Archive | June 2012


So often, our days are built around a routine. Our lives are composed of endless cycle of work, meals, family, household chores, and social obligations.

Think back to some of your best experiences in life. When were you the happiest, most excited, and completely engaged in what you were doing? I would bet those moments weren’t spent holed up in a tiny cubicle or meticulously picking lint off of freshly laundered clothes. I would venture to guess that a majority of those memorable experiences were spent doing something for the first time. Often being stretched to our limits and learning something new will make us feel at the top of our game, and even the simple act of trying something different can boost our enthusiasm, happiness, and well-being.

The ultimate experience of “flow” occurs when a challenging task overlaps with one’s skills (many of which may be yet undiscovered). When we’re comfortable with our life and routines, it’s often difficult…

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Brigitte's Banter

Have you ever looked back at certain chapters in your life and thought, “What If?”

Pretty sure, if you’re human, you have.  My mother always told me to not look back, what’s done is done and the only thing you can do is move forward.  This day is the only day there is.  She’s a very smart lady with a deep faith and seems to handle things with  grace.  She didn’t always, so I guess some wisdom truly does come with age and experience.

Or, it’s that thing of not giving a s*it what anyone thinks.  That too, comes with wisdom, age and experience and just letting go of the outcome.  Because, as much as we try, there are very few things in life, we can control.  Our emotions, the way we react to situations and how we go on from those tough lessons are really the only things we…

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Just to refresh everyone’s memories, this post is inspired by Sudha Menon’s book  “Leading Ladies”.  The first one in this series featured –Meher Pudumjee.

The leading lady I write about this time is –P.T.Usha– the queen of India’s Track and Field for two decades. Usha has been nicknamed ‘Payyoli Express’, ‘Udanpari’ and ‘Golden Girl’ because of her speed.

Her life inspires, because despite her humble beginnings she attained the heights of glory and inspired generations of young girls to take up running. In her words: “I had never possessed a pair of track pants or shoes and had no idea what a crouch start was. I learnt to run on the beaches of Payyoli, barefoot.”

Her medal count at various national and international track and field events is long and impressive. In 1984,L.A. Olympic Games she almost made history but missed the bronze medal in the 400mt hurdles by one hundredth of a second. What is more impressive about her is her fierce dedication to running and determination that proved her detractors wrong again and again despite all odds heaped against her.

“the only constant in my life has been my complete commitment to running. From the earliest years of my life, I knew I was only meant to RUN.”

Some golden words from the Golden Girl of India.

“Talent alone is not enough. It has to be backed by the hunger to win and survive against any odds”

“Learn to lose if you want to win”

“God has given each of us some unique talent, but success comes to only those who exploit the full measure of their talents. Our future generation have to learn this little secret if they want to keep ahead in the race of Life”

inspiring and helpful..

Studio Mothers: Life & Art

Sometimes creative angst gets the better of us. How often do you find yourself thinking “I don’t have enough time,” or “My work’s not good enough,” or “I’ll never reach my creative goals”? Here are four simple ways to avoid those minefields and stay focused on what really matters: your creative work.

1. Turn rejection into affirmation. With practice, you can reframe rejection so that it actually affirms your creativity, rather than causes injury. Here’s how. Simply put, you can’t get rejected if you haven’t had the courage to send your work out into the world. And you can’t send your work out into the world if you haven’t reached a level of completion and polish that makes you believe your work has legs. And your work can’t have legs if you haven’t put yourself at your desk or easel or studio bench and actually done the work, for however…

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wow!! I’m speechless. too good.

LIFE and Leadership by Chris Brady

Someone sent me the transcript from a commencement speech.  The title and beginning featured a slightly shocking pattern interrupt. In other words, they caught me by surprise. I found myself so intrigued I read further, and eventually realized that, unlike 99% of everything else I ever receive, I could not stop reading this. I have included it below in its entirety for your enjoyment and pondering. I love how it concludes, and think there are many, many fine points made along the way. Oh, if we could only think and behave thus!

Here it is!

