A virtual Valentine’s Day party for everyone
NEW YORK – When the pandemic shut down the planet, personal coach Amelia Fortes (36) was already on a mission “to teach people how to create deeper self-love and make self-care a priority.”
Fortes had launched a coaching business a few years earlier and was helping several people with their career, their relationships with others, and with themselves. “States Fortes: “I wanted to be the change I want to see in the world.”
Unfortunately, the lockdown put a damper on the plans of this former Wall Street analyst and computer engineer turned healer and entrepreneur. After almost a year of isolation, she wanted to do something to help her friends and clients connect with each other again.
“People are starving for deeper connection,” laments Fortes. “they go around searching for the wrong things in the wrong places and lay at home at night secretly wondering what’s wrong with them. The truth is, nothing is wrong with them, they just need to tweak their game plan a bit.”
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, a friend had an idea. Why not throw a virtual singles party?
“During my 20s, I referred to the holiday as singles awareness day… mostly because it was a chance for all the couples to flex the biggest stuffed animals, flowers, and red and pink balloons while those who were single walked the halls empty handed and painfully aware of their current relationship status.” says Fortes. “Now, I see it as a wonderful opportunity to remember the important relationships in your life — not only with family, friends, and lovers… but your relationship with yourself.”
Her friend, Ramon Gil, worked at a start-up that offers free virtual event spaces. “The beauty about an online event is that anyone from anywhere can attend.” shares Gil. In fact, they are opening up the Valentine’s Day party to everyone and anyone in the world who wants to come. “It will be a rolling event. So the official start time will be at 7pm in whatever time zone you’re in and will go on for 24 hours, theoretically.”
Fortes herself is single. After the recent end of a 5-year relationship, she is currently taking a break from dating and is open to meeting new people. “I want to let people know that a break-up is not a failure of a relationship… just a plot twist in the story of life.” Fortes says with a wink.
“The pandemic has placed many people in a state of fear and distrust and therefore stagnation in dating. Others, in a state of impulsive behavior, are getting into misaligned ‘situationships’ out of fear of being lonely. On either side of the spectrum, no one is happy.” Fortes is hoping a fun-filled Valentine’s Day party will help.
“The virtual space we’re using is not just a video chatting platform. It’s an actual immersive environment where people can move around, mingle, socialize and, of course, flirt.” offers Gil. “It’s the perfect online destination for meeting new people.”
When Fortes thinks about what she misses most about pre-pandemic times her thoughts turn to “ease of travel, eating indoors at new restaurants, and dancing with friends, lovers, and strangers.” Hopefully, this super singles party helps with that.
The Valentine’s Day Party starts at 7:00 pm in all local time zones on February 14. The link is https://www.kumospace.com/valday
You can find more information on Amelia Fortes at https://www.ameliafortes.com/