Lessons from the Silver Linings Playbook Movie

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If you just lean in a bit, lemme put these headphones on you. Comfy?

I can watch the Silver Linings Playbook a hundred times. I have already watched a couple hundred already. That’s what playing in the background as I type this.

What is the movie about?

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It’s about loyalty. Figuring out that your best people are not of your own choosing — you will be surprised at who shows up when it matters. Surprised and grateful. Don’t forget to show up for them, too.

It’s about accepting yourself as you are. With the internal crazies and the obsessions. With the impractical dreams and the practical rituals.

It’s about focusing on the interior life. Taking those same internal crazies and obsessions, being unafraid to change if it means stability. Being open-minded to alternative views about the world and how to deal.

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It’s about accomplishment. Keeping your head above water and reaching the shore of your own picking. Never giving up half-way. No excuses. Especially not to yourself.

It’s about keeping promises and delivering. Even over-delivering. The reason being that your word matters. As Tiffany screams to Pat to be a ‘Stand-Up Guy’, think if you are being ‘stand-up’ to the commitments you’ve made.

It’s about living your life with a sense of Love and Gratitude. silverNot like you are gonna get out it alive, anyway.

Go on, go find your Silver Lining. I’ll be right here if you need me.

Seminar on Empowering Women Coming Up!

Catalyst Woman is going to Faisalabad!  My team is super-excited to be invited to speak at National Textile University-Faisalabad by the Rector, Dr. Arshad Ali.

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Digital Security Training: Privacy + Social Media Workshop @ ShirkatGah, Lahore

20150606_113836-COLLAGEThis past weekend I had the privilege of being invited by my good friend Nabiha to present on Privacy & Social Media at the Digital Security Training session. The workshop took place at Shirkat Gah’s library, another one of my favourite places to hang out in Lahore.  (Libraries in general are at top of my list. But I digress.)

Yes! Back to the workshop!

It was a cozy, chatty atmosphere with lots of questions and hands-on training, both for my topic as well as the one on encryption. I really enjoyed talking about the fast evolution of social media accounts and how ethics strongly figures into our behaviours, on-line and off-line. I purposefully include a section on cyber-bullying and other negative online social interactions- as always there was an engaging discussion about the cause and effects of trolling on the digital native.  I have put the slides up on Slideshare, check’m out.

Ghausia from BoloBhi walked us through the amusing, awe-inspiring and definitely paranoia-inducing world of online privacy. I will get into the excellent points she raised and share why I know believe we should ALL be using encryption in the upcoming podcast.

Chocolate-flavored Lipsticks + Speaking from Your Gut: The Teacher Debt

To this day flavored  lip-balms make me smile; its as-if it’s the 90’s all over again and I’m sitting in the front row of Communications class.  All we could see of Ms. Stewart was her fiery-red hair as she dug deep into her purse, rummaging around for… a lipstick?!   Continue reading “Chocolate-flavored Lipsticks + Speaking from Your Gut: The Teacher Debt”

CSP15: Talking about Cyber Safety in Islamabad

Alternative Title: How to Keep the Cyber Creeps Away

Good to be back on here! So let’s do a recap, shall we?I was invited to run a workshop on Cybersafety for Women and Children at the Cybersecure Pakistan Conference 2015 in Islamabad last month.  Continue reading “CSP15: Talking about Cyber Safety in Islamabad”