Our fabulous art curator (and amazing artist-to-boot!), Andrea Lewicki, toured the Dane Styles studio with our featured artist, Kuria Jorissen during this month’s Art Talk night. Kuria, creator of Call of the Mountain Photography, shared her stories of inspiration behind some of her favorite photos (most taken under the stars in the beautiful PNW), as well as what’s next on her photography bucket list!
As Astrophotographer Kuria Jorissen shares her some of her favorite pieces that hang beautifully on our studio walls, one word comes to mind—magical. From the Milky Way at Mt. Rainier to an ocean of stars in Oregon, Kuria stunningly and patiently captures our planet’s true beauty through the lens of her camera (and hidden in her Adventure Quilt as she waits for the perfect shot!)
Ocean of Stars: Kuria captured this amazing photo off the Oregon coast during the perseids (meteor shower) and reflects the awesome phenomenon known as zodiacal light, the ecliptic path of the sun, moon, and planets, and best seen around the equinoxes. Kuria shot this in early August and used her tripod and a star tracker, which tracks the speed of the stars. Each image is two pictures blended together—one for the stars (when the star tracker is on) and one for the landscape (when it’s off). Kuria also catured the bioluminescence waves (when plankton are a little emotional, they glow underwater—this creates the sparkling blue light). Kuria calls it a “full Disney princess thing!” Absolutely stunning!
Galaxies at First Light: Arguably one of Kuria’s best Milky Way shots, Galaxies at First Light magnifies Mt. Rainier’s truest beauty under the stars. Piercing through the peaceful yellow skies that shed the east (Yakima to be exact!), the galactic center of the Milky Way shows its radiant core against the night sky and above the grand mountain. What started as a densly foggy and lightly windy evening, ended with a crystal clear portrait of the galaxies at first light.
Last Light Yosemite: Inspired by artist Ansel Adams, Kuria spent a few days in the hot July valley shooting the natural beauty that is Yosemtie National Park. Although she got alitutude sickness (which is ironic since she’s from Colorado. :)), Kuria took full advantage and captured several beautiful movements of light in the alpen glow sunsets. This experience was truly magnificent, as the sunsets stretch across the valley of these granite giant cliffs, boudlers and mountains.
To view Kuria’s full collections and learn more about her work, visit Call of the Mountain Photography or visit our natural hair salon in Snohomish Dane Styles, and check it out in-person!
Kuria’s Bucket List
We asked Kuria what’s next for her, and she shared lots of exciting adventures ahead!
- Castles. Yes please! Kuria thinks this will be her next and more realistic goal. She wants to finally get off the continent and visit Scotland, Ireland and England to shoot Castles! We can’t wait for that.
- The Northern Lights (with the ribbony mists!). She wants to visit Alaska or Iceland, whichever calls first. Sounds devine.
- Active volcanoes (Hawaii or Iceland!). More speficially, the lava under the Milky Way.
- Native Constellations. Kuria is learning more about the native constellations and the stories behind their stars. Since we are usually just taught the Greek history of stars, she is really excited to learn more about our own native history. Can’t wait for this!
Thank you Kuria for making our studio look out-of-this-world magical! 🙂
Meet Jewelry Designer Karen Sims Deady!
Hello Everyone! As you know, the last several blogs are all about my tribe—those that contribute to the success of my business and help it thrive. It takes a village, that’s for sure! Each person I highlight are superstar business people who walk the walk. I’m grateful for each and every one of them. Karen Sims Deady is no exception. A client of mine for only a few months, she impresses me every time we talk. Once a part of the corporate world for many years, Karen took a risk and followed her dreams. Now a full-time contemporary artisan jewelry designer, Karen is metalsmithing (it’s a thing!) her way to boutiques, studios and art galleries to showcase her unique sterling silver and precious stone collections.
From Corporate to Creative
I admire Karen for taking risks. After over 15 years working a corporate job, she made the biggest risk of all—to follow her dreams of running her own creative business. She’s had other businesses. But not like this. And not one that would allow her more independence and freedom. She envisioned more than just a hobby on Etsy, more than just ideas and designs floating in her mind. With a leap of faith and total dedication, Karen made that dream a reality.
