Brian is official. He's a licensed massage therapist now.
A little birdie told me the appraisal has been done. No, we don't know what the report says but yes, we are so excited and ready to find out.
Someone who has banking experience told me that for commercial transactions, it takes considerably longer and explained possible reasons why it seems we have spent one hundred years longer trying to buy this property than we did buying our residence. It makes much better sense now!
I've been thinking about communication lately and people sometimes tend to assume other people know the same things they know. And how in a conversation sometimes people hear what they want to hear. Of course all I want to hear is yes, so I'm certainly making a better effort to really listen to what people are saying. I'm also trying to be very clear about what my message is because educating clients is a big part of successful esthetic practices. Here's an example: I don't care what you've read on the internet, do not mix Elmer's Glue and charcoal to make a mask for blackheads. Seriously. Just no.
We found out that there has been a division and redistribution of responsibilities in the staff that oversees so many of the career licensing boards, and the newest director of his board replied to one of this email inquiries and told Brian to wait 7 to 10 (more) business days from the most recent website update. Bless. He's been in limbo for weeks and he's so ready to hand out his business cards and start making some office calls with his magic hands and portable chair.
We have a new closing date; our initial closing date was pretty aggressive, and fast. So not much is new other than we must give the appraiser three weeks (!?) to finish that task and then it's time to take care of the legal bit. This is where we develop cramped hands from all the finger crossing.
I was minding my own business the other night when an unfamiliar number showed up on my cell phone. A young woman, a massage therapist, was calling to ask about future positions with us. It was so impressive. Some people wait for their dreams or opportunities, and some people chase them. This girl is a doer. We handed out a business card to a second massage therapist who is interested in some part-time work. A colleague told BK that his stepdaughter, a stylist, was unhappy in her current situation and would be contacting us soon. It's incredible. And flattering. And humbling. Even though we are just getting started, have never done anything remotely like this, people have faith in us and our vision.
Next, the fun stuff: we've found our candle supplier! Check out this link-love and try to resist:
I can't say enough good things about their company philosophy and their giving back. Kristina, the CEO, has been in email contact with me for about two weeks now, answering questions, getting things going, being patient and helpful. She's involved, invested, amazing. As soon as the testers come in, I'll be wagging them around with me to let everyone smell them and to help support one of the most worthy causes. We will definitely be carrying this brand, but don't wait for our brick and mortar building to open up. If you are moved to make a purchase, do it!
I'm happy to report that the got the numbers all lined up, the loan request hammered out, and to the best of our knowledge, the bank has put out the invitation to bid for the appraisal. I'm so happy. And scared. And excited. This is one of the make-it-or-break-it moments.
In other news, yesterday was the first class meeting for massage therapy (sqeeeee) and then today I got to have a guided (coached) lesson from B as he worked briefly on another therapist until his actual client came in and then I got to take over. My husband is a very good instructor.
There's so much to do.
I've spent the day chasing down (most of) the last business expenses for 2016 and started a new spreadsheet to track this year. The more organization I can do for our accountant, the better I'll feel about it.
I've been opening and requesting accounts left and right to take care of things like gift bags, boxes, tissues, and gift certficates (It's ridiculously hard to find a vendor who offers good quality, personalized gift certficates). Then there are the professional companies who act as hubs for B2B connections. B gets credit for this legwork, though, since he's the one who had the patience to fill out the behemoth inquiry page to begin with. It prompted me to sign up for catalogs and newsletters and e-zines related to salon/spa/wellness centers. No, I can't promise I want to add all the things to my business, but I'd sure like for them to send me information.
The primay logo/branding bundle got wrapped up today. It's the stylyzed, bright green "M" and our name, at the top of the screen. My darling friend, Lea Ann, is an artist and she's been working on some additional creative images for us.
Everything revolves around The House now. All conversations between B and me, even our dreams. I literally can't close my eyes without my brain taking me right to a "problem" area. On a positive note, that fuzzy area between asleep and awake has provided at least two solutions. The next step is the appraisal, so we are keeping our fingers crossed.
Happy New Year!