A Great Birthday Week & New Blogging Outlets

Despite my dread at no longer being able to classify myself as being “in my early 20s,” my 24th birthday was great! The week started out on a bit of a sour note when I received a generic letter from the Fulbright Committee on my proposed research project to India. Though my ego was a bit bruised, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I have too much going for me in America (a great job, an exciting start-up & my entire social network) to go gallivanting off to India anyway.

The rejection did make me think about success and how we define success–should we define it by traditional measures (like prestigious Fulbright grants) or by something else? The internal debate spawned a blog post which was posted on Forbes and the Huffington Post. The post was read by over 16,000 people, flooding my Facebook wall and Twitter feed with comments and congratulations. Not such a bad way to start off life as a 24 year old!

Best of all, both Forbes and the Huffington Post said that they would like me to write for them more. I wrote a follow-up piece to my previous Forbes article, it hasn’t taken off in the same way my first piece did but it still was a lot of fun to write. So if you have ideas of posts you’d like to see, let me know!