WHERE I’M AT RIGHT NOW
It’s noon and I’ve been up for quite a few hours, starting my day with a mediation, a little stretch, some pottering around my new apartment that I’ve rented for two months, and a Skype call with my mum, who wants to know exactly what I’m eating and what my life is like.
There’s a fruit salad and home-made yoghurt topped with roasted coconut flakes, nuts and seeds to the left of me; a masala chai to the right of me; and me with my notebook and iPad sat in the middle. Writing emails to new coaching clients, and updates for the blog. Preparing notes for the digital Gypset Mindset program I’m working on, and crossing off accomplishments as they are completed from my list. Sitting cross-legged on a cushion with a very happy heart, and a gentle smile on my face.
As I sit here tapping away at my darling treasure of an iPad that has faithfully served me and my business for the past 18 months and through over 10 different countries, I look around me in deep gratitude to the journey that has led me to where I am today.
Three weeks ago I told you I was going to India.
Just over three weeks I’ve been here now.
And while the words to adequately share with you the peace in my heart, the contentment in my soul and the complete KNOWING that I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now, escapes me at present, I wanted to share with you some of the beauty I get to experience every day.
THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
The infamous German Bakery in Anjuna, where I am sitting right now, and often come to work in the company of fellow travellers, gypsetters, hippies and yogis. This is where I like to top up on their delicious ‘Crazy Coconut’ drink – a perfect concoction of coconut water, Spirulina and a touch of honey to sweeten the deal.
One of the many beautiful sunsets that we enjoy on Vagator Beach, huddled together as a family converging from many different nations. I have friends here that gather every year for the season from every corner of the earth, and many, like me, are mixed-race, thereby creating a truly global community.
Vagator Beach during the day, where we share the space with cows and enthusiastic volleyballers.
Shiva, the god of destruction and creation is an important deity for the Hindus; carved into a rock and making his presence known. Shiva is the god of the yogis, self-controlled and celibate, while at the same time a lover of his spouse (Shakti). Lord Shiva is the destroyer of the world, following Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver, after which Brahma again creates the world and so on. Shiva is responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction and in the positive sense of destroying the ego, the false identification with the form. This also includes the shedding of old habits and attachments.
Hunting for treasures at the weekly flea market in Anjuna, which is on every Wednesday from 8am to 6pm. This is where you can find all the pretty things that your heart could dream of, including many local western designers with a distinct style and fashion curated especially for the Goan seasonal travellers.
I love looking up and being entranced by the palm trees! Nature is a beauty to behold.
INDIA, IN PRACTICAL TERMS
My main concern coming to India was most definitely the internet connection. How would I continue my
digital addiction online business, with an unreliable internet connection!? This is one of the reasons I chose Goa: the wealthiest and most built up state of India, with the highest proportion of western needs to cater for. It was my best bet!
Luckily, my wifi connection at home works well enough. I’ve only had one issue when the power went out, moments before a coaching call (!) and have since invested in a 3G sim in case of emergencies, and sussed out the best cafes in town with a solid internet connection. This is a huge improvement since I was last here in 2008 and again in 2009.
Upon arrival, I stayed in a guest house for a week, while I searched for a house or apartment to rent for a two month duration. This has been sought out and found: a perfect two bedroom apartment that I moved into last Wednesday in the centre of Anjuna, surprisingly quiet, very safe with its own security guard and pool for only $400 a month. My good friend Lily is coming to join me here in a few days. This is going to be fun!
(Check out these beautiful handmade mats I’ve bought for the two bathrooms for only 50c each; and sweet little hooks to attach to the wall of my bedroom as a make-shift wardrobe. The hooks were less than $2 each!)
In general, life happens much slower here. And I like it. There’s no rushing around or stressing. Most people are very laid back and many are just enjoying not having to BE or DO anything important. I have the freedom to manage my time as I please; usually working a few hours in the morning and evening, spending time catching up with friends and exploring new beaches, towns and markets.
I have set myself a goal while I am here. Next to managing my business, I am at the very fringe of developing my first ever online program, designed especially for people who want to live their life with much more time, space and freedom. It’s for people who want to travel, and earn a living at the same time. It’s for creative and professional women who dream to make the world their oyster. It’s for people like you, and like me! Gypsetters. For people who want to know what it takes to live life like this, and how to get the Gypset Mindset. I’ve given myself two months to create the content, develop the structure and design the program, in preparation for launch in May or June. Let’s see how I go.
I’m excited to see what life has in store for me next, and how things will develop in the next few months. In the meantime, I’d love to answer your questions about living, traveling and working in India. Email me here and I will reply to you with as much detail as I can! I’m currently working on a Gypset Guide to Working From India post, and want to make sure I cover all the inquisitive questions you might have.
Ok, back to work! I need to write a few more emails before I can head off to the beach!
Swooning to you softly,