A Different Christmas Day

Last year I got to experience a different way people spend their Christmas Day. Every year we spend December 24th with my family in Peterborough, December 25th with my husband’s family and Boxing Day is our family’s Christmas Day. But last year my husband’s family was going away and we would be alone Christmas Day.  I thought it would not be a problem, it was only one day.  Well I thought wrong! By 3:00pm I was starting to feel sad that I was not with family.  So my husband said get dressed we are going out for dinner.  Well, have you ever tried to find a place to eat on Christmas Day?  I had this vision in my head of the movie the Christmas story with the family in the Chinese restaurant.  We finally found a Mandarin Restaurant open but you had to have reservations.  Since there were only 3 of us and it was early they let us in but said we had to eat fast.  I was shocked at the number of people that were there.  It was packed. There were large families all dressed in their Tacky Christmas sweaters, small families bring their elderly Mother or Father out for dinner, couples alone and groups of friends.
This experience made me realize that there are different ways that people spend Christmas and I am so blessed to spend my with my family.
PS – Thank you Mandarin for having a gathering place on Christmas Day so people don’t have to be alone.

May your Christmas and the New Year be filled with love and laughter.

Sherry Robinson and the Staff at Spa Sedona.

THE POWER OF OLDER WOMEN!

There is something to be said for older women.  I’m not just saying that because I am one, but because of what I have learned from older women since I opened Spa Sedona over 10 years ago. Older women have more wisdom, better understanding of what they want, better understanding of what is important in the big picture of things and they know they have to put themselves first before they can help others.  Older women know when to say no, they know the importance of having women friends, and they know how to laugh.  Older women come for regular facials and massages, they bring their friends to chat and relax with them at the spa.

Did I say they know when to say “no”? This was the one thing that took me the longest to learn. When asked to join a committee, chair a group, babysit, be at every event for family and friends, I would do them all.  When it became overwhelming I knew that I had to say no, I had run out of time for myself.  It was very liberating the first time I said no.  It’s ok to say no sometimes and to say yes to yourself. 

Sherry Robinson

Sign up for “THE SEDONA ADVENTURE” Trip to Sedona Arizona

Who likes to travel?  Two years ago I took a trip to Sedona Arizona and I took everyone with me by blogging my trip.  After that trip I had people email me that I should do a guided trip to Sedona.  While here it is!
The Sedona Adventure
March 29th – April 5th 2017
What the package will look like:
Accommodation at a home backing onto the Sedona Golf Course
Yoga on the Rocks
Hiking with a Guild
Golf at the Sedona Golf Course
Day with Native Indian Spiritual Guide
Guided tour of Sedona
South West Art class
3 Elegant dinners out
3 Breakfasts out  

Sunset at Enchantment Resort
Saturday Trip to Jerome Arizona
Come with a friend or by yourself and enjoy this breath taking trip.

More information will be sent out in a flyer with more details.  If you are interested please call 905-686-4955 to sign up.

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Cathedral Rock                          Chapel in the Hill                         Hiking Broken Arrow Trail

 

De-clutter to De-stress

The lazy days of summer are coming to a close and cooler temperatures are here. Fall always gives me that urge to start clearing out, cleaning out and reorganizing. Whether it’s, the changing of seasons, not going to the cottage, or nesting, it’s time to de-clutter. It always makes me feel better when I clean out that closet and take things that have been there for years that I am never going to use again. Value Village is a great place to donate your stuff. De-cluttering is a great way to de-stress. Plus if you ever want to move, you would be forced to do this anyway, so why not do it now. So my goal is, 1 closet a weekend! If I have not used it in a year it goes.

Hope you like my idea and if it would help you de-stress you are more than welcome to use it. Enjoy the cooler weather.  

PS – I’m sharing some of my favorite pictures of the summer.                                                                                 

   My 5 Grandbabies and their cousins        Three handed Crib on the picnic Table      

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                                                   My grandson Cooper doing some extreme tubing           

Girl’s Weekend

This past weekend I had my girl’s weekend.  Each year I have a group of women up to the cottage for a little wine, bonding and fun. Over the years I notice that our conversations have changed. When we first started this girl’s weekend we talked about our jobs, life experiences, our kids and our husbands. Now our conversation ranges from our grandchildren, restaurants, movies and our life experiences.  But one thing has changed; we are starting to talk about our ailments.  When did that happen? It’s the bad backs, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, arthritis and trouble sleeping.  Oh the joys of maturing!
We may have talked about our ailments but that didn’t stop us from golfing, shopping and going on Great Big Mable.

Enjoy your August.
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Women really know how to do it right!

