“I think of being a Kaur as a bigger and broader concept…expanding beyond religion. I identify with Kaur as part of me, my name, but it expands to a broader picture. I was born and raised in Mumbai, a city that is multicultural and cosmopolitan, the New York of India. I went to an all girls convent school. Since I belonged to a business family, I was bought up in a very open-minded modern culture. Having said that we had a joint family that included Aunt, Uncle and cousins living together. I was the only girl, and as such I was pampered and loved. (The apple of everyones’ eye.) My grandma and I had a close-knit relationship, she is the one who embedded Sikhi into my brain right from a very young age. Biji would wake up at 4am, she would pray out loud, sometimes too loud. At the time, it was very irritating because I was young and focused on sleeping. Now though, I love the fact that I know these prayers off my heart, because the words repeated on a daily basis resonated with me. She was an outstanding woman, a true matriarch, who people sought out for advice. She was both religious and spiritual. Then there was my mom, another strong woman in my life. Though we were like best friends, she had rules, she was the strict one, who ensured I knew a thing or two about boundaries. My father on the other hand ensured I had a voice. He taught me that my opinion mattered. My father influenced my career decisions, too. In 1995, I got married and moved to East Africa. My daughters had their early childhood there. I believe that they are the women they are today because I have tried to be the best role model, I can be. I live my life with the motto of actions speak louder than words. When we moved to Canada in 2005, there was a definite cultural shock. Being a new immigrant, there were lots of struggles, especially since my life was so different and pampered in both Mumbai and E. Africa. For me, Sikhi needs to resonate by practicing, by acting on it on day to day basis. I don’t believe in engaging for the sake of appearances. Whatever one preaches, one must practice. This became even more apparent when I had a bump in the road of life, a couple of years back. I learned when, in life something unexpected happens, you go back to your roots, especially your faith to ask for answers. During this time, I attended a Sikh Women’s Retreat and my biggest takeaway was that being religious does not mean being spiritual. Faith keeps you grounded, I am learning this every day…I don’t know all the answers, but I constantly thrive to be a better person, than I was yesterday. I live by the principles of having an attitude of Gratitude. I always say you can do two things on daily basis, you either 'Get Inspired' or you should 'Inspire others'. Meaning you can learn from a wide variety of resources or you can make the efforts to share your learnings with others.” Having a Mentality of Abundance and not of Scarcity, will keep you content, is what I believe and coach."