Sometimes I wonder how I come up with this stuff! Laughing in my head to the “Cotton-Eyed Joe” title takes me back to a different time in my life. It was a time of freedom, laughter and a few moments I might like to forget.
Do you ever look back at your life and wonder where that carefree person is? I know I have. Then I wonder… How do I find her again? I am a podcast listener. I find new books to read, inspiration and occasionally get sidetracked with a shopping spree of some new company I learned about. One morning not long ago, I heard Chrystal Evans Hurst on a podcast, talking about her new book “She’s Still There“. The title instantly caught my attention and by the end of the podcast, I was in my car yelling “YES, I FEEL YA GIRL!”
It wasn’t long before listening to this podcast that I had shared with a friend that I needed and wanted to take my life back. The problem was, I had no idea how to do that. Some of you might understand this feeling, waking up, looking in the mirror and wondering; when did I forget about me. How much time had passed and when did I become someone’s wife, mom, and caregiver to everyone but me! It seems selfish. In reality, it is honest. I love being a wife and mom to my people, but I miss those moments of exercising when it’s convenient for me, having time to read a book or practice a hobby, to just go sit quietly for a moment or go have dinner with a friend without feeling the guilt of taking care of someone else’s needs.
Have you ever just held a book and felt relief? While waiting for my book to come via Amazon (of course), I had discovered Chrystal’s podcast where she was telling her “She’s still there” story along with others sharing their stories. I learned I was not alone in standing in my own way and stuck in the middle of my own road afraid to make changes for fear of “what will people think”. While every woman’s story is different, she refers to it like AA in some aspects. The first step is the hardest; Chrystal writes “Hello. My name is Chrystal and I am a girl who has struggled with insecurity, battled promiscuity, experienced pregnancy outside of marriage, fought the fat demon regularly and wrestled with a sense of shame and insignificance because of it all.”
It takes courage to admit all of those things about yourself. I find her story fascinating and feel relief in her honesty. What is your story? Do you find yourself in the middle of your own road? None of us mean to end up in a job we hate for years, in broken relationships, out of shape and overweight, in financial hardship or receiving an unexpected call from a doctor or family member with illness striking you to the core. The good news is … This is YOUR life; YOU are going to be ok. Can I encourage you, just as Chrystal encouraged me through her book and podcasts, to take the first step: BE BRAVE, BE HONEST and TELL the TRUTH to YOU! Whatever you have been through, YOU are on the other side of it and guess what? YOU’RE STILL HERE!
The girl you want to be is depending on YOU, dig deep and grab her hand. “SHE”S STILL THERE” Rescue her!
Until next time,
“Beauty Slowly Fades!” I saw this saying in the background of a webinar I was watching the other day. Still a couple of days later, I found myself questioning this statement and looking at it from a different angle.
As women, we can be incredibly hard on ourselves. Come on, I know I am not alone here. The mirror is our best friend and our worst enemy. The place we all go to evaluate ourselves from top to bottom. Wrinkles and grey hair might be where we start, then, before we realize it we begin checking out our sagging triceps, bottoms, once taut tummies and let us not forget the ever famous chicken neck! That’s right I said it, the chicken neck, the jowls, the “oh my, I look more like my mother everyday.”
The aging process is inevitable. When we look at ourselves superficially, it is easy to see each flaw. Next time you look in the mirror, SMILE! Watch your eyes glisten, feel your heart shine from the soul, feel your mood change. Think of the things you’re grateful for and the blessings in your life. While beauty may slowly fade on the outside, the beauty within can shine and be polished and last forever.
Today, take time to compliment another woman today on her smile, watch her face light up, watch the way she walks away with her head held high and know that you have added beauty to her soul!
From today forward, YOU tell your mirror about beauty don’t let it tell you! It only sees outside, BEAUTY comes from within!
Until next time,
Right before Chrysalis Hair Designs moved this past May, we started offering hair extension to our service menu. Even being in the hair industry for 24yrs, I still wasn’t sure exactly what they were for, other than women who wanted long, flowing locks of gorgeous hair. What I have learned since we ventured into this service is that 75% of the people looking for hair extensions are women who have thin hair and want added volume, women whose hair has begun to thin and are feeling like they are balding, and normal ladies like myself, who want a little longer hair but lack the patience to grow it.
