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Nisha K. Kulkarni  content strategist + writing coach | @talkandengage | details, musings, moments | all images are taken on my iPhone 7 Plus {unless otherwise noted}

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It's a gorgeous morning in NYC 🌞 Loving all these layers of shadow + light!β €
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Other things I'm loving: working smart πŸ“πŸ˜Ž almost done with my website rebuild! πŸ“πŸ˜Ž a big bowl of sweet, juicy strawberries πŸ“πŸ˜Ž convos about fun + geeking out over good reads with my dear @sayr615 πŸ“πŸ˜Ž a new sleeping mask + afternoon power naps πŸ“πŸ˜Ž getting inspired by @Metallica's recent live performances in YouTube πŸ“πŸ˜Ž @mariobadescu affordable + effective skincare πŸ“πŸ˜Ž my still-beautiful 10-days-old V-Day bouquets πŸ“πŸ˜Ž online window-shopping for warmer days πŸ“πŸ˜Ž the crazy creative kids of @masterchefjunior πŸ“πŸ˜Ž picking a new read from the stack πŸ“πŸ˜Ž delightfully aching muscles after a hardcore workout πŸ“πŸ˜Ž the "treat yo'self" mantra πŸ“πŸ˜Ž my ❀️'s laugh! β €
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Have a wonder-filled weekend πŸŒŸβ €
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#gratitude #gratefulgeek #goodvibesonly #feelgood #smilebig #happythoughts #positivity #pepinyourstep #favorites #thingsilovetoday #loving #spreadlove #love #sweetmoments #littlethings #thegroundbeneathherfeet #fromwhereistand #springtime #sunshine #light #layersoflight #Friday #friyay #weekend #2017

It feels like spring is coming early this year, so a little throwback to a sunset just a few short weeks ago, when snow frosted every surface + the clouds were a pink mountain πŸ™ŒπŸ½ πŸ’–β €
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#TBT #sunset #NYC #winter #snow #pink #ihavethisthingforpink #nofilter

I have so much unabashed love for @chimamanda.adichie. Her fiction is superb + this super-slim book -- based on a TED talk she gave in 2012 -- packs real punch. β €
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She clearly + succinctly addresses the stereotypes + misunderstandings around feminism, as well as why speaking about gender experience is still so relevant today.β €
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"We Should All Be Feminists" is a quick, easy read at barely 50 pages. Read it on your commute, while you're waiting at the doctor's office, when you're having a coffee break, while you're doing a face mask {like I did}. β €
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Read this to expand your perspective + to remind yourself why feminism is important for all of us, irrespective of your gender. β €
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#weshouldallbefeminists #chimamandangoziadichie #nonfiction #essay #feminism #TEDtalks #booklover #bookworm #bookmonster #bookguru #bibliophile #reader #readingnow #onmynightstand #februaryreads #bookreview #minibookreview #impressions #writing #storytelling #instabooks #flatlay #musingsβ €

"Brave" + "courage" are two of my favorite words in the English language. So much depth to unlock in just a few letters. β €
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And this reminder by @cherylstrayed? It's like those two little words: so simple, but so big in its ability to empower you. β €
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Remember: it's okay to feel scared when you're doing something that feels overwhelming + maybe even near-impossible. Fear is natural, but just take one small step at a time + don't let fear stop you going after what you really want.β €
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You got this! βœŒπŸ½β €
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#qotd #wisewords #wisewednesday #wednesdaywisdom #cherylstrayed #bravery #brave #courage #fear #onestepatatime #dreambig #makeithappen #youcandoit #believeinyourself #gottahavefaith #positivity #spreadpositivity #goodattitude #motivation #inspiration #humpday #wednesday

After reading a slew of memoirs, historical fiction + psychological thrillers, Kevin Wilson's "Perfect Little World" is a big change of reading pace. It's about a 10-year experiment to redefine what a family is, preparing parents for success + children for the nurturing they really need to be marvelous human beings.β €
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Wilson is a lovely writer. He's tackling big themes here, but he does so in a down-to-earth, personal way. The story is told from two perspectives: the scientist running this grand experiment + a young, single mother participating in it. The dichotomy of their experiences is what really kept me reading: how the same experiences are perceived + reacted to so differently. β €
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This story is a fantasy set in the world we live in today + it examines a lot of the questions we confront as we mature. It wasn't my favorite read, but it's a worthwhile, authentic, thought-provoking one. β €
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#perfectlittleworld #kevinwilson #fiction #contemporaryfiction #bookofthemonthclub #booklover #bookworm #bookmonster #bookguru #bibliophile #reader #readingnow #onmynightstand #februaryreads #bookreview #minibookreview #impressions #writing #storytelling #instabooks #portermagazine #flatlay #musingsβ €

It's an incredible spring-like day in NYC 🌿🌞 Doesn't this view look like a series of Lego buildings under the big blue sky? β €
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Things making me feel good for the week ahead: my serious eye-candy V-Day roses + seeing fresh flowers first thing in the morning πŸ’ BFF pep-chats πŸ’ getting off the perfectionist train + prioritizing to-dos πŸ’ staying under budget! πŸ’ juicy clementines πŸ’ ordering new goodies from @sephora + online window-shopping at @zara πŸ’ playing music LOUD while showering πŸ’ shades of blue πŸ’ candle-lit evenings πŸ’ finally seeing "Arrival" πŸ’ books, books, books! πŸ’ a super clean home πŸ’ finding laughter in all things πŸ’ appreciating my capabilities πŸ’ inspiring Insta-accounts πŸ’ writing prompts πŸ’ waking up next to my ❀️!β €
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Take a moment to think of a few things that are making you feel good: it's a great way to feel energized + positive πŸ‘ŒπŸ½β˜ΊοΈπŸŒŸβ €
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#gratitude #gratefulgeek #goodvibesonly #feelgood #happythoughts #loving #favorites #littlethings #positivity #joy #love #spreadlove #mondaymotivation #starttheweekonahighnote #2017 #NYC #mondaymorning #ilovenyc #ilovenewyork #lookatthatview #nofilter

