Episode #176– Interview with Cara Irene,
Cara Irene is the founder and CEO of “State of Unity”, a group travel company that helps people travel with purpose and live with adventure. Her mission is to help people step out of their comfort zone and try something new, connect with a new culture, and see the world.
Cara grew up in rural Wisconsin and after graduating from the University of Wisconsin she relocated to the warmer climate in Florida. For a decade, she worked as a Senior Event Coordinator, planning events and retreats for Fortune 500 companies and C-Suite groups. She is great at logistics, negotiations, and creating unique experiences.
Her passion is travel and that has allowed her to tour around the world, fueling her passion for bringing people together, and helping people “Travel with Purpose and Live with Adventure.”
In high school, Cara started smoking cigarettes, then weed, trying to assimilate with a group of people. She never felt that she was fitting in anywhere, and doing drugs seemed like the best route to identify with others.
In her senior year of high school, a neighbor shared cocaine and that’s what led her to try pretty much anything someone would offer. That destructive path took her to the lowest point in her life when her father came to bail her out of jail, as she was being charged with drug trafficking.
In her words, “By the grace of God, I was placed into a drug rehab program that dropped the felony charges if I completed the program.” And she did successfully complete the 12-month recovery program.
Knowing she didn’t want the drugs anymore, she applied for college, started attending church, made new friends, and began working out. Her life was then transformed into the person she wanted to be!
Today, Cara’s mission is to help people step out of their comfort zone and try something new while connecting with a new culture, and seeing the world.
Her website and social media connections are:
Company website: https://stateofunity.org/
Podcast Link: https://anchor.fm/stateofunity