Passion with a Purpose

passion with a purpose

This particular article is a leaf out of my own life. Had I personally not taken this journey, I would not have been able to endorse the concept of ‘Passion with a Purpose’. In my case after marriage I had to go to USA with my husband. I did not have a work permit and so could not do any kind of job that I would be paid for. Since I could not work in my chosen field I did not have many options. But burning desire to do something was always there. We were soon blessed with a baby girl and when my daughter was 3 years old, was when I felt that I had to do something to keep myself creatively busy… and alive. Besides, my BE and MBA degree I am a trained dancer in the Indian classical dance forms Bharatnatyam and Odissi.. So, when I came upon a flyer of an academy “SUR Academy” that was looking for dance teachers, I immediately volunteered to teach. I always loved dancing and performing but never wanted to take it up as a profession. Through teaching the art forms to kids and adults, I discovered a whole new dimension to the art. I personally evolved as a dancer and a teacher but the more I taught the more I learnt. Through the years, with a valid work permit I was also able to earn through teaching. I also got opportunities to showcase my creativity by choreographing for various events […]

Knowing Yourself Will Lead To True Success

Knowing yourself will lead to true success in life

“Never limit yourself because of others limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” – Mae Jemison Isn’t it a very strange question to ask whether he or she knows about themselves? C’mon! who else would know about us other than ourselves? But as like everything else in this world, knowing oneself is also an art that has to be learned to be a success in life. Knowing oneself is not knowing about your favourite food or colour but to move a bit deeper from the surface. It is about your insecurities and your idiosyncrasies, your priorities, your beliefs, your values in life and your passions. The first thing that I have always been told and have read in innumerable books and articles on self-motivation is, to know my strengths and weakness. How many of us really know our strengths? If you know your strengths and weakness really well, I am sure you would have found a way to make your life more satisfactory. But we usually fail to recognize them due to various factors. Ask yourself the following questions and see if you really know yourself: 1. What are your core values? These are values on which you would never compromise irrespective of the surroundings in which you are in. Make a list of top 10 adjectives of the characteristic traits that describe you. 2. What is missing from your life right now? Too many disappointments could have left you in a state of  numbness and […]

5 Reasons Why Working Moms Are Highly Productive

working moms

I have been hiring for the last 7 years and hence I speak out of  experience when I say that mothers make highly productive employees. I have seen my mother working all through my childhood and teen years, and I can tell you that it was no easy task. I am not a mom myself, but I spoke to many working mothers to conclude that the number one reason for the correlation between a mother and her productivity at work is that it’s a choice she makes. Each day they choose to leave their children at home, to work for your organization. It’s a sacrifice with high stakes and hence should be one that is worth a lot. So let’s dwell a little on the reasons why Working Moms are highly productive, making them a good hire for your company. Five Reasons Working Moms Are Highly Productive: They are highly focused at work Mothers know the value of time spent away from their children and home. Hence, they make every hour away count. They are well organized, plan their day to ensure the allocated work is completed within working hours and to take no work back home. They are more committed to their jobs. They take lesser breaks and find ways to accomplish the task assigned in the most efficient and time effective manner.   2. They know the importance of building relationships Working mothers understand the importance of nurturing relationships at work. They have higher emotional quotient and are more […]

Back from the Break – 3 Tips to Make you Rock it!

back from the break

It’s over! The months of wondering where your life has been going, has finally come to an end. It was definitely fun doing your own thing, spending time with that little bundle of joy in your life and see them grow up, and not having to bother about those late night calls and early morning drive to work. No matter what you did, it was definitely worth it! You know why? Because you gave your hard-earned time to the most important person in your life – You!   Now it is time to brush up your skills, shake out those boots you had hung up in your closet during your break and get going once again! And believe me this time it is going to be a lot better. As this time it is going to be the wiser, older and smarter you who will be calling the shots. As you blow out that last kiss to your beautiful self and slip on those stilettos here are three tips that will help to keep you sailing steadily. Remember while you were busy polishing your oars all these years, a pretty little gale has been making the career scene quite turbulent. So brace yourself well and you are sure to Rock it!   Do Your Homework Today we are riding the digital wave. Happily for some and not so happily for others. New careers have emerged while old ones have evolved (and some have been dissolved). Therefore it is critical that […]

Ten Things to Let Go for A Happy 2019

Happy 2019

Another New Year is here and I am sure you are looking forward to a wonderful time full of surprises. However, there are few things you need to cast aside in order to make sure the New Year really brings happiness in your life.   Gossiping: “Gossip reflects the insecurity of those who initiate it” No matter how appalling, intriguing or accurate a particular piece of information about a person is, refrain from passing it on to others. Not even casually. Resist the urge to give away unnecessary details about anyone. Try not to spread the bad happenings in others’ lives. If you find out that your girl gang has started sharing some juicy piece of news about someone, make it a habit to mention a good thing about that person or try to change the subject. That way you will keep up the positivity and tone down unnecessary drama. Badmouthing others won’t keep your mind happy and peaceful.   Judging: “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself” Literally every single person in this world is guilty of jumping to conclusions about other people. The worst part is that these conclusions are derived from some random aspects about that person. Believe it or not, you cannot judge a person’s character based on their dress sense, whether or not they have tattoos, their hairstyle, the kind of job they have or even their past mistakes. Be kind. Open your mind and your heart a bit more […]

