Most Popular Posts

I’ve published over 435 essays and stories since 2009.

Here’s a shortcut to the 10 most popular musings on my site:

  1. Overcrowded Yoga, Pink Hair and an Ounce of Kindness: A Story. When I walked into my third ever yoga class, I turned around and left. But the teacher followed me. What she did next changed my life forever. Read more
  2. At 5:38 AM, We Stood on the Highway and Shared Chai Tea. My first hours traveling in India took a bad turn. But this true story of the real life stresses of global travel takes a compassionate turn — one I won’t soon forget. Read more
  3. What I Learned Running a Writers’ Group for 20 Months. In 2014, I made a tough decision to shut down The Literati Writers. The plan was to reopen a few months later. But I couldn’t say for sure why I was closing my online writers’ group down. Read more
  4. Saving Butterflies in India. Before I visited India they asked, “Why?” When I got home, “Would you go back?” When I was to return, “Really?” Finally, my response, in a single word: butterflies. Read more
  5. 4 Years Later, What Happened When I Faced My Yoga Shame. I walked into, and out of, my third ever yoga class. Years later, I was still wondering why. What I discovered about myself changed my entire life. Read more
  6. You Don’t Know What You ‘Want’ Because You’re Afraid of Using the Word. It’s no wonder we struggle to know what we want in our lives — we barely use the word. Worse, we overuse “need” to create urgency around our decisions. Read more
  7. Be Unapologetically You. At the end of every yoga class I teach, I recite a sort of “prayer.” But it’s these three words that speak the most loudly — and uniquely — to students. They have for years. Read more
  8. Anonymous Email. Confessing Depression. And, What Happens When You Share Your ‘Scary.’ One anonymous email arrived in my inbox to say thank you, and instead of letting it go, I replied, and it changed two lives. Read more
  9. Be Seen: Why It’s Scary, and How ‘Seen’ Means Taking Ownership Of Your Life. The real terror of being seen: something comes next. Read more
  10. Why You Do and Don’t Want to Quit Your Job, from a Guy Who Did. No, you shouldn’t quit your job. But maybe you should, anyways. This 5,000-word expose takes every angle into consideration so you don’t have to. Read more

More, you say? Lovely.

Here’s a handful of my personal favorites, broken down by category:

My Journey Across the Years…

  1. 2015 was the Last Year that I’ll Spend Alone (2015 Review). The last 7 years have revolved around a self-journey to heal my karma, and now I’m ready for the next iteration: no longer alone, now in communion with others. Read more
  2. Do Your Damn Dharma (Or, Chakra-Guided Reflections on a Very Yogic 2014) (2014 Review). My annual review takes shape with the chakra system as my guide. After all, 2014 was a year in which I graduated from yoga teacher training, became a yoga teacher and even traveled to India. Read more
  3. 38,000 Miles Later (2013 Review). In 2013, I learned that it’s the people who pull their broken hearts open wider are the ones who we envy, respect, admire and wish to become. Read more

On Writing, Creativity & Self-Expression…

  1. How Are You, Really? Things to Say Instead of ‘Busy’ (And, Why ‘Busy’ Bugs Me). Are you guilty of over-using the most self-flattering complaint in the English language today? Allow me to introduce you to the “busy” problem. Read more
  2. My 10-Year-Old Cousin Completed NaNoWriMo. Here’s What She Taught Me. How does a 10-year-old kid write her first novel? I sat down one Saturday morning with my little cousin to see for myself. Read more
  3. The Surest Way to Say Something Worth Listening To. You need to say what scares you. Read more

On Living a Loving Life…

  1. Dear Dave (A Letter to Me, From Me, That You Might Read). Dave, yes. I’m telling you to be better. Not better than anyone else. Just better than you yesterday. Better than who you were. Because you expect it of yourself. Read more
  2. Why is Miss Smith Crying? I lost a tooth at recess in the 2nd grade. I never would have remembered this day if I didn’t see my teacher, Miss Smith, crying. Years later, I was still wondering why. Read more
  3. Anything is Possible, for Better or for WorseThe longer I go the less I remember why I made the big decisions that make up the story of my life. From now on, maybe I’ll borrow the words of George Mallory: Because it’s there. Read more

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Happy reading!