Bishoy George | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 22 – with Bishoy George, and we talk about discovery, philosophy, and board games.

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Bishoy George. See his interview below.

Talkback Tuesday is a feature for and about everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own. Continue reading “Bishoy George | #TalkbackTuesday”

Chandni Sawlani | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 21 – with Chandni Sawlani, and we talk about organization, personal work ethic, and The Goodwill Tribe.

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Ms. Chandni Sawlani. See her interview below.

Talkback Tuesday is a feature for and about everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own. Continue reading “Chandni Sawlani | #TalkbackTuesday”

Pragya Daga | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 20 – with Pragya Daga, and we talk about calligraphy.

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Ms. Pragya Daga. See her interview below.

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Being Good is Not Your Default State

Misconception Month – Good, not Apathetic. An article about the common, incorrect belief that we’re great people, and that it takes effort to be bad.

It’s comforting to believe that you’re a good person. We all do it. We’ve wired ourselves to not really think about how we perceive morality and where we stand on our own scale of judgment.

The scale is often freely applied to other people and events, but a ton of people forget to look inwards first. It’s not really their fault. It’s just conditioning and a byproduct of our societal obsession with winning and being right. Continue reading “Being Good is Not Your Default State”

What You Do Is Not Easy

Misconception Month – Intensive, not Easy. An article about disparaging ourselves, and giving yourself a little more credit for all the things you do.

“Even a monkey could do it.” Have you ever heard that line? It’s used to indicate how easy a job is. Often, an unfulfilled employee will say it about their own profile. It’s not a very encouraging phrase.

However, what you do requires effort. A monkey cannot do it. If you think about it for a moment, you will realize how absurd that is. And then you will realize the absurdity of other negative statements we make.

The things that you do are not easy, they’re intensive. They take training and patience and fortitude to do. So why is it that it’s so easy for us to think otherwise? Continue reading “What You Do Is Not Easy”

Aastha Dugar | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 19 – with Aastha Dugar, and we talk about psychology, love and empathy, and being yourself.

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Ms. Aastha Dugar. See her interview below.

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6 Years of Thorough and Unkempt!

WordPress tells me it’s the completion of 6 years. That means it’s the 5th anniversary right? That’s big. Let’s celebrate with my first ever vlog!

WordPress notified me that it’s my 6 year anniversary today, and while I had a couple of other ideas to write about, it felt right that I address this, and address it in a format that I thought I wouldn’t be attempting for another month.

I’ve been toying with the idea of introducing a video element, but the moment felt right to kickstart it.

I will think out and format future videos better, but this one is just a ramble about my feelings, and the history of this blog, and what I plan for in the future. It’s 10 minutes, so if you watched it the full way through, I am proud of you! 😛

Thank you for reading this post, and thank you for any interactions we’ve had in the past. If you have any feedback/criticism/advice/slurs/pointers for me (about content or presentation or the direction of the blog), please do not hesitate, and tell me in the comments below. Thank you for reading, and if you watched, thank you for watching!

Xavier Shuler | #TalkbackTuesday

#TalkbackTuesday number 18 – with Xavier Shuler, and we talk about family, service, and kindness.

Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Xavier Shuler. See his interview below.

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Ice Cream

A letter to myself about a tone deaf ice cream commercial and health goals.

Dear Vaibhav,

Inspiration can come from anywhere – you know that. You now have enough to self-sustain.

Every corporation in the world wants your money. Every last one of them, and they’re happy to let you feel like shit if it means turning a profit. You received this tone-deaf email from BigBasket about ice cream, right after you read a story about transformative health and fitness.

Big Basket Ice Cream Flyer
You NEED it.

“Go ahead and drown your sorrow in food, and pay us while you’re at it.”

Half your stress these days are because of your weight. The recurring depressive episodes and anxiety attacks are most often caused by underlying concern for your weight.

You’re fitter than last year, but it’s not nearly enough. The body requires a lot more exercise than you’re giving it. You’ve spent half a year educating yourself on nutrition and exercise. You’re better equipped to be healthy now than you’ve ever been.

You are ready for your late twenties goal that you have been writing about in private.

You’ve given enough patronage to KFC and other food outlets out of sadness. Now, if you decide to have KFC or ice cream, you will do it consciously, acknowledging that you hold the power and you will deal with the consequences of your decision.

Whenever you feel like shit and decide to order more food, come back to this article. You are now able to get back to the same level of motivation as you have while writing this.

This current week is about your habit tracker and only that. Everything else is secondary.

Go shred yourself,
Vaibhav.

You Do Not Want To Be Happy

Misconception Month – Happy, not Comfortable. An article about the most common lie ever told, and how we choose not to be more because of comfort.

At least eight out of ten people will say yes to the question, “Do you want to be happy?” It is the biggest and most common lie we all participate in. It’s an ingrained part of our culture to treat happiness as the ultimate goal – it’s the inherent marketing that people and companies alike peddle.

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