A caterpillar catches my eye.
He assumes the cocoon position but he is not moving. Nothing is happening.
Immediately I sense the symbolism and thank Spirit for the chuckle. Perhaps I was a little premature in my eco-beauty venture. Because today, I am clearing out all the supplies from my facial room. Trying to start a business during mercury retrograde is like driving in Los Angeles at rush hour and expecting the same ETA. I imagine this little caterpillar is waiting until everything clears energetically to continue his purpose. Thank goodness we are in the post shadow phase and when the 8th of June arrives, we can be fully present to resume our destined paths.
These last two months have been not without lessons however. The first being:
- I must always go with my gut and…my nose. My sense of smell knows the purity of products but also places, even lifestyles. Moving into a nail salon, and particularly one that does acrylic nails, is like being in the largest chemical factory of which one cannot escape. I should have walked away after the first inhale, but for a minute, I accepted chemical culture as part of the beauty industry and pretended it did not bother me. I had a bigger goal in mind after all: to earn a living, entrepreneurially. And I knew how much manicures and pedicures are an easy draw for consumers. The bottom line: nail treatments are toxic.
- Integrity as peacemaker. Professionalism excludes gossip in my ideal spa setting. After all, the person being talked about is not there to tell THEIR side of the story. There is always another perspective lurking in the distance. To me, it is wasted breath. Overhearing half truths, repeatedly, at the expense of someone else makes for dirty air. After my own departure, what story will ensue now? The bottom line: gossip is toxic.
- Miscommunication is not without misfortune. It results from expectations that are out of proportion with no rhyme or reason or simply inaccurate. Widely known, mercury retrograde is notorious for miscommunication and this last month proved true. It made me grateful for the flexibility of clients, it preempted me into a more leadership role, pushed me to recruit my own clientele on my own terms and ultimately see my own value. The entrepreneurial spirit is one of hustle mentality. I admire those who crush it with class. The bottom line and rule to live by: Kindly OVER-communicate.
But one thing you can say about me is, I try everything. I research everything. I give it a shot. There will not be much left for me to regret in my old age. When I imagine sitting reminicsing about the past, I see myself finding it hard to think of one thing, this that or the other, I wish I had tried.
The vision for my facial practice is one of purity, integrity, sustainability, healing, kindness, and escapism. At this time, I am unsure if such a place exists or if I can create one, especially having to manage problems and scenarios in real time. But I can guarantee next time, it will begin on mercury retrograde’s off season.
Back to making plans and signing contracts.
And building that cocoon.