Daring Spirit: Jean Theberge of A Petite Retreat
Jean is a licensed Aesthetician, ARCB certified reflexologist, Reiki II practitioner, nail technician, and owner of a lovely salon called A Petite Retreat.
Jean likes to stay on her (well-tended!) toes - she is continually studying and learning new techniques, even after decades in her industry.
We love the idea of balancing body, mind, and spirit (of course), so it was a real treat to find Jean and know that she's happily creating an oasis for tired bodies to be rejuvenated, thereby lifting spirits!
Daring Spirits: Tell us about a decision that felt really bold.
Jean: Besides jumping in and buying the first salon in 1989, I'd say making the decision to change things up and strike out on my own - with no employees or coworkers. It meant giving up that incarnation of myself as a business owner and service provider, and creating my new reality; it allowed me to bring A Petite Retreat to life.
A Petite Retreat offers clients a peaceful get-away from life's stress - a small snippet of time to indulge in well-deserved and well-needed break for the body in order to replenish the spirit. Because the concept of relaxation is subjective, I offer a variety of wellness services. I take great care to provide each client with quality products and services in a relaxing and comfortable environment.
Daring Spirits: Describe a time when things went "wrong" and then the Universe delivered.
Jean: In 1989, I was a 25 year-old divorced single mom. I was presented with the opportunity to purchase the precursor to A Petite Retreat from the previous owner.
My attitude was if I failed, I was young enough to start over again!
Twenty-seven years and two business model reinventions later, I have never looked back or needed to start over again. The universe has delivered in spades!
Daring Spirits: Beach or Mountains? Sweet or spicy? Window or aisle?
Jean: Ah, Beach. My husband and I love lighthouses. We have visited hundreds in North Carolina, Michigan and PEI.
Spicy. Thai, Vietnamese, Indian. Love it all!
Aisle. As much as my brain enjoys the window, my bladder wants the aisle!!
Daring Spirits: If I fail, I'm young enough to start over.
That's a great example of mocking something up with neutrality - starting down a path, and not being overly-attached to it leading to one particular place. Jean, thank you for sharing a glimpse into your story.
We don't need to use our clairvoyance to know that our paths will soon lead us to A Petite Retreat! If you'd like to know more, you can visit the salon online at www.apetiteretreatandover.com. Perhaps it's time for you to treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation, too!
photo: Jean Theberge