Here’s a new one in the annals of commencement speakers. A teacher at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts gave his address to the Class of 2012 and blasted the students, telling them over and over, “You’re not special.”

(Dennis R.J. Geppert/AP)

David McCullough Jr., an English teacher at the school, delivered his rather unusual…

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Rondeau Health and Wellness

I mentioned last week that I was thinking about giving you all some fitness challenges to go along with the team program that I’m doing at work. I still haven’t quite decided how I’m going to do this, particularly how I’m going to post the results; if there will be a prize at the end, etc.

So you want a prize? I don’t think you can beat this.

But that all doesn’t really matter for now, so let’s get started!

I have decided on a few things to get us moving here, however:

  1. There will be 12 weeks of mini challenges. This should take us through Labor Day weekend, right? That way, even if you don’t do all of them, it’ll give you little pushes to get through the summer months. Maybe once this is over, we’ll start something else for the fall!
  2. Each week will be a separate challenge…

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Brigitte's Banter

I read an article a few weeks ago from the New York Times, My Life Sentences by Jhumpa Lahiri.  The Pulitzer Prize-winning author (whom I’ve never read but intend to now) writes about her experiences as a writer.  She does so beautifully.

The article is about how words have affected her; the weight of them and how stringing them together results in making one feel.  You know what I mean.  When you read something and you have to stop, just take it in.  I’ve read books, where if I’m not alone, I’ll read a passage out loud — make someone listen because it’s JUST. SO. GREAT.

I’ve bookmarked pages in my books with those little colorful tab thingys and or highlighted sentences.  Or I’ll find a gorgeous word that I don’t know the meaning of or haven’t heard for a while and jot that down in a notebook I…

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Simply Vacations@ Mom-Dad’s

This is my favorite time of the year… no don’t get me wrong. I definitely do not enjoy the 45⁰ Celsius heat or the fact that I’m unable to move anywhere out of the house during the day. It’s just that it’s that time of the year when I visit my mom-dad at their home-My Home. This is an annual event eagerly looked forward to, by all concerned.

Being with parents is like being a child all over again. No matter how old, you are always taken care of, indulged and pampered. Add to it, having no pressing problems to attend to (no, I do not mean HUSBAND) – and it’s total Bliss.

We were greeted with warm hugs and yummy breakfast as soon as we arrived. Then began my daughter’s annual inspection. This involves moving from room to room and checking out all the new things that have arrived in the past year. She’s been following this ritual ever since she could walk and she’s now 17. As a kid it also involved marking all the things she liked, to be carried back home.

This year the new arrivals were a LED T.V. and a Writing Board. This was installed in the central courtyard by my dad to jot down daily lists and to-do reminders.

The board was immediately taken over by her and a list of all the dishes she wanted her Nani (Hindi for maternal grandma) to prepare for her during the stay, was put up. Then everyday the menu for lunch and dinner would go up on the board

(‘dahi bade” is her favorite and though it’s a side dish she insisted on having just that for lunch AND for dinner leaving the rest of the menu for us to decide)

I, on the other hand, am indulged by my dad. We both suffer from ‘Sweet Tooth Syndrome’. I try to control my sweet intake at home and my dad is unsuccessfully tried to be kept under control by my mom. But when I’m with him, there’s no stopping us. Dad gets all the sweets we want to gorge on and when frowned upon, all of them are pegged on to me. So my days spent there are filled with mouth watering Jalebi, Rasmalai, Sandesh, Fudges, Rasgullas, Ladoos and Gulabjamuns. The refrigerator is always stacked with ice-creams and chocolates.

It is a vacation in the true sense as it involves two activities to be performed the most- Sleeping and Eating. The occasional outing is restricted to some shopping, meeting family and friends or dining out.

The worst part though is returning back. No matter how old you get you always remain your mum-dad’s little girl and no matter how old they get you always see them young. Want to see them as you did when you were little. In our hearts they cease to grow old and seem to be the same parents who ran after us, who threw us up in the air and we weren’t afraid of falling, who kissed away all our troubles. But the truth is that the roles have reversed to an extent and now it’s our turn to return the love and care as selflessly and unconditionally as they did and still do.