MEET ERICA SANDQUIST
creator, organizer, hostess, & coach
❤ Dating & Life Coach
❤ Hostess for Single Mingles & Events
❤ Hostess for Couples "Date Your Mate" Events
❤ Communication & Relationship Class Creator, & Educator
❤ Entrepreneur Rookie/Wannabe
Juice Newton ~
"Queen of Hearts"
This song comes to mind every time Erica hears "Queen of Hearts" ! She just L❤VES dancing and singing along to it! Sorry in advance if it becomes stuck in your head! lol
❤ A Queen of Hearts ❤
Erica L❤VES hosting Speed Dating events, singles events, couples events, and leading communication & relationship classes. She's hosted classes and events in Washington (state), Minnesota, AND Florida mostly through her Meetup groups.
Erica helps people see what an emotionally healthy relationships looks like, sounds like, and FEELS like through workshops, classes, mini-lessons, and book shares. Erica's favorite way: by looking at how childhoods may have affected decisions (with patterns), we can learn how to change courses IF we choose to "do the work".
The name Erica means "ruler" or "queen". Since the early 2000s, she's been told by countless people that she's a healer. However, she always thought that meant she should've healed people by being a nurse or maybe a Reiki practitioner ... which was of no interest to her.
One day in 2014, after a particularly great coaching session, tears came to Erica's eyes when realized that she WAS healing others' hearts by sharing her hard earned knowledge, giving support, and coaching people through heart lessons!
In May 2019, Erica started teaching classes on relationships and communication and started hosting events (like speed dating) for singles as well. It was well-received in the community as people are hungry for healthy relationships and just not sure how to get there. They also need FUN ways of meeting other QUALITY singles. By sharing the roadmap of what to expect with dating in today's world, singles are more likely to navigate the DATING, MATING, & RELATING JOURNEY with joy instead of dread.
In 2021, Erica started doing events for couples as well. Keeping couples together in a healthy relationships is as important as helping singles find great relationships!! Let's fix what's broken and save the heartache, trauma, stress and years of rebuilding finances after divorce.
As a young mother, despite being both Dyslexic and Autistic/"Aspie" (Aspergers), she earned two college degrees in 6 years including a Master's in "Teaching & Learning". Erica then spent 16+ years total as a teacher in St. Paul (MN) & then Seattle (WA). Erica left teaching in 2012 to pursue personal TIME freedom through being a life and business coach.
Growing up in a very dysfunctional family (of emotional blackmail, manipulation, verbal & psychological abuse) and then not knowing how to get her needs met in her 16-year marriage to a good man and friend, Erica turned to the experts (counselors, therapists, life coaches, AND personal trainers) to help navigate the confusion & heartache. Over the last 20 years, she's spent countless hours and dollars learning, discussing, reading, watching videos, and listening to audiobooks on relationships and communication.
She took her education, teaching experience, life coach skills, and counseling when she returned to her home state (for 5 years) to help take care of her parents through their medical emergencies. By being both their caregiver AND still an (adult) "child" in their homes again, she was able to identify the abuse, work through the triggers and depression, understand how the abuse was FOUNDATIONAL (since it was there before she even had language), and how to reframe it to help her land in a healthier emotional place.
She talks the talk because she has walked the walk ... aka "done the work"!
❤ Erica LOVES hearts & love! ❤
"Happily Ever Laughter"
In 2015 & 2016, Erica had the honor of being able to train with comedian (Dr.) Yakov Smirnoff about 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. Pat Allen, and Alison Armstrong.
At the same time, she was helping 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!
The last photo is a picture of the TV showing the credits with Erica's name on the video. She thought that was pretty dang cool! It was SUCH an amazing experience! Make sure to watch the snippet of Yakov's PBS special here. It is filled with humor and intelligence on relationships.
Erica Meeting "His Needs, Her Needs" Author
WHO got to spend the ENTIRE day with renowned author Willard Harley, his family, & comedian turned relationship coach 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!