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It’s never personal. I try to really be positive about my interactions with others and understand why I crossed paths with someone; what was I supposed to take away from our intersection? Sometimes we meet people and bring our expectations with us— how they ought to care for us, provide us with opportunity, show the way maybe. There’s no point in getting salty over people not helping you out, showing love, or acting on their word. In the end, I’m thankful for the lessons people teach me along the way!


Tell people what you're up to. Tell them about your dreams, your hopes, your fears and your doubts. Allow them to congratulate you on your wins by first sharing your wins. Allow them to push you along the way. They wanna know. Tell them where you went last night and who you met, about the girl that lit your eyes up and how you can't stop thinking about her. Let them know why you're waking up day in and day out excited about being a star. Why you're so driven. Don't be afraid of putting it out in the universe that you're reaching for greatness-- they want to help. Let them!


Seatbelt beside me baby, LA just drive me crazy! 


Anyone that really knows me, knows I've had a complicated relationship with keeping my hair and wearing a turban. Growing up in the states as a first generation Punjabi Sikh wasn't easy-- I really had to create my own way and navigate the waters from my instinct. I could tell you about the alienation I felt as a kid for being so different, or the constant explaining of why I wore this and didn't eat that, or the constant nervous anxiety of extra attention I didn't really want. But what you resist, persists and until I was going to get off the fence about who I was, things were only going to get worse-- whether it was the way "society" ostracized me or the inner turmoil I had over whether I should abandon my faith and cut my hair. I'd be lying to you if I said I hadn't thought about being someone else. But I told myself as a kid that this was just a test, and that I had to work on being stronger. It took me all the way until I became a teacher over ten years later to fully accept who I was but I got there. And I know my purpose isn't just to be a turbaned Sikh, but one who would ultimately step into the light and represent something far bigger than himself. 

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Sometimes you just have to go BEAST MODE! 💪🏽🙌🏽