Getting this salon open has been a very long process. A long process that I jammed into a very short period of time. To say that I have been living overwhelmed is an understatement. Just after getting opened a tornado ripped my roof off, followed by a hurricane that completely ruined everything. We renovated in under 2 months and opened right after the holidays. I can admit here, now; that I may have cruised through some of it on auto-pilot. I truly think there is only so much one can take and I've danced near that limit a lot lately. I did my job, crossed all the t's and dotted the i's but I wasn't present.
In all of this almost 4,000 sq ft space there wasn't space for me to work. My management team had an office, but I kept mine at home due to space constraints. It felt selfish to steal a corner of this space just for me, 'specially when we are hurting so much for storage. So, I'd pop into the salon for a few hours a day then scurry home to do my work. Just a few weeks ago, I started to notice a little fraying. Nothing huge, just some small stuff. Little issues started creeping up. Preventable issues, my management team started missing little things. I started feeling like I wasn't getting anything done. The salon became a time warp, that I entered and my to-do list was side tracked with other challenges.
I rolled this over, and like a dream I realized what the problem was. Me. I was asleep at the wheel. I wasn't present enough. I need to be here. I need to meet each and every person that enters my space. I need to help my management team, be the second set of eyes. I realized it wasn't selfish to take my own space, it was a necessity. After talking it over with Jd, we converted a small spa room into an office for me. Somewhere I could keep myself organized while still being around and present in my business.
It may not seem like much, but this is huge for me. I've never had my own office, -hell I've shared a bedroom since I was 18 months. I moved in mid-last week and I've already noticed major changes in my company. For the first time since the storm, I feel present. I'm involved deeper than I was just a few weeks ago and I can feel my team strengthen. So, this post serves no purpose other than to mark the ending of an era for me. The end of allowing this storm to impede on my business. The end of my sabbatical, the end of feeling overwhelmed and the beginning of taking the reigns back. <3