Knowledge is Power
You all know I’m passionate about continuing education. The more you know, the more freedom you have. Karen started taking metalsmithing classes (the art of creating something out of various kinds of metals like forming it, shaping it, stamping it, etc…). She learned to make her own metal pieces so she didn’t have to source them out anymore. She loved the idea that anything she could dream up; she could make and could design any style and shape she wanted with this new skill. Although she was already an established jewelry designer with a small online boutique on Etsy that she managed on the side. The class inspired her to explore new creative options for her designs and helped enhance her technique as she began to dive deeper into her revitalized business venture.
Karen also taught herself via online DIY tutorials and claims that being proactive in her own education is what really pushed her business and passion further.
I talk a lot about the importance of digital marketing. But, some businesses, like Karen’s, require a more hands-on approach. People want to touch, feel, wear and dissect the jewelry. From the clasp to the length, the texture and the thickness—jewelry conveys a style, a certain vibe. Her customers want to experience that on a deeper level. Karen has a website. She is on social media. But, it’s not about the online presence. With Karen, it’s personal. That’s why she prefers to showcase her jewelry in local spaces, so people can really experience the craftsmanship in person.
The Metal of the Moon
Karen’s handcrafted jewelry is made from silver and what she calls the metal of the moon. It’s a graceful metal, appearing in many different ancient myths for centuries. Silver has a very gentle, cool soothing effect. Her respect for the material makes a big difference in the outcome of her designs. There’s very little waste and reflects her holistic values as an artist. From hammered metal to classic designs that can be worn day to evening, her classic, lightweight jewelry looks great on everyone, every age.
- Teach Yourself. Take classes and network. There’s never a bad time to learn more from other professionals!
- If online marketing is not your thing, build your business the classic way—by networking, showcasing, and face-to-face marketing.
- Take risks. You have one life. It’s never too late to follow your passions!
KSDluxe is online and at local galleries and boutiques like the Schack Art Center in Everett and of course, here at Dane Styles. Thank you Karen for sharing your beautiful designs with us!
Snohomish Apothecary’s Mindy Westfall Gives Us Just What We Need!
Hello everyone! I am super excited about our March Spotlight. I first met Mindy Westfall at a Snohomish Womens’ Network meeting at Randolph Cellars (shout out!!). It was more curiosity than circumstance that enabled me to go deeper with her right away. She was speaking to another member about the construction happening at her new storefront. I already knew she was moving into this amazing space in Snohomish, right in the center of Avenue D. And, I also knew that this specific building was bigger than meets the eye because I had my eye on it as well. But, I wasn’t exactly sure what she was up to.
I’m bold, so I asked.
Mindy told me more about her aromatherapy background and desire to bring natural health into the heart of Snohomish. This new store would be a fresh perspective on healthy living, offering an assortment of locally made natural goods and gifts. She said she wanted to chat with me that evening because she had space in her building to lease, and she knew I was looking. She liked that I was a holistic salon, carrying all-natural luxury haircare. She now tells me, “Your vibe just fit with the ethos of what we were doing.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t move into that space due to plumbing issues, but even better, I moved in right next door!
The Calm During the Storm
It was February 2020 when Mindy began construction. But when March came, as you know, everything changed; it was like everyone went to sleep. Life was literally about to shut down. Mindy felt like she had no other choice but to finish the store herself. With all six kids (yes, that’s right!) in tow and her husband Tim and a few other friends by her side, Mindy completed the demolition before the shutdown, finishing the remodel and still opening up on time during a world-wide pandemic. It happened… peacefully. It happened… successfully. But, it’s not a surprise. This is her passion. And, she’s great at it. Mindy tells me that she is good at birthing things. From her kids to essential oils and all the business things, she loves creating from start to finish. What a great way of looking at it!
New challenges came when updated health and food regulations were announced. Her friends, the makers and farmers who created these natural goods, were pretty much shut down. And, so she asked if they wanted to put their products at her new store. So, they did. And it was such a great feeling for everyone to work together during such a difficult time. And even better, the vendors make their products year-round now, not just for seasonal markets. I love this story!
Snohomish Apothecary—the land of the living.
The term apothecary means natural pharmacy. Along with Mindy’s aromatherapy business, The Land of the Living Apothecary, and an array of local high-quality natural supplements and products, it made sense to have apothecary in the name. Snohomish Apothecary is also a full-fledged wellness center! Mindy and an amazing team of experts (who utilize the secret space behind the store) specialize in health and fitness, Firefly light therapy that utilizes red light, infrared light and blue light frequencies to tackle inflammation and pain, 5th Element PEMF therapy, mental health counseling and more.
