Archive for December, 2008

Forgot to mention…

December 27, 2008

While I was visiting with my mentor, a family friend, who happened to be a lawyer was there. After learning that I had quit my job to open a hair salon, he offered to look at and review my business plan once it’s completed – and for FREE!

Can you believe that? Now that right there is a BLESSING with a CAPITAL B.

I really do believe that when you take that first step and remain open and positive, the things you need will make themselves available to you.

Key is, remaining open and positive, expecting everything to fall in its right place.

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I can do this.

December 27, 2008

Before I left Richmond for home to be with family during the holidays, I met with an old mentor of mine who coached me when I worked in NY in a 2 year advertising management training program.   She’s originally from Richmond, so the opportunity perfectly presented itself for us to get together and catch up before my arrival to NY.

I had shared with her a little over a month ago my concept for a hair salon, and though she thought it had a few kinks, overall, she thought it was a pretty good idea.

We talked more about it this past Tuesday, and she gave me what I think is some pretty good advice. She suggested that I give myself 2 years to pursue this endeavor and to give it all I’ve got.  That way, I won’t lose too much time and if needed, I could always transision back into Corporate America.

She also thinks that because the market is pretty aggressive when it comes to hair salons that I need to be as well.  She told me that I needed to get working and to move QUICKLY in terms of putting together my business plan. 

And, she’s right.

My plan, when I get back to VA, is to get started on my business plan the first on January and have it completed no later than mid-February. I’ve had enough time to rest. Now I need to get working, which is also the scariest part.

I have a million thoughts running through my head all the time like “How can I accomplish this?”, “Who do I think I am to be able to do this?”, “Others have tried and have been unsuccessful, what makes you think you’re special?”

But I also stand firm to the competiting thoughts, “Why not me?” and “If not me, then who?”

What comes to mind as I’m writing this entry is one of my favorite poems that I had posted on my desk when I was working. 

It’s called “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

This little light on mine.  I’ve GOT to let it shine.

Quote of the Day

December 27, 2008

“I think there is something more important than believing – ACTION.  The world is full of dreamers, there aren’t enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.”        – W. Clement Stone

Quote of the Day

December 25, 2008

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ”

– Charles Dickens

Merry Christmas!!!

December 25, 2008

I pray you have a HAPPY and MERRY Christmas.

My Week in Review

December 23, 2008

Sorry I haven’t written anything for real in the past week. I’ve been one busy little chica.

My family (my dad and my grandparents) came down for a couple of days, then my friend and mentor Dr. Wilson visited on Friday, and on Saturday, I had a small holiday gathering with some of my girls. I had a fabulous week, and was just SO very grateful to God for all of my family and friends.  I am truly, truly blessed.

After that though, I had to get myself focused on packing up my apartment. Because I am no longer in the land of the employed, I have to move. My new budget only covers me living in either a room or a really cheap apartment.  No more studio loft, that’s for sure.

So, right now, I’m temporarily staying at my aunt’s until it’s determined where I’ll be going to hair school. But, I’m definitely going to miss my little ol’ apartment.  As I’m writing, I can’t help but reflect on how much I LOVE this place. I decorated it with an Anthropologie ambience to it, and just felt so comfortable in this space. It was a reflection of me and was just perfect for me.

But I also knew pursuing my dreams would cost me some things, and I’m willing to pay those costs for something even better.

Already, I’ve set up things in my room at Aunt Gloria’s, and it already feels like me and reminds me of my apartment – it’s just a much smaller version of it. 

I’ll try and post some pics if I can ever find my camera.

Oh, the joys of moving…

Quote of the Day

December 23, 2008

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.

– Glenn Clark

Quote of the Day

December 21, 2008

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

– Albert Einstein

Quote of the Day

December 18, 2008

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank You,’ that would suffice.” 

– Meister Eckhart

The family’s gone

December 18, 2008

I really enjoyed having my grandparents and my dad here. We had a lot of fun, laughing, catching up and just loving on each other. I don’t know where I’d be or who I’d be if it weren’t for them.

And as imperfect as we all are, I wouldn’t change my family for the world!!