A Human Story

With travel, adventure, knowledge and a spirited soul, this Gypsy Girl is a human story

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Pathways is taking time every month to interview women that Inspire others to search and find their “greatness“. Vidhya is one of those women.

Vidhya Raghavan is Pathways’ Gypsy Girl, a global citizen and has lived and worked in Australia, Kuwait, Oman and is currently in Saudi Arabia.  Her career spans over 30+ years as a Workshop Facilitator, Coach and Mentor, Account Manager and English Teacher.   She absolutely loves travelling solo and has travelled to nearly 15 countries.   When she is not working or travelling – she enjoys public speaking and enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with people to transform their lives.

So, without further delay, let’s know more about Vidhya.

We asked her:

  • Words that touch your soul: Some of the Sanskrit concepts:
    • Nishkamakarma: acting selflessly without expecting something back;
    • Namaste: the Divine in me greets the Divine in you;
    • Ananda which means bliss – I like this because it does not necessarily mean happiness which requires a reason to be happy. Bliss happens without any reason.
  • Greatest Comfort: My greatest comfort has to be the whispers from my heart – when I stop still, really still…. and go quiet – my heart whispers the messages I need to hear. It is very comforting to me.
  • Things you should be proud of: My resourcefulness.  My ability to ‘bloom where I am planted’  (@Cindy Smith).  I started working when I was 16.5 years old in corporations and have worked in 5 different countries and have travelled solo to may be 15 different countries so far.
  • What you are grateful for: I am grateful for the insights that I get, for the people I am surrounded by, the gifts that the Divine has given me, the lifestyle I am able to lead where I can freely make multiple career choices in the one life and travel wherever I want.
  • Ways in which you can love others: I love to cook and feed people and make them happy.  I believe that if I can make the stomach happy, then I can make the heart smile.   The way to anyone’s heart is defo through the stomach!
  • Things that make you happy, body and soul: Mexican nachos with melted cheese, idli sambar – a South Indian traditional dish, relaxing massages, deep soulful conversations with a good friend – late into the night.
  • Places you want to go: Iran, Mexico, Ecuador, Nepal, Burma, Tibet, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia – and the list goes on.
  • Ways to cleanse for spring: I give away 30 things every month. I get my favourite clothes, bags and shoes mended.  I clean up my Mac desktop.  I stock take the kitchen and make sure I have nutritious supplies.
  • Favorite essentials: Olive oil for the skin, sea salt (Black Sea – preferably) for scrubbing the body – trust me, it is energy cleansing after a bad day. Long cotton dresses for travel.  Cotton pair of pants for yoga.
  • Things that feel like home: My colourful batik sarongs, my hammock in the study, my kitchen gadgets and my favorite pens.
  • Favorite things to make or do: We are talking food right?? Onigiri stuffed with lemon pickle and tuna and wrapped in seaweed, stuffed bitter gourd with hot rice, spicy lemon pickle and deep-fried spicy Indian fritters with chai.
  • Best advice for overcoming failures: I don’t believe in creating a mental world of opposing concepts.  The opposite of ‘success’ being ‘failure’ should be limited only within the dictionary.  In real life, life happens in the grey area, which is 80%.  There is the ‘good’ grey and ‘bad’ grey.  Importantly, we have to define our own relationships with concepts.  For me, instead of ‘success vs failure’, I have replaced that opposing concept with ‘expected outcomes’ and ‘continuous improvement’.  ‘Unexpected outcomes’ can always be repackaged and presented creatively.
  • Ways you are energized: Yoga, power breathing, meditation, imagining a result and writing my way into it, cooking up a storm, a really good mind-shifting conversation with a friend.
  • List five small ways that you can share your gratitude today:
    • I am supremely grateful for my mental and emotional fitness.
    • I am filled with gratitude for the friends I have with whom I can have a deep and meaningful conversation with.
    • I am grateful that I have the freedom to make choices and live my life the way I want to.
    • I am deeply grateful for the people who have crossed my life and taught me the deep lessons I have had to learn.
    • I am grateful to Mother Nature that helps me to be sensitive and intuitive.
  • What skills or abilities are you thankful to have? Intuitive listening – the ability to listen to someone beyond their words.  My ability to capture in words and articulate things that are usually hard to put one’s finger on.
  • What materialistic items are you most grateful for? Definitely my laptop and Careem.
  • What elements of nature are you grateful for and why? 
    • The Red Sea – I am so not a swimmer and I am able to float easily and really let go and relax because it is so salty.
    • I love storms – especially listening to the rain falling on a tin roof – it is so incredibly soothing and mesmerizing.  Even better, thunder and lightening whilst walking on the beach – it feels like Mother Nature has put on a special fireworks display with only me as its private audience.
  • What aspects of your work environment are you thankful for? Supportive coordinators, simplified exams, the ever resourceful and amazing whatsapp group ladies, and most important – the 15 SAR healthy salads in the vending machine.
  • What is the best advice you can give people?
    • Travel – there is no better university other than exploring the world. Get out of your comfort zone.
    • Believe that you are far more resourceful than you can possibly even imagine.
    • You have more than one book in you. Write it.
    • Every single person has a supremely unique gift. Find it and use it to serve others.
    • The solution to any problem – physical, mental, energetic or emotional is rhythmic breathing. Learn it and practice it.

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