Art, essay

Freedom vs. Independence

When I was deciding on the title for my post "Ramen: A Story of Independence," I was debating whether to use the word "freedom" or the word "independence." Ultimately, I chose "independence" because it has deeper connotations than "freedom." We all want to be free. But freedom is amorphous. Some of us aren't ready for… Continue reading Freedom vs. Independence

Time Starts Now ATB
Art, essay

Time Starts Now: A Mantra

There's a 1968 cop/action film starring Steve McQueen called "Bullitt." It's a classic for its car chase scenes through the rolling urban hills of San Francisco. One of the most memorable scenes for me is toward the end, when Bullitt is in the car with his girlfriend, played by the beautiful Jacqueline Bisset, after she… Continue reading Time Starts Now: A Mantra

The Art of Learning Josh Waitzkin
Books, essay

Books: The Art of Learning

Josh Waitzkin's "The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance" is a revelation. It's a stunning read that I could've devoured in one sitting, but I wanted to savor it, so I read it over a few days. This is definitely a book that I will go back to time and again. I… Continue reading Books: The Art of Learning

Happy ATB
essay

8 Habits for Happiness

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett March 20 is the International Day of Happiness, inaugurated in 2012 by the United Nations to recognize the importance of happiness in everyone's life. Happiness may be a universal feeling, but its construct is personal. It's an apt time to ask: What makes you happy? I've discovered some fundamentals for my… Continue reading 8 Habits for Happiness

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