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March Madness: Life during a Pandemic

Like for all of us, 2020 probably started out with a strong game plan for business and family–graduation, new business goals and summer vacation plans–until it was all crushed by the Coronavirus Pandemic and our lives as we knew it changed. 

Finding Our Rhythm 

Within a few days, both my businesses were basically shut down, and it got really super uncomfortable, scary and quiet. Both of our teenagers were instantly sent home from school, after packing up all their belongings from the lockers. No word, no notice, no plan, no activities, not allowed to visit with friends. And, as parents, we were trying to navigate the news, and not knowing really what to say or do. We had to assure them that we were safe at home and will be fine. There was no need to go anywhere and we had absolutely everything we will ever need.

The same day I shut my Salon down, my husband’s job moved to a home office. We both thought this virus thing would ”blow over” really soon, and so my husband decided to set up the office in the middle of our shared living room….I was like #$@$%^&*!! My comfortable work-from-home life was about to get very cozy, and not in the hot cocoa kind-of-way. After two weeks of home quarantine, but still not able to go back to work, he was banished to the downstairs office with a closed-door–thank goodness, haha! 

Getting (and staying) Motivated

It’s been more than two months now, and we have all found a good rhythm on most days…but, I’m ready to go back to work. I have had some wonderful heartfelt phone conversations with all my clients I service in my salon; they have all been amazing and supported my little business, and I’m forever grateful to them–to you.

And so, to stay proactive and motivated, I shifted my focus to the online business world. Much of “behind the scenes” is now updated and I have managed to catch up with self-assigned jobs I had wanted to tackle for a long time. Participation in online educational classes is my creative brain food these days. My Distribution Company NATULIQUE has done a great job supporting us with knowledge from Social media, fashion to sanitation. I listen to podcasts on my walks ( yes, I can move again!). Right now, I love “The life-coach School” with Brook Castillo, I get some great advice and honest coaching from her.

Sassoon Online provides fuel for my love for precision cutting, and every morning I’ve been on for hours, watching and listening to these Masters I so admire. It’s amazing to have so much free time to soak it all up, however bittersweet.

It’s no lie that many of us appreciate the slower lifestyle and being forced to organize the house, workout and tend the garden now that we have the time to feed our passions and be with family. I am pondering how to keep this slowed down lifestyle, but yet move forward and with intention and purpose. 

What I have learned about myself during this time:

*I am happy how I’m spending my stay-at-home time.

*I try not to stress and worry about things I have no control over.

*I slowed down because I could  – I  don’t feel guilty, I deserve a break

* I stayed connected to the people that mean the most to me.

*I do at least one task a day that has brought me closer to my end goal.

* I am being proactive and keep moving forward – even in a world pandemic – and I realize that we all react and respond very differently to a crisis.

*I love my job. 🙂 

Much Love, Lone

To Elevate and Delegate – Running my life from the couch!

To Elevate and Delegate – Running my life from the couch!

Elevate ..delegate…elevate…delegate…this is my life right now–my new daily routine after badly spraining my calf muscle doing a simple sprint in MMA class. As I lay here cozy, but in quite discomfort on my couch, my injured leg is elevated and slathered in Deep Tissue Pain & Muscle Blend (Land of The Living Apothecary) underneath a heating pad for blood circulation. I’m holding a cup of hot tea in one of my favorite mugs with the phrase “Love yourself first” written on it.  And it all, seems so… ironic. The moment I gain the most momentum in my career, I experience this major setback.

I know it’s not that unique to have a sports injury. But honestly, this is my first! And, it’s been humbling, to say the least. My dear husband carried me out of the gym that night and since then, has been so helpful to me; although, a bit concerned I believe. He knows me as a go-getter who never stops–and now, I can’t move. So, he’s completely stepped up, and I am very grateful for all the help. And, the silver lining? It’s making me sit back and really think about my life. It’s made me have more patience and understanding. And, since I am the one who runs our household, it’s made me lean on my family to help with, well, everything. And, it’s made me be ok with how they’re doing everything, because I have to be. I’ve learned that delegating is actually a healthy part of life if you want to be successful. This change is welcomed, and it’s actually refreshing. Funny how something bad can turn into something rewarding. 

Another 6-10 weeks will go by until I am back on my feet, literally. But, I feel so fortunate that my salon clients are understanding, and I have such a great team of professionals to support me in a strong health and wellness routine. Morgan Binnie, my wonderful and knowledgeable Chiropractor at Snohomish Family Chiropractic also referred me to an amazing orthopedic doctor and sports physician, who are guiding me in physical therapy. And, my personal trainer Sarah from @Wildstyle Gym, is creating a custom conditioning routine for me, so I can stay strong as I heal. 

