What would it feel like to break free and be free?

To not have to think about what they would say,

But to do as one deems fit, carefree.

To not worry about what-ifs and if only,

But to just be present at the moment.

To not be afraid to make mistakes and fail,

But to have fun and take both ups and downs in stride.

To not take oneself so seriously and expect perfection,

But to go with the flow and just be.

B-E- All of two letters,

But packed with so much depth and meaning.

To BE is…


Are you holding back on making changes in your life because you don’t feel “ready” yet?

“I’m not qualified enough.”
“I’ve not saved enough money.”
“When the time comes, I’ll know for sure.”

I see a lot of people around me use one or more of these defenses to avoid taking action. They’d rather stay stuck cause it doesn’t feel right.

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Being ready is NOT EQUAL to being 100% sure.

One of the biggest reasons we refrain from making changes in our lives or taking those big decisions is that we equate being ready to be 100% sure of the outcome of that change. We are afraid that what…


I’ve always been a fan of Disney movies. In today’s world where we get a shocker after another of bad news, a feel-good movie that comes with a guaranteed ‘ and they lived happily ever after’ ending is a relief.

But the latest Disney Pixar’s Soul had more to it than what meets the eye. For starters, the protagonist dies within the first 15 minutes of the movie. Don’t worry it only gets better from there.

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What I loved about this movie was beyond the main storyline of Joe finding his way back to his body to live the night…


Do affirmations really work? Or are they just woo-woo noise that’s best left ignored?

I was curious to find out too..

Let’s start with, what are affirmations?

‘The words “I AM” are powerful. We are declaring to the universe who we are’ -Ora Nadrich

I am beautiful. I am more than enough. I am the center of joy and happiness.

These small declarations have the power to make massive transitions in your life. This power is not derived from woo-doo (I thought so before too). But, there is actually neuroscience behind this concept.

Science Behind Affirmations

Affirmations are designed to transform your inner world and create an aligned external world from that place of worthiness. They have the power to change and heal…


I’ve never been a confident person. I have always been acutely aware of all the things I did not know, or I was ignorant of, and I still am.

On the contrary, people who see me think I am very confident because I am open to trying something new and never lose face even when I fail. The same person, but the self and society, hold two very contradicting opinions. The difference stems from the simple misunderstanding of what confidence truly is.

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We often misconstrue confidence to be equated to expertise and courage that comes from knowledge. That confidence is…


In a world full of choices, how often do we choose ourselves? Once, twice, or never?

As kind as we are to the failures and misadventures of our friends and loved ones, we often refrain from treating ourselves with the same kindness when we fall out of track.

Far from kindness, we are critical of ourselves and are so harsh when things do not go the way we expected. We shame ourselves for that one moment of weakness where we indulged in those sweets and broke our diet. …


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When humanity as a whole becomes vulnerable at the face of death — fast cars, duplex bungalows, the latest gadgets, and designer handbags, all lose a bit of their sheen.

If you look back at your life to date, you will realize that the moments that make you smile even today or leave you with tiny tears of joy have nothing to do with the things you have amassed in your life.

It is the glint in your loved one’s eyes, the warmth that spread within you in that one tight embrace, those moments where you had tears from laughing…


Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “I cannot do this, I am shy” or “This is not my cup of tea” or “I am an introvert”

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You are not alone.

We all tell ourselves these stories, limiting beliefs that tell us who we are or what we can do or be.

Each of these stories goes back in time, have a context, something that went wrong somewhere in the past. But the stories keep bringing them back to the present.

But what if we could change the story? Instead of limiting beliefs, tell ourselves empowering stories that nudge us to go forward. To back ourselves to break those self-imposed shackles.

We need to remind ourselves that the past is just a story, a story we inferred…


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The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has brought the world to a standstill, as individuals, healthcare professionals, and businesses scramble to come to terms with the new normal.

With several countries imposing stringent lockdowns, businesses find themselves in a precarious position with no revenues coming in to keep them afloat. While some companies that could quickly switch to online are aiming to earn some passive income by accepting orders to fulfill once the lockdown is lifted, a significant majority of them do not have this luxury. …


We live in a world where the hustle matters more than the results. And in a slash economy, it is not just one hustle, it is one main gig, several small ones, and plenty of side hustles. In all this hustling, we seldom pay attention to our own needs. Where is after all the time to put ourselves first, when work, relationships, family, and friends require more time than 24 hours in a day. …

Shwetha Sivaraman

Writer, Podcaster, Marketer, and Dreamer. Passionate about the written word, life, and travel. https://www.beingmeraklis.com/

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