10 Easy Tips to Staying Motivated

10 tips to staying motivated

What is the need for motivation? Why do we need to look for motivating ourselves as well as others? Shouldn’t everyone understand that sometimes activities that we do, may not get the result that we expect of. Why is it that some people are more practical and seem to accept failures as part of life, whereas some others cannot even accept a NO from someone? The circumstances, the upbringing, the culture, the society and even the genetic makeup influences how the person would react to a situation. But at the end of the day, we as humans, being the most intelligent species on this world, can practise anything due to continuous learning. The process of being motivated is also a learning process. Humans are social beings by nature. Though privacy is considered the in-thing and most basic requirement of our modern lives, we do need company. Loneliness most often leads to depressions.   Here are a few tips that will help everyone to stay motivated and happy. Stay fit. We cannot achieve anything if our bodies are not capable of supporting our interests. So, eat healthy, sleep well, practise meditation or yoga or go for running, swimming etc. Follow a routine that suits your style.   Throw away toxic people. The earth is the home for all types of species and it is not essential for every species to get along nicely with the other! We are here to live our life and not to please or to be compared […]

Marriage and Finance

marriage and finance

“Marriages are made in heaven” and by the time couples settle down to live the marriage, it comes down to earth.  Well, this is a humorous take on marriage and finance.  Though marriage is the oldest social institution and provides a foundation, it also has political and economic factors too. In the 21st century however couples are confused on how to navigate financially through the marriage. Because the concept of “Finance” and “Money” too has evolved over the years. Couples often have mismatched money styles–one is a spender while the other is a saver. Though this is the best combination and if both the energies can be balanced then finance is not a heartbreaking matter to deal with at home. But to meet at that common point is the real test. If left unchecked, couples end up working against each other, causing fights and tensions. Theoretically, successful couples don’t try to change each other. They adapt their money styles to work for both of them. Here are some simple strategies to combat marital finance. Materialism VS Relationship: When couples come together, they have to understand each other’s belief about money.  Many couples put materialistic pleasures ahead of the relationship. Again, it’s not the lack of money, but the use of money that matters. Some examples are, unbalanced lifestyles, feelings of guilt over spending, unrealistic financial expectations (in spending, saving, or investing).  Acknowledging that this is a gap is the first step towards building a bridge. Being open-minded, non-judgemental and empathetic […]

Tips to Improve Your Resume Writing

resume writing tips

Resume Writing has been your primary focus ever since you have started looking for a job. Probably even before that. As you were busy wrapping up the last semester in college by day, you were probably putting together your resume by night. Presenting your accomplishments and accolades in a smart professional manner to attract the attentions of the desired employer is an important start to your career.   However, like everything else your resume too needs an upgrade at a regular frequency. After all your career has indeed come a long way from your first summer job and you too have evolved in the process. Given below are a few tips that may help you brush up your resume writing style so that you have a spanking new resume ready for your next career move.   Rephrase your Summary: The first thing that one comes across in a resume, after the name and personal details, is the summary or objective section. I remember my first resume had an elaborate section on my objectives. However, in the current scenario, very few employers would be interested in knowing about your objectives. Rather they would prefer to know how you can help them achieve their objectives. Therefore, it is best to dump the objectives part and rephrase it as your professional summary. Make it short, crisp and a smart gist of all that you bring to the table. Ideally a summary is a quick glance at your capabilities that will hook the prospective […]

Rise Like the Phoenix, After a Career Break …

You can rise like a phoenix after a Career break

“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter into one of the most creative periods of my life” – Steve Jobs Steve Jobs – a Pioneer, a Visionary, an Innovator and a Prodigy. The man who co-founded the remarkable Technology Giant APPLE and turned it into the mammoth that its today. Amidst a power struggle, he was shown the door in 1984, relieving him from major responsibilities. Contrary to how a normal person would handle the situation, Jobs did not sulk into despair. Instead, he went on a journey of self-discovery and acquired the virtues of patience and honed his management skills. He utilised the break to develop the computer company NeXT. Also, he helped to develop the visual effects industry Pixar. Like a Phoenix, he rose from the ashes and built an empire. While it sounds like a fairy tale, no one would certainly know the depth of efforts Jobs took to reform and transition himself as a person and an Entrepreneur. Starting over involves undaunted vigour since it takes more energy than doing it for the first time. Of course it’s not easy to turnover things in a day; nevertheless I suppose a few feats will help to hold the nerve and make the transition seamless. Some pointers: Learn as much as you can, Acquire new skills : While on the break, apprise on topics related to your field. Check for updated […]

6 Tips for Health Management at Workplace

health management at workplace

We are at workplace atleast 8-10 hours in a day, and 5 days a week. Technically that’s roughly 21% in a week  that we spend outside our home in a place where we visit every day, work on computers, share many things with people around us.  Other than the individual health hazards that we face like eye strains, tension neck syndrome, weight gain etc, we also are prone to viruses and infection that exist in the air. We cannot control the workplace environment around us, but we can control our adaptability to the environment. How…? Here are few tips Crunch the “munch” time – our hands and fingers just move to that cookie/ chocolate/ biscuit/ chips that is in the office pantry or that a coworker has so nicely placed on the desk. It’s very tempting but in its own way stealthily adds on calories and also could make you feel sluggish instead of energetic. Healthy snacks are a good option for munch time. Once you start eating healthy, you motivate others to eat healthy too. PS: Fruits, green tea, Health bars, and Baked goods are good replacements for high calories snacks. Increase H20  Intake – 70 % of human body is water and so our diet too requires us to have more water as input to the body. Drinking an adequate amount of water, around eight to 10 glasses a day, helps in keeping the body temperature normal, body hydrated, skin nourished and hunger at bay. Many fruits like […]