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anuja shukla  musings of a creative | design @IDEO |📍SF

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And you learn to build all roads on today, because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans.

In the beginning of this year, I made two lists: goals I want to accomplish by the end of the year, and life long goals. Let's just say one goal from each list got crossed off this week as I moved up north to San Francisco to work with my dream company @IDEO ✨😭 Never ever settle for anything less than what you want out of life. Always hustle to be your best, and magic will follow 🌃 on the lookout for recommendations (comment below)!

When you are comparing yourself to others, you're not working on yourself, you're working on others. Sit back, enjoy the show, and most of all, always be working on the best version of yourself ✨

Up above the hills today to rewind and restart the week. What did you do today to de-stress?

I'm connected to you, yet so disconnected. No thoughts in my head, because I'm comfortable? Or maybe I've just given up on trying. Comparing my thoughts, and judging them as if they don't matter. What am I even saying anymore is the usually innuendo. And I see your eyes glaze over as if you're better than me, as if because I don't know enough about politics or history or science that I'm irrelevant. And that's how it starts, that's how I start to feel irrelevant. All of my matters don't matter anymore. That's when I go to the corner of my brain and think about sad thoughts and reflections. Dear brain, I'm sorry if I've done this to you, if I've made you shut down. I hope to fix it, because you matter the most to me.

When I was a kid, I always dreamed of becoming an actress. Probably got it from watching multitudes of Bollywood movies and dreaming of costarring with Johnny Depp. I would do all of these things that I thought would be the path towards that dream: dance classes, community theatre troupes, and even sang in choir throughout high school. It's so crazy to think about how much our dreams really do shape us to be where we are today and how sometimes your dreams blossom into something else. Are you what you thought you'd be when you were younger?

How long will it take to get to where you want to go? Here's a reminder to validate your dreams. No matter where you want to go, you will get there. Keep striving, and never stop. Ever.

Don't let the walls constrict you ✨PC: @krishyonce

Been thinking about someone recently, who meant a lot to me a couple of months ago. Some people come into your path for a reason, to show you and teach you a little bit about yourselves. And then they go. You don't talk to them, you don't seem them, and you're left alone with just a few memories of times you shared together. I have a special place in my heart for these people. They have taught me to be vulnerable. They have taught me to be adventurous. They have taught me to be aware. But most of all? They have taught me enough to walk away from a path that is not my own. We are all here. We are all on this path together, and the best thing you can do is to walk at your own pace.

Desert vibes today 🌵Reminiscing on Arizona a few months back, such a lovely place. Crazy how a terrain so desolate can grow something so beautiful.

Life's path. I don't have a steady job, my mother's health isn't doing too well, I'm still hurting from a broken relationship, I said no to an incredible job in Boston, I lost my grandmother this year, as well as my dearest uncle, I wish I grew up more cultured so that I could have had the chance to talk to them more. How their loss made me wonder where I will be at the end of my life, and if I will have loved ones surrounding me as I pass away. Morbid. I know. If anything these thoughts are real and they are constant and sometimes I spend days dreaming of other places like this one so that I can escape all of this mess. But I am here. This is my life, and I'm going to live out my days to the best of my ability until I no longer can. It's so easy to share the negative aspects of life, but if I went back and looked at this period I can say I feel free. I am exploring my creativity more than ever, I have the time to travel to beautiful places, and I am spending time with the ones I love. Thankful for the support of my close ones and for people who inspire me to use this platform to create change. Not everything is as nice as it is in pictures, and I want to be authentic and real with you all. Hang in there. We are better together.

A smooth granite slope over which the Merced River flows into the Emerald Pool 🌊

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