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

My Kids Book Launch

So much excitement and I am a bit nervous too. One thing I have decided, I will not to stress about the future. Will it be a successful? Is anyone going to show up?? Very valid points to get stress out about but there is no point for me to use energy to stress about the unknown. So I will allow for whatever happens is meant to be.

The face painter is booked and we have planned a detective scavenger hunt game. This is going to be so much fun. Snacks for the kids and a glass of bubbly for the adults.

In addition to helping our community by donating some of the proceeds.

To think all this started 3 years ago after the birth of the twins. I felt overwhelmed and my thoughts kept me awake at night. I started my little personal blog “Double Trouble Coping With Twins” to help me cope as a new mom.

Now it’s become a brand and I do have such great aspirations for it! It’s just the beginning and the possibilities are endless!

If you are in Hong Kong come over and join in the fun.

Keep well.

Jacqui

Mama’s Boys

Blond little monkeys,

Scattering around the house.

Laughter and swirling,

Delightful in their play!

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I love you, Mama.

My heart overfilled!

I need you, Mama.

My purpose confirmed.

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Energy levels of crazy notes,

Frustrations competing with each other,

Fighting to assert their presence!

Cries of hurt that Mama comfort.

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Double hugs,

Double joys,

Four little arms,

Wrapped around my neck.

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Jacqui

The Pink Lily

Shining bright against the window,

Stealing a glimpse in your direction.

Pink and loud

Peace for my overwhelmed mind.

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Busy bee, working Mama.

Forgot about herself,

Rushing at work for her existence.

Caring of needs for others.

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Pink and dominant!

Holding its ground,

Bringing me back to reality.

Mama breath and be present.

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The pink lily,

Joy sparked in an instant!

Catching the glare of the sun,

To connect with my heart.

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Be present.

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

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

Why Warriors

Navigating through parenthood and managing your own business is tough work. Fighting for what you believe in and making it a success give you the glorious title of a Warrior!

Not often do working moms appreciate themselves for the effort and determination it takes to balance it all and still keep sane! It’s a conscious decision to start your business while still keeping taps at home. It’s rewarding and demanding. Sometimes we are ridden with Mom guilt for being away from the kids and household.

If you have manage to create a business where you can be at home, well done Mama!!!

The salon keeps me hands-on and away from home. Finding my balance through meditation is my anchor. Practising mindfulness and being present is my survival kit!

Keep thriving!

Jacqui