grandparent’s love feels pure. It is a love that does not flinch when you decide to uproot your life and move to…

Try Therapy

It's one thirty in the morning and a friend of mine approaches me as liquid courage, in the form of spiked seltzer, is running through his veins. He raises the palm of his hand, blocking half of his face to indicate this is a private conversation in the middle of his living room. He says…

Thank You, Next

Transitions are a scary, inevitable part of life. We may know in our brains that nothing lasts forever, yet this knowledge doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to digest the reality of moving cities, changing careers, or ending a relationship.  The transition from the comfortable to the unknown is always met with feelings of doubt…

The Biggest Lie Ever Told

Somewhere in the south of Thailand last year, I met a 20-year-old Dutch kid on a bus, who described to me enthusiastically about his job as an electrical power line installer. He described to me the joy and gratitude he got from working and building things with his hands, as well as generous pay, all…

How to Find Your True Self

When I graduated from Tulane University in 2017, I was like most Liberal Arts graduates in that I had no idea what I wanted to do post-college. I had many interests I wanted to pursue such as psychology, Spanish and acting.  Eventually, I decided I would pack up my life, drive to Los Angeles and…

NYC Guide to Ramen

After a beautiful yet brief stint in Colombia, I was most excited to come back to New York City for the food -- particularly, Asian food, as it does not exist in rural Colombia. Of all Asian cuisine, dumplings Japanese ramen is supreme. There is something mesmerizing about ramen – the texture, the warmth, the way…

Why I Decided to Quit Pornography

About ten months ago, I decided to quit watching pornography. I got the initial idea after watching this ted talk. It occurred to me that not once have I stopped to examine a practice that has been habitual since age thirteen. Suddenly, I was curious: How has this seemingly innocent behavior been affecting my life?…

Procrastination Problems

There are always a hundred reasons not to do something, or more specifically, there are at least eight reasons that someone may procrastinate a seemingly huge task, like starting a blog. In his book, The Anti-Procrastion Habits: A Simple Guide to Mastering Difficult Tasks, author S.J. Scott claims there are eight principal reasons we procrastinate.…