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You Tell ME: Why DO You Always Do This To Yourself?

By Vega Subramaniam

There are certain questions I hear people ask themselves out loud a lot:

“Why do I always let the mail pile up like this?!” “Why can’t I ever get anything done on time?!” “Why do I … Read More

30 Aug '17

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Of Brains, Databases, and Self-Affirmation

By Vega Subramaniam

What we want, a lot of us, is to face life with confidence and contentment, and to make a difference.

A requirement of building confidence and contentment, if I may posit, is maintaining an accurate inventory … Read More

Decision-Making, Activism, and Charlottesville

By Mala Nagarajan

Honestly, the last time I thought deeply about Charlottesville was in the early 1980s, when the 7-foot-4-inch phenom Ralph Simpson was leading the University of Virginia Cavaliers into the NCAA’s Collegiate Men’s Basketball Tournament (aka March Madness). … Read More

03 Mar '17

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Optimism is a Form of Resistance

By Vega Subramaniam

My friend Ericka said that to me the other day: “Optimism is a form of resistance.” And it occurred to me just how impossible it feels to be pessimistic right now. My entire being would reject … Read More

The Person I Could Have Been

By Vega Subramaniam

This is for all of you who are filled with regret about choices you made, paths you took, your foolishness, your failures.

Some of you may have heard that the definition of hell is, on your last … Read More

09 Dec '16

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It’s All Skill Development

By Vega Subramaniam

It’s All Skill Development

“Of course you’re creative” (or “a leader” or “talented”). “You just need to change your attitude. Don’t be so negative.” “You’re too insecure. You should have more self-esteem.”

All things … Read More

What Just Happened?

By Vega Subramaniam

Well. Here we are.

As a youth, I was clear that I was a citizen of the world. Political boundaries were irrelevant. I held that clarity while also acknowledging that I was an American and that this … Read More

02 Jun '16

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Changing a Habit is Hard! And How to Do It Anyway

By Vega Subramaniam

I just read Gretchen Rubin’s “4 Strategies to Change Your Habits that Actually Work” on Fast Company. And yes, the suggestions she offers would support your habit change — using a clean slate as an opportunity to break … Read More

How to Overcome Your Decision-Making Hurdles: Part One

By Vega Subramaniam

Decision making is hard

Mala and I had the pleasure of spending a couple hours recently with some Intentional Life Planning participants during our follow-up session on decision-making.

We came to talk about what helps us make good … Read More

08 Sep '15

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The Autumn That Could Be

By Vega Subramaniam

Last week’s New York Times article The Summer That Never Was got me to wondering how common author Tim Kreider’s experience is: his sense of foreboding and gloom, lost opportunities and lost time as autumn approaches. … Read More