Your hairdresser wants you to know…

1. Just a Job.

I have quite a few stories about how clients don’t quite understand our profession. They think this is a part time job and are still in school, that we need a boyfriend/husband to support us or that its a short lived career. This couldn’t be more wrong. Yes, there are stylists who do this as a hobby, but the serious ones build a business. All of us can support ourselves and have flexible schedules to be with family or pursue experiences. It can be a short lived career if you don’t continue with advanced education and don’t take care of your body. It’s a career that I plan to stick with for life.

2. We value our relationship with you.ūüíᬆ

I am very close with a majority of my clients. I know their secrets, listen to their stories and support them. We share family experiences, laughter, tears and gossip. In return, they support me and I let them into my life. My clients know WAY too much about me but I want it that way. ¬†I build trust and a lasting friendship. I love seeing my clients around town and love hanging out with them. ¬†If your stylists doesn’t show appreciation, I suggest you find someone who shows gratitude to you. You are part of their business and without you, they don’t have a clientele.

3. TRUST US. 

You are our walking advertisements. We wouldn’t do anything that would make you look pale, heavy or old. We are experts in trends, skin tones and shapes. We have a highly trained eye and will make you look and feel good.

“If you don’t look good, I don’t look good”

4. We love visuals. 

I love it when my clients bring in photos because it helps us get on the same page and I can point out things visually. Some hairdressers would disagree and complain that everyone brings in Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Secret models hair-inspos. They claim that it gives the client an unfair expectation.¬†To me, its not any different than bringing in the “pretty girl” photo off Instagram. Most people look at the photo as a whole before they focus on the hair. I recommend¬†putting your thumb over the face and really look at the hair. A great stylist will explain what works for your hair type and give you a realistic expectation.

5. Sick days

I don’t want you coming in ill,ūüôÖ let alone, do you want me up in your personal space when I’m sick? At the beginning of my career, I came into work many times when I was really sick. I was afraid my clients would be upset if I cancelled and never come back. This could not be more untrue. Now in my career, if I’m not 100%, you don’t deserve less than that, so I am listening to my body and calling in.

Most of you may not know that hairdresser’s do not get paid sick days. At my salon, we are lucky and earn 2 paid weeks off but they aren’t worth using when we are gone only a day or 2. So please realize, we don’t “fake” sick like some people do or can. Clients rely on us to be there. ¬†Understand that we know you have plans and are crazy excited to get your hair done, so we cancel only when its absolutely necessary.

6. Schedules ūüďÜ

Most stylists have flexibility, but with flexibility comes lack of respect. For the first 8 years of my career, I was a¬†YES¬†girl. I stayed late, skipped lunch and worked my days off to accommodate my clients. This did help me build the biggest clientele in the salon, but I missed out on self care, events with friends and time with my husband. We understand that your life gets busy and once in a while we can help you out but if you are a repeat offender and constantly ask for special favors, it’s hard to want to keep you.

I let my clients know that if they have difficulty getting an appointment, to book the soonest available and then reach out to me to get on a cancellation list! You never know when it could be your lucky day. Depending on your relationship with your stylist, you might be able to reach out to them personally.

7. Etiquette

¬†A few little tips…

-Please close your eyes while we are shampooing your hair, unless we are having a conversation. ūüíÜ I don’t need you to see if I have any bats in the cave and its creepy when you stare up at me and it’s silent. Trust me, a shampoo is much more relaxing with your eyes closed.

-When we offer you a beverage, please actually drink it. I throw away so many bottles of water that have been sipped twice.

-We love gifts but don’t expect them.

-When we are done with your relaxing shampoo and condition, please use your core to sit up. I have had so many people dead weight me without warning. Doing this will shorten our relationship due to my massive back injuries. Unless you have a back injury or are uber pregnant, you are all capable of sitting up. Congrats, I helped you do your one sit up for the day.

-You can’t rush hair. Don’t over schedule yourself around your appointment. Most color and cuts, you can expect to be in our chair for 2 hrs.

