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How to Do Your Part to Help Build Strong, Functional Marital Relationships

Listen to this episode with Priyanka Joshi to learn how each of us can contribute toward healthier marital relationships, whether you are the mother-in-law daughter-in-law or part of the extended in-law family.

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How to go from Small Talk to Meaningful Conversation

I used to say I dislike small talk. This is true to the extent that I find repetitive small draining. This is especially true when someone asks what you do and you see judgment in their eyes as soon as you respond. It’s much more fun to have an engaging, meaningful conversation, a conversation where…

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How to Live BOLDLY

My favorite questions during this Bloganuary challenge are tbe ones that invite us to dream. The question for Jan 11 was “What does it mean to live boldly?” I think that this looks different for each person. For me, living boldly means making choices and taking actions that can be a bit scary or uncertain….

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Make a List for Gratitude

Gratitude us a theme that has come up many times on Changes Big and Small. Take a few minutes and sit in gratitude. I’ve made my list of five things that I’m grateful for. What’s on your list? My Gratitude List 5 things out of many, many… Beautiful blue skies two days in a row…

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How to Add more Laughter in Your Life

Ho, ho, ho. Ha, ha, ha. I was fascinated to hear and see people exercising while making these laughing sounds as I went for a morning walk in Bangalore. I never joined the class although I did try some of the movements at home. Performing laughter can be quite entertaining but are there any benefits?…

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Inspiration in a Media Rich World

An Inspiring World In our media rich world, we can get to know people in so many different ways. Even when we’ve never met someone in the physical world, we can get to know them in the virtual world. I’ve made connections in Words with Friends and deepened conversations. In tomorrow’s podcast episode, I will…

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Rediscovering Enjoyment through Play and Fun

Many of the things I find fun and playful now are things that I enjoyed as a child: Walking around the neighborhood Visiting friends for a chat Baking, cooking, and sharing food Reading books and talking about them Dancing and singing (poorly) Scrabble and monopoly I don’t have early memories of my childhood and I…

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Growth Through a Learning Mindset

What advice would you give to your younger self? I have one piece of advice that I wish I knew sooner but still am learning, to choose.

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(It’s time to) Try Something Outside Your Comfort Zone

When you do things that challenge you, taking you outside of the familiar, you change. You may experience uncertainty, discomfort, excitement, curiosity, stress. None of these sensations are necessarily bad; it all depends on how you feel about them. If you feel energized and motivated, then they are positive emotions. On the other hand, if…

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7 Tips for a Great Road Trip in 2022

When I lived in Japan, during our first few months, two friends and I would sometimes go on road trips a few hours long, from Nagoya. We’d find out about some festival in another town and take off to experience it. We made playlists and got snacks, and armed with a Garmin GPS device, we…

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Advice to Your Younger Self

What advice would you give to your younger self? I have one piece of advice that I wish I knew sooner but still am learning, to choose.

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How to Show Up Wholeheartedly in Relationships

Today, November 2, 2021, I will be hosting a LinkedIn Live with Sunitha Narayanan. Join us as we discuss how to show up wholeheartedly in relationships. If you miss the live, the recording will be available on LinkedIn afterward and released on the podcast in a few weeks. I hope you’ll join us. Date: Nov…

Introducing The International Schools Podcast

I recently had an interview with John Mikton of The International Schools Podcast. John hired me at International School of Prague and we worked together for one year before he moved to a different school. I learned a lot from working with John and was happy to reconnect with him in this interview. If you’ve…

Introducing Pod Buffet

Looking for new podcasts to listen to? Steve Heatherington of the Pod Buffet podcast brings a new podcast to listeners each week. Learn about new podcasts each week by clicking the Follow button on his podcast page. This week, I’m the guest. 🙂 Shownotes An interview with Damianne President, host of the Changes Big and…

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Mental Health Can Make Relationships a Struggle

I recently heard from a friend from the University of Ottawa. We spent hours together every day during our undergrad but drifted apart as I moved to India and she moved to Saskatchewan. We’ve reconnected multiple times and then lost touch again. I don’t make friends easily, and I tend to make friends for life….

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Coming Home to Your Self

What if we define home as the place that you can rest, find solace, let go, be yourself and find unconditional acceptance? Where is that place for you? A few weeks ago, I was listening to a Tim Ferris podcast episode with Richard Schwartz. I was intrigued at the idea of the true Self inside…

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Decide What You Want

I recently confessed to a friend that one of my challenges is that I don’t know what I want. Or I want too many things, which has a similar impact. I told her that we can consider that “we don’t know what we want” but rather “we decide what we want”. I believe that a…

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Bias in Predictive Analytics

Since my interview with sociobiologist Rebecca Costa, I’ve been thinking about predictive analytics and the concept of the “greater good”. I’ve been wondering is “greater good” a high enough standard by which to decide on a course of action given the systemic biases that exist in our societies? The answer is no, not while systemic…

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Creating and other Joys During Coronavirus

I created a survey to collect positive events and experiences that are happing during coronavirus. I received submissions from people all over the world and will be sharing them with you over the next few days (or weeks). Several people responded to the survey sharing the ways that they find joy by creating during coronavirus….


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