#FLY!

PRERNA GOEL

A podcast where we talk to remarkable people who have decided to love themselves - just the way they are, and in the process have created some of the most extraordinary stories of discovery, strength and triumph! So come and #FLY! read less
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A purposeful life: #FLY with Raghavan Damodaran on Purpose and Success
Feb 20 2024
A purposeful life: #FLY with Raghavan Damodaran on Purpose and Success
Embarking on a journey of self-discovery a few years ago ignited my interest with the intersection of purpose and success. Raised in an academically driven family in 80s and 90s India, success was synonymous with career achievements, and the pursuit of a good job overshadowed any deeper purpose. This mindset persisted until my late 30s when I began questioning what truly brought me happiness.Recently, I had an interesting natter with Raghavan Damodaran, a fellow undergrad from university, just before our 25th college reunion. As we delved into the complexities of purpose and success in our 40s, we realised the many facets to unravel. While we may not claim expertise, our life experiences have led to valuable insights – well, at least insights that make us nod sagely while sipping our cups of tea (literally while recording the podcast :))In the latest episode of my podcast #FLY, Raghavan and I engage in a light-hearted banter, attempting to make sense of life's purpose – whether it's singular or multi-dimensional. How can understanding our purpose propel us toward achieving life's successes? We invite you to join our chat and share your experiences and thoughts as we continue our quest to peel back the layers of this complex and multi-dimensional topic.Listen to the podcast here, and let's keep the dialogue going as we collectively explore the depths of our purpose.About Raghavan Damodaran:Raghavan ("Rags") is an executive client partner for a portfolio of two US asset managers and a hedge funds, delivering digital transformation initiatives working with business, operations and engineering stakeholders including vendor partners. He is responsible for conceiving, originating, and overseeing delivery and operations of 275+ consultants. Rags has managed $35M+ across renewal and new business, across CIO and CMO programs. He has established and manage globally distributed technology delivery and support teams for hedge funds of varying sizes. Raghavan has conceived and led a Tier 1 European bank’s digital consumer mobile app design and product innovation initiatives.
#FLY with Prerna Goel (Jeff Courtney)
Mar 31 2023
#FLY with Prerna Goel (Jeff Courtney)
Meet our guest- Jeff Courtney, and listen to her story of what keeps him fiercely fabulous in his 40s.From Jeff:"By the time we reach our forties, we’ve inevitably lived through some highs and lows, we’ve been surprised by how great the good times can be and how rough the low times can be.  We’ve probably also identified what we like – the people, things, jobs, places and activities that give us energy – and what we don’t like.  And we are probably responsible for things we care about; whether children, parents or both, a partner, friends, a career.  We also have agency.  By the time we’re in our forties we know things, we have skills and experience, networks and earning power.  We can make a dent in the world if we know where to focus our energy.  I think few of us get advanced warning about how these dynamics can crash together in the “sandwich years”.  It’s an amazing time to face new challenges – caring for older parents and growing children – get back to basics in taking care of ourselves and our most important relationships and really deciding what’s important for the next stage of life.  I’ve discovered amazing places, hobbies and friendships in my forties.  I’ve rediscovered entrepreneurship, community, nature and the joy of spending quality time with loved ones.  I’ve also learned first-hand about the pain and the power of grief and the gift of clarity it offers if you commit to the process.  To quote Saul Bellow, “Death is the dark backing that a mirror needs if we are to see anything”.If our thirties are often about achievement and the drive to compete in “the game”, our forties can be about choosing and enjoying long term games with long term people.  If we focus on taking care of ourselves, taking care of others and purposefully building the world around us, our forties can be extraordinary."About Jeff:Jeff has lived on three continents, which probably helped fuel his curiosity and love for exploring.  He has been fortunate to have extraordinary people in his life, from family to friends, which have made the good times that much sweeter and the rough times easier.  His first job was in an early-stage startup.  His second job was in a large corporate.  The rest of his career has blended the two in a mix of entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial roles building new spaces or helping established businesses thrive in disruption.
