creator of The Love Relationship, LLC
You can feel confident that you have a real leader & educator creating the workshops with decades of experience [and many years of education including a Master's Degree in Education] who is passionate about LOVE, self growth, education, authenticity, ...and FUN play !
L♡VE ❤ PERSONAL GROWTH ❤ EDUCATION ❤ FUN
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✔ Hostess for Couples Events
since 2021 --> Florida
✔ Hostess for Singles Events
since 2013 --> Seattle, Spokane, Florida
✔ Class Creator & Presenter
since 2013 --> Seattle, Minnesota, Spokane, Florida
✔ Communication & Business Coach
training + internship
✔ Yakov Smirnoff's Assistant
PBS Taping of "Happliy Ever Laughter"
2016-17 --> Minnesota, California
[see photo & stories below]
✔ Trained to be Law of Attraction Coach
✔ Trained to be Life Coach
specializing in relationships
training + internship
✔ Started Researching Relationships & Communication
since 2005 -->Seattle, Minnesota, Spokane, & Florida
✔ Educator for 25+ years
Minnesota, Seattle, Spokane, Florida
✔ Master's Degree in Learning & Teaching 2000
Saint Mary's University, Minnesota, 4.0 GPA
Thesis: Using Brain Theory, Learning Styles,
Multiple Intelligences, & Cooperative Learning
in the your Classroom Daily
✔ Teacher's Degree in Elementary Education 1996
Bemidji State University, Minnesota, 3.75 GPA
"Love IS so good. HEALTHY love is far better!"
I'm a strong proponent of:
DO-OVERS and REFRAMING
- using the power of INTENTIONS and prayer
- using LOA
- accepting everyone where they are
- helping each other / support
- being grateful
- being intentional
being gracious and kind
being patient and forgiving
being open and honest
practicing communication skills
having a positive attitude
having judgement-free zones in which to learn and grow
supporting other small businesses
finding WIN WIN WIN scenarios
GRATITUDE * AUTHENTICITY * INTREGITY * OPENNESS * INTENTIONALITY
Hi! My name is Erica Sandquist. I am known for my smile [AND smiling A LOT], randomly getting up to dance when the mood strikes, giving myself HIGH FIVES in the mirror, AND laughing out loud at the jokes I'm thinking...with a bit of a dirty mind. Luckily, I gave myself permission to be a little silly [with fun motorcycle/repair shop metaphors] in designing my websites and programs!
I am absolutely passionate about LOVE, EDUCATION, SELF-DEVELOPMENT, ... and FUN! which are four of my favorite things in the world besides my beautiful daughter & three grandsons! Although I'm not the first person to come up with the term CREATIONSHIP, I believe in what I call CO-CREATIONSHIP* with my whole heart. ♡ [See the definition of the term I coined "co-creationship" HERE.]
2010 Erica showing off
on Evel Knievel's motorcycle
~ Las Vegas Wax Museum
Erica's 2000 Graduation
~Saint Mary's University, MN
Despite being from an extreme verbally & emotionally abusive home, being Dyslexic, being Aspie [on the Autism spectrum], AND being a young single mother in the 1990s, I finished two college degrees in 6 years including a Master's that I earned while teaching full-time in the inner city while running TWO classrooms. I'm very proud that I attained a 3.75 GPA in my undergrad degree and a 4.0 GPA in my Master's "Teaching & Learning" degree from top teaching colleges in Minnesota.
I was the first person my family to earn a Master's Degree.
I spent two decades as a teacher in Minnesota & Washington state. In 2012, I left teaching to become a life and business coach which also gave me a plethora of absolutely amazing experiences…including being on the PBS production with a celebrity! [more about that below]
Much to the chagrin of a former love, I am very open, honest, and direct. I'm very driven when needed ... like consistently working for 10-15 hours/day. [I want to be either working or renewing.] Most people don't budget for SELF-GROWTH....but I do!! I love this stuff. I have literally spent tens of thousands of dollars on formal AND informal education, books, audiobooks, workshops, classes, webinars, programs, coaching, and even therapists for a time before/during/after 3 painful breakups.
Since my mission is to HELP people get into and/or stay in HAPPY, HEALTHY relationships, I love to share the highlights of the programs/books I've loved the most. As with my teaching history, I create and host events that are interactive, FUN and educational.
2014 Erica Sandquist
speaking at a private event in Washington
I think I truly look at the world differently due to being both dyslexic AND on the Asperger's spectrum. However, I didn't let my "disabilities" stop me from getting a great formal education [Master's Degree] AND pursuing an informal education in communication & relationships ...but reading and writing as much as I do made life more challenging.
Growing up in a dysfunctional family where [psychological, verbal, and emotional] abuse ran rampant, I eventually turned to words and definitions, books and experts to help me understand the world and learn what love, healthy, and structured means. As you can imagine, that type of a DYSFUNCTIONAL FOUNDATION created a lot of depression throughout my life as my parents ridiculed, insulted, me and told I wasn't measuring up to their expectations on a regular basis.* Dealing with one parent who was highly emotional and one who was logical but mean, I actually developed the unique ability to balance logic and emotion ... which is one of my SUPER POWERS as a life coach... as evidenced by a weird equally balanced Myers-Briggs score. Luckily for me I had a sibling who was my friend through it all.
Although I understand those who do, I'm proud that even in the darkest parts of my life where I just wanted the emotional pain to end, I NEVER ever turned toward masking the pain with drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, or attempting suicide. Unfortunately I turned inward during the rough patches feeling IMMENSE despair, hopelessness and unworthiness plus thinking I may be unlovable and "stupid".
