TV/Radio Presenter. Teacher. Author. Motivational Speaker
What inspires you to live the life you live?
The devastating death of my beautiful husband Jeremy made me realise that life is so very short and fragile. If a relationship is not nurturing you or it feels toxic, end it. If a job does not make you happy, look for something that does. If a situation is not right for you, change it. Don't wait for tomorrow because today is all we have. We have choices and we owe it to ourselves to choose things that make us happy. And so I choose to live life fully, compassionately and to make a difference – however small. And sharing this message with others – and giving them skills to live happy, mindful lives, keeps me motivated.
What's your favourite piece/source of content?
My favourite piece of content is from my own book – Always With You. I poured my heart and soul into writing it – and it charts out my story to date – love, loss and hope. It contains some of my favourite quotes, and the quote that is most precious to me is:
“If ever there’s a tomorrow when we’re not together… there’s something you must remember… You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think… But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
(in Pooh’s Grand Adventure by Crocker Carter)
Shalini Bhalla-Lucas is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and the founder of Just Jhoom! a Bollywood-inspired dance fitness programme. She is also an accredited mindfulness and meditation teacher – teaching people highly-effective, proven techniques to help combat stress, anxiety and depression.
Shalini has taught dance and mindfulness all over the world and has had TV appearances on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Kenya Television Network (KTN), as well as on numerous radio stations and podcasts. She has been featured in publications such as the HuffPost, RED magazine and Top Santé discussing physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing through dance and mindfulness. She is a trained BBC radio presenter and recently presented a daily segment “5-Minute Mindfulness” on KTN, as well as writing for The Star newspaper in Kenya. She also hosts her own mental health and wellbeing show “Mindfulness, Music & More” on the Nairobi radio station Capital FM.
In July 2018 Shalini self-published “Always With You – A true story of love, loss… and hope” the memoir of her love-story
with her beautiful, kind husband Jeremy Lucas who passed away in 2016 after a two-year battle with cancer. It became a No 1 Amazon Bestseller three months later. Shalini’s second book, “Online Dating @ 40 – The Nobheads, Nutjobs & Nice Guys”, a funny and candid account of the highs and lows of online dating, was published in February 2019. In March 2020 Shalini’s third book “Happiness! Is It Simply A Mindset Shift?” was officially launched world-wide on Amazon.
Shalini is passionate about mental health and continues to work tirelessly in the media to ensure better awareness of mental health issues. She is also a strong advocate for improving legislation, policies and healthcare provision.