Attitude of Gratitude (that might sound cheesy, but I don’t care)

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By a show of hands, how many of us have ever caught ourselves alone with our thoughts, whether it’s when you’re driving to work, enjoying coffee on the porch, walking your dogs on a gorgeous day or standing in your kitchen cooking dinner, and you’ve become so overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for everything in your life that you get a little emotional about it (okay, so maybe you cry about it)?

Good, and just so you know, I raised my hand, too.

Of all of the Brigaders, I’m definitely not the first to start crying in the group. But, every once in a while I’ll find myself counting my blessings, in the middle of beautiful day or a not-so-perfect day, and I can’t control the overwhelming emotions when I think of all the #goodgood that I have been given in this life.

Why?

I still remember all of the time that I spent praying and I never want to take the relationships or my talents or the opportunities I have in my life for granted or not give appropriate credit and gratitude to everything that fills my cup. Which, can be easy to do, without realizing that you’re even doing it.

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The act of being #grateful helps keep me focused and keeps my heart in check. It helps me to appreciate people in my life even more and realize everything that they bring to the table. It encourages me to use the talents and resources I have to be successful. And it reminds me that at the end of the day, I have the necessities that I need to have a really good life; amazing friends and family, a safe places to call home, food in my fridge and clothes in my closet.

So, each day, I make it a point to practice being grateful, because it’s something I think you have to work on each and every day.

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If you come into my house on a normal day, there’s a good chance your gonna see a hot pink flamingo notebook sitting in my kitchen, where every morning I drink my coffee and write down things that I’m thankful for. I’m sure you’ve heard Heather Yurko talk about this a million times, but I promise you it works and it makes such a huge difference in how the rest of your day goes!

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Sometimes I write down things that have happened, different people and relationships, sometimes I’m thankful for things that I’m working on or that I want to happen in the future and other times I write down conversations that I’ve had or advice that people have given me that I want to remember. Regardless if it’s one thing or ten, the act of physically writing what I’m thankful for helps keep the rest of the day in perspective.

Did you get stuck in terrible traffic on the way to work this morning? Oh, that’s okay, because you get to go home to a super fluffy, funny puppy who just loves you so much!

Love Notes

This is my favvvve-orite! First of all, snail mail is so underrated these days. I absolutely love when people send me mail! And even more, I love sending snail mail!

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I always keep blank cards and stamps at home. That way, whenever I feel the need to, I can write up a little love note and send it to someone special! Now, these love notes aren’t always to say “THANKS FOR DOING SOMETHING FOR ME!” but sometimes it’s to say “You’re such a good friend” or “Hey, I know you’re going through some stuff but I really love you and think you’re awesome” or “Hi, thank you for inspiring me by cultivating a killer lifestyle”.

You never know what these love notes might mean to someone. For example, a faraway friend received a diagnosis with a terrible disease that she would have to manage for the rest of her life. Rather than sending her a text or an email, I wrote her a note letting her know that she inspires every day as I watch her overcome adversity and continue being a boss, running her own business. After receiving my note, she emailed me the next day and said “Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to let me know how much I’ve inspired you. I don’t know that anyone has ever done that for me! I’m going to frame your letter and put it in my office as a reminder that everything I do is inspiring someone else whether I see it first hand or not. Thank you!”

I might have cried a little when I got her response….

Remembering to Say Thank You (and giving real hugs)

Okay, so that sounds super easy and you’re probably like “well, duh, you’re supposed to do that anyway…”

But how often do we accidentally forget to thank people for something that they’ve done for us? Whether it’s thanking your best friend for reminding you what true loyalty is or your co-worker for making you laugh so hard you cried or your boss for taking time to talk one on one with you and give you some really good feedback or your momma for reminding you to use your Kroger points before the end of the month…all things that sometimes we forget to tell people we’re really thankful for.

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And real hugs. Okay, so for a really long time, I wasn’t a hugger; hugs were weird, uncomfortable and had the potential to be super awkward. That was until, I can’t remember exactly what had happened that day but it was  really hard day for me, and one of my friends (not a super close friend either, just someone the I’d chat with at the gym, when we saw each other) came up to me that day and wrapped me up in the biggest most sincere hug and told me she was sorry for whatever was going on with my day. I turned into a puddle. A little, baby puddle of tears. Who knew that a big two armed hug held so much power.

Now, it’s nothing for me to run up to a friend or someone I hadn’t seen in forever or even someone that I meeting for the first time and give them a huge hug. Just because I want them to know how happy I am to see them and have the time to spend with them!