Oh my, you must check out the wellness center. Go to the Snohomish Apothecary site for more information! This place is something really special and a constant reminder that great health is always available right around the corner.
Locally Sourced Wellness
As much as she can, Mindy wants everything in the store to be local. From the supplements, skincare, and probiotics, to ice cream, raw milk, and fermented pickles, there’s so many unique, local products to choose from. They carry CBD wellness products from bath bubbles, dried fruit, and massage oils ( check out new products coming soon!), to beard oil for men, organic grass fed Kefir yogurt and chocolate milk, gluten-free pastas, organic infused cooking oils and so much more. All of the gifts like the handmade pottery and jewelry are made by local artisans.
Mindy’s Favorite Things!
- The Bougie Vitamins! Specifically Cymbiotika.
- They focus on micellar technology, so the vitamins are very absorbable, perfect for kids and anyone who doesn’t like to take pills.
- The vitamin C is an orange flavor and you can actually put it over ice cream, and it tastes delicious.
- The activated charcoal tastes like vanilla frosting. It’s like a candy store!
- The mushroom blend, that’s an immunity vitamin and tastes like hot fudge…it’s a very cool brand.
- All the amazing CBD products because our vendors grow and process in the Pacific Northwest and that supports families, and she’s all about supporting families. 🙂
- Raw fermented pickles and veggies—because it’s good for us!
- Raw Cheese, yes please.
- Homemade tea blends and tea bombs (more fun tea products coming soon!)
- Her second store is opening soon…yay! Stay tuned for my information.
But whatever is in Mindy’s store, you can count on it being local, natural or healthy—and most times all of the above.
Thank you Mindy for bringing some self-love and care to the Snohomish community! Go visit the store on Avenue D or shop online for all the healthy goodies.
Until next time,
Hello everyone! This month’s spotlight is for all my small business owners out there. Let me introduce Tom Hughes—client, friend, and one of the most reputable businessmen I know. I first met Tom in his bathroom. Yes, you read that right! I was actually doing hair for his daughter’s wedding at his beautiful home. Little did I know at the time he was a total superstar in the tech world and a mentor for so many business professionals like myself. Tom, his wife Julie, and his two daughters have been my customers for over 13 years now! Here’s why Tom is our spotlight of the month!
A Certified Business Boss
A Seattle native, Tom went to the University of Washington, majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Technology. He began his career in software development, moved into IT Management, and was in charge of information technology for a multinational construction company across the Pacific Rim. In 1997, Tom started what soon became a very, very reputable cloud services company, WTS, Inc. After 15 years, Tom sold his company, stayed on with them for a little over a year to help transition, and eventually retired in 2013.
Yes, this is an impressive resume (and JUST a quick intro, so check him out on Linkedin for more career details!). How he got here is what separates him from the rest. From creative networking (like working trade shows and offering free software trainings) to establishing and sustaining trusting relationships inside and outside his company, Tom created a name for himself in the IT industry that still resonates today.
Tom’s Tips for Entrepreneurial Success!
Network to Stay on Top
As you know, my business thrives on customer referrals. Without their (your!!) support, my salon wouldn’t exist today! Tom says there’s no question that networking helped establish his reputation (especially at the beginning!) creating that trusted network of people to help build, grow and sustain his business. Tom created his business based on a trusted network of people as well as his own pro-active contributions to his field. He was well connected with other informational technology professionals who were interested in his vision as well as a solid base of customers who wanted to continue business with him. He created significant working relationships before and after starting his business, and continues to build relationships with business professionals everyday.
When Tom finally retired he wanted to give back, but wasn’t sure how. He volunteered in the community and worked in soup kitchens serving others. But it was his wife Julie that inspired him to check out SCORE, an organization that mentored entrepreneurs. She reminded him that he can give back using his own rich experiences as an entrepreneur. SCORE turned out to be a true blessing. It’s an organization of volunteers that offers small-business advice and expertise. What started with just a small group of retired executives back in 1964 has now accumulated over 11,000 volunteers and 250 Chapters in the country, six of them in Washington State alone. These certified business mentors help small business entrepreneurs start, grow, re-structure and transition their businesses with free, professional advice. Tom is currently the organization’s Assistant District Director for the state of Washington.
