olive tree

the late bloomer: a story of an olive tree

Years ago we planted an olive tree in our garden. Olives are not native to our region (Punjab, Pakistan) and this particular baby refused to grow any. We waited for the olives for some years but when they didn't come we figured it was a mistake to plant it here. My mother even suggested that it be cut off but I didn't let her. The least it was doin...
Train, Insignificance, wheels

insignificance on wheels

What do you think of when you travel in a train or a bus? Of the meeting, you're getting late for? Of the family reunion, you're going to attend? Of a wedding that you so don't want to go to but your social standing depends upon it? Or do you take a moment and hop off the treadmill of "routine". Whenever I ride a bus or a train I think of insign...

3 ways we sabotage our own happiness

Ask anyone what their goal in life is and most of their answers will revolve around their job, family, friends or health. while all these things are means to an end that is happiness, you'll seldom hear people saying, "my goal in life is to be happy." From childhood to adulthood, right until the end, our priorities change. We assign new meanings...
Rainbow Falls, Springbrook, Gold Coast

chasing waterfalls at the warrie circuit

A while back I wrote about how traveling broke a lot of my mental barriers and helped me overcome my fears. However, as someone who has never been into fitness or working out, I was also physically challenged during my travel. The hardest being an 8-hour trek on the Warrie Circuit in Springbrook National Park, Gold Coast. Springbrook is a heaven...
chair, table, laptop, mouse, posture, ergonomics

mind your posture – some rules of thumb

Remember textbooks? Files? Spiral folders? Notes? All those portable little bundles of information that didn't require you to squint at a screen or started beeping if you didn't plug them into a socket every few hours? Those were the days, man. I never used to sit while studying up till high school. I used to grab my notes or a textbook and used...

6 ways building someone up helps you

We all have insecurities - those little nagging self-deprecating thoughts that just don’t seem to go away. Sometimes these thoughts become so overwhelming that they start to affect our daily lives. When that happens, people usually tend to find someone or something that tells them that it’s not so bad. When someone opens up to you about their i...

4 ways travelling pushed me out of my comfort zone

Today I made coffee at one of those tiny one-stop-shops by the fuel stations. What's so special about that? I had never done it before. Mostly because there aren't many coffee machines installed in public places back home. We mostly get by on black tea. But also because I was scared of doing something that I haven't done before and making a mistak...

hamster in wonderland aka the fudge shop in springbrook

In my last post, I talked about how Aussies care deeply about their environment. "Do the right thing" is the specific rhetoric adopted to promote environmental awareness and protection. Rightly so, if you do right by nature, nature does right by you. And guess what, you can use that your advantage. I saw such rewards of nature in Springbrook, Go...

11 fun things i learnt about aussies

It's been exactly a month since I arrived in Australia and ditched the script of my everyday life. I've adjusted quite well and feel like I've always been here (much to my surprise). I didn't experience any culture shock or feel unwelcome either. Suffice it to say that I feel right at home and don't want to leave anytime soon. During the past mo...
Sunrise, Smoky Cape Light House, South West Rocks, Australia

what i learnt about fear at the smoky cape lighthouse

When they say that everything you want lies on the other side of fear, they are absolutely right. Happiness, freedom, self-confidence all the things we crave and somehow don't seem to get our hands on are bordered by some form of fear. Fear acts like a barbed wire fencing our brain. It forces us to stay in a safe place where we don't get stung. If ...