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We're thrilled to introduce our Community Organizer Lakhpreet Kaur! Lakhpreet is co-leading our latest local initiative ATX Community Allies Network to grow activism in #ATX, and is a prolific writer, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Kaur Life, a non-profit online magazine geared to empowering Kaurs (Sikh women). Welcome aboard, Lakhpreet!

Tell us about yourself; where do you call home, what's your spirit animal, what's your personal motto?

I grew up in Wisconsin and through a winding path, have recently made Austin my home. My spirit animal is probably a cat, because I like naps. But, I hope it will one day be a unicorn - they're magical, glittery, and fun.

What are your current projects? And hobbies?

I currently serve as the Editor-in-Chief of Kaur Life, a non-profit online magazine geared to empowering Kaurs (Sikh women). I'm also a freelance writer.

I love hiking, rock climbing, playing violin, and trying new desserts with friends and family.

How was your journal Kaur Life born, and how has it grown and evolved over time?

"I have a sister who is eight years younger than me so, when I started college she was just starting middle school. At the time, there so many things I wanted to talk to her about like Sikhism, friends, family, career, dating, identity, and self-development, but I felt like she was too young. My solution was to start a blog to document my thoughts and some of the lessons I learned. I felt that a blog was a good vehicle because if and when she wanted to access it, it would be available to her whenever and wherever she was. Soon, I started adding other Sikh women’s stories to the blog to add a more diverse perceptive. Over time, I realized that Sikhs from across the world, beyond my sister, were reading it and finding the blog to be a beneficial resource. So, in 2014, I formalized it into a non-profit, online magazine called Kaur Life." Source: http://bit.ly/2kkCNeL

Today, it has over 9,000 followers and over 200 writers. 

Is there a main message you want to convey through your work?

I want people to understand that their stories and struggles are valid. Sharing these stories can help others feel connected to something larger than themselves and can help in their journey to self-determination. 

What do you hope to achieve with ATX CAN?

I think ATX CAN's mission aligns with my personal purpose: to help create a more just, compassionate, sustainable, and creative world. I'm excited to see how ATX CAN will facilitate a greater feelings of camaraderie and hope in our Austin community. 

What are you most thankful for?

My family, my doggie, and mangos.  

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Lakhpreet Kaur is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Kaur Life, a non-profit online magazine geared to empowering Kaurs (Sikh women). She is also a freelance writer and has been published on NBC News, Ms. Magazine, Huffington Post, and other online journals. 

Lakhpreet's personal purpose is to help create a more just, compassionate, sustainable, and creative world, specifically through healing the environment, advocating for Sikh rights, and promoting women's empowerment while embracing beauty and humor.