Global Spa Summit 2008 – Another Perspective by Susie Ellis
Can’t believe that my one week vacation post-Global Spa Summit is over. Alas, I could use another week – however, I am grateful that even seven days away has helped me refocus and perhaps gain a wider perspective. When you work so hard on one project, it takes a while to ‘decompress’ and get back to realizing that there are other things in life apart from ‘the’ event. The Global Spa Summit 2008 was a great success on so many fronts thanks to a great many people and now it is time to move forward and build on what took place.
During my week of r & r, I had a chance to make good on my promise to get my first colonoscopy (drinking the fluid wasn’t as bad as everyone told me it would be), and catch the two big movies of the week – Indiana Jones (ho hum) and Sex in the City (fun and yes, I cried). And sleep. And sleep some more.
Tomorrow I head to the office and am very much looking forward to getting back to work. There is still a lot of Summit wrap-up to do, and also some new initiatives to dive into. All of it feels exciting and energizing to me.
I will recap some of the 2008 Global Spa Summit highlights as promised beginning with my next blog, however what strikes me most right now is that the real value of the Summit is not so much what happened at the event, but what happens between the Summits. I don’t remember who it was that said to me they will measure the success of the Global Spa Summit by what happens from one to the next, however, I took that to heart. Just getting together to network isn’t enough. Moving agendas forward is what is needed. And am happy to say that there was real progress between GSS 2007 and 2008 and I anticipate even more between 2008 and 2009. That feels good.
More about all that tomorrow. For now I will indulge in one more very good night’s sleep without event details flying through my head. Which reminds me…there is sweet pleasure in knowing that sleep health was not only a trend we predicted several years ago for the spa industry that turned out to be right on target, but it has also been an area of personal progress which I truly cherish. Night-night. **
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