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Sonya Gavankar, Image Expert

Sonya Gavankar is an award winning television personality who can be seen hosting programs on PBS, BGTV, and MHz Networks. Her career has spanned diverse programs from international food shows to hard news.

She serves as the face of the Newseum by hosting live interview programs, appearing in video installations, video blogs and game shows. She brings a cohesive voice to the Newseum’s 250,000 square feet of exhibit and interactive programming.

In her free time Ms Gavankar goes behind the camera. Her photography has been shown in several Washington area galleries and she is a casting director for independent films.

In 2013, she joined the Inkandescent team as the supervising producer for the growing TV shows on InkandescentTV.com.

Learn more about Sonya at sonyagavankar.com.

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill