Sooooo it's another night. Another night of pulling double duty performances. Yes performances!!! In case I have not stated this before; I work full time while also performing double secret agent duty of being a business owner.
Right now, I am currently taking a break from watching market trends, news clips of NAFTA impacts, pending trade tariffs, performing data validation for new roll-out on Monday (eek Monday is almost here). But on this break, I must now formulate new marketing strategy's, research competitor market for new releases and popular scents, formulate a release strategy for a customer appreciation surprise (Whelp, that cat is now out of the bag), update packaging, review stock and plan for upcoming holidays/seasons/gifts.
Do you ever have those moments? The times that you can not tell if you are coming or going? When caffeine just refuses to work any longer? Where your body is just tired but gave up fighting you long ago because it knows it will take a complete act of defiance to get you to sit down? Yes, well then you know exactly what this feels like. Where you want to sleep and rest but your brain will not shut down. No, well then let me in on your secrets!!! Teach me oh Miyagi (if you don't know Karate Kid, stop, and watch it now).
Yes I am running on pure fumes right now and can not wait until all checks have been marked. Plans have been completely formulated and executed.
In the meantime, if you see me, or I have interaction with you this week and the energy seems to be off...just know, odds are it's not you at all, your girl is just plain old tired.
Has anyone tried to sell you a bridge to nowhere? Has anyone ever tried your intelligence like you were boo-boo the fool? I mean you just have to be right? WRONG...
Sit back and get ready for a story-time that will have you laughing and crying at the same time. Maybe not you but I definitely found it crylarious.
Picture it...Sicily 2018 (Golden Girl fans will get this), I am just minding my business. No, literally minding my business and bloop here comes and email. Now this was not just any email. Nooooo this was the type of email that would make you question your sanity.
XXXXX is my name and am contacting you about some candles am looking forward to purchasing from you. Please see below for the types i need :
Decorative Candles Size : small/large
Holiday Candles Size : small/large
Narrow top Candles Size : small/large
Please i will be happy if you can provide me with some prices on the types you have available so I can get back to you with the quantities i need. Also let me know if you have them in stock or you will be ordering them in for me. I will also like to know what are the methods of payment you accept? Please don't hesitate to call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX with any questions you may have. I hope to hear from you soon.
Looks legit right? Has all the markings for upstanding request from potential client, right?
I start thinking to myself, maybe this is your prayers being answered. Is this you baby Jesus? Then doubt, this can't be real. Why didn't they just go to my website and order? It shows everything on the website...doesn't it? (Side note: it does). Should I ignore the request? What happens if I ignore it and it was real?
You know the eternal case of the shoulda, coulda, woulda's that we have all had at one point or another. So what did I decide to do?
You got it, put some bait on that pole and go fishing!!! I send back corresponding emails. Making sure all the while I am remaining courteous and professional. You know just in case this is my unicorn experience and this is real. Here's where it gets good! #crylarious
We have finalized pricing, taxes, and shipping. He asked for shipping to be through a third party. Since before 5 o'clock I work in procurement, this request did not seem odd to me. But, clutch your pearls; I am then instructed that I have to pay said company first from funds that I would receive.
ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! Abort mission, abort mission is screaming in my head. But did I stop there...ohhhh no cause that would not be fun now would it? Right now, I am only pegged as the little fern gully who just wants a business to grow. Branch into another market. Build a customer base. All of those things are true, but at this point I am now curious to see how far this will go. I know, I know, before you say it, yes I realize that fire is hot. Sometimes, I just like to touch it to make sure!
Google is my friend, so I start researching the logistics company. I look up the website and go page by page by page. Most of us business owners and consumers have seen enough websites to know the general basic information to look for. It is going great until I start seeing things, having built this site that look odd and out of place. So what is the solution?
