Category Archives: happiness

Thanks and giving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanksgiving kicks off a period of serious introspection for me, where I take stock of what I have experienced and learned this year. I also start to turn my gaze towards the next year and all of … Continue reading

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Kintsugi: The Beauty of Brokenness

Recently I learned about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of fixing pottery or ceramics with a lacquer containing gold, silver or platinum. The technique doesn’t hide the flaws, but makes them more visible and beautiful than before. In fact, the repaired … Continue reading

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Lessons from a singleton: The importance of self-love on Valentine’s Day

Until four years ago, I used to dread Valentine’s Day if I found myself single on that day. I would feel pangs of sadness watching co-workers have flowers delivered to work or to see couples being mushy. However, it would … Continue reading

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2014: Being ok with being different

I think one of the major differences I have noticed about myself since I entered my thirties that I am becoming increasingly comfortable with being me. When I was younger, I tried so hard to fit in. In elementary school, … Continue reading

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2013: Cosmo’s year in Review

I really can’t believe it is the end of another year. Prior to writing this post, I went and looked back on my posts from previous years. In December 2010, I talked about reducing my sugar and processed foods intake. … Continue reading

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Step into the world

Today, I graduated for the third and final time from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  The funny thing is when I graduated with my PhD 4 years ago, it didn’t feel finite. But 4 years later, the … Continue reading

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These are the times we all wish for…

…”The moments when less mean so much more.”–Dru Hill With the events that have gone on in my life, the lives of close friends, and in the world in general, it is more and more apparent how short and precious … Continue reading

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A season of transition (everything has its time)

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”-Ecclesiastes 3:1. I have been mediating on that verse and the subsequent verses for the past few hours as I try to make sense of my life in … Continue reading

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Sometimes you just need to rest

Rest. A period of doing nothing. Saying nothing. Not having to meet anyone else’s expectations. Yesterday was that for me. Around 3pm, while I was looking up some literature for my final research project a wave of tiredness hit me. … Continue reading

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The intimidation factor

While I was in the hair salon recently, I had a wonderful discussion about men and intimidation. It was along the line of similar conversations I have had with my single friends, both males and females.  It seems like a … Continue reading

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