-If you want a major change, reach out to your stylist before you book an appointment. My clients send me photos for their next hair idea, which is great since some of these colors need more time to achieve this look.

-We understand it if you are late, because we run late. But when you are late and show up with a Starbucks ‚ėēÔłŹ and didn’t even get us one…NOT COOL! (P.S my summer order is a Venti iced 1/2 green 1/2 passion tea unsweetened)

8. Products

We recommend products for you because it’s our job. We know your hair needs so why buy from someone who doesn’t know your hair or purchase from a random drug store with “salon quality” products? There are hairdresser’s out there who definitely oversell just to make extra $$, but most of us with integrity sell you what you need. You invest a lot into your cut and color, we just want to give you insurance on your new style. You insure your car and home, why not your hair?¬†Most products last MUCH longer than you think, when used correctly. ¬†Your hair is the most noticed accessory you own, protect it!

Have an honest conversation with your stylist about your needs and budget. Most salons carry various product lines. YOU get to decide how much you want to invest. We won’t judge, but no complaining when your drug store brand product doesn’t achieve your desired look.

9. Advanced Education

If your stylist is raising their prices, you have the right to ask how they earned it. I never get nervous to raise my prices because I have advanced/continuing education to back it up. Not only do I attend classes my company offers, I invest my own money into color or cut classes in NYC, Miami, LA, Nashville and Chicago. Last year alone, I invested thousands of dollars into learning new techniques for you! I have had the chance to learn from the best. ¬†You deserve the best from your stylist. If they don’t care about learning, getting re-inspired and adding more tools to their toolbox, they don’t deserve your business.

10. Cancelations / No-shows

A majority of hair dresser’s are paid commission, meaning if there is not a warm body in our chair, we aren’t making money. Life does get in the way, so we recognize and respect that. Do understand when you do not show up, you are taking money out of our pocket. If this becomes a repeat pattern, we have the right to warn you.

The service industry is a fun, yet crazy business. Just because it is our job to serve you, doesn’t mean we don’t have any rights. We can and will fire you if you disrespect the craft or us. Luckily once you are a seasoned stylist, your clients are almost perfect.

I appreciate you!

A thank you to my clients,

               I truly appreciate every single one of you. Month after month, year after year, you continue to support my business and career. You push me to be a more passionate hairdresser. You deserve the best version of me every time you sit in my chair, and I hope you feel it.

              Thank you for being patient with my schedule this year, allowing me to travel with Ryan and take some time for me. I appreciate your flexibility and planning in advance so that we can continue to create and build our hair-relationship.  In return, some of those trips, I took the chance and invested in my career building on my color expertise at Wella in LA, grew my advanced cutting skills at Bumble and Bumble University in NYC and Oribe in Miami and was taught how to build my career on the business side at Styling your Career at Bumble and Bumble.

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†2015 gave us a lot of laughs, tears, connection, drama and great gossip. I love hearing about your families, travels, great shows and restaurants and most of all, YOU! I’m honored to be your stylist, therapist and friend. I’m excited¬†to see what 2016 brings us. ¬†Cheers to another year of amazing hairdressing!

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PRESENTS!!!!

With the holiday season approaching, we are all bombarded with the expectation of gifts, lists and shopping. It’s GET, GET, GET! At work, I started to ask kids what they are wishing to get from Santa. And with the answers I am getting, Santa is loaded. They want Ipads, laptops, Iphones, UGG boots and thats just the beginning.

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I’m not shocked at what kids ask for because 90% of the time they get it and not just at Christmas. Parents and grandparents spend hundreds of dollars on Christmas presents. What kid needs a laptop? I didn’t get mine until I went to college and I had to use my grad party money to purchase it. I almost think that parents spoiled their kids to please themselves.

It’s BPES (BEST PARENT EVER SYNDROME). “I’m the better parent because look what I bought MY kids.” Bravo you are raising a spoiled little a$$holes who get everything they want and will never learn to support themselves. And guess what…if I had kids I would probably be the same way. (reason #437 why I’m not having them). I know both of my parents didn’t grow up with much, so naturally you want to do more your your own children.

