Do you Hate Change?

Meditating on Change

So. Do. We… but sometimes it’s necessary

We feel a change in the air over here at KleanSpa and are excited to make space for what’s to come. It’s all around us and time and time again, when we have made space for something new, it always shows up! (And it’s usually better than we had ever imagined).

For the last year or so, I have been on a mission to fine-tune and simplify our product offerings and fragrances. Some scents have been slowly removed  but now it’s time to rip off the bandage!

What I have learned about myself in this process is that I don’t want to make anyone unhappy. Our customers mean the world to us! But in this case, the business needs some streamlining and I have been avoiding making bigger, swifter changes for almost two years.

On November 15th, we will be shortening our fragrance list and size offerings as well as eliminating some of our actual product lines.

Here’s how it will actually work. We will be retiring almost half of our scents for products like LotionBody PolishButterBar Soap & Bath Syrup. We will continue to provide those scents in Perfume OilScent MistsKoolersDiffusers and Treatment Oil. The rest of the “non-retired” scents will remain available in all of our products. (I will list the scents in tomorrow’s blog post).

We will also be removing several products from our offerings as well: Foamers, Salt & Milk Soaks, Shampoo & Conditioner, KleanPaw (our doggie line).

And finally, if that wasn’t enough, we are going to shorten our size offerings. It’s just become too cumbersome to have 3-4 sizes in certain products.

Now, before lack of breath and hyperventilation cause you to pass out, there is a temporary solution until your favorite item is gone forever. You DO still have until NOVEMBER 15th to stock up on said scents & products.

We hope you will celebrate and embrace the change with us as we go through some growing, or in this case, “shrinking” pains.

From now until November 15th, we’d like to offer a 15% off discount to help you with the impending changes.

Please use code: EMBRACE15

What Inspires you?

Sushi & Coloring

Lately I have been searching for inspiration. That thing that comes when I get so excited about something I can’t get it out of my mind. It often shows me the next path to take.

Yesterday I mentioned that I had been feeling stuck. Not sure what direction to take. It seems that when I am feeling that way, it’s usually because I’m uninspired.

Earlier this year, I was extremely motivated by coloring. Yes, that thing that 6-year olds do and yes, there’s this thing that’s been happening the last few years in the adult coloring arena and I jumped on that train…full steam ahead!

I purchased every book I could get my hands on and so many variations of colored pencils that my head was spinning with excitement!

I couldn’t. not. color.

Every night, I was in front of my TV with a table and coloring book. It’s like it was calling me to do it and I listened. I am not great at coloring. I am definitely not a fine artist by any stretch of the imagination, but what I learned was that it kept me focused on what was directly in from of me. A Zen, experience, if you will. I learned by sharing my experience that there were others in my circle who were totally entranced by coloring. So I decided to have a coloring party…and it was so much fun to share this with fellow coloring kin.

I struggle with anxiety and while it’s less intrusive than it used to be, this exercise is perfect for me. Calming the the left side (thinking part) of my brain while allowing the right (creative) side to play. The one thing I also noticed by doing this is that it “loosened-up” my artistic energy. I found that it helped me with my business and with some of life’s challenges.

Coloring is definitely a mind/body exercise and contributes to overall well-being and beauty.

What inspires you? What do you do to get the creative juices flowing?

Here are a few links to some of my favorite coloring books:

The Secret Garden by Johanna Basford

India by Abrams Noterie (a French coloring book)

My favorite pencils (thus far): Prismacolor (Soft Core)

Would love to hear about what inspires you!

One More Time…with Feeling!

Where am I going

Today is October 19th, 2015. It’s the start of another Blog Your Brand month-long challenge. I wrote about the last challenge in the summertime, but only lasted one day. I was not able to get my image to load and was disqualified…:-(

THIS time, I am trying again. And with the phrase that my piano teacher used to use, “One More Time, with Feeling.” Let’s see how long I last, one post at a time. The goal is to blog once per day for one month. We are also required to post it on a certain FB group page and tag it on Twitter or Instagram. The minimum amount of words is 300 and we must post an image.

I like that I get to try again. It shows that we all have opportunities in life to start over, any time we like. There is not just one chance to accomplish things. Plus, it’s not necessary to beat ourselves up for not “winning” or completing something. Although there is a sense of satisfaction in just finishing a task or goal, it’s not the entire piece of the puzzle. Sometimes it is just the road we take to get somewhere and not the destination.

In January of 2005, I had no idea how many roads I would travel during my journey as a business owner, much less grow it every day to a place where I could do what I loved for a living and support others as well. But recently I have been thinking about my business…of course I am always thinking about it, but in this case I have felt kind of stuck. Not sure where to take it or what to do with it. I’ve spent time discussing it with friends and business colleagues. I had a brainstorming session with my Mastermind group to see where I (and or KleanSpa) was headed or could head. There are many possibilities and I will share some of those with you during this blogging process.

I hope you will share your thoughts!

See you tomorrow!

 

 

 

The Story of KleanSpa, Part four

It was the month of July, 2009, and I had just moved our company out of its first non-home workspace. The connections I had made through my previous business inspired a partnership that has been a match made in business heaven. My biz acquaintance, Amanda, and I (and her business partner) opened a shop together. She had a dream of having a most awesome gift shop (or as we like to call it–“The best store ever”) where she curated from local artisans and purchased their wares directly from them to support them from the get go.

We found a space in Burbank, CA. I had been looking for my own space, but the rent was more than I could swing at the time. During a last-minute lunch to discuss what we both wanted in a space, I got a call from a realtor in Burbank. There was a space that was available and we jumped at the chance to see it. We met and looked it over….the space was too big for us, however it brought us to the area and we found the perfect location. Two weeks later we signed a lease and on April 1st, 2009, got the keys. On July 25th, we had our soft opening (ignore the potentially nasty term) and the rest is history.