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We have all heard the saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” but did you know that comparison can also be the thief of pain?

How many times do we deny ourselves the emotional and mental space to properly grieve because we compare our sadness to someone else’s to then deem it unworthy?

Exactly one year ago, all of our collective realities were starting to sink in. Pandemic lockdowns across the country had started. The 24-hour news cycles provided minute-by-minute updates on the devastation around the globe. …


In Honor of Women’s History Month

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“As women gain rights, families flourish, and so do societies. That connection is built on a simple truth: Whenever you include a group that’s been excluded, you benefit everyone. And when you’re working globally to include women and girls, who are half of every population, you’re working to benefit all members of every community. Gender equity lifts everyone. Women’s rights and and society’s health and wealth rise together.” — Melinda Gates, The Moment of Lift

Approaching the first anniversary of the pandemic reaching the United States' shores, this month of March in 2021 has taken us on a trip down…


…and then the word “Impact”.

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I recently started a Certificate program with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice in Strategic Social Impact. This course has been enlightening in many ways but the most surprising thing I have learned is how difficult it is to provide objective parameters around a subjective topic — Social Impact.

What is Social Impact? That’s for you to decide.

To me, it means relentlessly creating opportunities that serve and sustain social value. To adopt a mission that is bigger than yourself and oftentimes, bigger than your mind can comprehend. …


and How to Live it Every Day

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When is the last time you felt like the most authentic version of yourself?

There are many ways of asking this same question — when did you last feel like you were living your truth? How long has it been since you felt like you were doing things that just…came naturally?

I like to ask people that I meet this question. It makes them uncomfortable, and it makes them think. This is my favorite Icebreaker because it is such a simple yet profound question. …


We are just realizing it now more than ever before.

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We are not makers of history. We are made by history

In a time of racial unrest and a fervent march towards equality, this quote is as applicable in 2021 as when spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. in his sermon in 1963.

It’s hard to believe that exactly 4 years ago, to the day, we were on the precipice of a new chapter, a new future, a new beginning. Here we stand, 4 years later, right back on that precipice. …


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The funny thing about cultural whiplash is that you don’t realize you have it until one day, your proverbial “neck” stops aching. You continue to live with this perpetual state of straddling two different cultures your whole life until one day, your legs stop hurting.

What do I mean by cultural whiplash? To me, it means many things. …


5 Ways to Live an Enlightened Life in 2021

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“What you seek is seeking you”

A powerful quote from my favorite poet Rumi has resonated true all these years. While daily affirmation rituals and manifesting your destiny may seem like a new-age wave of thinking, this school of thought has been around for many millennia.

As we drive off into a New Year, the first year in a new decade, we look back at 2020 in the rearview mirror and reflect. Reflect on a year unlike any other before it. …


Tips & Tricks on How to Build Your Own Writing Ritual

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My fun fact in every awkward “icebreaker” exercise is always this : I have written my daily activities every day for the past 12 years. I’m usually met with one of two reactions: wide-eyed amazement or not-so-subtle looks of judgement for presumably, having no life. Little do they know, this little ritual has helped me not only to appreciate my life more, but to have a better one.

This habit started 12 years ago on the first day of my very first internship in New York City. The significance…


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Creator: incomible | Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Creator: incomible | Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

This piece is a living, breathing narration of books I have chosen solely on my own.

In 2020 B.C. (Before Covid) , I began the year with an ambitious goal to read my age + 1 books. Not sure why, just an easy goal to remember. As January turned into February, February into March , I was very behind on the pace I had set for myself in the beginning of the year. …


A post-election reflection piece

Exhausted and emotionally drained, the election fatigue starts to set in around hour 46 of the post-election day process. Over these last four years, I’ve had plenty of practice adopting modern-day survival mechanisms in order to stay sane in the 24-hour news cycle. It has become second nature to temper innate emotions into learned adaptive behaviors — resentment into detachment and anger into resigned acceptance. …

Urvashi Banerjea

Social Impact enthusiast, lover of the written word, life long learner. Interested in all things Experiential, will work for Thai food.

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