Let me be…

Let me be
When I want to play in my mother’s womb
Let me be
When I want to feel visible
Let me be
When I wear blue and black
Let me be
When I don’t want to braid my hair
Let me be
When I want to be a tomboy
Let me be
When I want to be different
Let me be
When I feel various emotions
Let me be
When I hit puberty
Let me be
When I don’t want to marry
Let me be
When love is love for me
Let me be
When I want to travel the world
Let me be
When I want to wear shorts
Let me be
When I don’t confirm
Let me be
When I wish to pamper myself
Let me be
When I am defensive and loud
Let me be
When I am calm and compassionate
Let me be
When I am an extrovert
Let me be
When I don’t want to talk
Let me be
When I don’t want to get hurt
Let me be
When I don’t want to banter
Let me be
When I want to rule the place
Let me be
When you don’t agree
Let me be
When I don’t fit an honor
Let me be
When I walk away
Let me be
When I want to ink my arms
Let me be
When I want to be a boss
Let me be
When I want to rise
Let me be
Let me be

Call for Mentors

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will,” said George Bernard Shaw.

When I was a 5th grader I declared in front of the whole class, my class teacher, and my 4th grade English teacher about my father being a traveler alongside Gulliver (from Gulliver’s travels) and that he brought home few ‘Lilliputs’.

My class teacher, a strict nun, could’ve easily reprimanded me for ‘lying’. Instead she let my imagination go wild, motivated me to build that story, and I ended up creating little stories of my own about my father’s travels as a sailer. My father was an Academician! Because of her, a story teller was born that day.

And it is because of such amazing teachers, mentors and coaches who don’t judge, let you fail and rise, allow you to learn from mistakes, do weird things with you, and channel possibilities, people like me blossom into who we are meant to be – whether be an innovator, inventor, writer, poet, researcher, technologist, leader, doctor, business (wo)man, politician, or another teacher, mentor and coach.

WIT is in need of mentors that can help turn aspirations into tangible career paths, develop and nurture ideas, transform intent into implementation, and harness the inner potential in their proteges. Mentors are a must in everyone’s life, not just for the hyperimaginative child (like I once was) but for adults who need help navigating their professional stability and progress.

Our next cohort starts February 9th, 2022. To join as Mentor, please follow the link. Approval criteria apply. https://www.womenintechnology.org/mentor-protege-program

I Am Not Afraid

There were times
Where my tears were terrifying
The thoughts of losing love
Felt worse than death
Not that it was exaggerated
But heart had it reasons
Fear superceded all hope
Until I realized it’s matter of time

When doors close on me
I am not afraid to look
For that window of better life
Piece of that heaven on earth
Even though it is never perfect
To push myself to give my best
Despite knowing I might fall
Because getting up matters

When inner demons try hard
I am not afraid to try
Mustering all the positivity
And shut down those roads
That lead to nowhere
While making my own path
Creating those tiny miracles
Each and every single day

When there are cries for help
I am not afraid to give
Even thought I might have little
It makes a difference to help
Giving, then becomes a virtue
Like an old habit that’s engrained
Nothing is more gratifying
Knowing I’ve made an impact

Mentoring is Healing

It may sound stereotypical that my every other post is about gratitude. After many years of mentoring, I decided to be a protégé. Thanks to my leadership, Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy, and my countless blessings, I am being mentored by Linda Dolceamore, PCC, EWF’s Chief Leadership Development Officer. For the first few minutes of my first session, I couldn’t speak much because of my fangirl excitement.

Despite my resilient past, apparent success, contribution to the community and having a voice that matters, I didn’t realize that I was not framing worth of my impact acceptably. While I captured all my metrics on how many this I achieved, and how many that I completed, more than imposter syndrome, it felt materialistic until I talked this through. A simple question on why those numbers matter led to my ‘Bodhi’ flash. I was fostering a deep-rooted antagonism from comparisons (not from my parents) while growing up that curtailed me from being gratified by my true value.

There were so many ‘aha’ moments during my session how even the most tough amongst us have ‘gremlins’ (in coaching terms is a habit that stops people from achieving their goals in business or life), or how we prevent ourselves being our inner champion, that reminds us of our superpower and resolve, the inner voice that prevails, and the qualitative effect of setting SMART goals. Conceivably, mentoring is healing and coaching is convalescence. And as Oprah Winfrey rightly said, “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.”

The Star In Me

The Star In Me — Thank you for showcasing me on your platform. And giving me a chance to make an impact. Thank you for making me a star in your galaxy.

As women, as human beings we have to be deliberate in changing paradigm and perceptions. It is easier said than done, but not impossible.

“People will sometimes put each other in boxes and have biases toward one another because of what they look like or where they come from or who they are. But ultimately, it’s up to us to decide who we are.” – Rich Moore.

#quotudianblessing

Interview with USA Raja Telugu Vlogs

What an incredible first 15 days of the year it has been! Gratitude is all I have for the opportunities, support, and kind words,

Yesterday, the very famous USA Raja Telugu Vlogs gave me the chance to share my personal stories of struggle, satire and success. Never did I expect that anything I’d ever do would get 235K+ views, 9K+ likes or infinitely positive comments. Or that my personal blog would rake 2K+ views a day.

As the saying goes, “All process takes place outside the comfort zone,” last few months have been nothing but that. #quotidianblessing

Imperfectly Perfect

A dot in the grandeur
Invisible to those with view
They see right through it
Until there is a difference
Perhaps when it shines
Like a moon with a fleck
Imperfectly perfect

A voice in the chaos
Inaudible to the loud
They ingnore the whisper
Until the roar reverberates
Perhaps when that’s heard
Like a suprano in the opera
Imperfectly perfect

A truth amongst all lies
Irrelevant to the crooked
They overlook the grit
Until it slashes existence
Perhaps that’s audacity
Like the force of will
Imperfectly perfect

A dare within mediocrity
Obscure to the smug
They are those that falter
Until the rise is a miracle
Perhaps that’s real living
Like evidence of every birth
Imperfectly perfect

Watch “Conversation with Aparna Kadari” on YouTube

Every experience impacts who we become. Thanks to David Raviv, New York Information Security Group, I am able to relive those moments, be grateful to those who helped me uncover my true potential, and the invaluable lessons I learned that contributed to who I am today. . #quotidianblessing

In Your Dreams

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In your dreams they said…
That you’ll survive the competition
While I subtly conquered it all
Finding strength in my mission

In your dreams they said…
You’d muster courage to live free
When I gushed valor and worth
It was quite a sight to see

In your dreams they said…
Anyone would truly ever care
But it wasn’t what they thought
Because mine were always there

In your dreams they said…
That you’ll ever be successful
Yet I broke the glass cliffs
With my support system’s pull

In your dreams they said…
Your aspirations will be fulfilled
None stopped from surging ahead
At becoming more skilled

In your dreams they said…
Anyone would remember your name
Didn’t they know I was a force?
That’s a legacy and not just fame

In your dreams they said…
That you’ll have any good friend
Then I got myself a tribe
Which helps in my ascend

In your dreams they said…
So many things I couldn’t fathom
Too bad they can’t eat their words
When my every dream has come true!

Once

Once I loved a nonchalant soul
Which thought cared for me more
That it wasn’t good enough
And beyond infactuation, I explore

It wasn’t that I asked
Neither were any promises made
Nothing was meant to be
Yet, I didn’t want our relic to fade

So I hung onto it as hard as I could
Knowing well that it wasn’t right
But who was to tell this faint heart
This wasn’t worth the fight

After a multitude of inner bedlam
I didn’t need to relive the pain
Hope we’d never cross paths again
Glad it went its way and I, mine