"I manage a spa/salon inside a resort hotel/casino. I am also a licensed massage therapist and I teach yoga."
SO YOU GET A LOT OF EXPOSURE TO PEOPLE TRYING TO BETTER THEMSELVES IN VARIOUS WAYS?
"Oh yeah. I mean, the people who are coming to the spa are usually on vacation and looking for a massage or a facial or one of the premium services we offer (mud wraps, seas weed, hot stone, etc.) It's more of a one or two shot thing. Sometimes they come in for hair or makeup for events, but mostly it's a relax and pamper thing."
DO YOU THINK PEOPLE RESOLVE TO SPEND MORE TIME PAMPERING THEMSELVES IN THE NEW YEAR?
"I think. I mean it's probably a good resolution to make. Resolving to spend more time, not necessarily on your appearance, but just on your self overall. Making time for yourself. Doing something that isn't a necessity, but strictly something extra or special just for you. I definitely think that is a good resolution to make."
HOW ABOUT WITH TEACHING YOGA? FITNESS AND HEALTH IS A HUGE RESOLUTION THIS TIME OF YEAR ISN'T IT?
"The biggest I'm sure. I have a big surge in clients the first few weeks of January. People say, okay, I want to get fit. I want to lose 10 lbs. I want to fit in my skinny jeans by spring or in a bikini by July! Yoga is a great way to do that. It improves more than just your waistline. You can lose weight, but you can also stretch, tone, tighten, plus improve circulation, relaxation, flexibility, breathing, and increase self-awareness and self-confidence. My housemate teaches Zumba. Her class is jumping in January!"
DO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO SIGN UP FOR THESE THINGS AS PART OF A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION STICK WITH IT ALL YEAR?
"Well, for yoga I see a slight drop off. But, seriously, once you try it and start seeing the benefits, you will be so motivated. In my experience not too many people take up yoga and then quit. I know Jill (housemate) sees that big push in January of everybody saying, my resolution is to lose 10 lbs by March 1st or whatever. Sometimes they stop as soon as they reach their goals. Other times they don't even make it that far. Not that Zumba isn't awesome. It is. I take her class 4 times a week! I just think that people who sign on as part of a New Year's Resolution may not realize what a commitment they are making. I think people think it's easier than it is to be committed to fitness too. It's work. I would think that is true with many kinds of fitness classes. Gym memberships probably go way up in January and I bet a good chunk of those people have quit or stopped going before Easter (laughing)."
WHAT ELSE DO YOU SEE IN THE WAY OF COMMON RESOLUTIONS LIVING AND WORKING WHERE YOU DO?
"Well, the getting fit one is big. Weight loss, flexibility, all of that. I've seen some at the spa who are in getting services because their resolution is to look great at their high school reunion, or to get their ex to notice them and be sorry they left- stuff like that. And I also have people who want to get into massage and things like that because they've resolved to finally deal with their health such as a chronic pain issue. And I of course see people resolve to quit smoking, drinking, gambling, etc. all the time"
DO YOU LIKE BEING A PART OF HELPING PEOPLE FEEL BETTER ABOUT THEMSELVES AND SETTING AND REACHING THEIR GOALS?
"I do. I like it all the time. I mean, it's more common right now, more discussed. Anytime someone walks through the door of the spa though, they are our guest and we strive to make them happy. That's my job. It's my job to ensure that they get what they've come in for and that they leave satisfied and looking/feeling amazing. But, that's my job. I have to do that. I mean, I like it, but it's definitely slightly different."
HOW WOULD YOU SAY IT'S DIFFERENT?
"Well, when I have people who come in to the spa, I'm happy if they leave looking good. I'm happy if we have them a great facial. I'm happy if they love the highlights that they got. But if someone comes and takes my yoga class and says, wow, this class is great. My resolution is to get healthy this year. I want to be off o my blood pressure medicine or I want to be able to run my first 5K. If I can help people reach their goals, real tangible goals that they've set for themselves, I think that is really amazing."
SO, DO YOU EVER MAKE ANY RESOLUTIONS OF YOUR OWN"
"I do. I make them every year pretty much. I mean, I resolve to do stuff like, drink more water or get an additional certification. I only like to set goals that I am pretty darn sure I can reach. I hate failure. This year I resolved to try to grow the size of the yoga class by double by the end of the year. I like to make goals, long term stuff with long term benefits more so than quick fix resolution type stuff."
WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST RESOLUTION YOU HAVE EVER HEARD IN YOUR LINE OF WORK?
"Oh man. I think it would be the time we had a woman come in with a picture from a magazine. She came into the spa. This was a few years ago now, but it was so bizarre. They were staying at the hotel over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in one of our party package weekend specials. It's funny because the spa treatment was part of the package and it was called like, "indulge your resolutions" or something like that. So she came in, probably 5'5" maybe 5'6". Probably about 165-170 bs, with a large bust. She had long brown straight hair and brown eyes. She handed the picture to one of the hostesses and said her New Year's resolution was "to look as much like this woman as possible". Well, the hostess hands me the photo and the woman in the photo, probably a supermodel, is like 6' tall and pencil thin of course. She has super-short, pixie like, loose wavy white blonde hair and blue eyes. And freckles! Freckles! Were we supposed to pencil them on for her? We just looked at each other like, okay lady it's a resolution not a fairy godmother. So, I have to say they did a great job. I mean they cut her hair, double processed it to light blonde, gave her a facial, the stylist even went online and showed her what she would like if she went and got blue contacts. But she still looked nothing like the woman in the picture."
So, how about you? Did you make any resolutions for the coming year? Do you think you will stick with them? Have you helped someone else achieve their goals? You can share your resolution successes (and failures) with us here in the comments or on our Facebook page! You can re-read this week's interviews and today as we round out the week, you can read about another person who not only makes resolutions of her own each year, but helps people to keep theirs as well.