Get creative, that's what. I politely sent an email invoice that included the cost of said shipping along with deposit request of product to ensure that I would not suffer a loss. But I also added a special terms and agreement to stipulate how payment could only be processed in a certain way and clear before any transactions and production would be started on my end. That led to another conversation, which needless to say left me feeling as though I had taken the correct steps to protect myself, my brand, and my reputation.
Was the transaction real? I will never know because after setting very clear terms and boundaries, I never heard from them again. But the silver lining and lesson I want to pass on to everyone is trust yourself. In everything you do, exercise sound judgment and if you feel something about a person or situation, make a plan and execute it!
Sugar....Sugar...Sugar Overload!!! Believe it or not, this simple scrub is better for you in more ways than one. Join me today to find out the benefits of sugar scrubs, and how they can change your life!
For starters when you apply products with sugar, it helps hydrate your skin and keep moisture within. "How so Sway" you may ask? Well just like with any other exfoliate, the sugar particles gently remove dead skin cells and along with the oils used, provide moisture to lock in needed hydration. The gentle abrasion opens up clogged pores. As the scrub cleans and removes dead/damaged skin, it helps to prevent acne, blackheads, whiteheads, breakouts and skin blemishes.
Another benefit, unlike salt, sugar has smaller round granules which do not cause tears in the skin. Here at Garden of Edyn we use brown sugar with our scrubs. Brown sugar is softer than regular granulated sugar. Thus it can be used on sensitive skin and facial areas. Sugar also dissolves easily in hot water and it is less drying. Cause we don't have time for dry skin. That kinda defeats the point! Duh! It's gentleness is good for eczema and psoriasis individuals, ask me how I know.
Make sure you are exfoliating to rid yourself of wintertime dryness and flakiness that is experienced. If you are in the cold climates like myself, let me just say out loud, right now "I'm sorry winter is not ending anytime soon and spring is constantly saying....sike!" Trust me I feel your pain. However for when the sun shines again, don't let your forget to feed your skin sweet tooth. When tanning, sugar scrubs help remove flaky skin on elbows, knees, and feet, giving a more even all over tan.
Listen to your skin singing:
Sugar, yes please
Won't you come and put it down on me
I'm right here, cause I need
Little love and little sympathy...
Song credit: Maroon 5-Sugar
Mosey on over to www.mygardenofedyn.com to pick up the sweets your body is craving.
Brown Sugar Scrub
Since a brown sugar scrub has smaller particles, it is gentler and safer. Brown sugar can also be used as an exfoliator on your face or for sensitive skin because it is softer than regular sugars. It is also strong enough to scrub away dead skin cells and make way for the healthier, glowing skin to show through.
Hemp Seed Oil Soap
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Specially formulated hemp seed oil soap that provides excellent cleaning with moisturizers for skin rejuvenation and ultimate skin care therapy. Made with Hemp Seed Oil along with special blend of Garden of Edyn essential oil blends for problematic or acne prone skin.
Activated Charcoal Soap
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Specially formulated shea butter soap that provides excellent cleaning with moisturizers for skin rejuvenation and ultimate skin care therapy. Made with Activated Charcoal along with special blend of Garden of Edyn essential oil blends for problematic or acne prone skin.
Soy and Beeswax Lotion Bar
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This is an all natural lotion bar made with the purest raw beeswax, shea butter and oil available. It is a long last moisturizer that will heal cracked hand, split cuticles, and callused feet. Soap and water will not wash this lotion down the drain. It will soak in, dry, and then stay with you all day.
Shea Butter Soap
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Specially formulated shea butter soap that provides excellent cleaning with moisturizers for skin rejuvenation and ultimate skin care therapy.
What do you do when you are no longer able to run your business yourself? What happens when unexpected circumstances place you in the "out of your comfort zone arena"? When you think you have covered all bases, but it is left in the hands of others? Did you have a plan A-Z?