I have a cure for BPES and how our future generations can be well rounded! I think for Christmas EVERYONE should take a different approach. Kids and adults should ask for a NEED, a WANT, an EXPEREIENCE and a GIVE. We all make lists, so this year make a revamped list.

NEED:¬†We all have necessities that are purchased throughout the year just because. But what if you could tie that NEED in with a holiday gift. I am so shocked at the high end items kids own and yes I understand they need new winter boots, jeans etc. Well they expect these items because every other kid own it. They need to realize you don’t just get stuff. I know kids who own multiple UGG boots, high end jeans, have the latest phone and wear LuluLemon…Shoot me. I don’t have half that stuff and I’m an adult with money and a job.

I’m not saying they can’t get that stuff but then buy the ONE need for the holiday, not all. My mom used to put a pair of sunglasses and a swimsuit in our Easter baskets to prepare for summer.

WANT: This can be the fun spoiling item. They ask, they receive and then they trash it and forget about it a year later (if that). But we all want things and it makes us happy so once a year its fine. I’m guilty of getting myself what I want when I want it, the difference is I was raised to be independent and work for what I want. ¬†You can also mix their need of new jeans with their want of whatever designer crap kids wear.

EXPERIENCE: Spring Break is 8-10 weeks after Christmas, why is that not a gift? My parents didn’t have the money to bring us on spring break or very many vacations at all, ¬†yet half of the kids I know expect it. Most children are in some kind of sport, why isn’t that part of a gift? The experience doesn’t have to be expensive either, go to a water park hotel for the night, go iceskating, learn to ski, and even just take the time to play a board game or bake cookies. Life is so crazy that just taking time to be around each other is memorable. ¬†The ideas are endless and will last forever in your kids memory.

I know a family whose parents are very well off and she gets worried that her kids are having high expectations since the grandparents bring them on a Disney Cruise every year. It’s their Christmas gift and yes its big, but at the same time wouldn’t you rather your kids spend time with their grandparents making lasting memories for both parties versus the kids just getting the cash later in life.

I’m stressing over what to get my niece and nephews for the holidays. They are just babies and clothes are short lived. I’m thinking of starting a savings account to be able to bring them to Disney World when they are older, making memories with Auntie La La and Uncle Poo Poo.

GIFT: I have definitely spoiled myself over the years and feel guilty about it when I know I have way more than I could ever ask for. Children need to learn at a young age how fortunate they are.  There are so may ways your child can give a gift of need to someone less fortunate. I found a website for my family this year where we are buying them a goat and chickens to provide a food source. I know plenty of churches that have giving trees and all these families ask for is cleaning supplies, coats and other necessities.

One of my girlfriends has her daughter donate the gifts she gets from either her friend or family birthday party. What an amazing idea? What kid needs 10 different presents from their friends and then even more from family? The memory that she has helped put smiles on sick kids faces will shape her to be an amazing woman.

It’s a weird society that we live in. Everyone wants the best, to be the best and we are all insecure. We buy things to make us happy but its very short lived. This holiday season try and focus on balance and teaching others around you to give, trust me the feeling lasts forever. One tip I love for myself as a reminder is EVERYTIME I walk past a Salvation Army Red Kettle, I put something in it. You are walking into a store to spend $$, I almost feel selfish when I don’t donate and honestly I judge people that don’t contribute or even say hello or happy holidays to the volunteer.

Cheers to a SAFE, HAPPY, BLESSED holiday season. Be thankful for the life you have!‚̧ԳŹ

 

Friday Favorites: Palettes!

Ok, so I will be the first to admit I hate doing my makeup. I honestly can’t stand girls that take more than 3 minutes to do their “everyday” look. Its simple, one color shadow, liner, mascara and tinted moisturizer. Who has time everyday to prime, contour, coverup and blend? If you do, I can suggest some other activities for you. I believe a woman’s daily look should be natural and fresh. It’s so funny to me how some people I know are almost unrecognizable without makeup. Why wear so much?

