Simplifying Life

In recent years, I have had a deep internal push to live a more simple life. This desire was further fueled by a life threatening illness. I found myself having this increasing need to get rid of ‘stuff’ and by that I mean clutter, distractions, things and actions that is not adding value to my…

Vaucluse to Watson’s Bay (Sydney Walks)

It was a cold but sunny winter’s day in Sydney yesteday. My good mate and I ventured out for our scenic walk catchup that we do every few weeks. Since it was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine, we chose a walk along the sea with nice views. We hadn’t done this walk in…

The Power of One Word

I’ve been recently drawn to the idea of using one words to provide a powerful mantra or guidance in difficult times. It dawned on me that I have been subconsciously using this one word idea to motivate me for years. I looked around my home and took pictures of one words in form of ornaments…

Enjoying the Destination

I love hiking mountains. The fresh air, being amongst nature, the effort and sweat involved in hiking upwards all uplifts my mind, body and soul. Not to forget the feeling you get when you experience the incredible views at the top. Though, for me, most of my time is spent hiking up and down and…

The Gift of Giving

Today I found myself listening to a random motivational video on how to be happy everyday. I was curious to find out what the how was. Little did I expect, it was all about giving. As simple as that. The idea made total sense to me. According to research, the act of giving has a positive impact…

In the Flow

Going through the photos from my recent overseas trip, I came across a bunch of my attempted astrophotography photos.  They were taken in the middle of the night in the freezing cold. That night was one of the coldest nights in New Zealand this year. It was also first attempt at astrophotography. Now I am not…

Beautiful as a Painting

I’m back from my trip to New Zealand (one of my favourite countries in the world) with 3000 photos. Yes I went all out :). As I go through the many photos and think about the many blogs I can write on this trip and previous ones to the magical country, I thought I’d write…

Embracing Getting Older

For the longest time, I remember being negative about aging. I recall how my friends and I used to complain about getting older each birthday. The negativity around aging was fueled by the fact that I wasn’t married especially after turning 35. There were fears about not being able to have kids with passing age. Too…

Discovering the Unexpected (Nepal)

Special Note: This is the travel story that started my blog writing journey. I wrote this piece for a world travel writing competition. The prize was a trip to my bucket list country – Patagonia and a writing scholarship. I was super excited entering the competition. I didn’t end up winning the competition which was very…

Looking for the ‘Silver Lining’

I took a nice long walk in nature today to calm my agitated mind. Hearing stories about recent tragedies faced by others, put me in a worrying and anxious state. Taking a long walk in nature particularly on a nice sunny day always gives me the greatest peace. So I did just that. As I…