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Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what things we have, how much money is in our bank account or what title we have at our job. What matters are the people we roll, the company we keep and relationships that we nurture.

Try adding some of these practices to your life. I promise, you won’t be disappointed :)

 

Ava’s Coming to the Palace!!

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Ahhhh!! We’re so in love with this PIP!!

Our guest Ashley has been coming to see Heather for about 7 years now. She has shared with us on many occasions how Ava, her daughter wants to be a hairstylist when she grows up! Ashley was at The Palace last week, getting her regularly scheduled haircut and brow wax, when she mentioned that they just gave Ava’s room a good cleaning and afterward, they noticed there was a lot more space available. Ashley asked Ava what she wanted to do with all the extra room and Ava responded with, “I want it to be a salon.” Uuuuuuummmmmmm! Love, love, love! She also is into American Girl dolls and has the setup to make sure their wigs stay looking #neatbeatstyle!

It just so happens that Ava’s 8th birthday is next week and because we admire her awesome, spunky, independent spirit, she’s joining us as an Honorary Brigader at the Palace! If you’re in the salon on the evening of February 4th, be sure to say “Hi” to our girl! She will be helping us out with Hand Rituals, Dancing with guests and all kinds of “hairstylist”things!

Check out how sweet her reaction is when she got her birthday card from the Brigade! We just love how excited she is! This baby girl is the bees knees!

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Why should you communicate to stay happy?

Why should you communicate to stay happy?

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I love talking about communicating. I have found this to be one of the main skills that you HAVE  to be strong in to be an effective, leader, coworker or friend. When you have a to-do  list that you are constantly trying to get down to zero, but somehow always stays around 10 tasks, making sure everyone knows the role they play in each of those duties is huge!

So why or how does communication affect your happiness you ask?

1. Ensures less work for you. When you are communicating effectively to another person on what needs to be done, you are clearing the air for each other. This means less mess-ups. (big or small) It really blows when you have so much on your plate and if you would have just taken the 30 seconds to explain something in a little bit more detail you could have avoided the huge error  that was made, that you have to fix now:(

Another scenario

Now  I KNOW that I have told my husband to pick up something from the store or do something with the laundry and he royally messed it all up but I couldn’t think of a good story. So I asked him if he could remember any, (of course it wasn’t his personal mess-up ((or my lack of communication)) but this is perfect.

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2. It can make you and those around you more moolah.

Think about it. More communicating on what size font the document should be or what tools need to be at a job site can result in more cash money because it puts  you and the task at hand in the best position to accept promotions, upgrades or contests.

Lets say an important project is due at work and you really feel like it’s great so far but it could aesthetically use some work. You’re worried about stepping on the designers toes (the one who controls the aesthetics) so you don’t put your opinion in and communicate that the font is too small and unclear to read, there isn’t enough color or white space either. You turn the project into management and another team was picked over yours because it wasn’t legible or eye catching. Communication would have solved that!

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3. It takes away the pit and anxiety.

Truly, this is the most important in my opinion. NOTHING is worth you starting to have anxiety or frustration because you are scared to communicate the challenge that you are having with someone or something. We get so worked up and let things go to far because we don’t want to stir the pot but in the end the pot is stirred big time because it went on for way too long and you’re ready to quit and blow the place up because someone doesn’t sweep their hair up after they do a haircut. Well after a few times of that wearing  on you, you COULD just say to them, “Hey, do you mind sweeping your hair up when you’re finished? If you need help, just ask:)” That would give you peace rather than dwelling over it for weeks and letting it take up mental energy that you could be using on being happy!!

 

Communicating can be uncomfortable sometimes, but it is always necessary and people will grow to respect and appreciate your courage, especially these days where no one seems to want to have a tough conversation, they just tattle to the boss or their bff and that is so not neatbeat style.

I want to hear from you! When was a time that communicating helped you dramatically OR is there something you want to communicate about but don’t know how to take the first step. Let me help! Comment below with questions and comments!

 

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4 tips for getting stuff done……. and not losing your mind

4 tips for getting stuff done……. and not losing your mind

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I wouldn’t say that I have the whole “structured” organization thing down pat. Not even close actually. What I do have is a definite ability to get sh!t done. Period. I hate to use a bad word but it’s appropriate for this topic. On every given day, I have a running list of about 20 projects/assignments/tasks that need to be done for Neatbeat. Aside from that I am a wife, a friend, a momma to Mia Clair and I have my workout routine that is a TOP priority AND THEN I have my big picture goals, ya know the one were my face is smack-dab in the middle of the cover of Forbes??

