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Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  704 ratings  ·  63 reviews
As a mom, wife, and social media entrepreneur, Mallika Chopra frequently wondered how she could possibly do one more thing. Like so many, she was taking lousy care of herself and having a difficult time finding richer meaning and purpose in each day, even though that was her business's mission. Living with Intent is a practical yet deeply personal look at her year-long jou ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Harmony (first published March 10th 2015)
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Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I requested this book from netgalley to read on a whim, and I was glad I did! I don't normally read books like this or really, self help books at all, but I've been struggling lately with being more organized, better planning, where do I want to be in a year or ten years and how do I get there? This book is a roadmap, and is constantly asking you questions that make you think about those very same issues. I've written down many of the questions Chopra asks so I can think about them more in more ...more
Kim H.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Practical and accessible, Mallika Chopra offers readers a very "do-able" tool for centering and reclaiming the essence of life.

I started meditating a year ago and while I extol the many benefits this practice has afforded me, I am also familiar with Chopra's dilemma of the competing demands and expectations of modern life which threaten to overwhelm each of us and steer us away from those things which are most important to our core being. Chopra argues that the way to remain centered is through
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I presently work at Northwestern University, in the Career Management Center of Kellogg School of Management. As such, I have access to neat personal and professional development opportunities. Kellogg yearly holds a day-long conference called "Kellogg on Growth," and staff are able to attend this thoughtful and exciting day of learning, reflection, and intellectual discourse.

Mallika Chopra was the keynote speaker at Kellogg on Growth this year, so my interest was thus piqued in her book. I have
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I need this book as reminder to myself to take time for myself, to quiet my mind and recharge my emotional and spiritual batteries. I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I started to read it but abandoned it because chaos and crisis consumed my life at the time. Thus I was not living with intent, I was in survival mode. Those are times we need a book like this the most and yet we least able to absorb it. This book is full of useful exercises and practices to help one find balance and lea ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This is one of those books full of common sense wisdom that we are all so good at forgetting. Advice about taking time for yourself, being mindful and grateful, telling people you love them....these are all things we know we should do but we get so wrapped up in stressing out about things that don't matter that we forget about the things that do. This book is a good reminder. It's the little things that matter so much and most of what we worry about not only does not matter but often does not ev ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written book. A great read for re-focusing and clarifying where you are in life and what things you need to accept and let go of. Its not about striving to be better, its about being happy with where you are and embracing the whole journey.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I won this book from Goodreads

I wanted to learn how to become better organized, and this book help me out, This book would be awesome in a women studies class and a Psy class.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, self-help

The good:
Chopra manages to connect with the reader in being transparent in her failures. There is something really comforting about a self help book that isn't just preachy. I think the message behind it is really important - living with intent, loving-kindness, and self compassion. It's not a new concept at all, but her journey brings great insight and I really appreciated some of the anecdotes and interviews she included.

The bad:
As another review mentioned, Chopra doesn't really address th
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, self
I absolutely loved this book. Spiritualism is something I've been getting more I tune with for myself and I thought this was a great book.

I think somewhere along the way we all lose our intent. Whether we intended to become a teacher but are working as an administrative assistant, or whether we intend to take better care of our selves but find that our clothes are getting snug, I think this book serves a purpose for all.

