Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pass the Pepper......

My friend Shannon played Volleyball in high school and is still amazingly gifted at pretty much anything she does athletically. She is coming over today at noon to pick up Stevi and go work on some volleyball skills to get Stevi ready for her Middle School try outs on February 23rd. She is already pretty good but I know Shannon will be able to fine tune her and get her skills up to par. She has already been told at school that she is going to make the team, but nothing in life is free and you have to work at everything you do. Just because someone tells you you made it, doesn't mean you actually made it until that day arrives. Never take anything for granted.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

All a girl needs is a good pair of "support Hose"......

Yesterday was my last day operating as a salon owner. Everyone but Christi had moved all their stuff out but Christi wasn't working, it was hollow, empty, serene. Funny that the day I made the final decision to close the doors, the first client I told was Randy (the witch with the broken arm, cuz she ran into a tree) and yesterday the first client of my day was Jeanine. They have become friends over the years, and they are the talented artists that painted my beautiful murals in the salon. Girls need each other. We are all going through tough times in our lives right now for various reasons, most of them economical. But you always know who your friends are in these times. They are the ones who offer help, a shoulder to cry on and to just be there, without asking for anything in return. Last night Jeanine knew I was done around 7 and she and Randy showed up with a bottle of wine, and a beautiful wine glass, a camera, salami, chips, salsa and guacamole. With hugs and tears they were just there. Just there. Men would never be able to understand the value of this. Girls just know when you just need some one there to laugh, cry and well just take the time to be there. I did a lot yesterday with the help of my Mom and my friends Cheri and Gini also volunteered their time but I had it pretty much under control. By the time they showed up, it was wrapping up at the end of the night and it was just what I needed. I cried as they took pictures with me in front of the mural (I'm sure that one is a picture for the internet) and had a nice glass of wine with them and just felt happy to have true friendship and camaraderie. Thanks guys, it was just just what the "witch" Doctor ordered..........I love you both dearly.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ha! Bet you didn't expect this!

Happy! Today is a new day and I choose to be happy. Today I will smile and laugh. Choosing these pictures made me smile. I will go to work and "Git er done." Today I challenge you to think of your life, your memories and when one makes you smile, take a moment to call that person, don't text message them just take a moment to call them and share that memory with them and make them smile today too. I promise you it will be rewarding!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bitter Sweet with a Cavity?

Jeez, let the body get cold. Today, my landlord came in to get a key and to tell me how sorry he was that I was closing the doors. Then about an hour later, two young girls came in to look at the space........while I was working on two clients, packing boxes and shutting my salon down, then started asking me questions about how much he charged me for my space lease, and other money questions..............REALLY!!!! Lucky I had my hands in color or they may have been around her pretty little neck! Call the owner, why in the hell would you think that was appropriate? On either end. I understand he needs to rent the space but it is mine until February 2nd. You would think he would let me close my doors with a little dignity........F%^#&

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Well, well, well......

Things change, life changes, the economy has changed, I have changed, you have changed. They say change is good, well I don't exactly know who "they" are, but I often say that. Last week I was given an opportunity for change. When I opened Salon Moxie, the 2 girls that came with me and I could only take our clients and God forbid they cancelled because we each had a waiting list. Mine happened to be 3 months long, those were the days. I quite working for Matrix, took a year off from working two jobs and opened the salon. Times were good, times were different. Now with the way the economy is, I am working 3 days a week instead of 6 or 7 and you could call me and I could probably find a spot for the the day you call me. Great for you, not so great for me. Financially, after losing 2/3rds of my clientele due to this poor economy, I have lost a lot, my home, my business and the same night the last girl gave me notice that made me decide to close the doors, they came and took my Harley. That is one of the bills that I had sacrificed to keep the doors open. I was in shock, I will admit. I felt as if I had been punched in the stomach. But after absorbing the whole situation and weighing it, I realized that the timing couldn't be more perfect. My lease is up on February 2nd, I had a 5 year lease. With the overhead, I have been in the red the last 2 years. All my girls can only afford to rent part time booths which takes more money from me to keep Moxie open, takes more money out of my family account. We had some awesome times, and some weird times too. All in all, I am glad I did it. Now I know what it entails and now I will go back to renting a booth, part time, which is very inexpensive and I will be set to my 3 days a week. I move in this weekend to Divine Creations, Christi, my partner in crime is coming with me, and because of her, I received a phone call today for an educator to do product knowledge and cutting. A little traveling involved but it will put a little money back in my pockets and give me something to focus on that is positive and has life growth. So I am good, this is good and if the pipes break or we are out of toilet paper, don't call me, it's not my problem any more! So don't be sad for me, I am a survivor and when it rains it pours, I have been in a dry spell lately, so maybe this will put some flowers in my garden!