Spotlight on our new intern #1: Sumedh Vaidya

Q. What is your full name?

Mr. Sumedh Subhash Vaidya

Q. Describe your hometown.

I’m from Mumbai, India, one of the most active, most vibrant, most crowded city; yet filled with the coolest and most helpful ‘Mumbaikars’. Mumbai is the financial capital of India, second largest film industry in the world – “Bollywood”, surrounded by lavishing coast line, runs the busiest railway system (‘super dense crush load’), serves the citizens with the 2nd best police force, an IT hub with jobs from multi-national companies, most scenic during the rainy season, called Monsoon and the list will go on forever.

Q.Where are you attending school?

I’m a graduate student of Information Management, from the iSchool at Syracuse University.I have been able to not only acquire international standard education, but exchange knowledge from people all across the world. Apart from excellent schooling, there are exquisite initiatives and groups like the ICE Box, Mix it up!, Women in Technology, iConsult, Grad Student Organization GSO, Nanhi Kali, and innumerable dance troupes, which I have been actively part of.

Q. Why did you apply to work at ChronicleMe?

I was first introduced to ChronicleMe in the Fall 2014, when I worked as the Project Manager. I met with the team and I enjoyed learning from them. Their thrilling life stories keep inspiring me every single day. Over Summer 2015, I again chose to work with them, as I always wanted to gain exposure in all aspects of business development and project management.

Q. What is a fun fact about yourself?

Dance and cooking are my biggest passions, and I make sure I take out my time for both of them every single day. I have always made a point to worship the art of dance, and today I am the captain of a dance team in Syracuse, named AMAZ. Mainly we perform in various dance forms inclusive of Bollywood, Lyrical hip hop, contemporary, Salsa, Bhangda. I have never learned any style of dance professionally, but I have had tremendous friends who have acted as my Guru.

Q. What do you like most about living in Upstate NY?

The best part about this part of the world is that the people are extremely amiable and warm hearted. Since I love exploring diverse spots of nature, Syracuse has been the center of several picturesque places. Nearby places which I have visited so far, include, world famous Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen Park, Tinker Falls, Green Lake Park, Buttermilk Falls, Skaneateles, and these are the only few I remember :P. There are multiple nightlife bars including Benjamin’s, Al’s, Faegan’s, Empire Brewing Company, and Daisy Dukes.

Q. What is your least favorite thing about living in Upstate NY?

When I was in India, I believed that I can’t stand snow, and my experience actually proved it right. 😀 The way climate keeps varying all the time in Syracuse, it’s a real nuisance. But the more I stay here, it’s going to make me more accustomed to the natural diversity.

Q. What interests you about the Tech Garden?

It’s the place which forms a tremendous bundle of energy from the whole city of Syracuse. The youth receives guidance from the experienced, apply their dynamism and wisdom for a greater cause and help each other grow. Tomorrow’s entrepreneurs are born here, upheld here, and made successful in front of the whole world. It’s a great initiative to support different startups. One of the best initiatives being “the Germinator”, and the business classes offered there to the Tech Garden Employees.

Q. What is your favorite food?

Being a vegetarian gourmet, I love trying vegetarian delicacies from all over the world. But Indian food can never take place of any other food. Paneer (cottage cheese) dishes being my favorite. Come to my place and I will feed you the best vegetarian food, or you always have an option of going out to satiate your hunger at Dosa Grill, Sahota Palace, Samrat. I also love Mexican food which they serve at the Alto Cinco.

Q. What tabs do you have open on your computer?

Bufferapp, Seth’s blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, HiffingtonPost.com, Gmail

Q. What do you want to do in 10 years for a career?

Oh 10 years? I wish I had that vision to plan for so much into the future. But wherever I land, whatever I do, I wish to do it with all my heart and happiness.

Q. Who is someone you look up to?

My Father (Subhash Vaidya), Mr. Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) and Mr. Barack Obama. I am a huge fan of the sport Cricket, and I have grasped my physics lessons from this sport. After learning about the most famous cricketer Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, I was thrilled to know that great personalities are not awesome because of their skills or aptitude, but how powerful yet humble they are!

