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San Diego - Travel Diaries

Sunday evening (10/30), this Hispanic waiter brings me my delicious Indian food I have been waiting for, and as he is putting the food on the table, he says, "Who is making your wait?". I smile, and I say "no one".  You see, I was sitting alone at Royal India in Gaslamp Quarter (Downtown) San Diego. In fact, I didn't wait for anyone that entire weekend because I was traveling solo to San Diego to relax, to rejuvenate, to enjoy, to be in solitude!
For almost a year, I have had the itch to go to San Diego. I have been there before, but I really wanted to go back. For a while, I tried to coordinate with my friends for a weekend or holiday visit, but it never worked out. One day, I decided that I would just do a solo trip and it worked out with work as well. I have been spending so much time doing a lot of things (Dance, LeanIn, Work, friend's birthday, friend's baby shower, this that, etc.) and I just wanted to take  break. I was thrilled to have this week…

Past, Present, Future

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I do a lot, and I love it!  I believe in planning, and therefore I am not waiting till end of December / beginning of January to reflect on my year and build a new year's resolution. And today is the perfect time, cause I am doing one of the first things on my ‘Things I am going to do list...”, which is doing a solo trip to San Diego this weekend.
In the last two days, I have had this feeling that 2017 is going to be a spectacular year! I said it to my mom, and to my girlfriends over dinner last night. I have strong intuition, and I have a really good feeling about this coming year.
Just looking back, in 2015 I had a few major highlights: Started my Covisint role Zumba and UJam Instructor WorkshopProfessional Piano LessonsBought a motel for my mother in Boise 
The things in 2015 were a launch pad for amazing 2016: Year started in Europe Joined LeanIn in JanuaryJoined moreUpbeat Dance Troupe as a dancer and choreographer in FebruaryDid the Saroj Khan workshop, which was amazing  Start…

15 Things in 3 Days

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Last time, I just wrote down a list of good things that happened or I did was so enlightening, so I thought I would do it again. For me, this is a form of gratitude and appreciation, which results in feeling happy! This encompasses three greats days: Friday - Sunday! On Friday, had my boss' staff meeting at 8 am, which meant waking up at 5:30, leaving by 6:30, to be at work by 7:30. I love the feeling of being ready to tackle the day super early in morning!After that, my staff meeting was in the afternoon, and it was one of the best ones because I create a specific agenda for each one of my direct reports to present something to the group which resulted in an engaging discussion (Training: new course PMO/BO: GTM process TP: Developer Tools UX: High-end Mockups for Unified Platform) and followed by a funny YouTube contest - 90 mins well spent!Got this great concept and then decided to go have drinks with coworkers.Watched Accountant to kill time between clubbing at the amazing Bloom…

Rise and Slay... A Success Story

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Writing is therapeutic for me, hence the blog, but today I am going to a little bit deeper. I had a good weekend. I usually know good because in my head I say to myself multiple times that ‘oh, that was a good weekend’. 
Friday night, we celebrated a friend’s birthday and a wine bar in Livermore, it was really nice! Saturday morning I cleaned the whole house. My house is never messy per say, but I can get OCD, so I have to make sure dishes are done, counters are clear, clothes are organized, etc. And then a friend came to visit and we watched dog videos on YouTube and took Pepper for a walk. After that I got ready for the FOG Diwali Dance competition, and we performed Baby Ko Base Pasand Hai with dance troupe and we won second place! Saturday night, I made myself a nice meal and watched a Bollywood movie at home and slept. 
Sunday morning, we had a dress rehearsal for the DreamGetters (I’ll tell you about this later), which took over three hours, but it was very productive and I got to …

Dance Performance: FOG Diwali Festival

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On Saturday, we did another dance performance with FOG, where we competed in the adult category. Again, we got second prize for our upbeat and masala dance: Baby Ko Base Pasand Hai! 

I saw this move in Miami and didn't really much think of the dance before, but then my co-worker that week was like omg, that totally is a song you can dance on, you should do it, and it finally got stuck in my head, so I decided that we would dance to that song, and then we just concluded to just use it for this competition. 

It took some time to choreograph it for me, but it turned out pretty well with a good combination of hip hop and bollywood style. We didn't get a LOT of time to practice it, and unlike Galla Gudiya (2nd place in FOG Independence Day), we performed this dance for the first time on stage. Galla Gudiya was performed three times prior to using it for competition, so I am pretty excited by this award. The dancers worked hard, and we had a lot of fun with it! 

Dance Performance: Durga Pooja

This Sunday, we performed the ultimate Bollywood song that all Bollywood dancers aspire to, which was originally danced by the two dancing queens of Bollywood: Aishwariya and Madhuri. Dola Re Dola from Devdas (one of my favorite movies). 

We were invited to perform at WomensNow Durga Pooja Event, and first we said no, and then they came back and asked us to perform, so we decided to do it and we had very little time. 
Since it was Durga Pooja, we thought the best song to dance to would be  Dola Re Dola, so in midst of practicing Baby Ko Base Pasand Hai for FOG Diwali Competition, we decided to take on this song.  First, we thought we would just use Ritu's previous choreography from another Dance Company, but then I really wanted to change parts of the song edits and the songs a bit, so we infused some of Dance Company choreography and added in a lot of moves I picked up from the actual music video of Dola Re Dola. 
We fully put the song together on Wednesday and practiced for 2.5 hou…