This week Addicted is inspired by Priya Chopra, founder of 1Milk2Sugars, one of Canada’s most dynamic Public Relations and social media agencies.
There’s a strange expectation for working women to attempt to “have it all”; the family, the career, the amazing life. While that expectation may be full of pressure, it can also be full of drive, and result in incredibly inspirational women who prove that you can truly have the life that you want for yourself. Priya Chopra is one of those such women. Well educated, an entrepeneur, a working mother, Priya sets a great example for ambitious women everywhere. Born and raised in Montreal, Priya comes from an East Indian background, and speaks four languages, truly epitomizes Canada’s cultural depth and diversity. The now 37 year old studied marketing before delving into public relations, as showcased by her impressive resume listing numerous Fortune 500 companies, including L’Oreal Canada, Campbell’s Soup and Seagrams Brewery. Priya spent some time living in Milan, Italy before returning to her home town of Montreal, where she started her own shop, 1Milk2Sugars, in 2004. In just the last 4 years, 1Milk2Sugars has tripled in size, both in terms of employees and client roster. The PR and Social Media agency has two offices, one in the heart of the Old Port of Montreal and one in the fashion district of Toronto, and represents some of the most prominent international brands in beauty, fashion, entertainment and more. This mother of three is also a queen of work life balance, dedicating as much of herself to her high flying career as to her young family. It’s for all these reasons, and more, that I truly admire Priya Chopra. Read on and see why she is this week’s Addicted Inspiration.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Anything my heart desired! My parents were very encouraging of me following my dreams and making me think that I could obtain anything I set my mind. This really helped me later down the road. I would often change what I wanted to be, almost every month! From fashion designer to journalist to marketer, finally to PR professional.
What are some of the successes (big or small) you’ve had?
Seeing my business evolve and grow every year is by far the most rewarding both professionally and personally. Given the growth has been experienced while raising a young family, this makes me even more happy. Anything that you start on your own from scratch and build from the ground up is by far the biggest achievement. I am also equally proud of the team I have recruited who help me every day to go the extra mile for our clients, always with a smile on our face.
What piece of advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do, or trying to follow their own dreams?
Seize the day – the time is now! I am not a procrastinator, when I have an idea, I move on it with lightening speed. I am very impatient by nature, so this comes easy to me! I would encourage people to not think of the negative but only the positive, to move and act today and write down the path to success with an old-fashioned pen and paper. It is your road map for what you have to do, even if only with baby steps.
How do you manage to do it all?
I try not to overwhelm myself with a long to-do list. I am realistic about what can be done in my day and I don’t stress myself with all the extras, as I know I will get to it in due time. Setting realistic goals is important, and being mindful of your personal time aside from work, also is important to achieve happiness.
If you had one wish to help make the world a better place, what would it be?
When I see the innocence of my children and the way they are with people, I think we could learn a lot. Children are non-judgmental, pure, joyous and just want to be loved. I wish adults could keep these sentiments all through life, despite what hardships they may face.
If you could pick one charitable organization to ask our readers to donate to or volunteer with, which would it be?
Our Agency is a proud supporter of children’s charities such S.O.S Children’s Villages, and The Sick Kids Hospital, thus anything that is related to helping children achieve health, is of utmost importance to me and I would encourage others to support this cause as well.