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It’s safe to say everyone craves feeling understood, right?
It took me a long time of working as a hairstylist to realize that the biggest factor of my success was my communication.
And when I say that I mean, learning how to communicate. It wasn’t something I was ever taught or something I knew to be important. I just assumed (that’s a scary word to use and something I’ve learned I should never do) that people knew what I was talking about and if they didn’t it wasn’t my fault, it was theirs for not understanding.
January 30 2016, is a day I’ll never forget. Looking back it was a pivotal moment in my career… but at the time I wanted to shrink down as small as I could and run away
See, I had the most loveliest client in. I had done her hair before and we were gabbing away while I applied her highlights.
It sucks. Just last week I was sitting on my couch trying to get some work done and I was suddenly so frustrated. You know that feeling when you want to throw something across the room or break something but instead you burst into tears because it's just too much?
Yeah, that was me. A crying mess, teardrops staining my beautiful tan leather couch. Both Nick and Leroy were staring at me, not really sure if they should console me or be terrified of me.
This past week I got sick, probably thanks to a combo of Calgary's up and down weather and running myself a bit too hard. I have this habit of getting excited and biting off more than I can chew, and I think it just caught up with me.
So when I saw what I’d planned to write about for today’s post I laughed.
I’d written down “When you don't have time to do all the things” on my content calendar. On a day when I’d run myself into the ground by trying to do all the things.
Earlier this year, I did an Instagram live about my creative process, and I shared that I like to use mantras to help keep my mind focused and on track.
It was one of those moments when I said something in passing, assuming no one would care or even listen to such a tiny detail, and I got a huge response! A bunch of people wanted to know about my mantras. Months later, I STILL get message about this.
You asked, and now I’m going to deliver!
I came to this retreat alone, which is something that definitely isn't natural for me, but I am committing keep doing because of a greater purpose. So as I nervously walked up to the icebreaker cocktail hour, I beelined it for the bar to get me some liquid courage.
Then I pushed past the discomfort to start chatting with strangers. Little did I know some of the amazing friendships that would come out of this weekend!
Ten years into my career in the beauty industry, after some awesome accidental experiences in my travels to England and Australia, I was ready.
I was working in a salon that had recently had a change of ownership.
My boss had hired me right out of hair school, and she was awesome.
My chest felt tight, breathing was difficult, and my heart was pounding. I thought I was dying.
Turns out, it was just a severe panic attack.
But why do we admire busy-ness?
Shouldn't we be admired by the balance we are able to create in our lives? Our ability to work smarter, not harder? To make a living while keeping within those 40 hours?
When did it become a honorable thing to work yourself into the ground and be so exhausted that you self-care suffers?
I do business different from a lot of stylists.
I know what works for me, and my way doesn't have to work for everyone.
You might be facing a tough decision in your own business, and you might be confused by all the advice out there telling you what you “should” do. It might be good advice, or your gut might be telling you to do something completely different.
I lived most of my life not even knowing what boundaries were.
I used to get so upset at clients for texting me late at night, or texting me at all, when I had told them about online booking.
If I’ve learned anything from years of working in the beauty industry, it’s the importance of asking the right questions.
The most important skill you can learn as a stylist is to make sure you and your clients are on the same page. After all, there’s nothing worse than feeling like you did a kickass job on someone’s hair and then realizing they hate it!
Gee, was i proven wrong quickly. Everything about this product is amazing ( and I say that with all honesty) . I can tell it was thoughtfully designed and even has a nice aesthetic.
About 3 weeks ago, Nick and I went for a walk in a neighbourhood that we love and have dreamt about living in. As we walked, we dreamed of buying a home in inner city Calgary where we would be able to walk and bike everywhere.
Rarely are there shorts cut to success, and even if it appears as so, often times there are years of trial and error that you haven’t witnessed. I’ve learned that timing can be everything, and sometimes it’s just not my time. And even though it may be someone else’s time doesn’t take anything away from me.
If you follow me on instagram you may have heard my story before. 4 years ago I took the biggest risk of my life.
Yesterday while walking Leroy with my boyfriend I started reflecting on it. I think my exact words were "Holy shit I really just went for it, didn't I? I was so sure of myself. That's the wildest thing I've ever done"
I don't know about you but I hate washing my hair, heck I hate showering, it seems like such a waste of time. (tell me I’m not alone in this!)
I know I’m not the only one who struggles with greasy hair...
Anyone else feel last week was extra long and hard? I couldn't sleep, I felt sluggish, and my anxiety was sitting higher than it usually does. This happens every once in a while for me.
After speaking with a few friends and realizing it wasn't just me feeling this way, I thought I'd share with you all 4 ways I keep my anxiety in check.
Get ready to laugh at this inside look at what an appointment with me is really like...
As I sauntered into the gym for the first practice, I stopped by the office door to double check the list. Not really too worried, my eyes scanned that piece of paper fairly quickly, and then again more slowly. My name wasn't on the list.
It can at best annoying and at worst be something you feel self conscious about. But I've found a solution and put together a video for you all to help.
Learning my thresholds and being able to listen to my body to know what its needs has been tough. I used to push myself past these times thinking that I was weak, or lazy. That some how I needed to 'keep up' with some unrealistic expectation I had set out for myself.
Even before I tried their products I knew they were a company I could totally get behind.Then I tried the products (the true test) and they're amazing. No joke. Since I love helping other women in business, I've decided to partner with Voir to give you the chance to try them out in our Valentine's give away!
Before I give you all the details on how to win, here is my 100% honest review of each product
If you've been on the hunt to find a quick and easy way to put your hair up for an evening out, a special event or even an everyday cute updo , look no further.
Ever wondered what the heck you do with that little attachment that comes with your blowdryer? and what it's it purpose? Watch my tutorial to get the best out of your blowdryer
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react.
I remember seeing this quote as a kid and not really getting it. But the more life unfolds I realize how much my quality of life is controlled by my response to it. Recognizing that what is happening is only a fraction of the equation and the real power is in my response.
It takes courage to come forward. How do I know? Because I have been paralyzed in fear about speaking up.
For many of you this subject may make you feel uncomfortable or even make you cringe that I would share so openly and honestly. I get it. If that’s you and if this is as far as you read, know that’s OK.
For me, communication is just as important, if not more, than the service itself. When you choose me to be your hairstylist you are investing in me. I want to make sure I take the time to sit down with you face to face and get to know you before touching your hair.