Now when you have a fun night out, that is a different story. I like to do special event makeup INSERT my Urban Decay NAKED palettes!

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These palettes make creating a pretty eye really easy. I own NAKED, NAKED 2 and NAKED smoky! Only missing NAKED 3. I love that I can try out multiple shades and they come with great application brushes, Another reason these little ladies are fabulous, is with all of my traveling, I can easily pack them up. I order them off Sephora.com. This way I can get my 3 samples! WIN!

BIG SIS

Recently both of my younger sisters have had major events happen in their life and its just fun to reflect on your relationship with them. My sister Monica, just had her first baby 3 weeks ago and Vanessa just married the love of her life. I couldn’t be happier and more excited for them.

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As the oldest of 3 girls, you tend to take on a lot of responsibilities. You are in charge of being the leader, role model, rule breaker, protector, trend setter, ring leader and voice of reason. Your sisters are your best friends by choice and like most friendships you have your ups and downs, but you will always love and support each other.

Growing up with my sisters was a blast. I was 2 when Monica came¬†into my life and the thumb-sucking chubby cheeked monkey wanted nothing to do with me. She was content by herself, so naturally I would pick on her just to get attention. She was so laid back and I needed to be in the spotlight, so it was the perfect balance. Then came along Vanessa. She was my human doll and did everything I told her to. Monica and I would pick of her but to Vanessa, that meant acceptance, so she just put up with it. She was a mini me! We have so many great memories and whenever we talk about it, we laugh so hard we cry. We weren’t always nice to each other.¬†Between the 3 of us it was always 2 against 1 and just rotated. Now as adults, we always get along.

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I was and still am very protective of both of them. If anyone every tried to mess with them or talk about them, the claws came out. As a sister, you are allowed to make fun and tease your sisters but for anyone else, its off limits. Monica was always the shy, quiet sister, so it was harder to tell if something was bothering her. Yet, she is so strong and resilient that if something was on her mind, you never knew. Vanessa was a pocket size little sister and had her drama with boys, so insert crazy big sister. Vanessa had struggled with Chrones when she was younger and that was a hard on Monica and I. My parents had to focus on her health, which as kids, you feel left out. Now I see how crazy it was to think Vanessa was faking it. As a child your parents shield you from the seriousness of most things. Im glad they did and I am so happy she is in remission.

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The last few years have been crazy for all of us. We all got married with in 5 years, our parents got divorced, Monica had a miscarriage and then a new baby joined our lives! Through all of it, I felt that it was my responsibility to make sure they were ok through it all.

Monica and Vanessa’s wedding were both so fun. Watching your little sisters exchange vows with a guy you totally trust, takes a little weight off you. They were both so happy and the day was filled with smiles. These guys were in a way, taking them away from me but it was ok! My sisters have never looked more beautiful or happy. The annoying little girls that followed you around, stole your clothes and tattled on your for years are now a Mrs.294405_10150363160159839_657346955_n

Our parents divorce was hard, even though we were adults. Each of us went about the healing and dealing process in completely different ways. We each decided that no matter what our stance was, if we picked a side, or needed time to figure it out, we wouldn’t judge each other and be openminded. That day we found out was gut-wrenching and being the person that I am, I set aside my feelings to make sure my sisters didn’t feel lost, sad or alone. Since they were told separately I was able to squeeze them tight and try to take away the pain. I was a care-taker through it all. I didn’t want anyone to feel pain, so I spent all my time making sure both my parents and my sisters were ok. 4 yrs later, I am happy how I handled everything and focus on the relationships I have had with my parents. My mom is a caring, kind, fun, loving mother and my dad is a goofy, supportive, hardworking father and that is how my relationship will still be with them. Their marriage was not mine, therefore I found a way to keep the drama separate. I think this event in our lives, have shown us how to focus on ourselves and each other and that marriage is hard work for both parties. This could turn into a whole separate blog, so on to the exciting story.

