Canada home and the silence present during chess games. “You have to shift the way you look at things,” Muskan explains. “Whatever you look at and focus on, it will continue–the momentum will keep it on going.” The book was recently published and Muskan has embarked on a speaking and signing tour in cities including Los Angeles, New York and soon, Seattle. “The most fun thing about my book is sharing my mesAuthor Muskan Virk sage of love and compassion with everyone around me, and reminding everyone to focus on the good in the world,” Muskan says. “If there’s something bad that happens, like you lose your dog and you can’t find him, then you say ‘I’m sad that I lost my dog, but I’m happy that we spent so much time together.” Practicing gratitude also taught Muskan that sometimes things that appear negative can be opportunities for learning and growth. Muskan recounts a time she had a fight with a friend that ultimately strengthened their connection. “I realized it was a chance to improve the friendship,” she says. “Sometimes people are stronger after dealing with a conflict.” The passion for that started when Muskan learned about gender inequality at six years old continues. With Meera’s help, Muskan has recently launched a Vancouverbased organization called Helping Hands, which will focus on homelessness. Muskan also looks forward to upcoming speaking opportunities at schools throughout the United States and Canada. Although she is growing up in what many would view as an unusual childhood, Muskan says she loves the adventure of being a young author. “I want readers to know I’m a ten-year-old author, but I’m just like any other kid out there. I like to be myself and let my feelings show,” Muskan explains. “I just happened to have an experience that showed me how I can change my perspective to being grateful for what I have, instead of focusing on what I don’t have, and I want to share it with the world.” Muskan will be speaking about gratitude and authenticity on Friday night, April 14 from 7-9 p.m. at Seattle Unity. Tickets $15-30. Muskan will speak again on Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at East West Bookshop, 6407 12th Ave. NE, Seattle. Free. For more information: MuskanVirk.com or @ muskanvirkofficial on Instagram. To connect with Muskan Virk for speaking engagments: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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