Living with Intent

I participate in a program called “Blogging for Books,” where bloggers are given books by a publisher in exchange for writing a review. It’s been awhile since I did much with it, but I recently reactivated my account because I really wanted to do more reading. I’m blessed that the book I am currently reading has also been offered by the publisher to do a giveaway on my blog! So, let’s get started!

The book is titled Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy and is written by Mallika Chopra, who is the daughter of Deepak Chopra, an author I have followed in the past. I became interested in the book because of the title and the write up on the book. Don’t all of us desire to live our lives with intent? I’m always looking for things that will improve that in my own life. I am currently reading this book and completely enjoying it. It has so much practical application in it, and I love her style of writing.

From The Publisher

Mallika Chopra was consistently finding herself overwhelmed with the stress of trying to balance being a mother, wife, and successful entrepreneur. But it was more than being overwhelmed; she felt guilty about not giving each section of her life (her children, her husband, her career) the attention it deserved. Even though she spoke to others about bringing balance into their lives as the CEO of—a portal dedicated to sharing and supporting people’s intentions—Mallika realized that she had lost her own purpose, balance, and peace.

Being the daughter of famous healer Deepak Chopra doesn’t mean you are immune to the chaos, exhaustion, and stress that so many people experience each and every day. But it does mean that when you realize you need help, you can access a world of wisdom. LIVING WITH INTENT: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy (on sale April 7, 2015, Harmony Books) is Mallika Chopra’s practical yet deeply personal look at her yearlong journey to discover some workable answers to feeling overwhelmed.

On her path to live a more meaningful life, Chopra sat down with experts, including Andrew Weil, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Daniel Siegel, Ariana Huffington, and Caryl Stern, who’s valuable advice and input is gathered in this practical memoir. Each chapter is devoted to one step on her journey and a piece of her INTENT action plan.

About The Book

The INTENT action plan that the author outlines includes incubate, notice, trust, express, nurture, and take action. As we try to figure out our intent for our lives, it’s important to take some time to really quiet our minds and see where our thoughts lead us. We then learn to notice those things around us, what things seem to call to us. Trust is all about trusting your instincts and those things the universe sends your way. Express means that you need to write down your intentions, share them with others, just get them out there. Then we come to nurture, which really involves being kind to yourself as you are on this journey. Don’t we all need that. I know I often beat up on myself because I’m not doing enough, or not doing the right things (because clearly if I were, wouldn’t live just be all roses!). The last step is taking action. In the end, we can have the best idea in the world of where we want to go and what we want to do, and without action, it just doesn’t happen. We have to set goals and take action.

My Musings

Now, for my thoughts. I love this book! So many “self help” books are written from a viewpoint of “I have it all together and let me show you how you, too, can be like me.” This one shows the bare honestly and humanity of the author. I love that she shares her personal struggles with things. There have certainly been times in my own life where I have been that speaker on a stage and have been wondering to myself how I could possibly be teaching a topic when I knew I didn’t have things together myself. I love how she shares her vulnerability. I love how she shares a simple roadmap to move from thought, to action, to outcome. I love, simply, that she gets it. I believe this is a great book for anyone who’s in that place in life where you’re seeking to find your own intent. I believe this is a book I will pull out often and go through again and again as I define the intent for my life. I am so glad I found it!

Want to Win A Copy?

Now it’s time! YOU can win a copy of this book! Here’s how: Leave a comment on what your greatest challenge is in finding and living your own intent. Then share this post on your social media profiles using the share bar on the left side of this post! That’s it! On Mother’s Day, I will be drawing a winner to receive your own copy of the book! I can’t wait to connect with all of you!

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