If you’re like me, when you hear the words “sensory deprivation tank”, your immediate thought might be: Torture. Before my first float, I had absolutely no idea what this experience was all about. Now that I do, I’m already planning my return and contemplating a monthly membership.

Let’s break it down.

Sensory deprivation tanks have been around for a while. It’s a form of therapy where you basically are stripped of all stimulation and are forced to sit alone with your thoughts and just breathe (that might actually sound like torture to some but it’s essentially just meditation in a…

This past October, my mom visited me in Denver for the first time since I moved here. I had our whole weekend ready. I rented an Airbnb in the mountains … Had hikes planned out … Parks to wander around … Dinner reservations made … And of course, there was a massive snowstorm that blew through that weekend and the only thing left for us to do was to hang out indoors and talk for three days straight.

Like most mothers, my mom LOVES being way too involved in my dating life … Or at that particular moment, my lack…

I’m currently writing this post as I sit under the sun setting, gazing at red rock canyons, sipping a glass of Cabernet. It feels truly magical. I was craving a little DIY solo wellness retreat so I jumped in the car (with Eve) and set out for Moab. There’s something about red rocks that gets me every single time.

The drive was about five hours. I started listening to Glennon Doyle’s audiobook version of Untamed (love it) and mixed in some embarrassing throwback playlists and episodes of Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations Podcast. Do you guys listen to that? …

After I posted my article discussing my dating hiatus, my mom called. “I’m glad you’re enjoying your hiatus … But I really want you to find someone … So please don’t do this for too long.” To which I responded, “I appreciate your concern … but like … Let me live.”

Regardless of where you were raised in the world, this is likely the general life construct in which you were brought up: Get good grades. Go to college. Get a job. Find your partner. Move in together. Get engaged. Get married. Go on a honeymoon somewhere tropical. Buy a…

Story time: A few months ago, I had spent the night at this boy’s house who I was pretty into (this was before my dating hiatus that I recently wrote about).

I had woken up early … Tiptoed downstairs to let my dog outside … And then instead of bolting out the door (which is my usual move), I decided to make him/us a cup of tea (that’s how I knew I liked him).

And it’s been the best decision I could have ever made.

Let’s back track a bit.

I was out of control last year. I had more “situationships” in 2020 than I ever had in my entire (almost) 32 years of life. And it was a BLAST. I loved every second of it. Truly.

I learned so much about myself. I got to know incredible people. I had great sex (sorry, mom). And maybe I’m crazy for saying this, but I actually think dating is … I don’t know … Fun? My best friend always questions my judgement because to this…

How are you feeling about your life? Like realllly feeling? Think about it for a minute. Seriously. Stop reading … Stop whatever else you’re doing … And just check-in with yourself. And be honest. Like brutally honest.

Are you happy with your career? Your relationships? Your living situation? Your hobbies and passions? Your body? Your energy? Are you hyped up about your life? Do you wake up most days looking forward to something?

If you answered no to any of these questions, then it’s time to refocus your priorities. Immediately.

The best piece of life advice I ever received was…

Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays (even though I’ve been single AF for most of them). I don’t know … I just love, love. And Hallmark movies. And candy. And connecting with people. And relationships of all sorts.

I can’t help it. I got this soft, sappy heart that’s full of feelings. Probably the Taurus in me.

I spent majority of my 20s being sad. I was heartbroken all the time mainly because I always thought love was supposed to just find you. That this other person would somehow crash into your life and do and…

A couple weekends ago, I was having dinner with a friend when he asked me “Do you ever not have an awesome day?” … “Like is it ever not a 12/10 for you?”

I couldn’t help but smile.

For some context, those that know me would consider me an overly optimistic person. I tend to see the good in things/people/situations. I laugh a lot. I’m pretty lighthearted. Usually hyped up about everything and nothing at all.

But his question stuck with me. And since that dinner, I’ve been thinking about how much my outlook on life has changed and what…

I stopped setting New Year’s resolutions a long time ago for a few reasons. For one, resolutions tend to be too lofty. I want to get a better job this year. I want to lose weight. I want to find my partner. I want to eat healthier. Blah blah blah. Enough of that. Second, the definition of resolution essentially means to resolve a problem … And as a yoga instructor and lover of all things self-help/self-improvement, the last thing you want to do when trying to inspire change is refer to yourself as “a problem”.

Instead, I’m much more of…

Arthi Meena

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