Personally, I have been struggling with intent for several months. This bo
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I'd give this one a 3.5 if I could. I enjoyed reading it and finished it quickly, but I didn't get as much inspiration from it as I have from other books on similar topics. Still, it was a good reminder of some important life lessons.
Jaclyn Day
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This positive, practical book about living with more intention and gratitude (with a healthy dose of meditation) was enjoyable but I found it a little shallow and repetitive.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄: OK, this is fine - but to quote the Sixth Sense "you can't help me." MANY of these books can't. mind, i'm older & made more cynical per the times & the advent of the WWW. 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑓𝑙𝑦, 𝑖𝑓 𝑜𝑛𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝐺𝑂𝑂𝐷 𝐴𝑇𝑇𝐼𝑇𝑈𝐷𝐸, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓-ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝 𝑏𝑢𝑘𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠. 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑤𝑖𝑠𝑒, 𝑖𝑡 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑑𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑓𝑢𝑙 𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑟𝑦-𝑝𝑖𝑐𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 ...more
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I have never connected with Deepak Chopra. Malluka, however was an instant bond. She is a mother first and and still wants to be her own hero. Entirely relatable. Whilst many tech aspects are no longer available in 2020, the m safe remains strong. I look forward to applying her discoveries to my life.
Courtney Sieloff
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a calming approach to how to live, even with the chaos of being a modern working parent. This is a book I will return to again and again. I can already feel the affects of meditation taking hold on my life. I recommend this highly!
Yvonne Rogers
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. This apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I am big fan of your father's work but honestly this was more relatable for me. This is the kind of book that I will come back to for refreshers I am sure.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely love this book. It provides me with reflections and practices that I am able to do right now. This book is definitely a must read for those seeking more in their life, and living it with intent.
Alica McKenna-Johnson
I listened to this book and loved every second of it. I will be buying this book in paperback so I can do the exercises and use it as a reference. I love how raw and vulnerable Mallika is in sharing her story. I feel like I understand intent better, but also that I can use it to improve my life.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a nice little audio book written by Depok Chopra's daughter. Since I have read many of her father's books I enjoyed reading about what she has learned along her journey following many of his principles. I guess we all hope our children learn from us.
Christine Lussier
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Living with Intent. It is a book I feel that I would read again & refer to. ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
She was very candid. It was interesting and revealing to hear how her father, Deepak Chopra, wasn’t always centered and “enlightened.” He once struggled like the rest of us.
Moving Ahead
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read. A book which many women are likely to relate to it. I felt it was my story. Learned many tips and pondered self on many issues. I think one must read it for self exploration .
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Privileged wife complains about being a mom while filling book with other people's insights [garnered through her family's social connections]. Could not identify with any of it.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't relate nor get into this book. She has written other books and not sure why she kept having to go back to the drawing board, or maybe I was just in a bad mood.
JA Houghton
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book to sit back and pause and take a look at where you are in our busy lives. Good references to other books. Easy style to read.
Jay Brara
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read. Did not find it exceptional, but reaffirming good known concepts.
Susan Mccarthy
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I liked it. I thought it had some great insights and provided tools to help you find your intent.

I loved how her personal story was woven through the book - a really enjoyable and helpful read!
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I have ever read! It's a perfect self-help guide.Reading this book in itself was a healing experience.I just wish to practice living with intent in its truest sense.Highly recommend!
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'll preface by saying I did receive this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This was the first book i've read about living with intent and I will say I adored this book! I was unsure of the book at first because I really couldn't relate to the lifestyle of over scheduling myself or family and being overwhelmed by that. I am, by nature one who likes my downtime, but that downtime doesn't mean living my life with more purpose. The first part of the book that made me take notice was when
Tangled in Text
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How can you say something negative about something so positive? My husband can tell when I love a book because I tell him all the details and I start reading sections to him or make him participate if its an interactive book. I enjoyed sharing tips about being positive, living in the present, and live with even micro intents.

My first intent after reading this book is to sit down with my husband and have us both complete our priorities of intent circle and see if we can help each other out in ma
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Mallika Chopra, the daughter of Deepak Chopra, and the founder of shares her journey to find more balence in her life. Though she was raised to meditate and was asked to speak on topics such as intent and balance she discovered that she wasn't actually living that life. Like many people before her she researches, interviews, and attempts to live out the practices she learns.

This is a bit of superficial look at living a more balanced and intentional life. At one point she bemoans the f
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MALLIKA CHOPRA is the successful author of two previous gift books for parents, 100 Promises to My Baby and 100 Questions from My Child. She is a busy mom of two, a successful entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of and Intentblog, a successful social media site and its sister blog. Chopra grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and graduated from Concord Academy, Brown University, and the ...more

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