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Some people are born with a vision. Some people are driven to be artists or mathematicians. Me? My driving force is creating connections. I am a connector. A harmonizer. I write to uplift. I research to connect. I see and do strategy in my sleep or when I am running and when I am doing the dishes. Technically, all humans are connectors with the little neurons in our brain firing and building microscopic connections from before we ever leave the womb. God granted me the gift of being hyper-aware of these connections and endowed me with the ability to anticipate tipping points. I meditate, and I do yoga because sometimes my brain needs to rest and settle. I need to focus on my breath because sometimes I forget to breathe. Yes, breathing is an autonomic reflex, but that doesn’t stop me from holding my breath when I am focused on a particular breakthrough or a significant connection making strategy session. Alibcandid is a blog with a mission. A mission to uplift my generation of Xennial women by writing about our experiences and our challenges, our successes, and our goals. It is a place to manifest our abundance and to recognize our vulnerability. To identify our connections and to nurture our community.

What’s in a name? “Ali” because my I like diminutives. You can call me “Ali” if you wish. “Candid,” because I am from the Colorado west and I don’t like to beat around the bush. Just say it. Of course, I don’t believe in being rude; however, I do believe in being authentic. And please, if I have food in my teeth, tell me. Be candid!Originally from Boulder, Colorado in the western United States, I currently live on the border between Pays Basque and Sud Landes along the Atlantic coast in France. I am a mother, a wife, and a friend. I regularly drink too much coffee. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, running, cycling, reading, watching music videos on YouTube, learning new things, and of course, a glass of French wine.  Professionally I am a personalized virtual business strategist focusing on practical content and clear communication. You can find me at Alison Rakoto if you would like to learn how you might benefit from my LinkedIn and Career Coaching services!I’d love to connect with you on LinkedIn, and if you think you might benefit from my writing or career services, please reach out. I look forward to speaking with you.