The Value of Solitude and The Dreaded Question: “What Do You Do?”

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“Joyful solitude” Me at Duke Gardens.

I value solitude, and I think a lot of people do. Let me start off by clarifying that I don’t mean loneliness, which is actually a sad thing to feel, but solitude, the feeling of being content while being alone. Solitude is a major component for me to remain at peace; solitude for me is almost as important as breathing. I don’t need to have solitude all the time as I need air to breathe, but I need it every day.

I also really enjoy the opposite of solitude, at times. I very much enjoy hanging out with my best friends, I enjoy going to markets, I enjoy going to museums, I enjoy going out to eat with family, and I even enjoy house parties and “game nights” quite a bit. In fact, I’m kind of a sucker for game nights. However, one key part of me enjoying all these non-solitudarian (made up word) activities is that they are done with people I know, and mostly people I know very well, hence the words “best friends” and “family”. Continue reading “The Value of Solitude and The Dreaded Question: “What Do You Do?””


It’s crazy how perspective changes everything. More than you know. The way we see things has more weight than the way things actually are.

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Portland sunset

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Predicting What Our Life Will Look Like In 189 Days

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My husband and I don’t currently have a permanent home. Heck, I don’t even know if we have a home at all. We have been in Portland for about 4 months now, still at the same Airbnb with friends whom were strangers to us 4 months ago. We still have a lease at our house in India, which we don’t mind paying if we are not there since it’s just $100 a month. But that place never began to feel like home, I guess we weren’t there long enough. We have no idea what God wants us to do or go to. We are still in limbo; we are waiting for His orders. But it seems that for now, His orders are “do nothing, stay put, be patient and don’t plant roots.” Continue reading “Predicting What Our Life Will Look Like In 189 Days”

The Theme for 2014: “It is necessary to taste the vinegar, to appreciate the honey”

Rachel wrote this post to start the new year and I think it is the perfect theme to start off the new year. Read the post before my thoughts so they actually make sense.

My thoughts: I think it applies to so many things. I have experienced the vinegar to get to the honey many times in the past. It is about taking the risk, surpassing the fear, and jumping; and the bigger the risk the better the honey will taste. Primarily for me, I think there is a lot of “vinegar” to taste when one lives a life surrendered to God, but it will ultimately lead to the best of “honey”. Sometimes you get a glimpse of the bliss or a small taste of the honey along the way to keep you motivated to reach the goal of happiness or to get to the whole jar of honey. May you all find your jar!

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Since it’s the new year, I thought a motivational post would be necessary. I know it’s “cliche”; everybody will probably write that this year is a NEW year which means a NEW YOU!! And give tips on how to accomplish your New Years resolution. Whether it be eat healthier,  work out more, be more optimistic,  etc. But I wanted  to write it from the other prospective. And you’ll see what I mean by the end of this (well I hope you do)

To begin, let’s talk about the title of this post. AKA the quote:

It is necessary to taste the vinegar, to appreciate the honey.

While I was traveling in New Zealand, someone told me this quote. At first I gave him a confused looked, and said why are you talking about vinegar and honey?  But after talking about it for a while it’s true and it makes sense…

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My Husband Published His First Book!

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Sanskaras: Vol 1 by Joshua Stout

Book Description

This groundbreaking book exposes the hidden sanskaras at work in our daily lives. Filled with ‘ah ha!’ moments, this text confronts humanity’s dark side including depression, violence, greed, anger, lust and murder. The author provides a modern perspective on ancient principles unlocking the very key to our salvation.

Only the most hardened skeptic can resist the profound insights contained in this book. This is the first volume in a series that explores the spiritual roots of human nature in the individual, societies and humanity. Continue reading “My Husband Published His First Book!”

My Vastly Different Christmases

Having such an ever-changing and unexpected life, I have experienced Christmas in many ways.

My favorite are still when I was a kid in Mexico City, and between the 24th and 25th I would go to grandma’s house, and my great-grandparent’s house, and my dad’s house, and everywhere I went I would eat delicious food and receive tons of presents which included the occasional ugly clothes, but mostly awesome presents. And then Santa, oh man! Santa gifts were the absolute best, and he would always eat my cookies and milk; I would leave him oreos. (Who can resist oreos and milk?) And finally, on the night of January 5th, Los Tres Reyes Magos (The Three Kings), would leave gifts as well. Continue reading “My Vastly Different Christmases”

Airbnb Stay Record

Do you know what Airbnb is? If not, you should if you travel at all.

Airbnb is a website where “hosts” put up listings to rent out their spare rooms or properties. There’s a big range of prices and options available. It launched in 2007 or 2008 (different sources say different numbers), and since then has topped 10 million guest stays and 550,000 properties worldwide. Listings include private rooms, entire apartments, castles, boats, manors, tree houses, tipis, igloos, private islands, trailers and more.
It has become my go-to website for booking stays whenever we travel anywhere. It has replaced hotels for us and for many people.
So far, we have used it to find somewhere to stay in Mumbai, Seattle and Portland. Continue reading “Airbnb Stay Record”

R.I.P. My friend, My Macbook

Dear Mani’s Macbook Pro,

I never named you, but I should have. I met you in the summer of 2008 and during our almost 6 years together, you have been a great companion. You were my roommate in four different countries, you where the long distance connection between my soulmate (now my husband) and I, you were also the connection between my friends and family and I, and you helped me through tough financial times by living in a Pawn Shop for 10 days, I’m sorry I abandoned you during those days. Continue reading “R.I.P. My friend, My Macbook”

Find Out If I Am A Good Fit For Your Team During The Apocalypse

This may be the most random post so far in my blog, but I guess I am due since I scored pretty high on the “random” attribute on the left vs right brain test, and I also won the award for “Most Random” in my Senior High School Awards, yep, that was a category, and there were about 180 people in my Senior class.

Now, let’s talk about the apocalypse. The apocalypse has been getting a lot of attention since 1999, when people were scared about reaching the year 2000, and since, has been getting exponentially more attention, peaking near December 2012 with all the Mayan calendar hype. Continue reading “Find Out If I Am A Good Fit For Your Team During The Apocalypse”

Stuck In Portland: 6 Weeks Later And Still No Visa

On September 26, 2013 we decided that extending our Indian visas in India would be almost impossible, so we decided to fly back to the US to get new and longer-term visas.

In case you missed it, here is the more detailed story of why we didn’t extend in India, and why we came to Portland.

We thought we would be in the US (Portland) for about a month, get both our visas and fly back to India. It has now been 6 weeks, and we still haven’t received even one of our visas.  Continue reading “Stuck In Portland: 6 Weeks Later And Still No Visa”