The Heroine’s Journey of Ana Isabel (Anais) Conde

What is the think I love most about my work? While I was working in the corporate world, I loved having the opportunity to travel the world. I enjoyed exploring each new country and discovering the culture and idiosyncrasies of its population. I loved mingling and learning from my business partners and associates. It allowed me to broaden my mind and perspective of the world.

Today, as I journey on a new path, I work in a field that I am passionate about – one that allows me to interact with artist from a wide variety of disciplines.

In the future, after completing my studies in Psychology, I hope to unify my Eastern and Western holistic knowledge and offer therapies and guidance to others in need.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? The simple miracles that my senses perceive every day; from a breathtaking sunset, to listening to the sound of the wind, to embracing a tree or smelling the lovely aroma of a flower, or just sipping a nice cup of coffee and have a meaningful conversation, to kissing, hugging and laughing.

What is my greatest fear? Not being truthful to myself.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Not following my intuition, my truth; not listening to my little inner voice.

What is my greatest extravaganza? Taking an airplane ride and crossing the Atlantic from New York to London on the spur of the moment just to meet up with my boyfriend and spend a few days together. We were madly in love, so we took every opportunity possible to travel to unique places, even if it was just for a few days.

On what occasion, would I lie? To avoid inflicting unnecessary pain upon another human being.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? It’s conflicting; sometimes it’s the solitude which at time is what I enjoy the most.

When and where was I the happiest in my work? One of the most fulfilling times in my life was when I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for 12 months. Over the years, I have learned that happiness comes from within. Presently, places and/or circumstances have very bearing on my happiness. In fact, I had another beautiful and extraordinary sense of happiness while being with my mother at the hospital where she was being treated for cancer; during this time we connected, made peace with one another and where able to communicate without words to transcend our past issues. Regarding work, every time I resonate with what I am doing.

If I could, what could I change about myself? I will rephrase that by telling you that I try each day to be the best version of myself.

What is my greatest work achievement? Connecting with people and having an impact on their lives; encouraging them to seek out and experience unique moments, which allow them to grow and become the best version of themselves.

What is the most inspiring location in my city? I am so fortunate to live in paradise. I’m near the water with warm weather and an abundance of green foliage. I’m able to stroll casually across beaches year round and experience beautiful sunrises and sunsets as well as an occasional beautiful rainbow; I could go on and on.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink in my city? Presently, Niu Kitchen Restaurant without a doubt!

Where would I most like to live? A cross between an urban place full of cultural activities and a quiet place by the sea. I guess, I’m living there now.

What is my most treasured possession? If we talking about something material, my Bronze ballerina. I discovered her in an antique store in Edinburgh in the 90’s. Since then, through my many moves, she has always found a place on my night table. Otherwise, I would say my vulnerability, which keeps me grounded.

What is my most marked characteristic? My nurturing side.

What books influenced my life? “The Basic Works of Aristotle”, The Unbearable Lightness of Being’, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, “The Little Prince”, “The Prophet”, “A Course in Miracles”, just to name a few.

Who are my favorite writers? Many…Pablo Neruda, Mario Benedetti, Isabel Allende, just to name a few.

You only die ONCE. What music would I listen on my last day? Schubert’s “Ave Maria”.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Hands down, Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz”

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, Vicente Ferrer (a missionary who spent his life working to improve the lives of the poor in the mission he founded in Southern India), Tao Porchon-Lynch (an inspiring master yoga teacher, who at 98 years of age still teaches.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, or partner-in-crime? My friend Charo; we’ve known each other since we were in our mother’s wombs. We’ve experience so many adventures, travels, laughs and tears, and I anticipate we will experience many more together.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? I love movies, this is going to be difficult, and so I’ll just narrow it down. “Cinema Paradiso”, “Life is Beautiful’, “Amelie”, “The Godfather” (Trilogy), “Antonia’s Line”, “Sophie’s Choice”, “A Royal Family”, “I served the King of England”, “Moonstruck”, “Blade Runner”, “Dirty Dancing”, “A Single Man”, “Amanece, que no es poco”, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” …and many more; I am indeed a cinephile.

What role does art play in my life and work? Art has made a significant impact on me since I was exposed to it in my early 20s. Since 2012, I have been actively working in the field.

Whom would I like to work with in the future? People who love what they do – no matter they are doing.

What project, in the near future, am I looking forward to working on? Local and International projects which unify wellness, art, yoga, healthy cooking, and music from around the world.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It means that when you truly love what you do, you do it until the day you die. Once you know your passion and truth, there is no turning back.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Maria Lafuente, a talented Spanish fashion designer, Rufina Santana, an amazing plastic painter from the Canary Islands, Claudia Stilianopoulos, a maker of elegant and graceful functional sculptures, Amparo Yuste, a creative business woman, and Erin Fabian, one of my best friends and a multi-talented woman. The list could go on…

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