About twelve years ago, when I was first considering the idea of doing nails, I knew it was a good decision because I could do gel nails anywhere.
Nothing has put me through that test more than the previous week.
A year and a half ago I left my spa job and built a small studio in my basement. I started working from home! What a dream. I love all the creature comforts of working from home. Getting the laundry done, dinner in the oven and being around more for our teenage son.
But life has a funny way of making you uncomfortable just when things start to get cozy.
I was given the news last week that my nail room needed to come down. (A very detailed story that I will spare you ATM) All my hard work, money, literally blood sweat and tears, went into building that studio. I painted it pink, put rose gold butterflies on the wall. My grandmothers tea cups. All things girly. The perfect sanctuary when I live in a house full of boys.
Now what? I definitely was in shock. Quite numb actually.
So what are my options? Lease another space in town? This would cost me so much extra money and the headaches. Finding employees and purchasing product and supplies for everyone. I really don’t feel like starting a brick and mortar business, when I had just tackled that.
What was I going to tell my clients and followers? I instantly felt like a failure. I talked the talk, but now I couldn’t walk!
Put my tail between my legs and head back into the Spa world? I just can’t! I felt such a weight lifted off my shoulders when I left. I can’t imagine grinding it out again for another 8 years!! Just not great for my mental health.
So I spent a good four days and a few sleepless nights trying to figure out what the best choice was.
Then I remembered a young 27-year old who decided to take this career path in the first place because, I can do Gel Nails ANYWHERE!! I swallowed my pride, put on my big girl panties and decided that change is not only good, but it is key!
Don’t get me wrong, I definitely sat on the floor and had a little cry. Being left to my own devices. Taking apart and moving furniture. Trying to hang pictures. It really frustrated me that I wasn’t tall enough or strong enough to tackle this all by myself. It knocked me down a peg that’s for sure.
I moved the “Nail Room” from my basement studio to a spare bedroom in my main living area. The walls aren’t pink and there aren’t any butterflies to admire. But, I’m there! I’m there with my talent and my determination to make my girls look and feel their best! I don’t think they really care what color the walls are! Sure they liked the butterflies but that’s not what made their nails beautiful. I DID!! and I DO!! That is what I needed to hear! Lol it just took me a few days to calm down and have that chat with myself.
Life is happening for me! Not to me!
So what does the next year look like? I’m not sure about that one. But I am open to opportunities and ideas. I am always creating and trying to move forward. Something is bound to catch up. But more importantly, I have learned to be flexible. Take a breath. Stop worrying about other peoples opinions and just do what I feel is right in my heart at that moment.
I have a lot of goals I want to reach in the next few years. I want to teach locally within our community, to help empower other women to not only feel good about themselves but also earn an income of their very own! I would like to travel and teach others that perhaps do not have access to proper training in their area. I will be creating some online classes to teach everything from the basics of gel polish to more complex nail art techniques.
I have plans and I have goals. This is just a little blip in my journey and I choose to use it as motivation. Sometimes being taken out of our comfort zone is the driving force needed to produce change! Great change!
Thank you for following along on my journey. I will continue to show up as myself. I will be completely transparent with you, because life isn’t always easy. Life isn’t just about the highlight reels that we see on Instagram. Life is real, life is raw and life can get a little ugly sometimes. Buy even the most beautiful flower can grow and rise out of the shit. And you my dear are the most beautiful flower of them all!!
Please comment below if you have ever felt this slump! If you’re down and need some motivation. Or if you would like to share your inspiring story with me! I am always here to listen and offer whatever I can*
Love you to the moon!
Cheyanne – The Nail Lamp Tramp