#FLY with Prerna Goel (Schonali Rebello)
Feb 20 2023
#FLY with Prerna Goel (Schonali Rebello)
Meet our guest- Schonali Rebello, and listen to her story of what keeps her fiercely fabulous in her 40s.From Schonali:"I've never called this self-care, but it's what the world calls it now.My grandmother told the teenage-me that if I did not focus on keeping myself happy all the time, every day, no matter what life threw at me, I'd regret it.Because life is filled with nasty surprises and grief and hard times, for everyone. It is up to us to find the silver lining, the ray of hope, the sunshine on the dark days.And nobody else can find it for you, but you.So, every day through the week I spend time indulging myself in different, (mostly) low-cost, high-maintenance ways.From unhurriedly detangling, and setting my curly, difficult hair after a shower twice a week, to 15 mins a day on basic make-up and dressing for the day I want, to waking up while the world sleeps for a run under the trees in my local park, to football with my community of women who play together, to boxing with the same trainer for 11 years, to regular, progressive weight training, to yoga – slowing everything down to focus, to drinking and dancing with friends & family every weekend, there is always time for me in my life that is filled with others.I get my best ideas – for work and life – when I'm doing my make-up, focusing on getting that eyeliner equally right! Or when I'm running in the park with Latin dance music playing in my headphones.Every spare minute – I’ve learned to stretch time! – that I spend alone with myself or for myself, makes me a better person for everyone else who needs me."About Schonali:Schonali began writing stories at the age of 7 and became a feminist a little earlier than that. She discovered my passion for equity and justice in her Women’s Studies 101 during her first year at Knox College, IL, USA and then found her calling as a writer so added Creative Writing as a major, and finished with a double major.A xennial constantly moving countries all through childhood and adolescence due to world events like The Gulf War, and family events like her mother becoming the EA to one of India’s biggest businessmen in a newly emerging Indian economy, she (generally) thrive in environments that are vibrant, fast paced, and demanding.With an ability to adapt to various multicultural work spaces, and an indefatigable fire in the belly to change the world, her previous role culminated after six happy years, to once again turn her eyes to a road yet untraveled. From 2014-2021 she was an instrument member of JobsForHer – India’s end-to-end platform for every woman who wants to start, restart or rise in her career. She served in various capacities there, starting as the first content writer, organizing the writing desk, moving on to to creating the design & video team, and overseeing the marketing team as the Brand Custodian of the company, until she was asked to lead the company's next venture, women in leadership. A firm believer in the value and beauty of education gleaned from every experience, connection, and challenge, JobsForHer formed the perfect bridge between for her various guiding principles – a company fueling a socio-economic revolution across India. Over her last two years there, she launched and headed The HerKey Club – a members-only club for women who like to lead instead of follow. A club where women become leaders. Together. Now, Schonali leads Employer Brand globally for Visteon, a 20+ year old auto-tech company at the epicenter of a mobility revolution that will completely change the way we interact with our vehicles, reduce the number of car accidents and fatalities, and make the world a cleaner place.
#FLY with Natasha Hinshaw (I am not my Wealth!)
Dec 1 2022
#FLY with Natasha Hinshaw (I am not my Wealth!)
Did you think that you will achieve all the happiness in the world once you have a certain level of wealth? Did you think that leading a privileged life is all you need to be happy? Check out this brutally honest story of Natasha Hinshaw on how she found the hard truth that self-worth has nothing to do with one's bank balance!About Natasha HinshawWho is Natasha? Born in the early 80's to a Bengali Tigress and a half French half American Captain, Natasha has had an amazing international journey of finding herself and what it is to start loving herself. Her early years were filled with education in the finer things in life, food, fashion, destinations and all over just living the high life.  Her parents taught her to appreciate the good life- but while as to most you would think she was very fortunate she lacked actually tapping in to her higher self and knowing what it was to actually "love herself". After finding love in all the wrong places it wasn't until she woke up to the rude shock that her free ride in life would be over as her father decided to teach her -an IMPORTANT lesson, one that should have been taught way earlier -  and cut her off financially. This lead us to where she is today and the up and down journey she was put on to find what loving her self actually meant and the different stages and places and situations that make you realize that loving yourself is and will be an ongoing process and have different meanings and ways throughout this journey of life.
