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To Stop is To Start


In taking pause, we are able to continue better.


I completely underestimated the power of vacation.

The past six years since my last getaway have been action packed:  divorce, relocation, development of a new career, business openings, and the ongoing work of relationship.  Every time that I thought of taking a break, I felt like I couldn't, whether it was financial consideration or otherwise, it didn't feel like the right thing to do.

Then, two dear clients, Nancy and Gigi, insisted that I had to take a vacation and, in their wisdom, plainly set forth the reasons why I could delay no longer.  Life happens, regardless of whether we take a break or not.  Though we have this belief that we have the ability to plan our future and determine a "better" time for things to happen, it is a belief based upon folly.  Nothing is a given and the best laid plans, like eggs, are fragile and easily broken.  So, I took that vacation and am so happy that I did.

You know that you need a vacation when you have a hard time packing.  In my case, I accomplished this seemingly daunting task by throwing pants, shorts, tops, pajamas and underwear in like colors together.  In the past, when vacationing was more a sport and less of a necessity, I'd prepare outfits with matching accessories.  This time, just packing was chore enough.  Instead of shoes for each ensemble, again, I grabbed one brown, one black, one pair flip-flops and one pair of sneakers.  Apparently, I was greatly in need.

Now, I am greatly refreshed.  I didn't fret about my business, I didn't think about ad campaigns or new product lines.  I thought about what I wanted for dinner, or what bird or animal's call I was hearing.  I lost track of the days.  I remembered the sound of water lapping at rocks.  I forgot about my cell phones, which is funny because as anyone who knows me will attest, I am rarely without them.  In fact, originally, when I learned that the cottage did not have cell or internet service, I was greatly perturbed.  Now, I'm grateful for that, and for those two lovely ladies whose sage advice I heeded.  Thanks Gigi.  Thanks Nancy!  By allowing myself to stop, I allowed myself a new start.

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Reisa Mehlman

As a New York State Licensed Aesthetician, New York State Licensed Nail Specialist, and the Director of Living Well Healing Arts Center & Spa, Reisa combines her love of spa services and healing arts to achieve optimum skin and nail health, create greater overall wellness and bring forth our optimal, individual beauty.

"I believe that the day spa should be an instant getaway; a place that is quiet without being stuffy, relaxed, elegant and yet entirely comfy. You should feel warm and welcome, surrounded by people who care about you and what they are doing. This is the environment we strive to create at Living Well Healing Arts Center & Spa. Here, you are never just the "next" number; we allow ample time for your services, offer a flexible schedule and can be reached after hours. After all, to me, spa craft is not really a business, it's a lifestyle." Read more...

Dr. Sarah Lobisco

SARAH LOBISCO, ND, is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She is licensed in Vermont as a naturopathic doctor and holds a Bachelor of Psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. LoBisco speaks professionally on integrative medical topics, has several journal publications, and is a candidate for postdoctoral certification in functional medicine. She currently incorporates her training in holistic medical practices and conventional medicine through writing as well as through her position as Director of Clinical Education for a highly-esteemed nutraceutical and medical food company.*Dr. LoBisco’s recent blogs about living naturally in our complex world and on the applications of essential oils can be found at Her book, BreakFree Medicine, is set for release this year. *

*Currently, Dr. LoBisco is not seeing new clients or practicing naturopathic medicine with private consultation work. Although she holds a license in VT, her current role is to provide support for clinical education and technical support on natural products, exclusive of any medical or diagnostic consultations or services. Read more...