This year I got my first set of new golf clubs.  I had always had my husband’s hand me downs. My husband did not see the need for me to get new clubs. His reasoning was that I didn’t golf enough to get a new set. Well, I had a different opinion.  I went out and purchased a top of the line set. So there!
With my new set of clubs I joined a women’s golf league for the first time.  Little did I know that it was going to cost me more than just the membership?  First I get out there and all the women have these fancy push carts for their clubs. So I had to go out and get one of those. Next was the really cute golf outfits, had to get a couple of those. Then there were all the other things, the holder for your water to keep it cold, tees shaped like a martini glass, fancy ball markers that clip to your hat and not to mention the clubs I didn’t have.
Well I’m all decked out and my husband thinks I’ve gone overboard.  He should never have said I didn’t need a new set of golf clubs!  When are they going to learn?
Have a great summer.

CELEBRATING OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY

Time flies when you are having fun.  It has been 10 years since Spa Sedona opened and it has been quite a ride.  The first three years were the hardest, by six months I had changed all the staff but two(and they were family).  I went to bed every night saying “what have I done” and got up every morning saying “I can do this”. Year three was the turning point and by year five things were going great.  By then we had key staff that are still here.  That made the difference; I needed staff who had the same desire to give the client the “Great Spa Experience” that our clients deserve. Also my decision to hire for reception staff, mature women that had had careers has been the best. 
Some of our highlights from the past 10 years:
5 Marriage proposals
A Woman going into labour after having a pedicure
So many creative Bridal Parties
Being on the TV show “Game of Homes”
Our new addition in 2014
An elderly women not making the corner and almost driving into the Spa
The ice storm 2014 and losing our power two days before Christmas
Three staff got married, Megan, Maureen and Nicole will be married this August
PLUS our many awards, Local Reader’s Choice Award for Best Spa
3 year winner of the Consumers Choice Award for Best Spa GTA East

We could not have done it without you!  We love taking care of you and are looking forward to the next 10.

Thank you so much to you our valued clients.  We are here to service YOU!

A new club I didn’t want to join

I knew this day would come when I would have to write this May Newsletter. In 2007  I first introduced you to my Mom, Mary Dunford who was celebrating her 90th birthday. Each Mother’s Day I would always do a shout out to Mom and let you know how she was doing.  In September Mom passed.  This will be our first Mother’s Day without her. 
Now I join a new club of people that know what it’s like to live without their Mothers.  They too have picked up the phone to call their Mom when something exciting has happened and they want to share. Or they too have made the turn onto their Mother’s street because it’s a force of habit. Then you have this empty feeling that makes you sad, because you remember, she’s not here anymore.
So here is to you Mom, I miss you.
To all our Moms, Grandmothers, Godmothers, Sisters and Aunts, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.

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Last Mother’s day with My Mom, son Jeff, daughter Stephanie and grandson Cooper

INTRODUCING “SPAS AND PAWS”

It pays to go on holidays and let your mind have a rest.  So let me tell you about the great idea I had while on holidays.
I have been taking my dog, Maggie May to the new dog groomers in our plaza, call “Super Mutz”.  Prior to taking Maggie here she had been afraid every time I took her to the groomers. She would shake and want to stay with me. But not with Sylvia and Rhonda at Super Mutz, Maggie just loves them. 
Here comes my idea. What do ‘you’ do when your dog is having their spa service at the groomers? You come to Spa Sedona for “your” spa service.  If your dog is going to be a little longer than you, relax in our relaxation room and have a cup of our imported tea. It’s called “Spas & Paws”.
This is how it would work.
  Check out our video.

https://youtu.be/eTr1Y2EnDMQ

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Maggie May

 

 

March Break – Enjoy your Kids by spending time together at Spa Sedona

I’m reading the biography of Alan Doyle who is a member of the Canadian Band “Great Big Sea” from Newfoundland. He tells about growing up in Petty Harbour in a small house with four siblings. When he grew up and went to St. John’s for University he brought his girlfriend home to Petty Harbour. On the drive back to St. Johns the girlfriend said “I didn’t know you grew up poor”. His thought was “I never thought I was poor”. I just love that line. In his mind he never felt poor. He never went to bed hungry, he had lots of love; his home was full of music and family. As kids everything is bigger and grander than what it actually was and then we grow up. Have you ever gone back to places that you went as a child and it seem so much smaller? Then there were the people you thought were really rich when you were a kid only to find out that was not the case.

Childhood memories are wonderful and we should keep them as long as we can.

Make memories this March Break by spending it with your son or daughter here at Spa Sedona.

Sherry Robinson, Owner Spa Sedona

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