Just can't get enough of my Valentine roses! Pure perfection 😍 They smell just as divine as they look! The hubby did so good πŸ’–β €
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Other things I'm loving: assuming a positive, pro-active attitude πŸ¦„ working smarter πŸ¦„ turning disappointment into perspective + motivation πŸ¦„ @beingbossclub wisdom πŸ¦„ kickass female role models πŸ¦„ down-to-earth storytelling in "Perfect Little World" πŸ¦„ dark chocolate Milano cookies πŸ¦„ morning's soft yellow light πŸ¦„ the deep relief of sinking into a fluffy bed πŸ¦„ shades of pink πŸ¦„ break-time with @portermagazine πŸ¦„ BFFs πŸ¦„ late 90s hip-hop, on repeat πŸ¦„ getting organized for the weekend πŸ¦„ generous encouragement πŸ¦„ writing more more more πŸ¦„ talking psychology πŸ¦„ dad check-ins πŸ¦„ the puppies of Instagram πŸ¦„ MY ROSES {just can't get enough!} πŸ¦„ post-dinner cuddles with my ❀️!β €
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I hope you have a beautiful weekend πŸ’›β €
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#gratitude #gratefulgeek #goodvibesonly #feelgood #smilebig #happythoughts #positivity #pepinyourstep #favorites #thingsilovetoday #loving #spreadlove #love #sweetmoments #littlethings #morning #morningtime #roses #freshblooms #valentineroses #mellowyellow #Friday #friyay #weekend #2017

Off to dream about this early winter peaceful, mysterious, expansive sky now πŸ˜΄πŸ’™β €
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#TBT #sky #skyview #wintersky #nofilter #goodnight #sweetdreams

The itsy-bitsy spider on the Eight of Pentacles may seem sinister, but actually, this card is all about acting on your creativity + the details within.β €
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Hone your skills. Find a new hobby. Start a project. Master your craft.β €
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There's no time like the present to get started πŸ’₯β €
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#tarotThursday #tarot #EightofPentacles #creativity #skill #craft #getstarted #dreambig #makeithappen #notimelikethepresent #motivation #beapro #beamaster #thewildunknown

I didn't know what to expect when I cracked the spine of "Pachinko," but it didn't disappoint. This book is fantastic!β €
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This is a big, epic, historical novel about a Korean family who moves to Japan during its occupation of Korea to build a better life. In following three generations of this family, this novel is about history, prejudice, identity, consequences of decisions + family. It's a big story told from multiple perspectives + it's told in an incredibly personal + emotional way. β €
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I loved how easy it was to slip into this book. I loved how much the characters ended up meaning to me. The flaws, trials, vulnerability + resilience of the characters felt very real. Like many of my reads this year so far, I loved learning more about a history I knew too little about. β €
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At times heartbreaking but still hopeful, this is a wonderful page-turner πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½β €
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#pachinko #minjinlee #fiction #historicalfiction #familyepic #contemporaryliterature #bookofthemonthclub #booklover #bookworm #bookmonster #bookguru #bibliophile #reader #readingnow #onmynightstand #februaryreads #bookreview #minibookreview #impressions #writing #storytelling #instabooks #dioramabag #booksandbags #flatlay #musingsβ €

Things I'm loving this Valentine's Day: a romantic, happy, extra-large bouquet of yellow + peachy-beige roses πŸ’˜ thinking big, bold, scary ideas to put into action ASAP πŸ’˜ the slow-down + today's lazy daze πŸ’˜ pink clouds πŸ’˜ surprise pizza πŸ’˜ energizing, mood-altering workouts πŸ’˜ reading "Pachinko" in bed πŸ’˜ deep convo starters πŸ’˜ woodcuts πŸ’˜ dancing to The Spooks πŸ’˜ sampling Miss @Dior Blooming Bouquet perfume πŸ’˜ beckoning the muse to play πŸ’˜ soft grey πŸ’˜ my beloved galentines, @lsb235 + @sayr615 πŸ’˜ Edward Hermann on "Gilmore Girls" πŸ’˜ commitment to more fun! πŸ’˜ the return of @lastweektonight πŸ’˜ dozing in the sun πŸ’˜ my cute parents + my funny bro πŸ’˜ small Hello Kitty details πŸ’˜ heart emojis! πŸ’˜ glass bottles of sparkling water πŸ’˜ romantic poetry + gothic romances πŸ’˜ creating new recipes πŸ’˜ LOVE πŸ’˜ my ❀️, my forever Valentine! β €
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#gratitude #gratefulgeek #goodvibesonly #feelgood #happythoughts #loving #favorites #littlethings #positivity #joy #love #spreadlove #tuesday #valentinesday #happyvalentinesday #2017

Happy Valentine's Day β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ–€β €
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Emily Dickinson knew what she was talking about:β €
Love is the beginning, middle, end + beyond of everything πŸ’˜β €
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Today, I hope you spend a little extra time cocooning yourself in love by celebrating all the beautiful people, places, things + experiences that make you feel warm, hopeful + ALIVE πŸ’–β €
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#emilydickinson #poetry #love #wisewords #valentinesday #dayoflove #loveactually #loveisallaroundus #loveisallyouneed #cocoonoflove #romance #friendship #family #selflove #radicalselflove #lovefully #abeautifullife #makethemostofit #feelgood #gratitude #joy #littlethings #preciousmoments