The Designer Who Traded His Camera Phone for a Pad of Paper

The Designer Who Traded His Camera Phone for a Pad of Paper

Shridhar Reddy was a colleague of mine. We always had great conversations at lunch. Afterward, I’d often find a mysterious book on my desk on a wide array of topics — from Winnebagos to UX design to nature journaling.

Shridhar mentioned he had stopped taking photos and started drawing on his daily runs. I wanted to know more. The shift felt like it could help others. It signaled creative regeneration.

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How Anxiety Feels as a Teenager in India

How Anxiety Feels as a Teenager in India

Pratigya Esther Ram is a 19-year-old undergrad commerce student in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in India. She wrote her anxiety a letter, and this is how it begins...

Dear Anxiety,

If I could say three words to you, I would undoubtedly say 'please stop'. You silently laugh that I can't count but honestly I'm too tired to give a second thought to something that's been on my mind for far too long now. I've been meaning to say this for quite sometime, or maybe since the day we started and I was scared to say this until now, but I don't think this is working out....

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The Hormone Wave: The Single Biggest Thing I've Learned About Anxiety

The Hormone Wave: The Single Biggest Thing I've Learned About Anxiety

In the past year and half, I've done a lot of digging and connecting. I've talked to other people with anxiety, and I've learned a lot. But the most important thing I learned is that anxiety is a physiological response involving hormones released in the body. Those hormones hit the system in a surge and draw back in time. They can come in one big cresting wave, or many mini waves, but they hit your body the same way a wave hits the beach.

Can the beach fight the wave?

No.

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My Metaphor for Overthinking

My Metaphor for Overthinking

For the first 39 years of my life, I was terrible to my brain. I would engage in deep, intrusive pondering, telling myself that I was working hard to "figure things out." I never realized that the overthinking I was engaging in was terrible for my brain's environment. And this is my metaphor for overthinking: my brain has an environment, and I am responsible for taking care of it. 

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The Best Little Boy: How Growing Up in the Bronx in the 70s Led to Perfectionism

The Best Little Boy: How Growing Up in the Bronx in the 70s Led to Perfectionism

When Victor reached out to me about this project, the pieces started to fall into place. The way he had run himself into the ground while making everyone around him happy (and love him). His success with his business. His focus and determination. Yep, this was a fellow voyager alright. We met here in San Francisco on Mission St for chai, and I got incredible insight in Victor's background. I asked him if he'd be willing to talk more about the things he's learned in the hopes of clarifying things for others. I learned about his childhood growing up in the Bronx and how it led him to perfectionism.

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