"Being born as a third daughter in India is where my story began. On my birth, my mother was told, “It’s a girl” and those words as she describes were not easy. Despite being educated, she wasn’t able to exercise freedom and express her emotions. As a woman, she faced tremendous societal pressure and was expected to birth a son. She had a hard time accepting the reality and was shocked. Around the third day, her brother told her “look at your girl, she looks like a princess.” I believe this laid the groundwork for me. My uncle had described me as a little princess, but my journey of finding the real identity of a Kaur (princess) for myself was a long road. Limitations were imposed on my mom, but she has always been a fighter. Her life challenges and resilience have had a profound effect on me. She is incredibly strong, well educated, and taught me the importance of being introspective on a daily basis through daily prayers and ensuring my fundamental values are aligned. She taught me my rights and responsibility. As a teacher, she knew that educating her daughters was the only way to beat society’s ignorance. I have been fortunate to have many spiritual influences in my life. I grew up in a household where Gurbani was read, taught and explained. My Nani Ji started the practice of reading Sakhis as bedtime stories while my Taia Ji (uncle) taught me the beauty of kirtan. I am blessed to be married into a family with similar values and continued learning the importance of meditation and presence from my father-in-law, who steers our entire family in this direction. My relationship with God is very simple, it is having my values aligned with my faith. Following the principles of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, I believe in earning an honest income, sharing with others and meditating. Being religious for me is a journey from the inside out and I am still a seeker, still on a path of learning. I believe that we all have a unique purpose in life, which we must find and contribute to this world in whatever capacity possible. Along with completing Nitnem on a daily basis, taking time to withdraw from life to meditate and looking inwards, provides me energy, to be a better person. I have experienced discrimination for being a girl as long as I can remember. Proving to the world that girls are no less than boys has been a constant struggle. I have discovered our Guru Sahib had given us sacred gift of equality and have acted on this blessing in different capacities. I, like my mom, am focused on educating as many women and girls as possible. Through the organization, Global Girl Power, I help to empower girls and women to become better citizens and emotionally stronger by providing opportunities for confidence and leadership. For me Kaur is a courageous warrior. It’s about living a life of spirituality, values and ethics of tradition such practicing compassion, humility, integrity, and service. Learning that I am a Kaur was a pivotal point in my life and I wish instead of “It’s a girl” my mother was told “It’s a Kaur.”"