Whelp, welcome to Life Happens 101
Most of you are not aware, but I have been not at 100% since the beginning of the year. It was more of a suffering in silence type of experience. Before my phone starts ringing off the hook;
My business' are my 6th baby. Kids and dog are 1-5. But just like my children, I often worry about it's daily growth, development, stability, and well being. I thought I was able to conquer it all. I only thought about what would happen in the case of my demise like in say 50+ years. Okay you can stop doing the math now! Yes I plan on living for a long, long, long time. It never crossed my mind that just simple life would come knock on the door and say "hey, long time no see, we have beef...now square up"!
First thoughts were:
I could only plan for what I could see. I of course did not see the days where I was in debilitating pain and couldn't walk to save my life. I could not see the days where I just couldn't muster up the strength to think let alone make anything. I could not see the days where I finally would force myself to fake it until I make it would not be enough. I mean it was all I could do, to just get to work and get through the day without declaring all out war on the next person who even breathed my way (it was that painful y'all). Just barely holding it together so no one could tell there was something wrong with me and pounce on the wounded pit-bull.
But as they say, new levels, new devils. However, there was and still is a silver lining. Having gone through this experience fairly early in the brand building, there are lessons that could not have been told to me only shown (cause you know as previously established, I think I'm wonder-woman). I would not have fully understood listening to someone else. So if this is you, just like it was me...listen carefully cause you will wish you had.
Key things to remember and practice:
Thank you again. Have a wonderful Monday!!!
"Been gone for a minute, now I'm back with the jump-off" in my Lil' Kim voice.
Now that I have that song stuck in your head...whoa, whoa, whoa. Sorry, just had to add that in. Let me take the time to re-introduce myself. My name is Jadda aka Lady Boss aka Tinkerbell aka Pit-bull in a Skirt. All names given at one point or another. Either through my professional career. Or in front of my face/behind my back, while being a business owner. For the last part, yes, in theory I just stated an oxymoron, but we have all been there. You just may not be aware of the in front of your face behind your back part. Let me take the time to enlighten you. In today's society, it is politely called "shade" ...the subtle art of complimenting and disregarding you. At the same time; in the same breath. Although it is open to interpretation of it's origin, I am thoroughly convinced it was conceived and carried on bated breath when the first "bless your heart" was spoken into existence. If you have never heard that in a sentence, yaaayyyyyyy you are now an official unicorn! But my dear unicorn, I urge you to find someone quick, and have them explain it, so you know what it means when it happens to you.
I said all of that to say this, in life it does not matter what you are called. But it is important to know, what you answer too. I know I am not the first person to say this. I will admit at times these names were warranted (#checkoutmyearly20's). I used to feel bad and want to self correct to find a way to please everyone, all of the time, even at my own expense of happiness (#checkoutmylate20's). And now at the age of 37 (can't wait till I hit the ooohhhh lordy she's Forty club), join me on this journey as we explore the ups, downs, success's and failures that go into building an empire. Find out what goes on behind the scenes; why your boss is sometimes distant, why your employees see you as the second coming of the Antichrist, the joys, the frustrations, and more importantly...through these journeys either be inspired or develop a sense of empathy for those surrounding you in your daily journey.
I can not promise that it will always be easy, but I can promise that we will learn and grow together.
"or whatever else you decide to call me on this journey..."
Most people identify as being either an "introvert" or "extrovert"...
Welcome to my life as a business owner who is a lot of both. Complicated? Tell me about it. Let's prepare to understand the ideas of this "introverted extrovert".
To start off, none of this is based on science. So if you are looking for a doctoral explanation of your personal quirks (sorry to disappoint you). Additionally, these views are solely from personal experiences. You may find them applicable or not. Either way, buckle your seat-belts and enjoy this ride.
I am a 36 (about to be 37) year old woman. (Whoop Whoop!!!) I am a mother, wife, work professional, friend, confidant, and entrepreneur. I enjoy all of these titles and positions in my life. However, simultaneously I also enjoy quite moments, a great book, non-human interaction, and long drives to nowhere. To put it simply, I love the idea of being alone.