3 weeks ago JELLO (nickname) entered our lives. This was such a blessing because Monica has always wanted to be a mom. when we ere little, we watched my mom breast feed Vanessa, so naturally Monica and I copied. I fed my doll and Monica breast fed her panda bear. Watching her with her baby is heart warming. I am so proud of her and excited to watch him grow. Jello has brought Monica and I closer. We never really had much in common, but now the love for this little pooping, drooling, sleeping human is what we have in common.

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Sisters. See-stars! I hope they both know that I am so proud of them, so happy for them, and cant wait to see what else awaits our futures! Love you both!

Self Sabotage

Sabotage: the act of deliberately damaging, destroying or obstructing something.
This is a hard one to write, because I’m openly admitting a fault, and it’s harder to post because now you all know my secret.

It’s funny, I don’t sabatoge myself on everything, it’s just a few things. When I was younger, I was a competitive swimmer and always did stupid things so that if I didn’t place well, I had excuses. I acted like I didn’t care or said I didn’t care. The more I said it, the more I convinced myself. This was all to protect myself from disappointment. I had excuses to suck, so then I didn’t have to feel so bad. I look back on this and want to kick my 15 yr old self, I could have had more accomplishments and had more confidence in my swimming abilities. But there is nothing I can do about it now, but learn for my future and pass this advice to others.

I also sabotaged¬†my health/goals for my fitness. Its almost a sickness. When I did my bikini competition in 2013, I followed my lifting and cardio plan, followed my macros to perfection EXCEPT I would sneak chocolate covered acai berries. I stashed those things like a squirrel and would straight binge. Now I had an excuse if I didn’t place well. I was still very proud of how I placed (5th out of 7 ), because honestly I just wanted the experience, but reflecting back I want to smack myself for not giving it my all.

Unfortunately I still sabotage my “body” goals and its purely emotionally based. I think eating naughty food will make me happy, but it only makes me happy for a moment. When I stick to my plan, stay driven and don’t fall to my old habits, my happiness lasts so much longer and there isn’t any regret! I highly recommend ready the book¬†Women, Food and God¬†by Geneen Roth. I keep re-reading this book because she also struggled with self-sabotage and emotional eating. I need to re-set my thinking and re-train my mind into knowing whats good for me and what gives me balance.

What’s so funny is that in other parts of my life I totally kick butt and accomplish and crush goals. Why is it that I can be a rockstar in my business, but not in certain personal goals? In my yoga practice last week, my teacher spoke of one’s own possibilities and not getting in your own way. I know that I set goals or there is something I want so badly, but I can’t picture it so I paralyze myself. Self doubt can be one of the scariest things. We all have enough haters, obstacles and negativity surrounding us, the last thing we need is to get into our own heads and find excuses. I think sometimes we set goals with low expectations to escape failure and defeat. But what if we knew for certain that we would get there? Would we set the bar higher?

What is in your way of reaching your goals, finding your full potential and creating your amazing life? I find that it’s easier to reach my goals by taking baby steps. Its crazy how much we can celebrate the little accomplishments. Who said everything needs to be big, great and huge? My take away is to think small and have faith. Know that I can accomplish ANYTHING!!!!

Odd Girl Out

I’m at my sister’s baby shower watching her open gifts, but being ambushed by little kids opening them for her. I texted my husband “I’m broken. I don’t find any of this baby stuff cute and the kids are opening her gifts for her. I’m so annoyed” He was kind enough to respond saying “you’re not broken, you just don’t like that stuff”

I’m writing this not to offend anyone or be insensitive but to just share my feelings on this very touchy subject…babies.

As a young girl, I loved playing house and being a mommy or playing teacher. Up until I was 21, my goal was to have 4 kids and stay at home with them. I wanted 2 boys, Joshua and Lucas and 2 girls Madison and Kayla. As I grew older, built my career and found my passions, wanting to have a family went away.
Before Ryan and I got engaged I told him I was 85% sure I didn’t want kids. And we were both open to adopting as well. This was a conversation that needed to be had. I felt horrible because Ryan was open to the idea and he loved me so much that he was willing to sacrifice being a father to be with me. How horrible was I not to return that selflessness? ¬†I couldn’t put making him a father in front of my own choice not to be a mother, but that didn’t mean I loved him less. He is my world. I once sat next to a woman tell another woman, who was single and unsure about having kids,(they both knew I was married) say “you will want kids when you meet the right man” OH SNAP!!! I wanted to punch that judgmental b$*ch in the face. How dare you say that? But then I calmed myself down realizing that her statement was her own insecurity.

