Pulse December 2015 - Page 8

“We all have stories to tell. Whichever role we may play in this life—parent, partner, healer, mentor or entrepreneur— we write our own tales of sorrows, surprises and joys.” W hen I look back at the 2015 ISPA Conference & Expo, I can’t seem to shake off the words of charity: water founder and General Session keynote speaker Scott Harrison (page 38) who said: “Invite people into the story.” We all have stories to tell. Whichever role we may play in this life—parent, partner, healer, mentor or entrepreneur—we write our own tales of sorrows, surprises and joys. In fact, our lives are made up of more than one story. As complex as our emotions are, our lives are often a compilation of many tales. Paralympic bronze medal winner Amy Purdy (page 36) said it best at this year’s General Session when she compared her life to a book and asked a pivotal question: “If my life was a book and I was the author, how would I want my story to go?” It was a powerful moment because, often spinning our wheels like mad hamsters in our desperate attempt to outpace our busy lives, we often forget to reflect how our life stories would read. Does it start with something like, “Once upon a time, there lived an optimistic dreamer…”? Or do we often play the victim or villain in our own stories by sabotaging our lives with tales of fear, pessimism and lack of purpose? Whether you were at this year’s ISPA Conference & Expo or simply experiencing the event through this Pulse recap (page 40), I encourage you to explore your own life story. Pen the next chapter of your life with pages of resilience, generosity, hope MARION PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO and positivity. Above all, invite others into your story—it’s a powerful way to turn your life story into a bestseller and leave an inspiring footnote in the lives of others. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @ISpaDoYou LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! International SPA Association —MAE MAÑACAP-JOHNSON, EDITOR @ISPAPULSEEDITOR FLASHBACK Admit it, for a moment you were duped! And yes, you probably can’t help but still laugh at the thought of getting pranked by ISPA Chairman Michael Tompkins and 2015 ISPA Visionary Award recipient and Éminence Organic Skin Care President Boldijarre Koronczay. Want to hit the replay button on their “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” performance? Visit pulse.experienceispa.com to launch the hilarious video! 6 PULSE n December 2015