I grew up in a time before social media. Where it was fully encouraged to interact with people on a constant basis. My father was military, so the intermingling of different socioeconomic backgrounds was a part of my everyday life. Most people would tell me everyday either one of the following:
* Smile, it's not that bad.
* What is wrong?
* Why are you looking like that? (I'm pretty sure I was a part of the origination of R.B.F)
* Don't be so mean.
* Don't be antisocial (my personal favorite because I am southern and the last thing you want, is to be rude)
* You're actually pretty funny once you get to know you (this always left me like "what, I don't think they actually realized they just insulted me.)
So what could I do? I was who I was? I couldn't change myself. I was comfortable with the way I was. They were the ones that had a problem with me. Right?
It was not acceptable to people that I could just be the one who liked to be alone. The one who just watched from afar with no input into situations, people, or things. I was okay being the outcast, but apparently the world was not.
So my mother and sister in their grand wisdom decided it would be best if they "taught" me social skills. Ironically, they still find themselves to this day "teaching" me. Over the years I learned to "fake" it. And now you can say I graduated from their school of "Don't be weird" as valedictorian of a class of one. Upon graduation, one could say that I was (and still am able) to intermingle with any crowd, anytime, anywhere.
But here's the bad part. Internally, I still DON'T like it. Crowds make me nervous. People I do not know asking so many questions, are confusing to me. I am the constant chameleon. Some would tell me to seek psychiatric help for this (aka personality disorder), but trust me, that is not the case. Plenty of doctor's have told me so :) But, alas, I pushed through my personal discomfort. This is who I am supposed to be right? This is what is acceptable, right? Needless to say, my teen years to late 20's as a "people pleaser" was quite...ummm what's the word, INTERESTING!
Fast forward to my 30's. There is now social media. I can express thoughts, interact with various people, and see the world all while not having to say hello to a single person. If you are a friend on Facebook, you know exactly what I am talking about. I own a business (where those personalized lessons have come in handy). Where was this tool when I was a teenager? I could have avoided so many situations before this. At work, I can turn on the charm and still go home and be to myself. I have become comfortable in my own skin. I understand that I may never fully fit in to societies acceptable norms. According to my sister, I am still weird, but now it's in a good way (pretty sure, that is still an insult, LOL!)
I said ALL of that, to say this. For someone reading this, it is okay to be yourself. You will find your center one day. Know who you are; and what you stand for. And if you happen to see me around one day, even if we don't speak, know that I like you (I think).
Listen I know you don't know me, but let's change that shall we? First let me start by saying thank you. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to find out more about Garden of Edyn and our skin therapy and rejuvenation solutions.
At this point, you are probably wondering any one of the following questions "Why should I choose this brand over any other?" "I have never heard of them before." "I have the brand that I absolutely love."
All of these are valid questions.
Remember the "Willie Coyote" and his dreams of one day catching "The Roadrunner"? Well that's how I feel, now that I have caught your attention! Grab your tea while I spill mine :)
Fun fact: I love scents!!! Let's face it, everyone has that one scent that just does it for you!!! Scents have a way of reminding you of people, places, or things. That moment can whisk you away and sometimes make you forget all of your troubles. The problem with that is, for the most part, someone is always dictating your scents for you in regards to skin care lines. And suppose you find the scent that you are like "yup that's the one"...well then you either have harsh chemicals that are added, dyes, and prices to deal with. Or gasp <grabs pearls>, you have the product that treats your skin marvelously but is a nightmare to your nostrils and makes you feel like you oiled yourself in lard (no offense lard).
Granted as the saying goes "you get what you pay for". But does that include arm and leg prices? And it is not even uniquely YOU.
Here we offer a range of products. All natural based and dye free. So there are no harsh chemicals to worry about. I have sensitive skin, so you can only imagine the struggles I and my family have been through.
Browse our products. Feel free to contact us. And join the Skin Rejuvenation Nation.