In my mid 20’s everyone was always telling me;

“you’re young, you’ll change your mind”

“It will change your life, you have to”

“Don’t you want to leave a piece of you when you leave this world”

Then as I got closer to 30;

“You would be such a great mom”

“You have no idea what you will be missing”

“Who will take care of you when you are older”

“Who will you celebrate the holidays with”

“It’s different when they are your own children”

Gah! Leave me alone. Now to address some of these statements, just because I was young doesn’t mean I’m going to change my mind. It’s actually the opposite, I’m more sure of my decision that ever.

I know a child would change my life and I would be a great mom, but I’m already a great cat mom and LOVE¬† my life the way it is, I don’t want to change it. It’s also true that I don’t know what I am missing, but you have children and have no idea what experiences you are missing that I have the opportunity to enjoy. You can’t compare the two. They are so different and are customized to our own lifestyles. Everyone has their own ideal life and I am living mine.

I’m not going to lie, I have questioned my decision only because I want certain experiences you can have with kids, like the first time you take them to Disney, all of the funny things they say and matching mommy daughter bikinis but you can’t chose what parts you want. When it comes to a baby, it’s all or nothing.

I am leaving a lot behind when I leave this life and honestly the world can be such a cruel and ugly place that sometimes I’m glad I’m not introducing something so innocent. As far as holidays and getting older, well family isn’t defined biologically, so I could be with family friends or just Ryan and I somewhere tropical. As of now I have 3 nieces and nephews who can suck up to me until the day I die to get Auntie Angie’s $$$$, your kids just think they are entitled to it.

I know I have my reasons for not wanting them and I respect your reasons to have them. I have many friends that are struggling to have a family and it hurts my heart. I feel like a b*$ch saying I don’t want them but if I could I would give them all my fertile energy. Life isn’t fair when the couple that would be amazing parents aren’t given the chance to shine!

I’m now in a not so fun position in my life. My friends that already have children, don’t think to include me in their activities. Do I want to be invited all the time, no, but it’s nice to be invited. My friends that are starting their families don’t realize that our friendships are going to change. I am so happy for all of my friends and family that are stepping into the next phase. I know they will and respect that but honestly it sucks being the odd girl out. I’m not trying to be selfish, but when you are the girl that isn’t following social norms, you feel rejected.

I’m not saying that I don’t like kids, I can tolerate the well parented offspring, but there are quite a few little a$$holes being raised and those children will get the death stare from me all day.

I think as women we need to support each other’s decisions about children. Some chose to work, some chose to have 3-4 kids and some of chose not to have them at all. We are all making the RIGHT¬†choice for our own lives.

30 and 1/2!

So today is my half birthday! And no I’m not one of those people who celebrates it nor am I one of those people that need birthday month or week. I just need one epic day of memories! I’m writing this post to reflect on what my expectations were for 30 and how I found my bliss.

My goals for turning 30 were very superficial and unrealistic. They were based off the idea of how I wanted others to see me. I wanted to be my perfect weight with the perfect body. I wanted to be my ideal trophy wife… Blonde, fit body, successful career, dream house and well traveled. Yup, I wanted everyone to love me and be jealous of what I had. ¬†How shallow and sad is that?

When I turned 28, I thought I had it all. It was my golden birthday, I was training for a fitness competition and was building my “perfect” body. ¬†I thought I had “awesome” friends (that is a whole other blog). I was building a great career, explored the Caribbean and was happy. But little did I know it was happiness based off the wrong things.¬†After my competition, my life fell into its dark era. I gained 25 pounds, became crazy depressed, and has been burned by some friends. This was not how I wanted to enter my 30’s.