Find Someone to Give You Advice
Perhaps one of Tom’s most significant tips for small business owners is to have an advisor. Whether that’s through a mentoring community like SCORE, or a business expert in their own field, it should be a priority. Entrepreneurs obviously have a knowledge and a passion about something, but there’s so many nuances and peripheral things they may know nothing about. Tom says an advisor will help them avoid a lot of pitfalls.
One piece of advice Tom first gives small business owners is to make sure they have a BAIL team intact. This consists of a Banker, Accountant, Insurance Broker and Lawyer. That way they are always protected and have experts contributing to the health and sustainability of their business.
**To find a business mentor, go to the website https://www.score.org, and plug in your zip code to generate a mentor near you.
My Top Two Takeaways:
- Network your butt off! But, not just talk to people. Build relationships with them. Tom sold his company to a trusted person in his network. He wasn’t looking to sell. When a person in his network reached out, he listened. Because he built this trusted professional relationship, he trusted the process. He sold the company, and finally had the financial freedom to soar and take on new adventures. Networking can literally change your life.
- Ask for Help. I’ve benefited greatly from using SCORE, getting support on the logistics of running my business. I seek business advice when needed, as their expertise is immeasurable. As Tom advised, let the experts help you navigate through the rough waters of business ownership.
- Learn to Pivot. Tom’s helped me see things from a new perspective, especially now during the pandemic. He advises to be flexible and be ready to pivot at any given time under any circumstances.
Thank you for reading everyone! Stay tuned for our next blog spotlight with Mindy Westfall, Owner of Snohomish Apothecary & Wellness coming soon!
Until next time my friends!
Part of my wellness journey is to surround myself with positive and inspiring people. Sarah Dylan Jensen reflects this in every way. She’s a business owner and manages three local farmers markets (Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Stanwood!). Rain or shine, Sarah supports the farmers and artisans in our community, helping us be seen in every way possible. Her entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to the community is truly something to spotlight.
How We Met!
Sarah and I met ten years ago at a green networking event our mutual friend Alina hosted (shout out to Alina who owns Natural Clothing Company in town!). We all shared a love for green health and wellness and a desire to share that within the community. Sarah and I both spent years networking with Snohomish businesses like Alina’s to support a sustainable culture. Networking is the key reason many of our clients referrals.
We continue to network and meet amazing business women from Snohomish on a monthly basis as members of the Snohomish Networking Women’s group (I believe Sarah invited me to my first meeting back in 2012!). We’re celebrating 10 years of our professional journey together, and I’m excited to share our chat about business, success and a little self-care.
A Leap of Faith ( or a huge jump of the boat!)
A graphic designer by trade and former clothing designer for Zumiez, Sarah has a gift for marketing and design. After working for other marketing firms, she realized how much she marketing—especially social media. When the market crashed in 2008, she realized a strong need for businesses in Snohomish to have an online presence above and beyond just a simple website, which many didn’t even have yet. She knew she could possibly fill that need, but wasn’t quite sure how to bring it to life. As she networked and volunteered in the community, she started to really love working with them and that fostered into going to more events and putting herself out there, having the conversations about “what if we did this…and could I do this…” And, when that right time came, she did it. And, in her own words, she “took a very big jump off a very big boat!” She started her own marketing company, Mockingjay Press.
Sarah does everything from social media management and website design, to marketing campaigns. She runs my social media marketing and keeps up with my lightning-speed ideas as I build my own brand. I honestly couldn’t run my business without her skills. I’ve done it, and I don’t have time or the talent to do it well. Sarah’s expertise is absolutely invaluable.
You will not, however, find her making any TikToks for me in the near future. 🙂
Small Business Social
During our chat, Sarah offered a little social wisdom for us (you’re welcome…and are you taking notes?)
- Make sure you are active on social media. Facebook and Instagram is where you should start as they are linked together anyways! Facebook is simple and Instagram offers a clean look with creative options to showcase product photos or live promotional video.
- Once you create an account, it’s important to stay active and post everyday!
- Experiment with other platforms like LinkedIn to engage with other professionals.
