One of the key components of my new career, is marketing. I am not very good at this, and I genuinely don’t like to toot my own horn; not that I don’t recognize and appreciate my talents, I am just not very full braggadocio. However, it has been stressed to me, that perhaps I need to find a way to invest in some bragging rights. One of the ways I feel I can accomplish this is through this blog. I’ve jumped on and off so many times, it borders on spastic. But I have many irons in the fire right now, and this seems like this blog the best cog upon which to spin all my projects. So I hope to grow it. If you are a friend, and you see me on the Book of Faces, ask me if I wrote my blog today. Same for my colleagues and those of you I hope to pick up along the way.
Working in the spa business is wonderful. I want to make it my life’s work. It is peaceful, and calm (mostly) and I make people feel good. All of those things are very important to me at this point in my life. I need to make it work. I left a life behind to come on this venture. Left a successful career as a high school and adjunct college professor; left a floundering marriage; a home town that left me smothered… Everything. Three years ago, I threw my, and others, lives into chaos to follow a dream I’d always held, but felt wasn’t esteemed enough. I am also a high school dropout, and though I wanted to be a make-up artist even then, I felt compelled to “prove” myself to those people who thought I would never be anything. So I jumped into academia; loved most of it. Ended up with a Master’s in TESOL/Applied Linguistics with the intent of travelling and teaching English as a Second language. But that was not in the cards. So what I really did, was set myself up in a life and a career that left me empty. Then, while recovering from reconstruction of basal cell carcinoma on my right nostril, I spent my time watching Kandee Johnson videos, making pin-boards on Pinterest, feeling sorry for myself, and wondering what I could do that would make me feel whole again. I had this epiphany and literally herd myself say “it is as plain as the nose on your face.” I literally laughed out loud, and began looking for ways to pursue what I’d always loved.
Three years later, here I am determined to make this work. It is tough right now, it takes at least a year to establish a steady clientele, and it wouldn’t be possible without the help of my Mother, for whom I am infinitely grateful.
In the mean time, I am picking up odds and ends of ways to weave a life I can be confident and proud of. I want to by Joseph Campbell’s advice “Follow your bliss.”
Zentagle doodle by Martha Lever