And I have not even started yet. What a way to start a new blog.
A first post should be something that introduces me to the world. Something that gets the readers acquainted with myself. While I agree, I want to make an exception here. Let the posts in the blog shape my personality in my mind.
I have not yet decided how frequently I will post here. Regardless, I’m going to make things interesting when I do.
The Case Of Creativity
The other day, I was reading going through my saved article and I found an interesting one. It basically says to be more creative, you can go for a walk. The researchers from Stanford compared two group of people and found that taking a walk, be it indoor or outdoor, boosts creativity. The researchers do not know the reason, yet.
This momentarily boost of creativity lasts for how long, nobody knows. But, I think I can relate. Walking has always been one of my favorite past time. Walking helps me think clearly, only when my headphones are in my pocket. That bragging for “thinking-walking” did not last though. Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the most wonderful persons in the universe, says that you should not just walk when walking.
Mindfulness is the current buzzword, along with minimalism. I like the idea of both. I won’t claim I am a minimalist on all front just yet. But I practice minimalism more often than not. Mindfulness though, is a different story. It’s definitely not as easy as the western subscription sites claim to be. Modern world makes it very difficult to practice both. And I think that’s not a big deal.
Walking helps me think clearly. Often times, I was walking and thinking about this issue in head and I didn’t even realized that I reached my destination. I was not present in the walking part.
I read a book about walking by Thich Nhat Hanh. The summary of the book is simple. Forget everything and just “feel” the walking. Feel your breathing, feel the earth beneath your feet(or shoes, whatever works). Go slow and steady, He thinks walking is not just walking, it’s walking meditation. Really interesting stuff. You can just go to YouTube and search walking meditation videos if you’re curious.
I wonder what Thich Nhat Hanh has to say about creativity and writer’s block though.
The Finance Pep Talk
Moving on, I just completed CFA Institute Investment Foundations® Program last weekend. For those of you unaware, CFA Institute is the global organization of finance, more specifically investment, professionals. Their flagship program is CFA charter program. CFA charter program has 3 levels, first of which I am planning to crack this summer. Disclaimer – I probably need their scholarship as I can’t afford the cost just yet.
The investment foundation program is their free offering. I signed up for the program just to get a feel of CFA institute. I forgot about this until last week. I got an email which says they are reviewing my application of scholarship for CFA level 1. The scholarship has nothing to do with this program. Still, I logged back in. Quickly went through the contents and took the exam. I passed the exam at the first attempt.
As a soon-to-be finance graduate, I found it too easy. I don’t believe it has anything to do with CFA charter program. It’s basic investment theory, with essential economics and stuff. They should’ve labelled it as the finance program for non-finance professionals and get proper attention. Anyways, if you’re interested in finance or investing and don’t know where to start, I would highly recommend it. I got a shiny badge to show off after I completed the program so can’t really complain much.
The End Is Near
I am graduating in a few weeks. By graduating, I meant my coursework will be over. I will be left with a mandatory 12 week internship as part of the MBA degree requirement, which I probably will replace with a real job. Last two years has been really good to me. I don’t know what life has in store for me next. I am skeptic and ready for what’s to come.
Until next time. Peace out.