29 was my rebuilding year. I found a great therapist, discarded the negative people in my life and started to be the REAL me! I discovered what was important to me and how to balance out my life. I was excited to turn 30. People take you seriously when you hit 30, life gets even better when you turn 30. I want to be genuinely happy when I turn 30!¬†To ensure that turning 30 was memorable, I planned a party with my friends and booked a 2 week cruise for Ryan and I. Everything was going to plan! My party was a success, I had our trip planned to a “T” and was confident in my body. The week of my birthday, I was so greatful for how supported I was by clients and friends and how “blessed” I was. Now I HATE that word “blessed”, that # is over rated and annoys the crap out of me. But in my head I felt that way (no way in hell that was going to be said out loud).

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Jan 28 2015: The best start to being 30, quickly turned into one of the worst days of my life. My adorable little girl, Pancakes, had to¬†be put ¬†to sleep that night due to an unexplainable reason since her back legs were paralyzed. THIS IS NOT HAPPENING. (My cats are my fur babies and my life). I couldn’t stop crying, I didn’t want to go to work, I felt numb, helpless and angry. She was just a little kitty, it was my job to protect her. The next 4 days were a blur and then we landed in paradise. I was so happy I could turn my brain off, grieve with Ryan and make happy memories.
IMG_5687So far 30 was filled with sadness and joy. No perfection here and that perfect. But in all honesty, ¬†reflecting on how it has gone so far, I am very lucky and have worked hard for the experiences I have had. They weren’t any better or worse because I didn’t have my perfect body and I could care less about people’s judgements and opinions. I took advantage of every opportunity that came into my path. I have found balance and happiness.¬†In the book 30 Things Every Woman Should Know and Have By 30, the editors of GLAMOUR had a very meaningful quote that has stuck with me:

phontoThis could not be more true. The moment I started to live life, find balance and not try to impress others, is when I found my true BLISS.

Persistence not perfection

When it comes to making our goals and achieving them, it takes hard work. You must create an action plan and be ready to excute all steps to make it happen. Most of us, including myself think you need to be perfect to meet your goal. The art of perfection is conforming to the definition of the ideal type and being beyond improvement. Ugh…that doesn’t exist and I would crumble trying to meet those standards. Insert PERSISTENCE! 

We all can be persistent. We can endure obstacles that get in our way and still find the path we are traveling. I have gotten lost multiple times in my journeys to achieving various goals. Unfortunately I wandered quite far the last few days. I have been running, running, running and when I get too overwhelmed, I fall and I fall hard. Every day pressures for perfection get to everyone. Eat perfect, workout every day, clean house, being on your game at work and being the best spouse, partner or mom is just an illusion. I’ve never met anyone who is perfect, but I am surrounded by some persistent people. 

So today marks my 60 day challenge to myself. Each day my goal is to do 20 mins of house keeping, 1 hour of yoga or exercise, read my weekly mantra and to follow my meal plan. That being said, I also need to listen to my mind and body and if I need a break, I can take it. 

What will your 60 day PERSISTENCE challenge be? Maybe it’s to pay a compliment to someone everyday, including yourself!! How about getting your daily H2O in? What about starting to have a date night or family night and go phone FREE? 

Can’t wait to hear what you will all be doing and how you will better your best by being consistent! 

Hello Passion Lovies!

Welcome to my blog! I have been wanting to start one FOREVER! Let me first start by introducing my self! I’m Angela. I’m a wife (even though I hate that word), hairdresser, cat mom, yogi, fitness lover, foodie, travel addict, experience junkie and obsessed with creating a memorable life!

Passiontite means Appetite for Passion! The meaning of PASSION is a strong amorous feeling or powerful emotion. APPETITE is to satisfy a need or desire ( or in my world to make my tummy happy). My blog is going to cover my love of hairdressing, the places I have traveled to, my opinions on life, love and how to live up to YOUR standards. To find passion and integrity in everything you do. I am a believer in surrounding yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Finding a partner or support team to help you cultivate and achieve your goals and dreams. Hopefully reading my blog will satisfy your cravings and ignite your passions!