On New Beginnings…

First glimpse of Mauritius from the plane ©rengineepillay


We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell  

Last year, I took the life-changing decision to leave my job, my surrogate family (aka my friends), my city, and, what I came to see as, my home (the UK) to relocate to my country of birth (Mauritius). It wasn’t a decision I took lightly – it involved a number of late nights drawing and re-drawing up lists of pros and cons, hashing out scenarios with some of my best friends, lying awake at night, tossing and turning thoughts in my all-too frazzled brain until I finally decided that I needed a lifestyle change, a slower, more soulful and intentional way of living.

Announcing ‘Gexit’ (as it came to be known as the diminutive of my full name is Ginee) elicited various responses: ‘But whyyyy?’ (uhm, we’ve gone through this already so many times), ‘I’m really happy for you but from a purely selfish point of view, this is a disaster’ (awww, thanks for being SO honest!), ‘I love you and I will support you no matter what you decide’ (*cries*), ‘Great! I get to come visit you in Mauritius!’ (*note to self: do not give that person your new contact details!* j/k! not really) and so on. It meant saying a number of (teary and cheery) goodbyes but it also gave me excuses to try out the best restaurants in London (see my instagram feed) and have three farewell parties so that  by the time I left not only was I truly and literally stuffed but I was also very much broke!!

Being in Mauritius hasn’t been easy but I’ve woken up with a smile on my face on so many days that I know it was the right decision for me to come back – I’ll write more about what ‘coming back’ actually meant and entailed for me in another post… And, here I am now: trying something new, taking yet another leap of faith to see where it leads me…

‘Atelier Gintzy’ (pronounced gint -from gin and tonic but with a t-  zee) is, therefore, my freelance project to see if I can make it on my own, to put my skills, knowledge and passions to good use: I’m available for academic coaching, writing, and CSR/Legal consultancy. Some of these services are online and thus are available worldwide whilst others are more relevant locally to Mauritius but in any case, please have a nosey around the website and do get in touch if you have any questions and to see how I can help you and/or your organisation.

The blog complements my freelance services as I will be sharing my thoughts (and tidbits) on these topics as well as my experience as I embark on this new path peppered with some personal essays. I hope you’ll come along with me on this journey…

To new beginnings!