Success is Freedom
Sarah and I talked quite a bit about how we both measure success and agree that it’s not just about financial gain—it’s about freedom. The farmers and vendors she works with at the market are non-profit. Her marketing clientele are small businesses. She’s not in it to make a six-figure salary (although…that would be nice!) She’s in it for the experience and the amazing relationships. But, it took her a while to create boundaries with people and find the right balance. After years of building her business, she found more “time” freedom to trust and delegate. And, this past November, for the first time in over a year, Sarah turned her “out-of-office” on and took a long, much-needed break to recharge. She had the chance to cook, relax, get creative, watch movies in her pajamas— all the things we don’t have the time or energy to do.
And now, we enter a new quarter, a new season ( 8 seasons to be exact!) managing the farmer’s markets. Sarah shares that she just finished her vision board last night. Some of her main goals? More time for herself. And, perhaps, a little more sleep during market season.
- Building healthy boundaries with clients creates balance and more freedom
- Surround yourself with positive people—your support system is everything.
- Do what you love (jump off the boat every once in a while!)
- Network, Network, Network!
Stay tuned for upcoming blogs about my wellness journey, exciting new happenings at the salon, and my first podcast!
Until next time my friends!
Hello everyone! I recently wrote about my passion for holistic wellness–working on the body from the inside out. This week, I’m sharing a newfound obsession—the Super-Slow Style workout.
I’ve tried just about every workout there is. From brutal sets at Crossfit, to dripping in sweat at hot yoga, I’ve tried it all, and usually with successful results. But, recently, I was searching for something new, something different. Then I tried the Super- Slow Style. And, I’m completely hooked.
Megan, my fitness guru, works right next to my salon at Snohomish Apothecary. As I write this, I’m still shaking from my last workout! Although it was a good workout, I still thought like I failed since I didn’t “finish ” certain exercises completely. Megan tells me, “ Failure here is success…we fail to succeed. And it’s just one of the many sort of backwards things about this unique training style.”
The Super-Slow Style pushes and stresses your body until it’s maxed out in a safe and productive manner. People of all ages and ailments can do this. The intensity is related to the failure, and that means pushing something as hard as you can in a slow and safe cadence until you can’t do it anymore.
Megan explains that we just do one set to failure. Whereas in most traditional strength training modalities, they’ll do multiple sets to fatigue. We do this to get stronger. Each workout, Megan encourages me to break out of the mold I’m used to. The mold of sets, reps, and HIITs—the mold of the normal, taxing workout grind. In order to get stronger and improve, you can’t keep doing things the way you’ve always done them.
One of the best parts of this workout is the time. It takes 20 minutes for me to shake and feel tired. The slower, more focused pace, also helps prevent injury. I’m a competitive person, so it’s hard for me not to succeed at every workout. I’m also used to lifting and locking out. I want to feel that tension in my joints, like I’m following through with the exercise. Yet, this is not that. It’s more about the form and pace, not rushing to finish the rep. If my body is working at max capacity, even if I don’t make it all the way, or I don’t hit all the reps I’m used to, I’m still completing the workout to the best of my ability.
Super-Slow Style is a safer, more focused workout. I’d even say it’s meditative. We take it slow, and we don’t force it. We focus on what the body can do today. And if we fail, we still succeed. Megan calls it a beautiful fail. Because listening to the body is so important.
Will I eventually max out of this style? Maybe. But the point of this particular workout is to discover the strongest version of yourself. And she is so right. This doesn’t just help strengthen and lean out my body, it literally changes the makeup of my mind. It builds confidence. It develops stamina. It creates a better…me.
My Fitness Journey Takeaways:
- Slow and steady wins the race–there’s something to be said about a workout that is focused and about the form, not rushed and full of countless reps.
- Super-Slow Style is a lifestyle. All ages benefit from this style of exercise. It’s not a trend, it’s a true, life-changing program that evolves as you do.
- Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness ( although I’m starting to have fabulous abs, lol!) . After doing this for a few months, I feel more mentally fit than ever. I am laser focused on how my body works and how it serves me.
Megan Usui, my personal trainer, would love to tell you more about Super-Slow Style if you’re eager for a change!
Until next time my friends!
