Tolle(d) You

Just wanted to share this animated video on a philosophy that has affected me tremendously. Honestly, if there is one book you pick up this year, this should be it.

<3 Shilpa

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Listed

Thanks to BuzzFeed, every content creator has a newly found respect for lists. And why not? It’s the shortest and most organized path to disperse information, it’s easy on the eyes and it always leaves the audience with a strange sense of satisfaction. So I thought this list would be a good way to pay it forward (enjoy!):

1) Travel hacks: http://www.viralnova.com/traveling-tips/

2) ‘Not-overnight’ successes: http://www.businessinsider.com/people-who-became-successful-after-age-40-2014-9

3) Cool people with cool habits: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/238165

What’re your favorite lists looking like today?

<3 Shilpa

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Dirty Linens

For all those annoying fighting couples on social media. Stop washing your dirty linens in public. Get a grip! No one cares. No really, ain’t NO ONE (Yea I capitalized that, so I mean business…) got time for that.

<3 Shilpa

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We’re All Fruit

You know, the root of the word Miller is a Greek word. Miller come from the Greek word “milo,” which is mean “apple,” so there you go. As many of you know, our name, Portokalos, is come from the Greek word “portokali,” which mean “orange.” So, okay? Here tonight, we have, ah, apple and orange. We all different, but in the end, we all fruit.

-Gus Portokalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)

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Opportunities Lost

I never felt the need to take pictures growing up because it was not exactly a time of my life I wanted to capture.

I’m glad I didn’t because it makes me more ‘in the moment’ now. I hate it when people around me freeze moments so they can capture it on film. And the multi click button is a monster! How many minutes of our precious present have we spent deleting repetitions of shots that could have been captured through care in the first place?

Living in LA I am practically surrounded by what I call ‘camera friends’. People who are much cooler, prettier and funnier on camera than in life. I admit I had a brief period when I caught that LA bug but I think my last bout of strep throat coughed it out of me (thank the guiding forces of the universe!). ;P

I love the camera, when used strategically. It’s powerful tool and can change your life. As long as you don’t compromise the quality of your present to achieve the perfect click. And as long as your not playing the memory game where things are captured in hyperbole. 

After all, when something seems more fun on celluloid than in reality, that’s an opportunity lost, don’t you think? 

<3 Shilpa

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Good Chap Charlie

“As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for me—food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it as love of oneself.” Charlie Chaplin

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Art Smart

Whether your art ends up concealed behind bulletproof glass or above a commode has a lot to do with your level of offense to the general population at a given time. Unless you’re dead. Then you have time on your side. [Pun acknowledged.] <3 Shilpa

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Bubble Wrap

Like a pillow on a bed of lava,

Or a sheet on a berg of ice,

Like a dance of a single snowflake,

Or a single grain of a rice,

No equation, no lens,

Can destroy these spots that blind,

No intent, no purpose,

No treasure, a map may find.

Lifetimes spent on missions,

To see ourselves as projections.

But our stories are capped,

Like a pop on a bubble wrap.

Like a pop on a bubble wrap.

– Shilpa Tripathi

I had a moment of lamentation. Bear with me. <3

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A Clue

I often feel that the complex thought processes that make us all valuable in the web of this world gets glossed in so many coats of vernier that most of them fizzle without a flame.

It’s terrible when the ideas that tickle our ambitions are edited to the point where the end product is merely a sliver of the original idea.

So what if they wouldn’t be accepted or celebrated by the masses? So what if they would be deemed as a mistake?

If a mistake is not a misdeed, it’s a clue.

<3 Shilpa

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