Now, my to dos may look different than yours but I talk to men and women all day long and everyone is just so busy. My goal is for all of us to feel the way Deepok Chopra feels about his life, he says, “My body is busy but my mind is not.” POWERFUL!!!!!  If you can calm your mind, and funny…. I have a blog to help out with that, than that is 80% of the struggle, anxiety, and feeling like there is no time for anything else.. like a freakin bubble bath!!!

Other than getting your mind right mentally each morning, and that is the MOST important, the next step is scheduling of your time… which brings me to some great resources for keeping up with life.

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1.Your phone is your best friend. If it’s smart.

The second someone tells me something they need, I IMMEDIATELY will go to the “notes” section of my iPhone and type it in quickly.

The second someone asks me about a date they would like to connect on, I check my calendar, see if it’s a go ahead, and plug it in.

Then, I set up two alerts, one to alert me the week before and one for the day before.

^If you don’t do that last step, may the odds be ever in your favor for showing up to that event!

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2. Your planner can reduce your stress. 

This is great also because you can check to see what yours days/weeks/months look like; it’s all right there in front of you and technology doesn’t get in the way if your phone is about to die or you lost it. But the key is to ALWAYS HAVE IT ON YOU.

This is why I do the phone calendar because my phone stays with me at all times. A planner (especially if you have multiples) can be left at home or in the car, resorting to you having to change around appointments, which eats up time AND is just another addition to your to do list.

However, some people HAVE TO WRITE IT DOWN… with a pen and paper, if this is you, definitely check out Erin Condren, her planners are the best and the prettiest and the funnest!

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3. In addition to…

The gigantic dry erase calendars you can put on your wall at home. I would NOT have this be what you consistently use to keep organized but another form so the whole family can see where everyone needs to be. If you are out running errands and you know you made three appointments that day in your Erin Condren planner or your phone, transfer them to the board so it can be used as a back up and to inform everyone else. Communication is king!

PIP tip: Name the board something really cool, like have a contest at home to where you all come up with a name for it that way when you ask if they wrote it on Speedy Gonzales, they know exactly what that means.

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4. A hodge podge

Just to spit off some last things. If you are looking at your planner, whatever form you use, and you see that there is a lot going on in the next three weeks, or that the second week in November is giving you anxiety already- CUT THE CORD! Literally make a line or a note that says, “No more. In order for me to be the best friend, wife, girlfriend, co worker, mom, dad I can’t take on anymore this day.” That’s not selfish, that is smart. For more tips on saying no, check out this beauty.

 

  • When choosing times for appointments or meetings, choose times you know that work best for you. Sounds obvious I know, but if you make an appt for 9 am knowing that you typically don’t like to leave the house until 12, than don’t make it.
  • Before you start filling that week up, ask yourself, is this a top priority? If the answer is no, get back with that person during a less busy time or just say no. (So you don’t forget to get back with them, add it to your phone or calendar in two weeks as an event and don’t forget to set your reminder!)
  • Try and create a good amount of space between events. If you know you already have three events going on in two weekends and someone asks for your time during those weeks, you can always politely turn them down and say, “I am free (5 weeks from now!)”

I would love feedback from you to share in the comments below. What works for you with managing your time? It may be able to help myself out and another groupie! Share the wealth:)

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If saying no is hard, try these

If saying no is hard, try these

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I know we can all relate to this topic. There isn’t enough time in the day, you have way too much on your plate and at some point your about as useful as wet socks. And still, for some reason we keep  piling it on! Picking the kids up from football, staying late after work to do extra (whatever, you can fill that spot in), going to meetings, doing laundry and before you know it your heads spinning off and your screaming at your husband who may or may not have had anything to do with the overload…:)

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There are two phrases that basically changed a lot for me when I heard them! For so many of us, it is hhhharrddd to say no, but at many times it is so very necessary, especially when it comes to children.

That doesn’t work for me.

It’s as simple as that. Ever been in a debate with your kid, husband, parents, co worker, boss, manager, etc. and you are really really not feeling it? We are so scared to flat out say “no” sometimes that we end up caving in and then we lose our best self because we didn’t want to be doing it in the first place. This sounds softer than “no” but also lets the other party know that clearly, it’s a no go from you.

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I can’t/won’t accept that.

Excuses. Excuses. Excuses This phrase is great for these, or what could also be known as reasons. Depending on how upset you are you use the can’t or won’t. Can’t= not super upset just not accepting their reason/excuse. Won’t= that’s ridiculous for even saying that and I won’t accept it!