As many of you know, I am passionate about wellness and believe deeply in holistic treatment. Born and raised in Denmark, wellness was always at the root of everything. But I didn’t really go all-in until I studied and adapted a more natural and holistic lifestyle as an adult. The way I run my business is no exception. Since adopting a holistic green business model, many clients want to know more about my wellness journey. What do you eat? What do you use on your skin? Where do you exercise? My approach is simple—focus on the whole person. Adapting this mantra saved my life and changed it for the better, thanks to my Naturopath and other professionals who contribute to my over well-being. Here is just one important part of how I reclaimed control of my health.
My “Wake-Up” Call
In my early forties, I went to my regular medical doctor to see why I was having brain fog and fatigue. Without much consultation, he said I must be depressed and overly stressed. Stressed, maybe, but I wasn’t feeling sad or down. I felt more flushed and flu-ish, tired and weak— and I knew in my heart it wasn’t depression. Yet, he wrote me a prescription for antidepressants and sent me on my way. That was it. No treatment plan, no follow-through, no personalization whatsoever. If you know me, you know that wasn’t going to cut it. I was so disappointed by this approach. This was a huge wake-up call for me. I needed to dive deeper to see why my body was sending out red flags, not just mask it with drugs. Something wasn’t right and it wasn’t just depression. I just didn’t feel…healthy.
You Find What You Seek
One of my trusted clients suggested I go and see her Naturopath, Dr. Angela Jaegelli. From the very first appointment, her approach wasn’t about diagnosing me with something just to put me on meds. It was about getting to know me. I talked and she listened. In fact, to this day she still gives me an hour-long appointment, so we can discuss new methods to improve my health. It’s a constant journey, so it’s important to find a doctor who listens and takes action. We decided to get a thorough blood panel and other various tests. I needed to start from scratch.
At our next follow-up appointment, I was quite rattled by the results. Low iron, low vitamin D, no B-12 ( the list goes on!), all which were contributing to me feeling ill and stressed with brain fog. Even more random, is that I had a full blown case of Epsteinbar active virus— most of us know it as Mono. My body was definitely inflamed and sending S.O.S signals. Turns out, I also have a genetic mutation called “MTHFR,” (you can only imagine it’s nickname now), which stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. This means I have lower levels of folate and other vitamins in my system. It was not just depression after all. I needed nourishment and balance. I needed vitamins and supplements. And, I needed to do the work.
If I just simply took anti-depressants, I wouldn’t really heal, and most likely still feel sickly and fatigued while taking medication I didn’t need. Of course, as we age, we may need medication for this or that. But, if you treat the entire body as one whole (and start now!) it can be a powerful age-defier. I’m always a work-in-progress, but I feel healthy again.
My Wellness Plan ( It’s ever-changing! But, these are the staples. ) 🙂
- Supplements and Vitamins. Take these. Mine varies based on my levels and moods, but I cannot express how important vitamin D, B-12, Vitamin A, magnesium, (and more!) are to your overall health—and if you’re not getting them through food, you need to take supplements. Check with your Naturopath (do you have one yet? :)) to see what you need.
- Vitamin Infusions every 12 weeks: That’s right! They put super-charged vitamins straight into my body, bypassing any digestive issues and absorbing perfectly, giving me the nourishment boost I need. It’s amazing.
- 15-day liver detox
- 15-day plant-based diet
- Chiropractor visits (future blog topic, stay tuned!)
- Exercise I use the row machine for 20 minutes a day, lift free weights 2 times a week, and I do cardio at least once a week.
- I love the outdoors! And getting out in nature is a huge part of my wellness. I just bought a mountain bike. I enjoy hiking and I cross-country ski! SO, there will be some fun winter adventures opportunities to stay active.
- Yearly Blood panel testing to ensure stability and wellness
I look forward to telling you more about my wellness journey! For more information about Dr. Angela Jaegelli, visit her informative site Sage Integrative Medicine!
Until next time!
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. My 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. I was trying to navigate the news, and not knowing really what to say or do. I assured 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 comfortable work-from-home life was about to get very cozy, and not in the hot cocoa kind-of-way.
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
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. I’m a go-getter who never stops–and now, I can’t move. 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. 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!
- Delegate, of course! Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Build a team of professionals to help meet your goals.
- Seize the day! Get the most out of your “forced” breaks.
- Practice self-care, stay strong & active as much as possible-just in case you find yourself in my position, a strong body heals faster!
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 my 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. My 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 Chinese 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!
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