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The purpose of this blog is to document and share my journey. If I read a book and write about it, I tend to remember it better. Using that logic, if I chronicle my life's experiences, I'll have better recall and activate parts of my brain that would otherwise become weaker.

 

That said, I'm interested in self-improvement and continuously evolving to become the best version of myself. I've always believed in working to maximize my potential while maintaining efficiency. S.O.L. expresses these intentions through the physical body (Atomic Yoga), nourishment (Quarantine Cafe), brain food (Book Reflections), and personal experiences (Story Time).

Thank you for taking the time to read the words that I've written very thoughtfully.

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July 2, 2020

The date is June 22, 2017. I'm in Himachal Pradesh, the northern tip of India, near Pakistan's border. It's about 6 a.m., and I'm getting into a local taxi, heading to a small town called Saloh, which I recently found out was where my dad was born. 

I just finished spending ten weeks in Nepal trekkin...

June 26, 2020

The easiest way for me to tell stories is by using phases of my life and sharing some context so you can put yourself in my shoes. This particular story takes place at an incredibly transitory point in my life. I was in my late 20’s, running two businesses, burning myself out, and not very happy. I...

April 5, 2020

Let's play a quick game; then you can choose whether you'd like to read on or not. No pressure.

I want you to read the next few sentences while being aware of your body. Notice your shoulders; are they lifted and shrugged, or relaxed and dropped? Are your shoulder blades rounding up or drawing down?...

March 23, 2020

Last week I posted a piece about how I'm spending my time during this unique point in human history. Because of that post, I had a few people reach out to me, saying they were inspired to try new and different things with their extra time. I asked if they wanted me to hold them accountable and do a...

March 16, 2020

It's a unique time in history; it calls for changed behavior. If someone told us that we'd get a 2-3 week "break" from work or social interactions/obligations, then we'd probably think there'd be a lot of downtime to do a countless number of things. Also, if we knew all sports would get canceled and...

November 19, 2019

Do you ever catch yourself drifting into a completely random train of thoughts and wonder why you just thought those things? Our inner voices are super powerful and can take over if we don’t consciously take control.

Zoning out, or daydreaming, is something I’ve done all my life....

November 12, 2019

The Way of Zen by Alan Watts is a non-fiction book from 1957 about Zen Buddhism. 

Part 1 starts with the philosophy of Tao. These notes are mostly for me to remember what I read and to comprehend it on a more profound level.

Within the first paragraph of the book, I was able to quickly realize what dr...

October 21, 2019

"How do you get an empathetic child? You get an empathetic child not by trying to teach the child and admonish the child to be empathetic; you get an empathetic child by being empathetic with the child. The child's understanding of relationships can only be from the relationships he's [sic] experien...

October 16, 2017

With everything that's going on in the world right now, it's understandable for people to question the signs of the universe. Are we being punished by Mother Nature or God (or whomever) for something we've done? Are these recent hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and fires caused by climate change ind...

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