Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Ms. Chandni Sawlani. See her interview below.
Talkback Tuesday is a feature for and about everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?
I am Chandni. Right now I live in Dubai, but have been shuttling in between there and India a lot over the last few months. I was working at a social enterprise called Injoy Giving up until June last year.
It was the dream job in terms of the larger purpose, which was to inspire generosity and awaken happiness, the challenging nature or work at a startup and the people. Yet I still felt constrained by it in some ways. I knew then that I didn’t want to take up another job. There was too much inside me that I needed space and time to express.
The larger purpose was to inspire generosity and awaken happiness.
The Goodwill Tribe is an initiative that a dear friend and I started about 3 years ago. We exist to inspire kindness and human connection through monthly events. It started as a small fun experiment to spread joy but now has organically spread to 9 other cities. It feels like there is something about it that is being well received. I’m currently working on plans to take it to the next level.
So I think I can say that’s it moving out of its position as a ‘side project’ to something I hope to spend lots of time doing.
2. We’ve interviewed two people from The Goodwill Tribe in the past few weeks. What does this initiative mean to you? How should people find you?
Life is beautiful. People are kind and amazing. The world is a magnificent place and I believe that we can create a way of life where we cherish each other and this world. The Goodwill Tribe is an expression of goodness. We seek to create spaces and ways for people to experience kindness and the joy of human connection. In these spaces people naturally interact with each other with compassion. We’re experimenting with the question – what would the world look like if we all lived compassionately? Maybe all the problems we’re battling would cease to exist!
I feel there is growing disconnection between people at all levels – in families, at workplaces. What if people felt safe to be themselves, unafraid to be kind and vulnerable. Would they then naturally be empowered to be the best of who they are? And if so, imagine a world where people are all living true to themselves and maximising their potential.
The possibility elevates me. 🙂
People can find us on Facebook as The Goodwill Tribe and on our website www.thegoodwilltribe.org. We’re in 10 cities now but you can also start a chapter wherever you are and we will support you through it.
3. You like keeping yourself busy and occupied, as is evident from the difficulty we had scheduling this interview. How would you describe your work ethic, and what does a typical day look like for you?
Haha, well that’s a tough question as nothing has been routine in the last 9 months. I’ve been travelling a lot which definitely takes a toll on work. While I’ve been in Dubai, besides working on The Goodwill Tribe, I’ve been assisting my Dad with his business and working on applications for my Masters degree. So I’ve been putting in about 9 hours of work (from my bedroom :P).
I love what I do so work doesn’t ever feel like work. I can get lost in my work and lose track of the rest of my life.
[I’ve] Been mindful to balance that out recently and that’s capped work hours to a healthy amount.
4. Talk to me about planning – how do you balance travel, your commitment to your father’s business, your work with the Goodwill Tribe and your work towards your Masters degree. How do you stop things from becoming overwhelming or too much?
Well, lists really help. I don’t know if I can honestly say that I don’t get overwhelmed because I have days when I really do.
What’s important in my situation is that I don’t have external pressure at the moment. I set my own deadlines and do my best to respect them. I’m learning to go easier on myself and trust that I am doing the best that I can.
It might be different when there is external pressure to perform, but for now this works.
5. Finally, do you have anything to plug? It can be a product you’re selling, or it could be anything from a song to an idea.
When you finish reading this article, I invite you to close your eyes and visualise a world that you dream of. What would it look like? What would you do in it? And what would the people be like? How would we interact with each other? What would a typical day look like? What would love look like?
Whatever it is just take a moment to imagine it all. Soak in how great thinking about it makes you feel. And then consider for a moment that you have the power to create this world. It is possible because anything is possible. And if this inspires you, go for it! The whole Universe will support you.
Thank you for reading Talkback Tuesday! You can leave a follow-up question for Chandni in the comments below. I’ll get an answer for you.
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