If you have ever met me, you know I have always had short hair. My hair is thick and most often when I decide to grow it; it gets big before it gets long. In my moment of bushiness, I sit in one of the hair designers chairs and cut it back to a perfect, short cut that takes minutes to dry, perfect! The truth of the matter is, I desire to have a longer style but lack the patience. My husband Chris and I are getting ready to head out for a long weekend alone and I figured this was the perfect time to give hair extensions a try. I would be away from my awesome staff of hair designers who could quickly fix my problem if I had any and be forced to give this new hair a chance. So far, one week in and I am in LOVE!
Don’t get me wrong, there have been a few learning curves and moments of frustration, but that is exactly why I wanted to venture out on this journey. As the owner of Chrysalis Hair Designs, I feel it is important to know and try every service that we provide. Typically, I am a guinea pig for most everything because everyone has to learn somehow and it truly is just hair to me.
Are you anxious to hear what I’ve learned so far?
- It’s real hair, but it is still attached to YOUR hair and when you pull it, it hurts a little
- They type of brush you use make a BIG difference (Boar bristle is best)
- When styling your hair, you might need to section off
- Shampooing is weird but easy
- Sleeping with hair extensions is no different than without them
- Hair Extensions are FUN!
Are you feeling inspired to give Hair Extensions a try? Schedule your FREE consultation with Mollie at Chrysalis Hair Designs to transform your hair today. Perfectress is our preferred extension company. They offer tape in and connection hair extensions and are 100% real human hair. Hair extensions require an every 6-8wk commitment in order to keep them looking fresh and to preserve the quality of the hair.
Before Hair Extensions
After Hair Extensions
If you are reading this, I will assume that you survived “Snowmagedon” that happened Friday night. It was quite a storm, wind whipping, little sleet-cicles pelting the windows, and the snow falling lightly to the ground. While some of you were sleeping, I was wide awake thinking about the next thing I wanted to share with you this year. I can’t help it, my brain seems to do its best thinking when I should be sleeping. So without further ado, today I would like to share with you why we choose EUFORA hair products and some of the awesome benefits of using an Aloe based hair care line.
If you have been to Chrysalis Hair Designs, you know that we all LOVE EUFORA! Sometimes I even say, “ we drank the kool-aid!” EUFORA is an aloe based product line started by an original Ohio native, turned Californian, Don Bewley. Unfortunately, Mr. Bewley passed away last year unexpectedly, but through his wife Beth and son Sam, the company continues with the same passion and vision that Don had in mind. All of EUFORA’s hair care products are based on pharmaceutical grade Aloe, they contain no sulfates or chemicals, are gluten-free and use essential oils as the fragrance of their amazing line. EUFORA started with a small line which is now referred to as the Nourish line. They have grown to add Beautifying Elixir, Smooth’n, Curl’n, Thickening, Aloe Therapy, and HERO for men in the 7+ years Chrysalis Hair Designs has carried the EUFORA brand.
We already know why aloe is great for our skin and the fact that nothing soothes a sunburn better than a little perfectly cool aloe, but here are some great reasons to make EUFORA your next choice when choosing a shampoo, conditioner or styling product.
ALOE is WEIGHTLESS: this is such an important fact for all of you “fine” hair folks
Aloe is packed with vitamin B-12, folic acid and beta-carotene. Aloe is 99% water, making it extremely hydrating and the 1% left out are these AWESOME little molecules that provide exfoliation for your scalp
Aloe based shampoo and conditioner protects your hair from UV rays, chlorine and salt water, as well as protection from our lovely blowdryer and styling tools that we MUST have
like most shampoos and conditioners packed with heavy oils, lotions and emollients that simply coat the hair and weigh it down, Aloe begins healing the hair shaft the minute it is applied and when rinsing, the aloe deposits itself into the “potholes” in each hair strand sticking around to pack the hair shaft with vital nourishment (remember B-12, folic acid, and beta-carotene)
Some researchers state that due to that little 1 % of molecules aiding in exfoliation I mentioned earlier, Aloe based shampoos and conditioners also help keep the individual hair follicles healthy, preventing hair breakage and loss.