Out Of Chaos Blooms Creativity: Author And Entrepreneur Devina Kaur

Nov 30, 2021, 14:11 IST

Devina Kaur

Out of chaos blooms creativity. This thought is topmost in the mind of Devina Kaur. “I never could have imagined that I would end up where I am in my life at the moment,” she tells us. Kaur is a fun-loving, flamboyant, straight-talking author, entrepreneur, filmmaker and inspirational speaker. Born and raised in rural India, she fought to reconcile her traditional upbringing with her ambitions. After a lifetime of being told that she was too fat, too loud, and too ambitious, her world fell apart when she was in her 30s after her arranged marriage ended. Thirty years of desperately trying to be the person everyone else wanted had resulted in loneliness, depression, and confusion. While looking for purpose and meaning, she embarked on a journey of self-discovery that led her to start the Sexy Brilliant™ Global Revolution.

“I originally attended university for business, but I went back to university for a few more degrees to validate myself; every new achievement gave me a greater sense of self-worth. Finally, I landed a job working in the banking industry where I was for 15 years. It was when I was going through my divorce that I started reflecting on my life, and I realised that a career in finance was not what I really wanted anymore; it did not resonate with who I really am.”


When her work had her feeling overwhelmed with stress, waking up in the middle of the night with a heavy feeling, she knew it was time to rethink. “Without telling my family, I quit my job and I became a full-time dog walker. That is where my journey of self-discovery began,” she reveals. She spent hours reconnecting with herself and rediscovering a peace found only in nature, which also provided her with a time for self-reflection.

Having grown up in a conservative culture and family, Kaur struggled every day with accepting who she was, what was expected from her in her roles as a wife, daughter and homemaker, and striking the balance between the two. Her constant came with being “told to lose weight, be thin and fit in so that she would become more marriageable and loveable”. Over the years, she realised it was harder to unlearn the “cultural programming” and become self-aware, and that’s what she did.

Devina Kaur

In the midst of this journey, as life had planned it, Kaur moved to Canada to pursue her university studies. “I never expected it to become a permanent move. Although I love Canada, and there is a certain ease that comes with living here, and many opportunities in existence, I already know that someday I will move back to India. Being in Canada has made me appreciate India and my culture so much more and has made me a better global citizen overall. My home and my heart will always belong in India,” beams the lady who was named among the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of the Year in 2019 and is the winner of a REX Karamveer Award as a “Champion of Change”.

Her radio show, Dear Devina, is about sharing a little bit of India internationally, where listeners call in with their questions. The goal of the show, Kaur tells us, is to be entertaining, educational and to give back to the community. Around the same time, the Sexy Brilliant™ Global Revolution started out with the radical idea that it is okay and absolutely necessary to love yourself. “I have personally struggled with addiction and the shame that comes attached with that. Through my own self-study and personal development, I wanted to create a safe space for people of all shapes, sizes, colours, genders, and sexual orientation,” Kaur shares.


Describing herself as an accidental author, Kaur says she never thought she would ever write a book! She went for it because she had an “unshakable idea”. “My first book Too Fat Too Loud Too Ambitious is my personal story. I wrote The Power Of Being Single, Heart Break Process, The Courageous Move, and How to Make Money Your New BFF because these are the major issues that most people around the world have to deal with, and a balance needs to be achieved. I thought I could help with that through the books.”

If Kaur could share one bit of advice it would be to turn off the outside noise, because the answers come in stillness and silence. “External factors and opinions do not matter. Ask yourself ‘Who am I?’ The answer does not have to be complicated or unique, but it should be the answer that brings you closer to yourself. When you have that answer, spend more time developing that. There will be many challenges and it won’t be a perfect journey, but it will be rewarding,” she says as she signs off.

Images courtesy Devina Kaur

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