#FLY with Natasha Hinshaw (Trailer!)
Nov 17 2022
#FLY with Natasha Hinshaw (Trailer!)
Did you think that you will achieve all the happiness in the world once you have a certain level of wealth? Did you think that leading a privileged life is all you need to be happy? Stay tuned to listen to this brutally honest story of Natasha Hinshaw on how she found the hard truth that self-worth has nothing to do with one's bank balance!About Natasha HinshawWho is Natasha? Born in the early 80's to a Bengali Tigress and a half French half American Captain Natasha has had an amazing international journey of finding herself and what it is to start loving herself. Her early years were filled with education in the finer things in life, food, fashion, destinations and all over just living the high life.  Her parents taught her to appreciate the good life- but while as to most you would think she was very fortunate she lacked actually tapping in to her higher self and knowing what it was to actually "love herself". After finding love in all the wrong places it wasn't until she woke up to the rude shock that her free ride in life would be over as her father decided to teach her -an IMPORTANT lesson, one that should have been taught way earlier -  and cut her off financially. This lead us to where she is today and the up and down journey she was put on to find what loving her self actually meant and the different stages and places and situations that make you realize that loving yourself is and will be an ongoing process and have different meanings and ways throughout this journey of life.
#FLY with Navjyoti Upadhyaya (I am not just my Family!)
Oct 31 2022
#FLY with Navjyoti Upadhyaya (I am not just my Family!)
Some times, we let our family's expectations and society's view of the world define who we are. We end up living a life burdened by other people's vision of who we should  be. Check out this courageous story of Navjyoti Upadhyaya on how she broke free from familial expectations and decided to live a life of her dreams. About Navjyoti:Navjyoti is a Freelance website developer, Food blogger, Baker, YouTuber, Self-love advocate and therapist in training.Five years ago, she had a beautiful & comfortable life- A supportive family and a loving husband. She was living her best life in country of her choice. Yet, she was not secure or content, and it started to show more clearly daily. Her journey through a stressful move to a new country and medication-intensive infertility treatments created a potent environment for depression to take over her slowly. She was stuck as she had no language or cultural context for her feelings. It took a considerable loss to shake her back to her senses. She found that deep social conditioning and our past plays a significant role in how we feel daily and what we choose & allow in our lives. In the depths of despair, Navjyoti found the true meaning of life, her spiritual side and her purpose!She is now determined to speak about important topics like ancestral trauma and social conditioning dictating our lives. She is here to support people who want to live authentic life driven by self-love through her channels 🙏Her  social handles areWebsite: https://www.spicysweetlife.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spicysweetlife_/Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/spicysweetlife
#FLY with Navjyoti Upadhyaya (Trailer!)
Oct 15 2022
#FLY with Navjyoti Upadhyaya (Trailer!)
Growing up in a conservative patriarchal family is hard. Your sense of self-worth is measured by external factors and your value is associated with societal expectations. Don't miss out this courageous chat with Navjyoti Upadhyaya on how she found a way out of the life she was expected to live to a life she wants to live. About Navjyoti:Navjyoti is a Freelance website developer, Food blogger, Baker, YouTuber, Self-love advocate and therapist in training.Five years ago, she had a beautiful & comfortable life- A supportive family and a loving husband. She was living her best life in country of her choice. Yet, she was not secure or content, and it started to show more clearly daily. Her journey through a stressful move to a new country and medication-intensive infertility treatments created a potent environment for depression to take over her slowly. She was stuck as she had no language or cultural context for her feelings. It took a considerable loss to shake her back to her senses. She found that deep social conditioning and our past plays a significant role in how we feel daily and what we choose & allow in our lives. In the depths of despair, Navjyoti found the true meaning of life, her spiritual side and her purpose!She is now determined to speak about important topics like ancestral trauma and social conditioning dictating our lives. She is here to support people who want to live authentic life driven by self-love through her channels 🙏Her  social handles areWebsite: https://www.spicysweetlife.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spicysweetlife_/Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/spicysweetlife