Toronto, ON

©2019 BY CHOOSE GRATITUDE

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

“In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen—really seen.” - Brené Brown

Thank you for taking a moment to get to know a bit about me. If you have read the About page, you already know a bit about why gratitude resonates so much with me, but let me give you a sneak peek to my educational, and professional experience.

My educational background is in psychology and research. I completed my Honours Bachelor of Arts in 2010, with a thesis that focused on chivalry and how one's cultural values impact their preferences towards shared or individual bank accounts, and how their preference towards chivalry played a role. I then found myself living and working in South Korea, in a new culture, learning and growing in ways I could not have imagined. There are both challenges and joys when living in a new country, located across the world from your support network. Needless to say, I had an adventure of a lifetime, which included a few months of travelling (one of my many joys in life). 

Upon returning to Canada, I chose a career in the market research industry, as a Project Manager, and then a Research Associate, and had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of industries (e.g. transportation, telecommunication, B2B, travel, tourism, educational institutions, financial, automotive, and consumer packaged goods). My most rewarding projects were those that encompassed improving institutions, and our society, through feedback and listening to the voices of employees/ customers. 

 

I have completed my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and am a Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) currently seeing clients for individual psychotherapy at Ohana Wellness Clinic in Bloor West in Toronto. Helping others has been the one constant in my life. One of my oldest and best friendships was forged when I was comforting her after she was bullied. I hope to continue to help people on both a micro-level (1-on-1 basis through coaching & counselling) and macro-level (volunteering, workshops/ presentations & advocacy).

Liz Gilbert, in her book Big Magic, says “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them”, and this is what I equate this initiative to – something that has always been deep within me that inspired me at the precise moment I was ready. Today, I strive to develop, collaborate, and run workshops focused on wellness, with a special emphasis on gratitude, and continue to work on projects and with people that inspire me. 

 
 

In The Media

Huffington Post - How To Survive Spending The Holidays With Difficult Relatives

UpJourney - How to Get Rid of Negative Thoughts?

Huffington Post - Immigrant Moms And Second-Gen Daughters Get Candid In Unscripted 'Play'

ThriveWorks - How can focusing on building personal strengths versus ruminating over my weaknesses benefit me?

A SNAPSHOT INTO WHAT BRINGS ME JOY

In my spare time, I love dancing (different styles such as salsa, swing, hip hop, Bollywood, and the list goes on), I enjoy travelling (even vicariously), I love hiking (being in nature, surrounded by trees, on a lonely beach, lying in a field, on top of a mountain, these are my happy places), and I am energized when I am able to connect with like-minded individuals over a conversation (or debate). I have been blessed with a wonderful family, great husband, and awesome group of friends, and spending time with loved ones brings me so much joy. I enjoy cooking, but I rarely follow recipes. I strive to live according to my values (i.e. casting my vote based on what I want to see the world become), and I shamelessly read/watch detective, murder-mysteries like they are going out of style (everything from Matlock to Sherlock).  

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These are some of my personal values and beliefs:

  • I believe in the power of slowing down... breathing. simply being.

  • I believe that change is inevitable. Change is not always a bad thing.

  • I believe that some people are in your life for a reason, some for a reason, and some for a lifetime.

  • I believe in the power of travel. Wanderlust is a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world. I have been fortunate enough to have done my fair share of travelling, and seeing the disparity, poverty (in material wealth), and richness (in happiness) in the world continues to remind me of how fortunate I am.

  • I believe in the importance of surrounding yourself with people and things that leave you feeling energized, invigorated… and staying away from people or things that constantly drain you (physically, emotionally, spiritually).

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.

ILLUMINATE
(iˈlo͞oməˌnāt)

  1. to brighten with light;

  2. to make understandable; clarify;

  3. to enlighten intellectually or spiritually;