“I was successful in my 20’s despite my childhood. However, I am successful in my 30’s because of my childhood.”
This is our second spotlight from our Stories From The Road Series. Antesa Jensen’s story began with a childhood filled with physical and family struggles. Travel became an escape for her, to get as far away from reality as possible. She found herself traveling to riskier and riskier places, seeking more intense experiences. Little did she know that a life-threatening situation in South America, and a bout of severe illness, would be the start of her inward journey.
Overcoming Travel As An “Escape”
Antesa spent 12 years in a successful career in the financial and investment banking industry. However, her travel “escapes” still left her emotionally lost and messy. Her frustration led her to sign up for a coaching program – she enjoyed it, and even excelled at it. She realized that being legally blind while growing up (until she received Lasik surgery at 26), not only heightened her non-visual senses, but also enhanced her perceptions about people. She developed a deep sense of empathy, and was often able to hear what people were feeling.
Inspired by her own inward journey, she decided to help others make transformational and sustainable change in life. Adventure Awake was born in 2016 to guide high-performing individuals to realize their leadership potential through outward expeditions, while discovering themselves on their inward journey.
A Unique Way of Crafting Group Experiences
Adventure Awake needed a seamless way to manage expeditions for high-performing individuals for two transformational weeks. Their trips have unique characteristics that set them apart from conventional trips:
- Trips are tailor made. Every trip is designed with each participant’s goal in mind.
- Trips encourage participants to embrace the unknown. Daily logistics while on location are provided no more than 24 hours in advance.
- The experience is all about full immersion. The experience spans three weeks before to five weeks after the trip.
Adventure Awake used YouLi to systematize the experiences that are essential pieces of an Adventure Awake expedition – all in one tool.