My first guest in the All Personal podcast series is Diviya Lewis! And what better way to celebrate this first episode than by discussing gratitude and the role it plays, or could be playing, in our daily lives.
Before giving you her short bio, I have to say this. Diviya mentioned she made her website, www.choosegratitude.ca, a bit more personal, which is just the phrase I needed to hear! And there, if you read the Founder’s Story, you find out many things about her. What I found there, was an answer to a question I had without realizing I did: where does her name come from. And I found the answer: ‘My name, Diviya, is derived from diya, which is a lamp typically used in India and Nepal. They are lit during special occasions, such as the Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali - and the symbolic meaning encompasses being a light in the darkness, or to illuminate.’
So let’s shed some light on where she comes from, before tuning in to what she has to say.
Diviya is the founder of Choose Gratitude - a company that is dedicated to bringing gratitude to the forefront of our awareness, through corporate presentations, workshops, and outreach through events. To date, she has worked with the tech, law, finance and non-profit industries, as well as with entrepreneurs, specifically women.
Previously, she worked at a research firm (as a Project Manager and Research Associate), with a wide range of industries (e.g. transportation, financial, telecommunications, public affairs, and what we coin Custom - clients range from universities, tourism organizations, to realty advisors). She then transitioned to the wellness sector, but her work is heavily informed by research, and she strives to take an evidence-based approach to her work.
She has completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, currently working at York University as an intern counsellor, and is training with Dr. Diana Brecher at Ryerson University on her Five Factor Model of Resilience.
Diviya also volunteers as the President of Young Women in Business Toronto (https://ywib.ca/toronto/), and has been conducting her own research on gratitude and resilience. Now, that’s quite a research to make, it’s not everyday that we hear research, gratitude and resilience in the same sentence.
Listen in to a thoughtful, illuminating and warm conversation which, I’m sure, will leave you with thoughts, questions and choices. For me, it was a question: if gratitude is a choice, who would I be once I’ve made it my choice?