As I sit in my office this morning, watching the snow come down, I am reminded that winter is upon us. While Thanksgiving was just days ago, Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye and yes, another new year is almost upon us!
I am incredibly grateful to the exceptional ladies who work at Chrysalis Hair Designs; they are the rock to my roll. Through all of the twists and turns in this journey, they have been with me. Each one of them has a special gift that builds a great TEAM, and I couldn’t and don’t want to do it without them. Just like the saying, “not sisters by blood, but sisters by heart” is what I feel like towards these amazing women. At different times, they have supported, uplifted, disliked, scratched their heads at me, and loved me (despite my moments of weakness). Yet, they encourage me to keep moving forward. They are my family, and I love that even in our differences, we all come together to create and share our beautiful gift of “Spreading Beauty,” with YOU!
I am especially thankful for YOU, the guest at Chrysalis Hair Designs! I am often overwhelmed with the love and support of those who have helped and watched us grow. Each year, when we open our doors for the Holiday Open House, I am reminded of why I love my “jobby” (a hobby that you do for a job). Our open house is my favorite day of the year! I love interacting with our guests, just because. I also love being able to give a little gift to YOU for your support all year long. I am blessed to be able to provide a place where our guests enjoy coming, and my hope is that you always leave feeling valued and loved.
For many years, after losing my dad, the holidays have seemed bittersweet. When I opened Chrysalis Hair Designs, got married, and had my son, I cried that he was missing it. What I realized later was, he wasn’t missing it, I was! I was so busy missing him that I couldn’t be in the moment and enjoying the gifts that were right in front of me.
Don’t get me wrong, grief is a necessity, but there is nothing we can do to stop the cycle of life. It wasn’t until the past few years that I was able to go into this season with gladness. While I still miss him, I am reminded of all that I have here. Instead, my dad isn’t missing any of my life, he is just watching from a different angle. Please, for your own sake, if you have lost a loved one, spend a moment thinking of them, and consider the view they now have of your life. They aren’t missing any of it – YIKES! (you better be good.)
As Christmas quickly approaches, and your plates feel full, take time to love your family, friends and maybe reconnect with those who you have lost touch with. Or, mend those fences that may have been broken. Make memories and share stories of laughter from those who have passed, and rejoice in the moment in front of you.
I am thankful, grateful and blessed for each one of you! I hope that your holiday season is filled with plates of cookies, gifts of love, warm hearts and family traditions!