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 :)

 

That PIPn Kind of Love

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Think of last time that someone gave you a compliment; I mean like a real sincere compliment, whether it was about your hair, your outfit or telling you what a great job you did on a certain project.

Remember how that made you feel?

Think of the last time someone did something nice for you, when maybe they didn’t have to. Did they hold a door open for you when it was raining? Pay for your coffee? Surprise you with a FaceTime date when you had a rough day or while you’re out of town? Leave you a hand written note wishing you the #BestDayEver?

Remember how that made you feel?

Now, think of the last time that someone told you how thankful they were for you, how grateful they were to have you in their corner or how much they appreciate your help or your willingness to be their person or their sounding board.

Remember how that made you feel?

Those feelings that you just felt, all over again, even after the moment has passed, that’s the reason that we love PIP and the reason that we choose to live this lifestyle every day. PIPn impacts and affects people long after the moment has passed or the day is over.

The feelings a person has when they’ve been PIPd never go away.

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As avid PIPers we make it a point to spread love and goodness as thick as we would spread Nutella, because we realize what a difference it can make in someone’s day, week, month or year. And the great thing about PIPn?

PIPn doesn’t cost you a single thing.

Let me elaborate.

Okay, yea, so you decided to pay for the person behind you at the drive through and they ordered 4 Trinta Double Whip Latte’s with an Extra Shot…but did you look through your rearview mirror and catch them frantically waving “thank you” and smiling from ear to ear?

You had to pay for the postage when you sent a card to someone in the mail…but remember that huge, good, two-armed hug they wrapped you in the next time they saw you because that little card made their not-so-awesome day a bazillion times better?

You held the door open for the person walking behind you when it was raining and you got stuck outside a little bit…but remember the smile and most sincere “thank you” they gave you?

PIPn pays YOU. Because just as awesome as it feels to be PIPd, it feels even more amazing, rejuvenating and rewarding when you do the PIPn.

That’s why we choose to spread love through PIP. Every day. Every month. Every year. It’s a lifestyle.

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One of my most favorite quotes from one of the nicest, funniest gals on TV, Ellen DeGeneres,

“I have to say, it’s a little strange to actually get an award for being nice and generous and kind which is what we’re all supposed to do with one another. That’s the point of being a human.”

We wanna know how YOU #PIP! Spread some PIPn goodness this month and snap a picture of it or yourself, tag us in your pic on Instagram so we can share and re-post your story. Anyone who shares their #PIP story with us by February 29th will be entered to win some fun products and Neatbeat swag!

 

 

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

Danielle

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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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