2022 Reflection

The Gypsy and the Traveling Suitcase

Reflections on a year of navigating uncertainty and constant change

Favorite place I travelled this year — Lake Como, Italy
  1. “a person originating from South Asia and traditionally having an itinerant way of life, living widely dispersed across Europe and the Americas”
  2. “a nomadic or a free-spirited person”



📚 Reading list

  1. Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 1 — The Birth of Humankind — David Vandermeulen
  2. My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future Indra Nooyi
  3. SprintJake Knapp
  4. Product-Led OnboardingRamli John
  5. AttachedAmir Levine
  6. Come as You Are Emily Nagoski
  7. Invisible WomenCaroline Criado Pérez
  8. Girls That InvestSimran Kaur
  9. The Design of Everyday Things Don Norman
  10. Lighter Yung Pueblo
  11. Erotic Stories for Punjabi WidowsBalli Kaur Jaswal
  12. Wrong Place Wrong TimeGillian McAllister
  13. The Silent Patient Alex Michaelides
  14. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches Sangu Mandanna
  15. A Good Girls Guide to MurderHolly Jackson

Lessons learned

  1. Change is the only certainty there is.
  2. Resilience will get you through anything. I followed this four step framework to build resilience: https://every.to/rethinking-resilience/how-to-cultivate-resilience-a-four-part-framework
  3. When things don’t work out, trust that there is always a silver lining.
  4. Surround yourself with people that comfort your soul — we are an interdependent species and there’s no better feeling than the warmth of true friendship.
  5. Be true to yourself. Follow your intuition, listen to the unspoken voice of your body telling you what you need.
  6. Know your worth. Leave situations when they no longer serve you. Focus on the people, places, and aspects of your life that provide value and fulfillment.
  7. Give your 100% to the things you want and meaning will follow. Doing things because of society’s expectations will only weigh you down.
  8. Throw the plan away — not everything goes according to plan. Adapt. Be flexible. Ride the waves. Ride the rollercoaster of the ups and downs. This is part of life. This is how it’s supposed to be. The only constants are the ups and downs. There’s no such thing as a straight line in life.
  9. Set inspiring goals and aspire to achieve them.
  10. If you don’t achieve your goals, reflect. What could you have done better for next time?
  11. Be present. This very exact moment will never happen again.
  12. Live. Dance more, travel more, invest in community.
  13. The time is now. Use your time wisely. Communicate effectively, set boundaries, and prioritize.
  14. Never stop investing in yourself.



Creative artist turned product designer, fascinated by technology, human connection, and social good

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Aarti Amalean

Creative artist turned product designer, fascinated by technology, human connection, and social good