I’m going to tell you a story…
There once was a girl who had many activities. She grew up juggling lessons of ballet, tap, jazz, tennis, badminton, swimming, computers, Japanese language, contemporary dance, flamenco, and figure skating. She was a busy girl and also had grown up in two different countries with summers in other countries. By the time she was 18, she had traveled to 9 countries and numerous cities and towns in Asia and the US.
This teen graduated high school and moved around the world to go to university. After two years at a liberal arts college, she transferred to UCLA’s department of World Arts & Cultures dance studies department. Armed with ambition, she moved to New York City and worked as a contemporary dancer, choreographer, dance educator, administrator. Eventually she started her own project based dance company and toured different festivals, presented at conferences, and taught workshops in the US and around the world.
Not resting on her laurels with wide interests she also dabbled in hospitality, events, food and beverage, blogging, make up artistry. After an epiphany in the Swiss alps as part of a solo birthday trip, she decided to make a change in her life. She wanted to travel more and be a part of the travel industry. Upon her return from that trip, she began her journey and applied for a postgraduate study in Hospitality Management in Switzerland.
Upon graduation, she landed an internship in social media at a large hotel company headquarters in Brussels. Due to a series of unfortunate events, she ended up finishing her internship remotely in a small studio apartment back in Switzerland. Working remotely and being location independent for those last 3 months was eye-opening and gave her an idea to become a digital nomad. She became an avid travel blogger after the internship and did not spend longer than a couple months in one place.
Frustrated with her job search for a part time remote gig and not finding positions that she felt would utilize her strengths and talent in connecting with people, dance, hospitality, social media, blogging, hospitality, and her interests in food and wine pairings. She was also frustrated with meeting loads of people and having the same small talk conversations that would bore her. Her dream to have a retreat bed and breakfast where artists and guests would have an open meaningful dialogue with each other in the future seemed so far away.
She drove her ambition at a high speed chase and decided to go for it. Discussions and recruiting a couple friends with varied interests and talents, Social Zen Retreats was born.
The road to entrepreneurship is not easy and takes a lot of guts. It is scary. Alaine is scared but excited at the prospect of making a life more meaningful and pushing for others around her to strive for more authentic lives.
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