Archive for July, 2010

July 29, 2010

Day 4

  • Random Thought:: When we look back at our lives in ten, twenty, fifty years are we going to dwell more on the things we did do or the things we didn’t do? What is stopping us from doing what we really want to be doing? Practicality? Peer pressure? Social conditioning? Fear of failure?
  • Inspirational Individual(s):: My friend Naina who started a nonprofit organization with her family. Check out the Coalition for International Initiatives. Actually, Naina was inspiring even before this venture. 🙂 We, along with Yodit, were “Mama Tunnels” for the Tunnel of Oppression in 2007 and her positive energy, honesty, and passion have stayed with me ever since then. (Also, if you want to have a green wedding, let her know)
  • Musical Musing:: Playing for Change – Chanda Mama
  • Innovative Idea:: she28. Watch the video and try not to be moved. At she, we believe that a girl’s life does not have to stop every 28 days because of her menstrual cycle. Missing up to 50 days of school or work is not only a “blood cost” to women and girls, but to their families, communities, and nations as a whole.
  • Goal Update:: Yeah…about that….pretty much failing at everything. This is my 4th post in a month and I have barely practiced any musical instrument. I do sing to myself in the car. Maybe that counts. Consider it tuning.
July 9, 2010

Day 3

  • Random Thought:: I have been thinking about people with terminal illnesses. What must it feel like to know that you won’t survive for more than a few days, months, years? I guess this is where faith and hope and all of that comes in. What would you prioritize if you knew that you only had X amount of time to live? Would you try to do all of the things you have always wanted to do but never got around to? (Why aren’t we doing those things now…) Or would you focus on spending time with family and friends? Ok it’s a morbid though. Stop thinking about it.
  • Inspirational Individual(s):: Today I am inspired by the people who run and contribute to HollaBack DC – a blog which tracks street harassment in DC and empowers individuals to stand up for themselves. Their existence is not only (sadly) necessary but essential in giving women the courage to speak up in uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situations.
  • Musical Musing:: Taoi Cruz – Dynamite –> tribute to the YJA Board/CHCC
  • Innovative Idea:: Tom’s Shoes – With every pair you buys, Tom’s donates a pair to someone in need. The shoes are expensive but are pretty awesome looking.
  • Goal Update:: I haven’t practiced in awhile 😦 Who said all the goal updates had to be positive….
July 7, 2010

Day 2

I never said that these 100 days had to be consecutive. 🙂 Please see previous post for explanation of 100 Day Challenge.

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  • Random Thought:: How can one be “born Jain” or born as any religion for that matter? Aren’t you just born into a family that practices a certain religion and that’s how you learn the rituals, values, etc.? I feel like it is ultimately my decision based on my own thought process. There is nothing in my genes or in my DNA (this is coming from a non-science major so please excuse the inaccuracies) that makes me Jain. Not being rebellious, just thinking…
  • Inspirational Individual(s):: Today I am inspired by the entire YJA board who planned the 2010 Jain Convention. There is so much planning and work that goes into it and I am just amazed at the result. You all literally created a space for 700+ people to come together not only to network and discuss but to spark conversations that turn into relationships for years to come. You deserve not only 3 days of sleep and a vacation but my eternal gratitude and respect.
  • Musical Musing:: Interviewing Aradhna, Christian devotional group on the radio show today. Playlist here. I like all but I like Jaya Deva a lot.
  • Innovative Idea:: Karma Tiffin – “Karma Tiffin is an experiment in gift economy lunch service.  We deliver organic, vegetarian, homemade meals in tiffins (stackable steel lunch containers that are extremely popular in India).  Meals are served as a gift, and recipients are encouraged to pay the gift forward in whichever way they are inspired.” I also love the quote they have on their site: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  • Goal Update:: I practice my bansuri (bamboo flute) for about 20 minutes last week! It was….interesting to say the least. I did some scales and then tried some of the things that Ankurbhai taught me. I need a plan otherwise I am just going to dilly dally with my practice and unsuccessfully try to copy songs.