To me, I will be a stronger person if I’m moving forward, doing the work I want, and continue to drive: force the purpose that I want to create versus doing what other people think I should be doing, which is never a way to live. – Payal Kadakia
Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
Originally from California, I’ve challenged myself by living in a few different states and countries in my adult life – New York, South Africa, England, and most recently, Boston! I’m an avid museum-goer, a ghost tour enthusiast, and a lover of all things cozy. I’ve bungee jumped off the highest bungee in the world!
What # would define your life journey?
Favorite website / app:
DoneGood (helps you find products and businesses that give back and do good for the world!)
Technical and/or life challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
I’ve never been good at confrontation, and always found myself stumbling in intense or uncomfortable situations. I worked with my manager to develop techniques on how to use positive language and be effective under pushback – taking a second to understand the other perspective and delve a little deeper (why is this person acting out, what are his/her goals, what does this thing mean to him/her) helped me contextualize and depersonalize the reaction and figure out how to address it. It definitely takes practice, but I’m happy to say I can tackle tough situations and conversations with a lot more confidence than I ever have in the past!
In a dream world, I’d own my own haunted coffee shop. It would be cozy and educational 🙂
What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Never be afraid to change your life – new environments help you grow and develop and it’s 1000% worth it despite the growing pains you might feel initially.