I typically don’t blog on topics like this, I like to focus on positive and inspirational messages that are all about PIP (Positively Impacting People) but I know our Groupie readers and anyone else out there faces strong conversations, sometimes every day. It’s how we grow, learn and become fulfilled and satisfied all the way down to our gut. Those are the nights where you get the good sleep!

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This guy ^^^, is the author of The 7 habits of highly effective people, he knows what he’s talking about!

When you are CONSTANTLY saying yes, and giving every last drop of you, there is nothing left for yourself. I have gotten pretty good at this in the last year and a half and it was so good for my soul. Saying these two sentences aren’t a bad thing, it helps you be the best mom, dad, worker, friend, daughter or son because you get to choose what you can handle and what you know you can’t!

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And if my suggestions don’t help you, you could

just resort to this guy up here^

I hope this helped so many of you have two small resources in your back pocket for sticky conversations, use them
to your advantage!

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Top 5 questions about getting WAXED!

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Hey guys it’s Dani, Dani Lynn or Danielle, I’m here to chat again but this time about new services the Neatbeat Brigade is adding to the salon. Drum roll please………… Body waxing! I know 50 questions just popped in your head so I am here to answer some and if you have more you are more than welcome to to drop a comment below!

 

Question #1

Why should I get waxed regularly?

A: My favorite reason is because it’s one less thing I have to worry about! I’m a busy lady much like most of you and shaving every other day is not what I want to spend my time doing, waxing typically lasts three weeks so its great when your not fighting stubble and freaking out every time you get cold in the grocery store because you know your leg hairs are growing!

Question #2

What is a Brazilian? 

A: Well ladies it’s all the hair in your nether regions front to back and side to side, pretty simple, Don’t be shy though, we give you some awesome panties to wear:)

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Question #3

 Do you get ingrown hair?

A: Waxing removes hair from your follicle instead of just the surface like shaving does but you can get ingrown hairs.  You can lessen the likelihood of ingrown hair through GENTLY exfoliating before and 1 day after your service. This helps to remove dead skin cells and allow for an easier service. You have a better chance of getting a sunburn that resembles the American flag than an ingrown hair!

**Gently exfoliating a day after the wax and continuing to do so, a couple times a week depending on your skin and hair type type will help keep dead skin cells out of the follicle. When the hair does start coming back, this helps it pointing up instead of going back into the skin.

Question #4

Does it hurt? 

A: yep. sure does. (I do have a special numbing cream that you will become dear friends with)

Question #5

 How long do you wait before your initial waxing service? 

A: I usually say 2 weeks it needs to be about 1/4 of an inch, I know, I know “It’s so hard, Danielle” here’s the deal, suck it up buttercup you don’t have to shave for 3-4 WEEKS! And the more regular you are the less hair that grows and the less trouble it is!!

If you have any questions give us a call at 502-553-1262 or ask below in the comments section!

We are launching services July 15th so call and book today! Can’t wait to see ya!

Love y’all

Dani

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Are You a Rockstar Boss?

Are You a Rockstar Boss?

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Scrolling through Facebook the other day, I came across a blog article that caught my attention. Mainly because I saw that a member of our Guest Care Team tagged me in the post and when I read the headline, “12 Personality Traits that make you a Rockstar Boss” I couldn’t wait to open it… I really dig that kind of stuff:)

As I read the opening paragraphs I thought to myself, “This Catherine Clifford knows what’s up!!” many people would like to think they are a great boss but the jury may still be out when considering what their team has to say. Check the article out for yourself, there are FANTASTIC POINTS that you can use for some good ole self evaluation, if you’re the head honcho or Chief PIPr like me, (Positively Impacting People) take note, your may read through it and find you’re the Chief NIPr (Negatively Impacting People) and in that case, take lots of notes.

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After reading the article I thought on some key points of difference that I think Neatbeat tries very hard to excel at. We’re definitely not perfect in these areas but we are aware and always learning and communicating about these main topics. I thought I’d share! I believe these points are a must in leading a team of extraordinary human beings for a couple common goals: love and profit. Not to be confused with Love for Profit:)

1. Think Positive. (Just like the article) I mess up about 100x a day. The Neatbeat Brigade (what we call our Salon Team) is so cool they love me anyway!! I bet I know why too, when they mess up, I rarely EVER EVER get frustrated, I stay cool ask what we’ve learned from the situation, and what we plan on doing differently in the future.  We stay positive and always end the quick meeting on a good note. Then if it happens again….. we spank them…. simple as that.

