What you can see, you can be! – Vandana Mohture

Hello everyone, I am Vandana! I am the founder of MindArt Coaching and Consulting, Mindset and Leadership Coach and Human Behaviour Strategist based in Sydney and working globally.

What’s my story all about? In a nutshell, it’s a simple story of having love and gratitude in my heart,

courage to pursue the whisper within me and trust in the journey of “becoming”.

I was born and brought up in Nagpur, Maharashtra. My father retired as a Principal of an Arts and

Commerce College and my mum is a homemaker. We are three sisters, who were raised to be strong and independent, but most importantly compassionate. As kids, we were always encouraged to try new things, stretch our comfort zone, take responsibility of our actions and be grateful for all that we have. These values stay with me till date and give me strength to embark on journeys of uncertainty, eventually leading to learning and growth.

On the surface, my story is pretty straightforward. Born into a loving middle-class family, a studious and sincere girl in school, who did well in academics as well as sports and extracurricular activities, went on to study Computer Science Engineering, got a job in a multinational company, married her college sweetheart, had a beautiful baby boy, travelled to US and then moved to Australia. From the outside, I had everything that one could possibly want. A beautiful son, a loving husband, a supportive family, a prestigious job, yet there was something missing. I knew there was something more that I needed to do, somehow, I wanted to contribute more. I just didn’t know what it was!

In my school days I used to play professional cricket (represented my state in sub-junior and junior nationals). I travelled quite a bit for 4 years, touring from the age of 12. I got to meet different people coming from various walks of life. I would hear their stories, try to understand their world. I could see there was so much pain and suffering, so many challenges that people faced and yet my life was so full of love and support. I developed the values of gratitude and empathy through this experience, along with active listening skills, as I was so curious. People were always my passion. Why people behave the way they do, what makes them think the way they do, what mindset they have, to get through the hurdles in their lives always interested me.

During my engineering years, I had realised that engineering alone was not fulfilling my curiosity. There was something more I wanted to do, I knew there was a different reality ahead of me, but I could not pinpoint. I decided to do an MBA as people and everything to do with them was always of interest to me. However, I got a good job through campus interview and I decided to take it up. I was good at what I did, and I was able to utilise my skills of communication and connection in my job but still, there was this constant knowledge of the fact that there