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 ...
Tea, Tea pots, Tutti Fruitti, Bilpin, Blue Mountains, Australia

care for some tea? of finding home in bilpin

I am still in the honeymoon phase of my travel experience so I don't miss much about home yet. Well except this one thing that I didn't know I'll miss - tea. The desi, strong, "truck hotel wali" chai that gives you a kick and makes you feel like its going straight to your brain rather than your stomach. I am not a Chai/tea fanatic so I found it str...

meeting the sea – hamster in australia

In my first blog, I talked about letting go of the script and expanding our virtual hamster balls. To achieve this it is very important that we break out of our rut, travel and see life beyond our circles. Nothing puts things into perspective better than "leaving". I have been lucky enough to expand my hamster ball to Australia. Landing from a h...