salon thoughts

Welcome to the New Decade, Y’all!

What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been!  Thanksgiving came late, and that seemed to push everyone into a sprint to Christmas.  It’s nice to be back in the regular ebb and flow of our routines again.

We started a Facebook business page in November because it really is the marketing wave of the future.  And present.  We were really iffy about it for a long time, and then one day I told Chloe, “We’re doing it.  And we’re going to do lives everyday this week!”  She was less than enthused.  Our first video was NOT a Live.  We had to feel it out first. And it’s been great!  I truly feel that this industry is headed in a positive and beautiful direction, and we want to be a part of every second of that.

If you know us, then you probably already know that we make fun of each other.  And ourselves.  We like to laugh.  We like to have a good time.  We love our clients.  And we LOVE this industry and all the new and exciting techniques out there.  I hope that comes across in our videos and our online presence.

I wanted to do a Live about this, but I didn’t want to get verklempt on camera.  I recently read something about setting an intention for the day.  I’ve been practicing this for awhile now.  I schedule time in the mornings- sometimes just 10 minutes- to sit and drink my coffee in peace and quiet.  Look out the window.  Picture my day in a positive light.  Then I can get up and pack the lunches, set out the clothes, get the girl ready for school, allll the things, with a clear mind and heart.

This post about setting an intention mentioned specifically focusing on a word.  Something that will shape the day.  A favorite yoga class that I went to YEARS ago had us all do this at the beginning of our practice that hour. It really helped me focus on what I wanted to get out of each class and what I could breathe back into the world. (Soooo much breathing in the yoga.)

Today, really the past few days, I’ve been zeroing in on the word “grateful.”  It’s so easy to get caught up in the little things and get overwhelmed.  If you know me, you know I can buzz around like a little bee sometimes with the little things.  But this week’s intention, this special WORD of the day, has brought me back so many times.

I am grateful for this career.
I am grateful for both of my suite mates.
I am grateful for the opportunity that was given to me all those years ago.
I am grateful for this beautiful new workspace where we can create.
I am grateful for you.

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Year In Review: 2018

Wow!  What a year.  We started 2018 not knowing what exciting things would be headed our way.  I was happy coming to work to see my coworkers and clients, and I know I can say the same for Chloe. We were in a good head space. Things were calm.  Easy. Dependable.  But you know what they say about that…  Sometimes “easy” can become complacent, and that isn’t where a stylist who wants to grow needs to be.

In early July, we learned that the shop was changing ownership and would be transitioning everyone who was still commission to booth rent.  We all had so many questions!  Over the next few weeks, we got the answers, and they were very good for us all.  Everyone at the salon and spa would be staying.  I’ve said for years that our team is what makes our place magical.

I fell into this salon five and a half years ago when I started working the front desk.  I wasn’t very good at it (patience isn’t one of my strengths), but it was a good job to ease into the salon setting and study for my Cosmetology exams.  I got my chair at Hair & Body five years ago this month.  I remember that time so vividly.  It was a VERY cold January.  Two weeks after I moved to being behind the chair, Chloe was hired.  I liked her right away when she rode with me to pick up lunch at a local (haunted!) restaurant.  After all these years, I still absolutely believe that our group of ladies has that special something.  We can’t wait for what 2019 has in store for us!

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From the bottom of our hearts,

Thank you all for your love and support this year!  We couldn’t ask for better people to surround us.  Happy 2019!