Texas, Eyebrows & the Magic of Presence8 comments
The magic of presence.
Last week I spent seven days in a creepy Holiday Inn and learned the art of permanent cosmetics.
(I stopped crying about the huge cockroach when I saw the hotel offered complimentary ‘happy hour’ with red wine that tasted like church communion wine. Not bad!)
Permanent cosmetics? What?! Aren’t you a coach and getting ready to launch a book?
Yes! But I’ve also been doing eyebrows on the side for the last 12 years. Totally serious.
I love it! It feels like my art since I can’t draw, sing, dance, paint, or play any instruments.
52 hours and 13 women later, I was obsessed! Watching the transformation, especially the women who had completely lost their eyebrows, was the best. Seeing how beautiful they felt after our work was even better.
More on that another time…
This post isn’t about beauty or permanent cosmetics; it’s about the magic of presence.
I was totally present every day – partly because of the concentration it takes to do permanent cosmetics (you definitely don’t want to mess up!), and partly because of the long hours.
When I wasn’t training, I was having dinner with the girls, stalking the ‘happy hour’ guy in the hotel lobby, or resting for the next day and praying that no bugs crawl into my bed.
The entire week, I only checked email a few times and my phone was almost always put away. I didn’t worry about the next week, push to meet deadlines or try too hard.
When I finally checked my inbox and phone, I had a few unexpected surprises -
- Two new clients.
- Email from my editor with great feedback on the final draft of my book.
- A realtor ready to get me into my next home.
- My friend offering her adorable Chicago place for three weeks in December.
Life is always working for us behind the scenes.
So many of my girlfriends have left for a month to Europe, or ditched work for a beach day and ended up with¬†more business and opportunities.
My friend, Heather Pierce, was forced to stop working because of a back injury and this was her experience:
“And the¬†craziest thing happened – I had¬†more money come in that month than any¬†other month so far that year.”
I was so happy for my friends, but quickly got back to work. There was no way that I could do the same.
Then it happened to me! They were right.
Last week I learned:
1. I don’t have to work so hard and worrying is total waste of time. It makes things harder and interferes with what life already has planned.
2. Presence is magic.
3. I really should spend more time doing things that feel creative. This was something else that I’ve been told to do a million times and ignored.