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Rising Stars: Meet Sandra Foreman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandra Foreman.

Hi Sandra, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
The Spa in Me, L.L.C. is a reflection of my personal journey to make more time for myself and to live a more vibrant lifestyle. It’s a departure from how I previously lived. From a young age through a significant portion of my adulthood, my work ethic merged on the edge of workaholism. Whatever I set out to do, I aimed for perfection, which I now know is not possible and it’s not healthy. But, at the time, I did not have the insight to live any other way.

It wasn’t until I worked my way to extreme stress and exhaustion that I started to pause. I had to find ways to manage my stress. The only problem is that I didn’t know what brought personal joy and fulfillment into my life since I had never done much of anything for myself. So, I went through a period of exploration and self-discovery. I remember that time vividly because I stepped outside of my comfort zone on many occasions. Ultimately, I learned that journaling, spending time outdoors, reading for pleasure, and going to spas and retreats were the activities that made me feel blissful.

As I changed my lifestyle, many women would ask about my wellness journey. I shared what I knew and, eventually, started The Spa in Me, L.L.C., in 2016. Initially, I blogged about wellness destinations in the Austin, Texas, area. I later hosted a retreat for women at beautiful outdoorsy venues near Austin in 2018 and 2019. The Spa in Me, L.L.C. also sponsored two community book clubs for women who wanted to make more time for reading.

With the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, I pivoted. I decided to make information about worldwide spas, retreats, and wellness venues readily available in a weekly newsletter and in an online directory.

For far too often, I’ve had conversations with women and men that have never traveled to a spa or gone away on a retreat. And, when I planned my first women’s retreat, the organizations I joined were not familiar with the off the grid, beautiful, and breathtaking venues surrounded by nature that I had become accustomed to frequenting while on my getaway excursions as a scouting mom and as a frequent retreat attendee.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. Going to a retreat is an activity that many people don’t experience, so I found it challenging to convince women about the importance of getting away. Because I planned the retreat as a way to introduce women to different self-care rituals they could continue at home, I understood the importance of emphasizing the benefits they would achieve by attending.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
The Spa in Me, L.L.C.’s mission is to share information about wellness destinations, such as spas, retreats, wellness events, and venues that are designed to improve physical, mental, and emotional health. We provide wellness seekers with a space to discover and experience thoughtfully curated experiences and outdoorsy venues. We also want to help the businesses listed in our directory and highlighted in our newsletter thrive as they look after our wellbeing.

Because I’m a lawyer, people find it puzzling that I would have an interest in wellness. They aren’t able to connect the dots, so it’s always an enlightening conversation for me to have with someone. Unfortunately, lawyers are among the top professionals with a high suicide rate. We have demanding careers that deal with much adversity and we take the weight of that responsibility with us when we leave for the day to go home.

College and law school prepare students to work in professions. But that approach is one-dimensional. We are human beings that aren’t able to easily set aside our emotional, mental, and physical health when we enter the workplace. We bring our entire selves to work. Students aren’t taught how to work holistically. For this reason, many of us are ill-prepared when we’re faced with unforeseen challenges.

I’ve worked as a health and disability lawyer for over 20 years. Instead of addressing health issues after the fact, my mission is to promote health and wellness by giving people tools and strategies to deal with personal crises before they happen or as they are going through them.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
My favorite childhood memory is reading. I traveled to many places through my books, and I never felt alone when I read.

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