Monthly Archives: December 2016

Traveling with family is adventure in itself – IIM019

As we close out 2016, Otto and I thought of sharing our travel experience in this episode.  Having spent many months working really hard in 2016 it was a perfect time to take some time and enjoy learning and loving other cultures.  In this episode we talk about our experiences in Bali, Indonesia.  I love Bali and what’s not to love.  You will never go hungry and you will always have company as good food comes with great company in Bali.  The respect that people in Bali have for their culture and traditions stole my heart and gave me things to ponder and learn.  Hope you enjoy today’s episode as we share some funny moments we had in Bali.  If you want to get more information about Bali before you take your visit, just email me and I can provide you with a lot of information.

Mentions in the episode:

Bali, Indonesia

Mt. Batur, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Holy Water Temple, Bali

Gymkhana Doha, Qatar

Chedi Club Ubud

Chedi Club Ubud

In Henry Moore’s words – To be an artist is to believe in life – IIM018

They are back this week with more to share.  Yes, they got married and now are enjoying the bliss as you see them share it on their Instagram.

You want to hear about their days before the wedding and how Justyna and Abhi are bringing Polish and Indian traditions together.  One doesn’t want to ever forget where he/she came from and to honor that, the couple is joining their traditions and celebrations to create something new and different for their families.

Visit the couple on their blog and on Instagram time to time to find out how they are doing.

What does the future hold for these two as they step into the new stages of their lives?  Well, you get to hear that in today’s episode and yes, you get to laugh a lot with me too.

To all of you who celebrate Christmas – Merry Christmas.  Enjoy time with family and know that experiences live longer than stuff so choose wisely.

Listen, enjoy, and share with others.  You are welcome to speak up so leave a comment or two below…

Wedding day....

Wedding day….

OkCupid – A well written Play about love and distance Part 1- IIM017

OkCupid introduced Justyna (युसतना) and Abhi but it’s his response to something she had posted that captured Justyna.  Then she packed up her bags and moved to India.  I know you have many questions as to why, how, what so I will let you just hear this from the couple as they are great story tellers.

They both are foodies and love to cook.  Their love for writing and poetry helped them learn more about each other as they are artists at heart.

It was an amazing conversation about work, food, love, family and we spent many hours just addressing the norms of the society and social structure in our world.  Though, I would have loved to have my conversation with them over some food, it was still delicious and I savored many laughs and jokes with these two.

Pine trees are world’s most beloved trees and their beauty lasts all year long.  These trees have history, legends, stories behind them in various cultures but I’m not going to give you a lesson on that.  “Pine” was Abhi’s response to Justyna’s profile online.

It’s a mystery why Abhi likes pine trees and maybe you can ask him on the couple’s blog.  Justyna and Abhi are very generous in sharing their daily food adventures on their Instagram which at times turns me green a bit.

This is an amazing story of young love and the crazy journey they have chosen with each other.  Find out more about the couple and their creative pursuits at Polindidiaries.

Enjoy it and leave a comment or two below.

Mentions in the episode:

  1. OkCupid
  2. Tim Ferriss, new book Tools of Titans
  3. Choose Yourself by James Altucher
Justyna & Abhi

Justyna & Abhi

Shared responsibilities of a household and learning new ways of partnership – Part 2 IIM016

Congratulations to Amy & Shaunak as they celebrated their one year wedding anniversary this week.  Many learnings took place in this one year from connecting with new family members to figuring out new daily routines.

In Part 2 of the episode, we talk about cultural differences and understanding those differences along with finding grounds that support and balance both cultures.  The couple shares its thoughts on counseling, be it from a professional or finding guidance from family members.

These two have pretty much figured out the responsibilities of running a household as a team.  Amy has turn-up service and Shaunak has turn-down service and you will get to hear more about what that means.  Success comes when one is surrounded by support and understanding of family and friends and especially the life partner one has chosen.  Amy and Shaunak talk about their career choices and the types of support they offer each other to find fulfillment in their individual paths as well.

Amy speaks of her desire to spread understanding, love, and acceptance of different cultures.  She mentions on her blog that she is inspired to “breaking boundaries & changing the world one gold bangle at a time!”

I had a great pleasure speaking with the couple and I know that after listening to this episode you will know how delighted I was to be invited to join them for dinner sometime.

Don’t miss the full story.  Here is Part 1 of the interview that is available on itunes as well.  You may also want to see this beautiful couple and the fairytale wedding images on Amy’s Instagram.

Closing quote from a great artist, Abigail Washburn – I believe in the old, because it shows us where we come from – where our souls have risen from. And I believe in the new, because it gives us the opportunity to create who we are becoming.

Wedding day - Shaunak and Amy's family

Wedding day – Shaunak, Amy + families

The big SECRET, the Fairytale wedding, and the New beginnings – Marriage of two different cultures Part 1 -IIM 015

Thoughts of partnering up with an amazing and wonderful person weren’t primary thoughts for these two ‘go-getter’ as they were growing up.  They grew up in different countries, experiencing different foods, and speaking different languages.  But when they met at work their social differences didn’t matter as they shared common goals of ‘making a difference in the world’.
Amy and Shaunak met over 6 years ago and recently got married and through Amy’s Instagram posts we get to see the fairy tale weddings these two enjoyed with their families.  But before these two walked down the aisle, there were plenty of situations to handle including the big reveal to Shaunak’s parents.  That big reveal was Amy, the non-Indian love he had found for himself.  You will get to hear Shaunak speak of that experience. 
Amy has many qualities as you will hear Shaunak share with you but the most adoring quality, in my opinion, is the easy going or going with the flow attitude she adapted for the Indian wedding traditions.  Amy embraced Indian traditions and Marathi language with open mind and you will get to hear the experiences as the couple goes down the memory lane.
“I see you as you are and I want to do this with you” is basically what I hear them say to each other as I listen to their love story.  
This is Part 1 of my interview with the couple and you will get to hear more next week in Part 2. 
Amy shares her experiences and love for Indian traditions on her blog.  Don’t miss the opportunity to catch colorful images from her fairytale weddings on her Instagram.  She also has a knack for explaining Indian ceremonies eloquently. 
Mentions in the episode:
1.     Love Languages – It’s a concept from the book, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

2.   Marathi – Indian language spoken by 73 million people.  It’s an official and co-official language in Maharashtra and Goa states of Western India

3.    “Wise words are like seeds. The more you scatter them, the more they will grow into infinite gardens of knowledge.” — Suzy Kassem

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Amy & Shaunak on their wedding day…