BYBF: Stop Lying to Yourself

Anangsha's reminder for awesomeness: 3 announcements + all about embracing your flaws

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Before we dive right in, here’s a heartfelt note of appreciation for you. Thank you for sticking around for so long. It’s been more than a year since I started my newsletter and you have shown me so much love and support. You allowed space in your inbox for my words and that means the world to me.

When I look back, I am amazed at how far we have come. I started with 0 subscribers and now, there are more than 1000 of you in my sweet little email family.

A note to those of you who take the time to reply. Your words always make me smile, even though I might not always be able to reply to each one of you personally. Know that your mails leave their imprint. :)

To celebrate this milestone, I am making three major changes:

  1. This newsletter is henceforth renamed as “Be Your Best Friend with Anangsha”. (BYBF in short). We will talk about productivity, growth, creativity, and overcoming regrets. In short, we’ll try to be our best friends and make sure our tomorrow is brighter than today.

  2. I will be sending you weekly emails. Expect them in your inbox every Sunday.

  3. You might have noticed I shifted to a new email ID to communicate with you. As you did the first time around, please shift my email from your “Spam” or “Promotions” folder and move it to your “Primary”. Sending a reply to this one would also have the same impact. This will make sure my words don’t get lost in the bottomless pool that is your spam emails.

That’s all for now. Let’s dive right in.

Welcome to BYBF with Anangsha: the Sunday letter that embraces its flaws.


Photo of Woman Looking at the Mirror

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As you might have guessed, today’s topic is about overcoming regret by accepting your flaws.

A few days back, I did a live session on my Instagram where one of the questions asked was “How do you get past regrets?

In the spur of the moment, the only answer that came to me was “Forgive yourself and move on.”

Now that I’ve had time to introspect, I don’t think it was too far off the mark. Indeed, regrets are inevitable in life. Regrets mean that you have changed, and change is the only thing you need to grow,

Beating yourself up about your past failures is not going to do you any good. Look at your mistakes or failures as lessons on WHY you should never repeat them. As Viktor Frankl quoted,

“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.”

If there’s one lesson you take away from this email, let it be this: forgive yourself. Accept yourself for who you are. Let go of this insane pressure to be “perfect” all the time and just breathe. You are allowed to make mistakes as long as you derive enough lessons from them to never repeat again.


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Reply to this email with one mistake you are going to forgive yourself for. We are in this together. We will make through together.

Till then, stay strong. Keep smiling and be awesome.

With love,
Anangsha.