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New Wellness Mission Born In Spanista Lifestyle Blog


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Waking Up to a New Dawn And New Way To Wellness – Tampa Bay, Florida

Hello Wellness Seekers,

Ginny Shiverdecker here, Spanista Lifestyle Blogger sharing a unique idea that blends The Art of Self Care with Spa Culture. Welcome to Spanista where the conversation takes flight. 

May I share my story?  Tampa Bay, Florida is my home base when I am not traveling for my style of adventure. In addition to my love of fashion, my passions extend to all things that enhance our wellbeing including Spa Culture – what defines it, why it is so valuable for us today, and what it could evolve to in the future. My story is shaped by personal experience that began with a marketing career in retailing that took me from a small town in the Midwest to Madison Avenue and the global marketing stage. My journey was surely not a straight line. More like a zig zag with interesting stops along the way but it did bring me to where I am today – connecting with you on topic I feel deeply about.

While I love my magical career, I often felt that there was something missing. So hunger of soul went where I did feeling like an extra empty suitcase. Then while catching my breath at a spa in a remote resort, I had an awakening of the heart. A new purpose took hold deep within. After that break to restore myself, I returned to my demanding work routine, yet that epiphany continued to stir in my soul and grew in intensity until I no longer could resist it. So I decided to open up to embrace it fully. Yes, I shed my old dependable life to follow a new path – to adopt a new philosophy for a different, more rewarding way of living – Embracing a self care journey to joy through the birth of The Spanista Lifestyle. Since devoting my time to developing Spanista, I realize what a difference sharing this is making in my life.  As someone wiser than me once said, “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world,” I have been transformed by the experience of creating and sharing Spanista, to a level of happiness that has proven priceless.

During my travels, I reached out to others to discover many had similar curiosities and desires to feel deeper emotional wellbeing, so I knew I was not alone. Questions I posed were: What do you seek from a Spa Experience? What makes is satisfying and what does not? Could it play a more significant role in our quest for health and wellness? My diary is full of thoughts offered from people of all walks of life – Like you and me.  It helped to confirm my point of view: I believe that in this fast paced, complex world we all seek real connections and comfort, however my revelation is we should shift the effort in a different direction. We focus our energy on others, thanks to all the new technologies we can stay engaged, but we lack a relationship with the most important person in our lives – ourselves. We suppress our hunger to know ourselves more deeply – To uncover the true wellspring to joyful living. To get in touch with ourselves – Open our vast resources within to help us live a richer life. I suggest this should be a new priority!

Now that you know a bit about me and why Spanista came to be, my next post will offer Part 2 of the introduction. I will share what purpose Spanista  serves and how it has come to life in a meaningful way. My hope is The Spanista Lifestyle Blog will become a resource for you overtime and you will enjoy experiencing it as much as I do creating for you as I travel through my own personal self care journey to joy. Please feel free to share this with anyone in your life you feel may enjoy it.  And do welcome your thoughts. So stay tuned for Part 2  tomorrow – Saturday about the same time.

To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,

Ginny Shiverdecker

Spanista Founder & Self Care Advocate

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