Andrea Syrtash’s LOVE Challenge: We Have a Winner!

Chocolates, flowers, jewelry or spa? No matter which acts of love your Valentine’s Day brought you yesterday, there’s one that’s always non-negotiable: COMMUNICATION.

Yesterday marked the last day of Healthy Relationship Expert, Andrea Syrtash’s LOVE Challenge: Commit to 15 minutes of daily date talk with your partner. Studies have shown that the average couple with kids communicates uninterrupted for 15 minutes a day or LESS, and that’s no way to keep emotionally healthy. It’s essential to have date talk, not about household chores, bills, kids or in-laws, but to keep the spark alive.

So, how did YOU fare?

There’s nothing we love hearing more than that one of you was able to really make something out of a challenge; that we helped change your perspective and create a happier, healthier life. Dawn-Maia Simmons is a perfect example of this, as she shared her and her husband’s progress throughout the Challenge. I was so inspired and think you will be too! Dawn, we’re sending you that $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Card, along with love and wishes for many happy decades to come.

Dawn-Maia Simmons’ LOVE Challenge Recap:

Feb 2 - My husband and I celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day and this is actually something we have been working on. We are IN!!

Feb 4 – So, today hubby and I talked about his golf lesson with a new instructor and how much he enjoyed the new knowledge. We talked about how the movies “Friends with Benefits” and “Just Friends” were soooo weirdly fairy tale but they tell the story of how we ended up together… it’s kind of funny actually. We shared a giggle about my Facebook status updates leading up to our anniversary, because I have been posting funnies that have to do with being married. He and I also talked about some movies we would like to see together soon.

Feb 5 – I have still been posting a quote or something funny to do a countdown on my status message every day, and also changing my profile pic to a new pic of us each day. So we talked about some of the memories in the pics and about how the quotes or the little sayings apply to us as a couple. We both thought that the quote:

“One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again.” –Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst has been especially relevant for our relationship. It was good to see that we both still have the same vision for our marriage.

Feb 8 – Our talks the past couple of days have been about the prospect of being surrogate parents for a family member that cant conceive. We agree that it will be nice to help another couple realize the dream of parenthood. Our love for each other runs deeply enough that we can both give this gift to someone.

Feb 14 – This last week we have talked a lot about platonic relationships between genders and how often they create issues within a relationship. We have cried, laughed, and cuddled, all bringing us closer to celebrate today, our 12th anniversary together. Today we will get in some QT, starting with a breakfast sans kiddos! Thanks for this challenge, its been really great for us!

You are so welcome, Dawn – thank you for sharing this all with us and Happy 12th Anniversary!

Say It Like You Mean It


Guest contributor: Shelby Jones, ISPA Public Relations Manager

In today’s crazy world, there are more audiences to communicate with through ever-increasing channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and email. Sometimes, it makes us long for the good ol’ days of snail mail. However today, good communication often means fast, up-to-the-minute communication. It’s critical in reaching your business and personal goals. Here are tips on taking steps toward better communication.

  • People DO want to get random text messages with deals and discounts, who knew?
  • Opposites might not attract when it comes to building rapport. In order to build relationships, mime the actions of the person you’re trying to get to know.
  • You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure it’s a good one.
  • Relevant emails are read emails.

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You Talkin’ To Me?

Guest contributor: Shelby Jones, ISPA Public Relations Manager

Communication is the culprit behind breakups, firings and many screw-ups. So, why can’t people seem to get it right? Shouldn’t it be easy to just say what you mean? The Beatles asked, “Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?” The answer is no (please don’t) just make sure you’re communicating clearly. Employees need to know what is expected of them and when it’s being achieved to grow and thrive.

Here are some tips to help you talk it out:

  • Employee of the month: Shine the spotlight on your star employees.
  • Is everyone as dedicated as you are? Keep your best employees happy, and ensure your rising stars keep rising.
  • Don’t sweat the big stuff. Communicating goals, even if they are huge, in small achievable steps will avoid employee freak outs.
  • The hows of setting goals – Give employees an extra push by urging them to achieve their tasks.

Like what you’re clicking? If you’re in the spa industry, we encourage you to become a member of our partner ISPA; weekly e-mails with pointers like these are just one small part of the package to help you succeed!

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