International Women’s Day is when we celebrate the diversity of beauty in women from all walks of life and to honour their personal achievements in respective fields. In light of 2017’s theme “Be Bold for Change”, we interviewed three spa therapists with different backgrounds and nationalities about their journey at Banyan Tree. They shared their challenges and milestones as they make a difference for themselves and their loved ones, whilst inspiring us with the importance of perseverance and resilience.
As a brand which believes in diversity and equality, we share their stories in the hope that they inspire you, as they have us, to boldly take the step towards achieving your aspirations and dreams.
Having dedicated 9 years to Banyan Tree Spa, Sasmita is a committed and determined individual. Despite growing up in Indonesia with the social stigma of the spa industry being ‘dubious’, Sasmita never gave up on her pursuit.
“I knew for sure that I wanted to be a part of Banyan Tree Spa since I was 18.” Sasmita said. “My friends would often discourage me and I have to admit that the negative associations of being a spa therapist made me doubt my decision then.” Sasmita laughed as she confessed about this insecurity she struggled with.
“I have grown to be proud of what I do. A spa therapist is someone who brings healing to people as she treats their minds, bodies and souls.”
However, being enrolled into Banyan Tree Spa Academy changed that for her. It wasn’t an easy journey as Sasmita battled the learning curve and challenges under the stringent curriculum. She referred the experience as a life changing one where she grew as a person, and truly understood what it means to be a spa therapist. “I have grown to be proud of what I do. A spa therapist is someone who brings healing to people as she treats their minds, bodies and souls.”
But what made this journey so worthwhile was not only the exposure and self-growth Sasmita experienced. When asked about her greatest takeaway, she undoubtedly revealed that it was being able to provide financial support for her family. Despite not being privileged with financial stability in her family, she never once saw it as a shortcoming in life. Instead, it was what kept her going on, especially during trying times.
“We can all achieve our goals, no matter who we are or where we are from.”
“I was the eldest in my family, and it is my responsibility to take care of my 3 younger siblings. It made me happy to know that I am able to provide for their education and living expenses. I realised that we can all achieve our goals, no matter who we are or where we are from.” It was this tender and giving side of Sasmita which reminded us about our ability to achieve and make a difference when we truly believe in our purpose and capabilities.
“Regardless of our gender and background, we are equal.”
Before we wrapped up the interview, we asked Sasmita share with us what it means to be a woman - “To me, a woman can earn their own income and support their families. Regardless of our gender and background, we are equal. And we deserve to be given an equal opportunity to contribute and achieve.”
As we celebrate this meaningful day, let’s always remember that diversity and equality are connected together in the same thread. Great changes happen when we decide to be our own positive charge, so here’s to building a supportive community together – one which embraces differences and empowers everyone to be bold and fearless in their pursuits, no matter what gender or background.