My story.

 
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I like to think my story began long before I was born. It was the stories before my time that led me back to India each year starting from when I was 11 years old. Year after year my mother brought me to our ancestral villages just outside of Ahmedabad, Gujarat and endured the hot summer months as I spent time with my grandmothers and played with the children of the village. Little did I know those hot summer days would one day serve to be some of the most meaningful moments of my life. 

When I was 17, I decided to go between India and the US during university breaks to work with differently-abled (also known to society as disabled) children and young women from villages. This eventually led to the inception of Mamta School and Aahana, a non-profit organization I founded just before my freshman year of college. More importantly, it led me into the deeper unknown of development work and what it means to be of service. 

With a background in business, I had the privilege of working across industries in the corporate, start-up, and non-profit world. However, it was through a series of questioning that I decided to leave the world that others deemed "successful" to pave a path of defining success on my own terms. In 2015, I left the United States to come closer to my ancestral roots in India, discover a deeper part of myself, and the gifts I knew I had to offer the world. When I left, I left with questions about the world and the very systems we participate in each day. I questioned my role within these systems and how we as humans can bring deep radical and transformational change in order to leave a beautiful, more wholesome planet for our generations moving forward.

 The border of China and Vietnam, 2015.

The border of China and Vietnam, 2015.

For two and a half years, I took these questions with me to every community and person I came across. I traveled around the world, backpacking through Southeast Asia, motorbiking through Vietnam, working in slums, walking 1,000 kilometers across Spain on the Camino de Santiago, and living on and off for 2 years in the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat (view my travel map and photography collection). 

In those years that I traveled within and outside of the United States, I found myself amongst some of the most inspirational communities and people. I learned to believe what I had known all along: there is a way to truly live a life of integration, one which allows us to live our deepest truths and values while still doing the work we need to do in the world. 

Throughout the years abroad, I worked as a part-time consultant for start-up organizations. I worked remotely and for the most part, created my work hours. It was during this time that I began learning more about lifestyle design and what it means to truly live life holistically. I was diagnosed by my doctors in the U.S. with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), but through a series of diet, exercise and lifestyle changes, I re-balanced my hormones and cured most of the symptoms. This only furthered my commitment to sharing what I learned with others so they can also feel the life altering effects of stepping into a life of courage to build and live a life they feel called to live. 

My work now takes place at the intersections of inner transformation and systematic change. I currently speak and conduct workshops to university students independently and through The Thinkers Global. To learn more about the work I am currently doing or how we can potentially work together, click here

Before you leave, I would love to stay connected with you and have the opportunity to share more resources and tools with you through my weekly newsletters. You can do so by entering your name and email here. As many of you know, I firmly believe in the power of designing a life that fits who you are and the gifts you have to offer the world. I've put together some resources that helped me in my journey that you can find through this PDF. It may take some time to get through, but some of those resources in there are golden. I'm excited to hear how it goes for you - don't hesitate to reach out and let me know! 

Thank you so much for being here and taking the time to learn more about my work & story. 

I'm looking forward to being a part of your journey and staying connected! 

With love,

Rina