Guest Blog Post- Ryan

Our team at ChronicleMe is proud to launch a guest blog series. First up is Ryan! If you would like to write a guest blog post of your own and be featured on our blog, please reach out to us here. Thank you.

5 Outside Factors That Contribute To Overall Positivity

Hey, my name is Ryan.  I’m 21 and married to the love of my life and we have a beautiful daughter.  I love to write about positive things such as healthy eating, fitness, children, and even positivity itself on my blog, Thriving Lion “Naturally Healthy”.

While staying positive is a very agreed upon way to have a long, healthy, and happy life, there are a few outside factors that can contribute to your positivity, and overall happiness in life.  If taken care of individually, your ability to keep your glass half full instead of half empty will sky-rocket!

Eat Healthy

Being careful of what you eat, and aware of what you’re putting in your body, is a great place to start to increase your ability to stay happy and positive.  Eating fresh fruits and veggies, and keeping a balanced diet, will increase energy levels, keep you focused, and ultimately contribute to a happier and healthier life.

Clean and Declutter

Keeping a clean living space, workplace, and house is a great way to promote cleanliness, health, and optimism.  I find that when my office space is clean, I have better ideas, think clearly, and my work flow and overall happiness increase.

Stay Active

Staying physically active promotes a feeling of self-worth, and helps keep self esteem high, and in turn positive thinking flows freely.  Physical activity has been used to treat anti-positive psychological health such as depression and anxiety and proves to be a great way to stay happy and healthy.

Talk To Someone

Having that one relationship where you can speak freely and tell them everything on your mind is a great resource to have when trying to stay positive, happy, and healthy.  If an issue in your life is not immediately resolved, having a friend who will take your side and listen to your story will help you solve the problem without ever facing direct confrontation with the original dispute.  Use close friends and family to vent and talk to them about your issues.

Hobbies

One of the most important things that you can always do to stay optimistic is to make sure that you do the things that you love often.  Having hobbies that relieve stress, focus thoughts, and contribute to your overall happiness is key when trying to live a happy life.

Stay Positive, Stay Happy, Live and Learn

Smile on a Rainy Day!

Here are some great stories from this past week to get you smiling. Enjoy! 🙂

Which one is your favorite and why?!

  1. A community of total strangers came together to help a woman battling an eating disorder. http://goo.gl/DWZsNL
  2. Channing Tatum and the Internet help to fulfill a bucket list for a terminally ill teenager. http://goo.gl/nLZKiE
  3. A boy finds out he is going to be a big brother in a heartwarming surprise. http://goo.gl/INQSWP
  4. A woman recently diagnosed with cancer is greeted by her friends in an unforgettable way. http://goo.gl/IYzTjv

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Sunday Secrets 3.2.14

Here are a few of the most shared confessions from http://www.chronicleme.com this week. Each secret was met with positive feedback from our caring community!  We are proud to provide a safe, encouraging place to share everyday secrets with friends, family, and like-minded people anonymously.

“Last night I thought about all the children who die and I started crying uncontrollably. They had so much potential – I was ruined at such a young age and now can barely function through PTSD and depression – I should have died and maybe one of them could have lived to be something great.”

“Today marks 6 weeks that I haven’t self-injured after 13 years of struggling with it on and off. To the people who support me, I owe you my life, literally.”

“I feel like a horrible person. A friend of mine was recently published and while I want to feel happy for her. All I feel is envy because I’m afraid I’ll never succeed in my own writing career when its all I want to do.”

“I’m cheap because I am ultra broke, not because I choose to be frugal”

“I’m feeling overwhelmed with my eating disorder and want to talk to someone about it but I don’t want help or for it to go away. I love it and hate it at the same time.”

“My mom has cancer. I have not shared that with anyone because I’m not sure how to say it without breaking down. And if I do say it- that will make it real…”

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