At times, I'd feel that maybe the love that eluded me was too hard to live without --- but also too hard to FIND and KEEP. For me, depression has never about crawling into bed crying or sleeping. My life has about searching for answers to questions about what real HEALTHY love looks like, sounds like, and feels like...rebuilding my life around THAT...and then sharing my knowledge with others.
Still persevering with rose colored glasses and having worked through my old harmful thoughts, I credit my heart, analytical mind, and BELIEF that, "Love IS good... and HEALTHY LOVE IS FAR BETTER!" And now almost completely on the other side of pain, I have found the peace that I somehow KNEW was there all along. By creating The LOVE Relationshop I'm helping others get the LOVE they've always dreamed of and deserve, too! ❤
So when I moved to Tampa in 2022, I started creatingThe LOVE Relationshop, LLC to help you UPLEVEL YOUR LOVE skills in co-creating happy, HEALTHY relationships in a fun, meaningful way! My very first program is for couples to nurture and grow their marriage called Date Your Sole Mate. Over the next 2 years, I'll be adding programs that help address each phase in the LOVE CYCLE: single, engaged, couples/marriage, and divorce. I'm so very excited to be on this JOURNEY to help people help themselves!!!
*This is a woman-owned Tampa business that is 100% funded by me--and those joining my memberships. I'm dedicating my time, energy, and resources into this business because I passionately believe in people wanting and needing to uplevel their relationship and communication skills to get into [and stay in] happy, healthy relationships.
"Learn how to create YOUR road map to the relationship
YOU need, desire, and LOVE.
You'll utilize the LAW of ATTRACTION & LAW of CREATION
to co-create the LOVING RELATIONSHIP you desire & deserve!"
Our Love Team:
As you can see, Erica is wearing a lot of hats as she's getting her business launched! Some things are easier for her than others. Please be patient but feel free to be persistent! It'll be worth it!
❤ Blog Writer: Erica
❤ Contract Maker: Erica
❤ Creator of The Love Relationshop: Erica
❤ Curriculum writer: Erica
❤ Designer: Erica
❤ Event planner: Erica
❤ Hostess: Erica
❤ Marketer: Erica
❤ Podcast technician: Erica
❤ Photographer: Erica
❤ Presenter: Erica
❤ Secretary & Office Assistant: Erica
❤ Social Media specialist: Erica
❤ YouTube technicians: Erica
❤ Website designer: Erica
❤ Writer: Erica
"It's always the perfect time to learn, love, and grow!" ~Erica
Here's the story about Erica being a part of a
PBS production with a celebrity!!
....keep scrolling down! ;)
"Happily Ever Laughter"
In 2015 & 2016, Erica had the honor of being able to train with comedian [Dr.] Yakov Smirnoff about relationships including masculine/feminine energy theories... [something they were both researching at the time].
They had both studied relationship industry greats like Dr. Gary Chapman, Dr. Willard Harley, Dr. Harville Hendrix, Dr. Helen Hunt, Dr. Dr. Pat Allen, the Drs. Gottman, and Alison Armstrong.
At the same time, she was assisting him with his different projects ... one of which was his "Happily Ever Laughter" PBS Special!
Erica actually co-designed the stage! That's Erica [in the blue and white flower jacket] on stage at the end of taping with Yakov, his assistant, the stage hands, and PBS crew. The next day after Yakov saw the photos, he said to Erica, "I had no idea it looked THAT good! YOU have TALENT!" Erica was beaming!
Even though the PBS special isn't available online, make sure to watch the Prager U video of Yakov's special message below. It is filled with humor and intelligence on relationships.
That's me in the white blazer [w/ blue flowers on it] in the second row. I have the big cheesy grin on my face. What an amazing experience! :D
I got to help design this set...and be an assistant to Yakov. So cool!
The last photo is a picture of the TV showing the credits with my name on the video. I thought that was pretty dang cool! It was SUCH an amazing experience!
Comedian Yakov Smirnoff, host of PBS comedy special "Happily Ever Laughter", explains in video.
VIDEO -- TURN UP THE VOLUME :)
How do you know if your relationship is going in the right direction?Is there a way to tell if you're in love?
Well, yes, and studies confirm that the measuring stick is how much laughter there is in your relationship. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff, host of PBS comedy special "Happily Ever Laughter", explains.
WOW! Another cool story!
....keep scrolling down! ;)
Erica Meets "His Needs, Her Needs" Author
WHO got to spend the ENTIRE day with renowned author Dr. Willard Harley, his family, & celebrity comedian turned relationship coach Dr. Yakov Smirnoff?! That's right! Erica did! :)
This book was a turning point in Erica's life when she came across it in 2009. It was 2016 when she got to meet Dr. Harley in person and by then she had already recommended this book to at least 50 clients, friends, and/or complete strangers!
Meeting Dr. Harley was a DREAM COME TRUE for Erica! And to be able to spend the entire day together with him, his wife, son, and daughter-in-law along with Yakov Smirnoff was icing on the cake! What amazing conversation about what men and women NEED in relationships vs. what we THINK and DO!
Erica believes in Yakov's advice to couples SO MUCH that she built a resource for couples to spend time, GROW, and laugh together!
"Of course, marriages and relationships break up for all sorts of reasons. But, I can say with confidence, if you’re not laughing, there is trouble ahead. So, how do you get the laughter back if you’ve lost it? Every relationship is different, of course, but there is one constant: To laugh together, you need to BE together. And that literally means time together. You need to start by making a decision that time together is important and it’s not negotiable. Set a date night, take a dance lesson, a cooking class. Doesn’t matter what you do. You just have to do it." ~Yakov Smirnoff
WiN WiN WiN!