This month we are proud to have Mallika Chopra as our Warrior Mom of the month. We are so thrilled to have her as our speaker and teacher for our very first Warrior Mom event in October. She has inspired us to live with INTENT!
Liz & Lisa
I grew up in Boston in an immigrant family. My father, Deepak Chopra, introduced our family to meditation when I was 9 years old. Spirituality and intention was a foundation of our upbringing. Yet, one of my first jobs after graduating from college was supporting the launch of MTV in India! It was a dream job, but forced me to also face how I wanted to serve long term as a citizen of this planet. I say I’ve had a messy journey (those words are in the sub title of my book) as my professional path, and my resolution of what makes me happy and how I can serve has adapted and changed with time. Becoming a mother gave me a sense of purpose, confidence and hope that has shaped my current work as a writer and speaker.
Tara is 14 years old and Leela is 11 years old. They are both intelligent, curious and joyful children. Most importantly, they are kind, caring and empathetic. As a family, we make an effort to be aware of different places, cultures, and ways of thinking that make our world both inspiring and challenging.
Tara loves to write, sing, dance and is a natural leader. Leela loves programming, drumming, science and Tae Kwon Do. They both are proof that every child comes to this world with unique gifts and personalities.
Becoming a mother helped me find my voice and is one of the greatest gifts I could have imagined. That said, I will be honest that I often find myself stretched, overwhelmed with commitments and racing to catch up on my to-do list. Balance and guilt are two my greatest challenges. My children also demand that I am honest and authentic. They remind me over and over again that as parents we teach through example, not just our words. So, they challenge me to live an honest, empathetic and healthy life.
A few years ago, I was giving a talk in front of a group of people about balance, meditation and living a healthy life. As I was speaking, I was having a parallel conversation in my head that went something like this: “Why did I have that chocolate chip cookie and macchiato right before getting on stage. I need to pick up the dry cleaning and buy the dog food. Shoot, I forgot to send my daughters permission slip to school.” I realized that I was speaking about balance, but had none in my life. This began the journey of my book, Living With Intent, where I revisited lessons from my childhood, spoke to experts and did honest soul searching about what I wanted to do in my life, and what would make me feel healthy, happy, connected and purposeful.
Since I speak to so many women, I have realized that not just my friends, but most women I know, are struggling with balance (work/life, family/friends), guilt and feeling stretched between their many commitments. In my personal journey I realized I needed to ask for help and support from others. And in asking, I found deeper connections and networks of support.
My children bring me true joy and a deep sense of love.
I am excited to share my book, Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy. I would also love to invite people to share their intentions on our website and app, Intent.com .