Aphrodite’s 1st Year Anniversary

Honestly I can not believe a whole year has passed and my little salon is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary on the 10th of September. So much has happened and we both have grown so much from feeling overwhelmed to strong and independent business and boss lady.

This shop and her energy completes me and my energy towards this salon makes her a success. It makes me so happy and I feel deep gratitude when my clients come to the salon and immerse themselves into the calm and joy this place offer.

It’s hard work, oh yes it is but it is one of the best decisions I have made to set up Aphrodite. I started with one chair, mirror and a basin. The salon grew from tiny beginnings. At this moment we are a full service salon with services from hair, body and nails. Complete one stop shop. My dream and vision a reality.

Well deserved award for “Best New Business” in Sai Kung District

Aphrodite Hair and Makeup I do wish you many years success and great fortune. May you continue to pamper and create a safe place where clients can come to unwind, relax and feel like a goddess!

Happy birthday my darling

We love you!

Jacqui

Anxiety

Wrapped around heart so tight,

My only friend in fright delight.

I need you!

I hate you!

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I wrestle in fear,

You are always near.

I am tired,

You are so hard wired.

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Mindfulness, my sight is clear.

My heart opened and free, my dear!

You are jealous of my victory.

Holding on to our history.

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I surrender to my being,

You don’t know where to begin.

Letting go of me

I close my eyes and smile in glee.

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Jacqui

Healing Journey

Every human being is the author of their own health or decease. Budha

I have been suffering from Chronic High Blood Pressure for the last 15 years, a lifetime, RIGHT! All these years I just surrendered to what the Dr’s prescribed or suggested, never taking responsibility for my own health. I can’t change the past now but my future is mine now. My slogan ” I Am Taking Power Back” has been my motivation.

Anxieties and feelings of overwhelm cause by my high blood pressure has been my friends for so long. I finally have these under control through Meditation, Tapping, Reiki and being mindful. It’s a continued journey of learning and adapting. Some days are easier than others but I have taken power back. This in itself is a victory.

I am actively taking care of myself, balancing family, work, social and spiritual foundations in my life. Making sure I am happy, time alone and I try not to overthink. I am still struggling with this, my mind is alway busy. Never resting. Study shows that we have 50 000 – 70 000 thoughts a day. Crazy! I

t has been 4 months of diet change, salt intake management, rest, exercise, homeopathy and consultations with an alternative medicine Dr. It does feel great to be in control. Knowing the plan and my expectations helps me to stay focused.

My biggest supporter is my husband, Graham. Honestly without him I don’t think I would have gone this far. Words of encouragement, praise and my voice of reason when I try to over achieve. I love you babe, for always being there. Looking at my babies is all the motivation I need to preserve their mother till old age.

It is a journey, a lifestyle change to have healthy and long lasting effects. Just live!

Jacqui

Mind Games

Free as the sprayer in the pound.

Thoughts spread across my mind,

Notice them and let it pass,

Calm my mind from it’s chatter.

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Replace the negative with the positive.

You are blessed to be alive.

You are a beautiful soul.

It is possible when the mind believe.

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Reaching the tips of the palm trees;

Soaring high above the clouds!

Still against the chirping of the crickets.

At peace and healing.

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Immerse in the moment,

Appreciate the opportunity.

Let go and surrender

To the tranquility of the mind.

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Jacqui

5 Year Dream

I arrived in Hong Kong on the 3 September 2013. Fresh from African soil. I am from Botswana. The difference was stark: open lands compared to a concrete jungle.

I remember the first day on my arrival, making a promise to myself to one day open my hair salon here. No time limit, no pressure just a silent promise. Hong Kong grows on you. Seems like it’s a general thing with most expatriates, you come for 2 years than you end up staying for 30. Well, we had a 6 months plan and going on to 6 years soon.

I worked in various salons in Sai Kung. I called it my market research and creating a following. The best businesses to start are ones that already exit, copy what they do and do it better by filling a gape in the market. The demand is there and the ground work has been done!

Working but never forgetting my promise. I fell pregnant with the twins in 2015 and gave birth in May 2016. One year later I started doing freelance work. I had a very specific clientele. Remembering my early days with the babies, exhausted, sleep deprived and looking a mess I created a niche market to do house calls for moms that were breastfeeding and those with small kids. They could get their hair done while being home with the kids.

With today’s social media platform, word of month spread across mom pages. Within 3 months I become so busy that doing house call was too demanding and my back breaking from inappropriate chairs and bending over bathtubs. I needed a space where clients could come to me. I found a space in a local Chinese salon, we had an 50/50% commission agreement.

My first salary in July 2017, I made a silent promise again to start saving money so I can prepare to open my salon. I took me one year of hard work and determination, saving every month. As the months passed, I become more busy and my salary increased. The more I earned the more I saved. Honestly where there is a will, there is a way!!

10th September 2018 was such a proud moment, I opened the doors to my little shop Aphrodite Hair and Makeup. A dream 5 years in the making. To eventually achieve a BIG you need to build on small dreams first, make them a reality that build the next stage. Once you are ready for your goal you well be prepared. I have been blessed with a successful business from day one.

As proud and happy as I was with my career and personal life, I become overwhelmed with anxieties of failure, burnout and pressure on myself to do it all. I could not sleep at night. My mind over working itself. My Chronic High Blood pressure raising and getting dangerous.

I broke down one day, realising I needed to change, and I did radically. Diet, exercise, lifestyle and changed it all. I started meditating and practicing mindfulness. I taught myself to run to get outdoors. My life improved so much.

You need to be mentally, physically and socially strong to be able to thrive in all areas of your life. If one these pillars are out of balance you will struggle. Finding inner connection is so important.

Keep thriving

Jacqui