Each year when I reflect on the year gone by I basically make a list of what has gone really well, and what needs changed. As I have learned over the years, and most recently is that I do what many do, and reflection and goals are a good thing! I firmly believe that reflection, and pondering allow me to grow and become a better person. While it is February of 2015, I am still making changes for what makes sense in my life. Just because January is gone, does not mean that I throw away the idea that I rang in a new year. I always believe that change is good. What fits my life, needs and family may not fit others, but I need to be doing my best, acting my best, and being this good person that sets a great example for my kids. Changes that I make are sometimes small, but can over be larger and they always impact some facet of my life. Here’s a few changes I made this year, and while they may not be monumental in the scheme of life, I believe that the end result of feeling accomplished and better about your own choices is also beneficial. Lavishly live 2015 out loud, celebrating each day, when you change life up a bit!
The Grocery Store Drama – Keep ON Changing
I don’t mind shopping at grocery stores that offer superior products with higher prices, but when a grocery store begins to replace all name brands with their brand, and still is charging like they are the big brand, I have a definite problem with this. I stop shopping there and look for alternatives. We have one monopolizing brand that seems to believe they own the city and that we all need to enjoy their food, to the point that all name brands are being replaced with their store brand. The fact is, their brand is awful, tastes bad no matter what you do to it, and if you buy their lunch meat it spoils in a day or two. My solution to this store, ALDI, Warehouse Clubs, and Large Mass Retailers. I don’t bother with the other grocery stores in our area, because, they can’t touch the brands, the quality or the prices that I can grab between the mix I shop at, and I don’t worry about saving at the pump, because I save so much at the store that my bottom line is already to battle the gas prices! My change has been not shopping at a store just because you can save on gas, rather shopping at ALDI and warehouse clubs and a few major retailers that offer great groceries at amazing prices! This small change has massively decreased my cost in groceries and released me from my total frustration of that other brand that charges more to give you gas pump discounts! One small change has equaled dollars and cents savings!
The Dentist From Hell – Change in February
As for last year, we had an awful dentist. He and his new partner would put a filling in and not get the tooth to feel just right. I must have gone back 4+ times to get my tooth ‘aligned’ the right way and their office was over 40 minutes away from our home. I know that 2 other family members also had the same problem. Add to this the fact that they refused to make provisions that were Latex Free for my son, and you have the situation that created my need to leave this bad decaying situation. We switched dentists and I switched onto a new firm that my kids like and I trust, as they have their act together.
Hair Today and Gone Tommorow – New Year Keep ON Changing
Chatting with all of my gf’s online, in person, and via texting, I can tell you thing we all have in common is the want for a loyal, non-attitudinal hairdresser. The time we have to ourselves as moms is so limited and if we grasp one hour or two for our hair we want to make sure that whoever we go to is not only attentive, but also cares that every hair on our head falls into the right place. I am fanatical about my hair, and you all know that, it is not narcissism, rather, curly locks that need special care in order that when they photo or are primped with they look their best. My hair and I have evolved as has my taste in hair stylists and particular salons. Not too long ago, I did not get how important a stylist was to my hair, but fast forward a few years, and a few hundred photos and I suddenly realize that the stylist is the key to looking good and feeling great and when your hair does not rock, well you can’t.
I remember when I first got married a very flighty hairdresser that I was so loyal too, I would simply bend my schedule to match hers, because her skill was great, but her work ethic not-so-great. This girl opened a salon, worked there, and then after a few months,(and this placed thrived) decided she no longer wanted to be a stylist and owner, and closed, without warning, never to be seen again on the Pittsburgh Hair Styling circuit. There was my old stylist from what is now Macy’s who has branched into his own salon, but you can’t even get an appointment with him, and then there was my small little community nightmare, where my hair was done blacker than the ace of spades and totally never matched my complexion because she had maroon walls, and 15 watt light bulbs so no one ever came out with good looking hair. One thing is certain, it is hard to find a great hairdresser and if you do, hold on tight.
A few years back, I had gone to get my hair done at a large hair cutting chain and I should have known things were never going to be right after the girl that put highlights in my hair actually made them look like tiger stripes. Her name was Julie, and she should NOT be allowed to put color in anyone’s hair. Her now ‘boss’ and then co-worker(let’s call her Sandy) fixed my hair from that nightmare after I registered a complaint.
For a few years I went to Sandy, and I would call ahead, and find out when she was working, and no matter which location she was in, I would follow, even if it meant inconvenient times or inconvenient locations, because she was that good. As time wore on, she gave me her cell number, I would text her to find out where she was and when so I could schedule. I always tipped 20% OR better and I brought my entire family to her, so I was as loyal as the day is long. We could talk, and chatter, she could talk about her co-workers to me and it would go no further and I could talk shop with her, she was just a great person. As her job frustrations and responsibilities increased, she kind of got, ‘touch-and-go’ with appointments and a bit snarky at some points. You know, I would text, and not hear back too fast, or, if I would call, they would put me on hold, and ask her if she ‘wanted to do my hair’. I believe the last straw for me was when I called in, quite in need of my hair appointment and while admittedly she worked 5 hours, she said she had paperwork to do and did not feel like cutting that day, so we needed to find another. Here’s the thing, I was off to a photo shoot and really needed my haircut, and she just blew me off. Very upset about getting demoted, and losing about $600 a month, she was in a mood and taking it out on me. Well, I can’t help her, but I can help myself, I found a new place to go.
Change is really an important thing. Don’t let life get stagnant, don’t get too comfortable. Shake things up, don’t be a creature of habit and then life can’t take you by surprise. I lavishly rang in 2015 with changes that impact our day-to-day living and make a more positive environment. Don’t let the hairdresser rule your schedule, don’t let a dentist from hell keep you away, and certainly don’t get boxed into one store just because they are the dominant chain, keep things open and keep things changing or you will get stuck without options. A life without options is hardly a lavish life! Dream big, cancel out the bad and keep on moving into your new 2015 as you Keep on Changing in February.