Love yourself first. And, then that’s what I shall do. And, if I don’t take this time to love and heal myself, everything I worked so hard for recently will take a backseat to this inconvenient situation. I won’t let that happen. So, I’ll elevate and delegate while I heal and love myself…right from my cozy couch for now!  

Take-Aways: 

  1. Delegate, of course! Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  2. Build a team of professionals to help meet your goals.
  3. Seize the day! Get the most out of your “forced” breaks.
  4. Practice self-care, stay strong  & active as much as possible-just in case you find yourself in my position, a strong body heals faster! 

Much Love,

Lone

My Love and Appreciation for the Fall Season

It’s been a great summer, but I love the Fall season in Washington. As a mother of two teenagers, I am always super excited for this new season when school starts up again and there’s inspiration everywhere through nature and new beginnings. I love getting new school supplies, stocking up my office with bright pens and fresh notebooks, and buying new outfits for the whole family to match the crisp, cool weather that fall brings. I embrace it as a breath of fresh air and setting new goals in my business to finish the year strong. I even started a new kind of exercise to keep learning new movements and keep my brain challenged called MMA, something I have never tried before. It is super challenging and a bit humbling. So far I am having fun and making new friendships while we work hard on coordination, strength and speed.

I just finished the book, Becoming Michelle Obama. WOW just wow. Michelle is an amazing – fascinating intelligent sweet and sophisticated woman. She has the ability to tell her story with grace and authenticity, honoring her family and everyone involved. It is a must read if you have not done it yet. The next book I am reading will be Everything is Figuroutable , just released by Marie Forleo. A handful of fellow business women and I went to Marie’s book release to get our signed copy and meet the writer, and it was great meeting her and learning more about her life story and business decisions. If you do not know Marie Forleo, look her up right here: www.marietv.com. She has many years of experience in business building especially in the online space.

Fall always inspires me to learn new things in my field and make new goals. This October, I travel to Denver Colorado for an exciting class, “ Hygge Training “ with our Company. It’s a good time to connect, make friendships and learn from the best. I simply love continuing education, and I am the perfect forever student.

Fall also means back to school for my daughters, which makes it even more special. It represents growth and perseverance. I love raising capable little humans and it’s a thrill to see our girls making mature choices, embracing change like it’s not a big deal, creating long lasting friendships and loving their freedom. It’s fun to listen to their perspective during dinner and through casual conversations. My oldest daughter is in high school, but already enrolled in college part-time, taking higher level classes so she can graduate High School with an Associate’s Degree–talk about having a head start! She works very hard and at the same time, holding several jobs throughout the year. Our Youngest daughter has just jumped full force into High School, She has literally signed up for everything she has a passion for, including playing the Trombone in band and Jazz band, joining the dance and Volleyball team and choosing Chieese and all Honors classes. She’s on fire, and I love supporting this busy life she has gotten herself into. Basically, our schedules are full of new experiences, learning and fun events–it’s such an exciting time of the year.

I am making an effort to meet a friend for lunch or coffee every week the rest of the year. Seems like it’s too easy to lose friendships when life is so busy!

Enjoy our beautiful Fall season!

Much Love,

Lone

What does it mean to be All-In?

What does it mean to be All-In?

As you all know by now, this year is dedicated to balancing life and career, and with that, comes many days and nights of self-searching, self-motivating and self-accepting. And, the one thing I continue to ask myself is, “Was I all-in today?” Somedays I am…some days, I don’t have the energy. But, when I think about what it truly means to be all-in, I don’t define it as something I do each day, but an actual state of mind.

Here’s how I stay, All-In for the long haul:

  • I set realistic goals and don’t give up on them until I check it off the list! With a 5-year plan in mind, I only actually create short-term goals, so my 1-year to 5-year goals don’t seem so daunting and they’re easier to meet. I set daily, weekly and monthly goals that all fit into that larger plan.
  • I self-educate daily. For me, that’s attending workshops, listening to Podcasts–anything to self-motivate and learn. My favorite right now is The Miracle Morning Equation by Hal Elrod.
  • I stay present. If you stay active in the moment, your focus will be stronger.
  • I’m open to change. Don’t be afraid to spice things up or try new things. That’s what life is all about!
  • Delegate. Delegate. Delegate.

If you stick to your goals and make a genuine effort daily to be conscience of them, you’re all-in. This doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. It’s not about success or failure. It’s about consistency, self-motivation and effort.

Cheers!

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