A year in epiphanies

This year has seen me in an exponential growth and learning curve. Below are some of the things that have helped me, kept me company, distracted me from moments of intense pain ( growth is always painful initially). In no particular order:

Books

Heart of the soul: emotional awareness – Gary Zukav
The Mind of the soul: Responsible Choice – Gary Zukav, Linda Francis
The Law of Divine compensation – Marianne Williamson
We- understanding the psychology of romantic love – Robert A. Johnson
Too big to know – David Weinberger
The Intuitive Way: the definitive guide to increasing your awareness –  Penney Peirce
Thawing:  adult/child syndrome and other codependent patterns – Don Carter
Frequency: The power of personal vibration – Penney Peirce
The Art of Loving – Erich Fromm
Creativity – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Enchanted love – Marianne Williamson
A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson
Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
Man’s Search for Himself – Rollo May

People

Erich Fromm
Marianne Williamson
Brene Brown
Anais Nin
C.G. Jung
Beyonce
Wendy Williams
Gary Zukav
Rainer Maria Rilke
Rollo May
Carl Rogers
Jon Stewart

websites

Calm down mind
Brain Pickings
Hot 97 YT channel
TED
Scribd
Quora
Reddit
Spotify
Good reads
Pinterest
Psychology Today
FB

 

Concepts

Law of attraction [ Abraham Hicks]
Jungian psychology [ C.G. Jung]
Growth v. fixed mindset [ Carol Dweck]
Chakra
Ego death
Dark night of the soul
Technical writing
Copywriting
Engineering
Asperger’s
Information research
Healing inner child
Quantum physics
Simplicity
Spirituality
Creativity
Anthropology
Cultural psychology
Prejudice/bigotry/hatred
World structure/order
Codependency
Assertiveness
Critical thinking
Third kid culture
MBTI (in-depth)
Independent research
Philanthropy
Emotional sensitivity
Hero’s Journey (monomyth)
Design thinking
Social innovation
Social entrepreneurship
Theory of positive disintegration
Enlightenment
Resilience
Unconditional love

Songs

Novacane – Frank Ocean
Queen’s speech (prt. 4) – Lady Leshurr
Paint it black – Ciara
Roots- Imagine Dragons
Rose gold – Pentatonix
Here- Alessia Cara
Back to back – Alphacat (parody)
I took a pill in Ibiza ( SeeB remix) –  Mike Posner
I hate u I love U – Gnash, ft. Olivia O’Brien
Runaway – Kanye West
BBHMM- Rihanna
7/11- Beyonce
Partition- Beyonce
Grown woman- Beyonce
UP- B.O.B
Dance like We’re Making Love – Ciara
Eyes Shut – Years & Years
Mays Aroosna – Fuaad Cumar
Degmo – King Khalid
Adkeyso – Axzaab Osmaan
Boqol Sano – Axmed Rasta

Ideas and dreams conjured ( but not realized)

Creating a think tank
Going to somalia to travel cross-country
Start an online mag
Youtube channel
Travel to: Dubai
the US
Canada
Kenya
Denmark
Leicester
Au Pairing in the US
Journalism
Start an NGO
Become a freelance project coordinator
love
Online business

Major breakthroughs/milestones:

Went outside for the first time in 8 months [in May]
Overcame agoraphobia
Overcame social anxiety
Travelled to another country [ Norway, UK]
Fell in love
fell in pain
faced pain
Let go of love
Lost 50 pounds
Went off antidepressants
Freelancing (writing, translating)
Internship
Tutoring, assisting postgrads (!)
Significant improvement in distress tolerance
Becoming more public with my writings
Practicing understanding and compassion in most situations
Practicing mindfulness and vulnerability
Record number of apologies issued
Record number of uncomfortable conversations initiated that lead to phenomenal growth
Walked away from whatever didn’t serve me love

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