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Nadia O

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New York, NY

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February 12, 2013

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What is the nature of your interest in designing experiences for personal habit development?

I've always taken a liking to studying myself, my emotions, my reactions to people/environment. Most significantly, I'm obsessed about observing/figuring out everything that affects our emotions. Of course, habits are a main aspect of that. Little everyday "life-hacking" experiments are a great way to test things out. I.e. I deactivated my facebook profile over the christmas break to see how that would affect my feelings/interaction with friends, if it has an impact at all (big fan of Sherry Turkle's writing, such as her book "Alone Together"). How can we "hack" our habits in order to improve our emotional well-being? Thats what I'm interested in.

Can you share a 5-minute personal story about your a successful habit development experience? If so, please give us just a quick synopsis!

Of course, the good old 'starting to meditate every morning' is on that list, but I havent been successful at disciplining myself to do so everyday. An actual example would be when my energy levels were very low and my doctor suggested cutting out wheat/sugar completely out of my nutrition. This had to do with my serotonin levels being low, and my body reacting by craving the quick fix of sugar. Now that I know that, I've started to be more conscious of this craving and not to react to it as often. It sounds like a simple example, but many a times its really about being aware of a habit that ultimately hurts in order to change it. But we need to be educated in order to first even recognize what habits are bad for us in order to alter them. Empowerment through Education.

Which (if any) relevant guest speaker(s) could you contact to speak at a future meetup with whom you already have a personal relationship?

Currently cannot think of someone.

Which specific host locations (if any) could you contact to host/sponsor a future meetup?

I could potentially reach out to Parsons in NYC, the college I attended if the event would be open to Parsons students. They might be very interested in such an event.

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Design Researcher at a start up.


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