All posts by Mallika Chopra

About Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, and published author. She is the founder of Intent.com, a website focused on personal, social and global wellness. Her intent is to harness the power of social media to connect people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities and the planet. Her books, "100 Promises To My Baby" and "100 Questions From My Child" have been translated and sold in dozens of countries worldwide. Her varied background includes launching the Heal The World Foundation in the 1990’s with Michael Jackson, being part of the initial team to re-launch MTV in India, and serving as a Health Ambassador for the Pepsi Refresh Everything Project in the US – an initiative that gave millions of dollars to individuals, non-profits and companies to for projects in their communities. Mallika is also the founder of The Chopra Well, a premiere YouTube channel, she launched with her brother, Gotham Chopra, and father, Deepak Chopra. Mallika enjoys speaking to audiences around the world, and has shared her passion about Intent at TedXBerkeley, Ideacity, Business Innovation Factory, the Green Festivals, LOHAS, The California Women’s Conference, The Prevention R3 Conference, and many more. Mallika has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, and MBA from Kellogg Business School. Mallika’s new book, "Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy" will be released in April 2015.

Mallika Chopra: Jennifer Hudson’s Tragedy

When I read this evening about Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother being murdered and that her 7 year old nephew is missing, I had a physical reaction – in my stomach – of overwhelming grief.

I remember very clearly a horrible day, years ago when I was probably 12, when some of dearest family friends lost their young cousins in a horrible, senseless murder.

Mallika Chopra: My Cleanse — Day 7

What’s a cleanse? Simply put, a cleanse is a short-term regimen designed to detoxify your body – it could be from sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, meat or something else. Most cleanses are similar to fasting, so you’ll likely take in a lot of fluids to flush out toxins from the body. Be sure to consult your health-care provider before beginning a cleanse.

Mallika Chopra: How can we help individuals faced with financial insecurity in these uncertain times?

A report that a man in Southern California shot his 3 kids, wife, mother in law and himself today was a shock. Apparently, he was financially distraught and had been jobless for months, and had written about his choices in facing this challenge. His psychosis resulted in killing his entire family as perhaps the most honorable escape. Personally, this story shook me given that I could relate culturally to the man – Karthik Rajaram – and his Indian family: married with 3 children, one son a Fulbright Scholar at UCLA. He had an MBA and had worked for well known firms.

This report follows last weeks about a 90 year old woman who shot herself when threatened to be thrown out of her foreclosed home. It comes at the end of a day where world markets continued to tumble, and the Dow Jones closed at below 10,000.

The reality, I fear, is that we are at the beginning of a financial correction which is going to affect the livelihoods and lives of people around the world. It is a time of real challenges, real adjustments, real fear.

I said a few weeks ago that: My Intent is to understand the ramifications of the macro economic realities, and support those who are facing difficulties in these uncertain times. As I read the headlines throughout the day, and hear more and more stories – some personal and some in the news – I really do feel that we, as communities and as individuals, need to support each other in whatever way we can.

I ask you, how can we help individuals faced with financial insecurity in these uncertain times?

Mallika Chopra: Managing the Stress of Financial Uncertainty

When I was in Business School at Kellogg, investment banking and getting a job at a company like Lehman Brothers or Merrill Lynch meant that you had succeeded. The thought that Lehman Brothers has gone bankrupt is mindboggling.

Today, I flew from LA to NYC and watched five hours of dire news on the state of the economy. Endless soundbytes of McCain saying the “fundamentals of the economy are strong” were contrasted with Obama proclaiming that McCain doesn’t get it. The reality is that this is a complex situation, and my very limited understanding of economics makes me feel incompetent in understanding many of the nuances of what could have, should have, and should be done.

What I do know is this.

When the market crashed in 1999, I had a good company that did not survive. Today, I believe I have another good company — Intent — and I am raising money in a difficult climate. (That said, this time around I will make sure we survive!)

While my husband’s income is stable, others in my family are being faced today with trying times in their work. As the founder of Intent, I may not have an income today, but I am responsible for a team that relies on me, which personally only makes me more committed to succeeding.

I think my money is safe, but I ask myself — should I just spread it around hoping for the best? Should I invest abroad?

There are difficult times ahead for us as a nation, and I for one want to be prepared. I want my family in a stable situation, so I will be minding our financial commitments for some time. I want my employees to have stability, so I will focus on milestones that position us for success in the short term, as well as the long term.

But this will not just be about the U.S., millions of people around the world are now affected by a global economy. We must lead by example in finding a new balance.

In challenging times, great companies are built. If we believe in what we are doing and we can manifest our intentions, we can and will succeed.

But then, I ask you, what can we as individuals and as a society do to help one another in this time of stress? What is your intention? How do we support each other, and create optimism and prosperity for the the years to come?

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