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Gaby, Owner of Funky Tables & Zen House Project

Gabriela D'Aloia


Neighborhood:

Gracia


Hometown/ country:

Caracas, Venezuela


Company and Role:

Founder of Zen House Project & Funky Tables


Industry:

Wellness & Gastronomy


Tell us about your business, and what makes it special to you?

My project is about building a lifestyle of wellness, pleasure and beauty through yoga, travels and good food! Working from my home studio, I offer vinyasa yoga classes that are more a body & soul ritual than your average class. I also let my creativity unfold by designing and arranging beautiful grazing boxes for my brand Funky Tables. What makes it unique is that each month I select and support local bakeries and new talented bakers by curating a selection of specialty cookies and sweets. Using these ingredients I create delicious and visually appealing boxes for my clients.


Tell us about the defining moment that propelled you to start your business, or follow your dreams.

Working in tourism for more than 7 years, my passion for journalism (which is my academic background) travels, gastronomy and yoga were just left as personal hobbies. Back in March 2020 my job came to an end and I found relief by doing the things I love. Slowly, by posting on IG my lifestyle and creations, people have shown interest and starting asking questions. People wanted to come to practice yoga with me or wanted to purchase one of my grazing boxes.




What problem is your business solving? Why is this personal to you?

Connecting with wellness, happiness and pleasure is a difficult task nowadays; however it should be a priority. I see myself as a facilitator of these things and it makes me feel motivated and helpful during these hard times when I am able to help others while at the same time having found my true life purpose.







Tell us how you stay inspired as an entrepreneur.

Keep myself busy by doing or learning things. I look for opportunities to make people happier or their life easier in a funny and unique way. Find your passions and think how those things can make other people happier.



Tell us about a defining career milestone or job that impacted your personal trajectory.

Definitely being an immigrant and coming from Venezuela to Spain was the biggest challenge for me. I arrived here with a lot of hopes and expectations without knowing much about the local situation. It was 2011 and Spain was going through a big economic crisis thus it was very difficult to find a convenient job for me. I decided to change careers and began working in the field that at that time was full of opportunities: tourism.


Tell us about a woman who inspired you.

For me its super important to be surrounded by women who support my growth. Some of my biggest inspiration comes from women like Margaret Thatcher and Michelle Obama.


Do you feel you've mastered work/life balance? What could be improved or what would you like to work on?

Yes, I feel that I've found my balance however I am still working on allowing myself to enjoy resting and not being productive without feeling guilty or anxious.


How do you release and unwind?

Practicing yoga, spending time with my puppy dog and walks in nature make me feel recharged.


What's the next big step for your business?

International Shipping :)


What does the future of business look like for your industry? How are you a part of this change?

By being myself and doing the things I love, I hope to inspire and motivate others to do the same.


Is there a quote/mantra that guides you?

Do your best and keep going, never stop!


Social handle/ website:

@funkytables

zenhouseproject.com





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