October 18, 2017

HAPPY DIWALI, everyone! I hope this coming year brings you everything you could want. Now...what is Diwali? In India, it's the Festival of Lights--diyas or butter lamps light every nook and cranny of the home, gifts are handed out to anyone and everyone, and the food...Mmm, the food! If India didn't have a huge pollution problem and hadn't banned pyrotechnics, there would be fireworks equaling the Fourth of July celebrations in the United States :) Diwali is associated with the inner triumphs of good over evil--Indian mythology speaks of tales of victories in battle between gods and demons. But you don't have to be Hindu or even South Asian to enjoy the amazing aspects of Diwali. Here are some ways to partake in the festivities and expose yourself to a new culture rather than fearing something so new that you don't try!

1) Light a lamp. Lighting a firecracker or an oil or butter lamp is what everyone in India does to celebrate finding the light of goodness within oneself and in others....

October 8, 2017

Hellloooooo! A virtual hug to you, friend! Some of you have followed me through the last four years as an author. Others are newly joining our journey together as I move to lifestyle blogging and sharing what has driven me: sheer inspiration and the hope that I can spread it like wildfire to anyone who needs a pick-me-up.

So...hi! I'm Annika Sharma. You'll learn a lot about me from this blog--probably more than you'd like to. I live in New York City with my brother a.k.a. my favorite person in the whole world. The most eloquent response I give when people ask me what I do is, "Uhhh..." but for your sake, let's translate.

I'm a proud, bleed-blue-and-white, family legacy, you-bet-your-butt-I-watch-football Penn State girl. I graduated with two health science degrees. I was working at a preschool (a stop on the way to what I thought would be a women's health/pediatric career!) when I got recruited into a M.Ed program instead. I also wrote a book while I was in graduate school abou...

October 6, 2017

Reinvention isn't something that always needs a start date down the road. Sometimes, you wake up and realize that there are things that need to change and that today is the time to make it happen.

Today was that day for me.

Over the last year, I've done my best to float above the waves but I've drowned between school, work, and a million goals. Having drive and ambition are some of the best things someone can possess in their arsenal--how else are you supposed to make life better for you and everyone around you? But I was sinking fast. And something needed to change. My fear of missing out (Holla if you've got FOMO too!) was becoming dangerous and I was treading the line of Spread Too Thin And Missing Out Anyway.

Every day, I woke up tired, disorganized and purposeless. For me, that's a strange feeling--to be so displaced and stepping so carefully in life that I felt like I was walking on eggshells All. The. Time. With a buffalo on my back. I could not, for the life of me, figure out wher...

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