Deepika Chopra, a professional psychologist with a focus in wellness/health/tech, shares one of her secrets to starting the day on a positive note: “When I wake up, I spend some time thinking mindfully about the coming day and I think, deliberately, ‘I get to do’ such and such. It’s a shift away from that ‘I have to do,’ which really makes all the difference!” Deepika is on the cutting edge of the mind/body health and wellness movement. She has been a long-time advocate for holistic methods and is a noted speaker and researcher on optimism. Deepika has been a regular contributor to MindBodyGreen and The Well List. Her latest endeavor is Wellscene, a forum on Instagram created as a wellness and lifestyle directory and community for the L.A. area, one that she hopes will empower people to share and discover the best wellness and health resources in their community. Though Deepika has her sights on fundamentally altering the way people engage with their personal health and wellbeing, she let’s us in on another secret: setting and achieving smaller goals such as her current one, taking 10,000 steps a day, can be just as satisfying. “I get to check something off,” she says, “and that makes me feel really happy!”
If you could describe yourself in one hashtag, what would it be?
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
I am pretty lucky to have a lot of GIRL ROCKERS in my life. My great grandmother Rocked, both of my grandmas’ rock, my Mom rocks, my Aunt rocks, my little sister, Jaya, the most beautiful human inside and out and a med student in Philly, definitely rocks. I am excited that I just turned 30 and all of a sudden I am seeking out, attracting, finding myself meeting the most incredible, ambitious, full-of-heart women that I know are going to be new, but, life long friends and many of them are involved or being featured in some way here on I AM THAT GIRL, because they ROCK.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
Through my research and work in increasing optimism, positive anticipation and whole mindbody wellness, I hope to continue to inspire people to actually create and live the lives that they dream to live and achieve what they visualize, (this includes me as well ha).
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the strong and close family I am a part of and a lineage to. I am proud of our constant loyalty, work, love, respect and support of each other. Okay, I am also pretty proud that I completed my doctorate and actually published a dissertation. It consisted of a lot of words and pages.
What piece of advice changed your life?
My best friend’s mom, Elaine (who rocks), once told me, “When somebody shows you their true colors, believe it.” I am just now starting to make sense of that and follow her wise words.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Happy. Healthy and Laughing, I am okay with some tears too though, inevitable and kind of necessary.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
Hmm, can I choose two? I want to explore Egypt and be on one of the space trips in the near future. Woah, this just made me laugh, perfect combination of my passion for antiquity, what came before and for what can and will be coming ahead.
Who has been the biggest female influence in your life and why?
This one goes out to my Nani (maternal grandma in Hindi). She is more than a grandma to me; she is a best friend, mother, sister, homie – can that be said? My grandma is my homie haha. She is my true inspiration, she has somehow successfully mastered the art of being THE most regal, classy, feminine woman while being the bravest, strongest, stand-up for what she believes, charismatic, no bullshit, always there-for-you with love, hugs, two very open listening ears and the sweetest treats.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
The biggest risk I have ever taken is to make the choice to really get to know myself and put the real me out in this world, to being open to give and receive love. Biggest, risk… but the sweetest rewards.
Why are you THAT GIRL
I am THAT GIRL because I have learned to not be afraid to be proud, disappointed, excited or bummed out about myself and will always be willing to make changes to be better for myself and for those I care deeply for.
*Interview conducted and compiled by Sheila Moeschen, IATG Senior Editor
Featured image courtesy Deepika Chopra