Tuesday, August 18, 2015

our stories




According to the fascinating field of “narrative psychology,”(link is external) the stories we tell about ourselves are the key to our well-being. If you’ve interpreted the events of your life to mean that you’re unlucky or unwise, it’s hard to look optimistically at the future. Conversely, if you acknowledge that you’ve made mistakes and faced difficulties but seek (or have already glimpsed) redemption, you’ll feel a much greater sense of agency over your life.
-Susan Cain, author of Quiet

For the full article, go to: 
(link is external)the stories we tell about ourselves are the key to our well-being. If you’ve interpreted the events of your life to mean that you’re unlucky or unwise, it’s hard to look optimistically at the future. Conversely, if you acknowledge that you’ve made mistakes and faced difficulties but seek (or have already glimpsed) redemption, you’ll feel a much greater sense of agency over your life.

Monday, August 17, 2015

wedding pictures

We recently got all of our wedding weekend pictures back. 
The first event was the pithi, where the bride is covered with turmeric paste, which was traditionally thought to provide a glow for the wedding. All of the women in her community take turns applying the paste to her body.
The mendhi event was second. Indian brides get mendhi (henna) applied on their arms and legs, while guests get mendhi on their palms. 
Garba, the last event before the wedding, is a time for music and dance. 
The weekend ended with the wedding and reception. 


**All photos are by Reichman Photography

















































Monday, August 10, 2015

recent reflections

How do you balance your multiple projects? 

Every few months, I have to readjust my expectations about how much work I can accomplish within a given day, week, or month.

I started working at the hospital in July. Sometimes (like yesterday), the days are 15 hours and I come home with barely enough energy to eat. 

Samir and I still value the time after those days since seeing each other exhausted and for a couple of hours is a big improvement from seeing each other once every two months.

I walk to work, which means I spend a little over an hour each day on my feet. I realized this is a valuable time to reflect on other projects and flex my creativity muscles.  I also realized that I have to start on other projects right when I get home because if I wait, I'll surrender to exhaustion.  

There are still a lot of mistakes ahead and I know I'll always have a lot to learn. For now, I'm happy with this trial and error type of adjustment. 


Saturday, August 8, 2015

a writer's responsibility


"It is well to remember what is obvious but usually ignored: that every writer has to cope with the possibility in his given talent. 

Possibility and limitation mean about the same thing. It is the business of every writer to push his talent to its outermost limit, but this means the outermost limit of the kind of talent he has. "

Flannery O’Conner