Ambition by ATB
Art, essay

Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

I've been thinking a lot about ambition lately, for a few reasons. I've just turned 40. Twenty-twenty has come to a close, and we're at the start of a new year. It's a time to think about new mountains to climb, starting with clear intentions. I've been ambitious since I was a kid. When you're… Continue reading Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

Garden Buddha ATB
Art, essay, garden

Garden Buddha

We bought a Buddha statue from a local chain store called Rups Big Bear (fun and useful finds at great prices!) about a year ago, and it's been a wonderful edition to our yard. I used to display it in a corner of our pool, imagining that it watches benevolently over our surroundings. I've since… Continue reading Garden Buddha

papaya sapling Fiji
essay, garden

Life Lessons with: Papaya

I collected and dried out more papaya seeds for our gardener to plant several months ago, and the saplings are coming up. It's a wonder to see: a visual reminder of natural growth. This morning, I noticed one sapling in particular. Our gardener had moved it to a new location on my request. He told… Continue reading Life Lessons with: Papaya

mountain ATB
Art, essay

The View at 40

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett I turn 40 this month. The official start of middle age. Wow. It's a milestone. A good time to take stock, as I typically do on my birthday. I give the last year a thumb's up. I aim to make progress on at least one thing every year, and in my… Continue reading The View at 40

Aileen Torres-Bennett Pacific Harbour Fiji
essay

A Brief Guide to Home Workouts

For me, fitness is a lifelong journey. I started incorporating exercise into my lifestyle when I was 15, and it's been a continual process of learning--understanding, intensifying, refining and branching out. I was not a kid who took immediately to exercise. What?! I have to put in effort to get a return? That was my… Continue reading A Brief Guide to Home Workouts