EAT TO LIVE, LIVE TO EAT

Food and eating have always been central factors in my life. From any age I can remember, the same couple of images stay cemented in my head: my mom standing over the stove stirring a pot of something comforting and warm, the sight of my family around a dinner table tasting a plethora of appetizers:Continue reading “EAT TO LIVE, LIVE TO EAT”

THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY

As we enter into the month of November, I anticipate that the goals of each of my readers will include finding greater gratitude in the pleasures of daily life. One thing I often notice teenagers taking for granted is the importance of family and the values that it has instilled in them. Oftentimes, teenagers haveContinue reading “THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY”

SUSTAINABILITY: ALL OR NOTHING

‘Black and white thinking’ is defined as “a thought pattern that is characterized by thinking in absolutes”. This way of thinking, although potentially extremely harmful, has become commonplace in many topics of discussion and debate in recent times. It can be seen through political polarization, religious acceptance, and ethical decisions. Many times, an individual isContinue reading “SUSTAINABILITY: ALL OR NOTHING”

TEENS ARE NOT READING

Today was the perfect day to sit outside under a shady tree and read a good book. Reading is one of my favorite pass times and although I don’t get as much time as I would like to read for leisure, I fully understand the importance of reading and the wisdom it can impart onContinue reading “TEENS ARE NOT READING”

HAPPY WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY!

Yesterday, October 10 2021, was World Mental Health Day, an international holiday recognized by both the World Health Organization and the World Federation for Mental Health. Its objective is to “raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health”. Naturally, this day should be used toContinue reading “HAPPY WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY!”

IS ASTROLOGY VALID?

Astrology is something I have always been deeply fascinated with. It is something that I personally hold ties to, for much of current westernized astrology holds deep roots in Vedic astrology which “contains within it the rich spiritual traditions and myths of ancient Indian culture” (Pamela McDonough). Astrology was consulted when my parents got marriedContinue reading “IS ASTROLOGY VALID?”

PERFECTIONISM

Every time I say I am a perfectionist, I am not sure if it is something to boast about or feel ashamed of. To me, perfectionism is a trait that I see in both myself and many of the people I choose to surround myself with. It is having the goal of having everything systemicallyContinue reading “PERFECTIONISM”

THE COVID-19 VACCINE DEBATE: MY TAKE

I come from a family with three generations of doctors. My grandfather was a doctor in Sagar, India. My father earned his degree back in Bangalore as well, before immigrating to the US and opening two successful pediatric offices in Tampa Bay. Even today, my brother is studying medicine at the University of Miami withContinue reading “THE COVID-19 VACCINE DEBATE: MY TAKE”

MENTAL ILLNESS IN TEENS,PART 2:THE STORIES

** This post may be triggering to some struggling with/recovering from an eating disorder or those who struggle with depressive/self-harming/suicidal thoughts. If this is you, please take your own health into consideration and explore my blog to find other posts that may be better suited for your mental health at this time. ** If youContinue reading “MENTAL ILLNESS IN TEENS,PART 2:THE STORIES”

YOUR GUIDE TO A PRODUCTIVE SCHOOL YEAR

It is almost unbelievable that for over 100,000 students in Pinellas County, tomorrow is the last day of summer. A long-awaited and supposedly uneventful summer seems to have passed in the blink of an eye, and now children ranging from ages five to eighteen are packing their backpacks and finishing up last minute assignments. ForContinue reading “YOUR GUIDE TO A PRODUCTIVE SCHOOL YEAR”