I spent the summer with the boys. We traveled, and spent our days at the pool. I kept kicking around this idea but didn't really know what I was supposed to do with it. I agreed to do some consulting work with a friend that owned a salon and was a former business partner at MICHE. She and her partner hired me as their business manager when school started again. I was going to help them fill the empty chairs in the salon and do some team building and personal development. That was my area of expertise and it helped me see how a salon is run day to day. I enjoyed it, but it still didn't feel right. I missed my team from MICHE and I missed being on top of my game, nationally recognized and totally crushing all my goals.
Turns out, this friend and her business partner were not getting along the way they should and things were way worse than I imagined. I tried to help, but the partner and I didn't see eye to eye and she asked me to leave. I was back to figuring things out but by this time I had decided that I wasn't going to spend the money and a year of my life at beauty school. I still felt pulled in that direction but hadn't figured it out yet. I had my hands in a couple other businesses and I kept saying that I had all the pieces to the puzzle I just couldn't figure out how they all fit together. I got a SCORE mentor to help me write a business plan and launched an online boutique. I resolved to focus on my online store for a year and see where that took me. I felt really good about that smart move and started moving forward.
Fast forward a couple months and the friend contacted me for coffee; she needed to talk. Things had gotten worse and it was time for her to move on and close her salon. She wasn't ready to retire, didn't want to go work somewhere else and didn't have the energy to start over again. I told her my crazy, I hear voices story and being the great friend that she is, she didn't give me the UMMMKAY look. It wasn't the time to dream a big dream, she was in crisis mode. I remembered how it felt to close a business I worked so hard to build; I could be there for her.
I had a couple of possible locations in mind for her and spent that week calling around. We booked an appointment to go look at a local plaza that had 2 former salons. I went for support initially but I would be lying if I didn't at least consider the possibility that this was the universe aligning for me.
The first place we looked at was turn key, I could have opened it tomorrow. I could feel myself getting excited about the possibilities but there wasn't anything special about it. Then we went to the second location that was a salon for nearly 50 years. The agent warned us that it was special and needed some TLC but it was a bigger space and didn't hurt to look at it.
I walked in and the hair on the back of my neck stood up. I am a firm believer that if you are ever involved in something that gives you goosebumps that is exactly where you are supposed to be. This place was amazing, you could feel the history there. There was this giant piece of industrial art hanging in the middle of the room and what I can only describe as a disco ball looking decor surrounding it. Sounds nice, right?
On the drive home my mind was spinning with the possibilities. I walked in and was talking a mile a minute to Steve. How awesome could this be... it has everything I would want... and I can afford it! He smiled and reminded me I said the same thing about the house we live in! If it felt right, I should go with my gut.
I talked to my friend the same day and asked if I build it, will she come? Between the two of us we could afford the rent and I could have my boutique and she could rent from me and not have to build an entire salon again on her own. It made sense but I had never done anything like this. I wasn't scared...but was that because I was too stupid to be scared or because I knew in my gut it was where I was supposed to be? I don't know, but I was too excited to think about that. Time will tell, I guess.
I was in negotiations with the landlord and a couple days later we were drafting a lease and starting renovations. It's easy to move fast when your inner voice keeps telling you to take the next step forward.
I am very focused and listen for those whispers. I get them all the time, this one from my favorite life coach BRENDON BUCHARD popped up in my timeline and gave me goosebumps again.
So here I am, almost a year to the day that I heard that voice tell me that I was supposed to go to beauty school and I am opening my own salon. Not at all the path that I expected for myself, and I have no idea how it is going to turn out.
But I don't have to know the how, just the why. Now that's a story for another day….