 

2. Admit when something is your fault.  This IS NOT a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strong security, confidence and impeccable leadership skills. I say pretty often, “That was not your fault, that was my fault.” or “I am sorry, that didn’t get done the right way because I didn’t communicate exactly what I wanted done.” Now, the coolest thing, is when that type of vibe starts to flourish (from the top especially) you hear other teammates apologizing for something they did wrong. It creates a Culture of forgiveness and communication. Which is rare, and how you get on Forbes. (Look for us in the future!)

 

3. Praise. Praise. Praise and Praise. I was driving down a local express way one day about two years ago listening to one of my Podcasts with Brian Tracy and he had a guest on the show. I will never forget what this guy said. “Being a cheerleader for your team is MORE important than your P&L.” I was so inspired and honestly, a little relieved when I heard that. If you go above and beyond with your team to praise them, it will directly affect your P&L. Sometimes so much, it brings me to tears. When your team has an honest love for you, you can feel it in their workThey want you to bring them in your office, dance with them, and look at them with a very strong tone saying “If it wasn’t for you, this company would not be here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Can you imagine what that feels like? Ive been told, pretty dag on good.

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4. Communicate. Whew, this is a biggy. I am learning and growing so much everyday and when you think you’ve mastered this one, there is always more to learn. Also, when you think you’ve communicated everything under the sun, you usually haven’t. At least not me. We discuss opportunities for growth and feedback in our “Individuals” (monthly one on one meetings the members of the Brigade have with me) and really not any other time. If it is something that has been brought to my attention that I can’t let happen again, than we will have a quick coaching session, but other than that, it’s once a month with you and that individual. Not EVER in our Dance Parties (team meetings) because that just gets ludacris….. one person has a slight issue and then you have 10 people looking at you, getting ready for combat .No thanks. Feedback is quick to the point, and from the heart. NEVER in a way of bullying. That’s so not #neatbeatstyle

 

5. Be the mentor. Just like Catherine says, instead of telling them what to do, we need to show them what to do. If there is cleaning to be done at the end of a shift, are you right along side of your team helping out if you can? Are you stepping in to help out with a blow out, mixing color for an artist running behind or jumping in answering the phone to help Guest Care out? Don’t get me wrong, this can be hard. Your’e thinking, I’ve worked my butt off to get here and I’ve already put that work in. But if we all thought like that, where would we be? Leaders like that, don’t PIP (Positively Impact People) millions. Leaders like that don’t save lives (literally) and they sure in the hell won’t make it to the true top…… the top that has to do with respect, honor, loyalty and money. Lots of it.

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Bonus: Now this one is pretty important. Encourage feedback…. on yourself. At the end of every individual I have with my team, I end with them having the opportunity to give me feedback on how I can be a better Chief. This is so vulnerable, but I also crave it because I want to be so good for them. When you know your flaws- from others opinions- the ones you happen to lead on a daily basis, and you work to make yourself better in those areas….. magic happens:)

I hope you found great insight in this post. If you have any questions or comments, write them below or shoot us an email at WeDoNeatHair@gmail.com.

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Lets make Dad feel good:)

Lets make Dad feel good:)

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I think Fathers Day is one of those Holidays that is tough to know how to shop for. Every Fathers Day that rolls around, I have no clue what to get my dad since it seems like he’s got it made in a lot of ways. Thank God for those creative genius’ out there that know how to use a hot glue gun to make a friggin treehouse (that just made me lol) and can sew a whole couch together with a needle and thread. You know who I’m talking about. Good Vibrations will probably never be the source of information like that. I don’t craft for hours each day and then take exquisite iPhone pics or better yet, with that expensive Cannon or Nikon camera all to flood my blog, Pinterest or Tumblr with. But I really like people who do! I like to showcase their work on Good Vibrations. Sharing is Caring right? 

Brings me to todays snippet of some pretty cool Daddys Day Gifts. I LOVE Creativity and stuff that feels good to the soul… actually I eat that stuff UP. This first gift is pretty clever and any family can do it:)

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AHHHHHH Hello Sweetness!!! I want to eat those little toes! Great Idea for framing to go on Dads desk!

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Well looky here, I must like stuff like this. And this Heather thinks a lot like me! (Check out who its from at the bottom of the pic:))

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Now this one is totally cool! It seems like a lot of time goes into these things but t1his chick, Desiree has free printables for you to print off! Check out The 36th Avenue out here.

Have a fantastic weekend with your dad and/or family! Enjoy every second!

PIPn is easy,

Heather