On Mondays we like to share a short format interview with one of our wider Gather community members. Just a handful of questions with a generous helping of everyday inspiration to tuck into over your morning cuppa. This week, meet Raksha.
"It wasn't about getting the piece of paper with my name on it, it was about achieving something that I knew I could do. I just needed a chance. My family has never gone to university because they have never been given the opportunity. So I decided to create my own..."
What part(s) of the world do you call home?
I was born in Suriname, a small country in South-America with a population of roughly 590,000 people. Ninety-five percent of the country is forested. I feel at home when I'm in the beautiful tropical rainforest of Suriname, surrounded by colourful flowers and jungle noises.
Whenever I have the opportunity to visit my birth country, I make sure that at least part of my trip is spent sleeping in a hammock in the rainforest, feeding the monkeys in the morning, learning about the medicinal power of the plants and trees. And of course, stuffing my face with the delicious and unique fruits and vegetables Suriname offers!
My second home is in The Netherlands where I grew up. Especially Amsterdam with its vibrant character makes me feel alive and loved. People are open-minded, innovative and invest a lot in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You can find vegetarian and vegan lunchrooms and restaurants in every part of the city, yoga and meditation centres have been popping up for years and last but not least: the air is cleaner than in most cities across the world, mostly due to the cycling mentality. I love cycling and the first thing I bought when I moved to London was a bicycle!
What is your industry, hustle, current project or passion?
I am a professional actor and I have recently set up a life coaching business. As an actor, I have a dynamic life which means that a 9 to 5 job can be tricky because I can be called in for an audition at any time.
I've been a scholar of self-development, leadership and communication for the past 10 years and really wanted to create my own flexible job, one that I love doing. Combined with the knowledge of human behaviour and psychology that acting has taught me, it totally made sense to become a life coach. It's funny how you connect the dots when you look back at everything you've done. Suddenly, it all makes sense.