Thursday, 1 January 2015

Check out my new YouTube channel and Happy 2015!

Happy 2015 everyone! 

At the end of every year I sit myself down and write a list of everything I want to do or accomplish in the new year. 

Everything goes on that list! If I want to eat at a new restaurant it goes on the list. If I want to visit a place it goes on the list. Even stuff like 'attend a yoga class' goes on the list providing it's actually something i want to do in the new year. 

Doing this every year gives me focus and goals to work towards. 

I start in December by review my goal list from that year, checking off all the dreams that came true for me and the goals i achieved. Anything i didn't do or achieve i re-assess. Do i still want that anymore??? If not then i scrap that goal. If i do still want it then I work out why it never happened and focus on ways of making it happen in the new year. 

Well, last year almost ALL my goals were met! Happy days :)

One goal i didn't meet was to set up my YouTube channel and post videos to it once a week. My customers ask me for this all the time. So why had I not made this a priority last year!! 

Here's the deal. 


I totally conned myself last year into thinking that i was working towards setting my channel up and posting videos but something always prevented me from actually doing it. Stupid thoughts like ...

I don't understand YouTube

I hate my speaking voice

People won't want to hear my waffling on about wigs!

I don't have a video camera to record with

I hate my teeth!! 

The silly list went on and on. 

Of course, I wasn't unable to make videos due to the above BUT what i realised when i checked back over all my own reasons for not going for it with my Youtube channel was that It simply scared me to do it!! 

Well, the thought of putting myself in front of the camera still scares the crap out of me so I decided I'd just go ahead and do it anyway for fear that I'd never do it otherwise. 

The video is not perfect or polished but it's me so It'll do!! 

Check out my first video below


I would LOVE some subscribers on YouTube! If you would be so kind as to hit the like and subscribe button for me that would be fab :) 

Have a wonderful day everyone

Monday, 29 December 2014

Beautiful Words ...

Doing what I do can sometimes be pretty stressful.

I'm the kind of person who takes things in on an emotional level which is a good thing in that it allows me to identify deeply with my clients but the other side of the coin is that I find myself often teetering dangerously over the edge of the dreaded 'burn out' cliff.

Luckily for me though something always seems to come along right at that time that reminds me of why I set up Aspire in the first place! 

Do you believe that things in out life happen for a reason? I do ... Which is why one tea time a couple of weeks ago I was taking my weekly day off work (and by day off work I mean I wasn't working here in the shop but I was working from home) and I was tired. 

I was tired.

I was stressing over the minor things.

My kids were driving me crazy!! 

I had all these stresses going on around me that, as individual things, really didn't matter but all together felt ridiculously overwhelming.

So I'm sat there going over my marketing and my goals when my trusty old iPhone 'beep beeps' to let me know I have an email. 

I'm so grateful to the client that sent me the beautiful words in that email ...


[ Deep breathe. Composes self ]

Those beautiful words are why. 

Not the praise and compliments or the part about being a fairy god mother (although that's incredibly cool and let's be honest .... I'd make an AMAZING fairy god mother!) for me it's the part about how my client doesn't cry about her Alopecia anymore. 

The fact that she is now able to live her life confidently DESPITE her Alopecia. 

For my client Nikki this transformation in her life was brought about by a number if things ...

The FIRST and most important thing was all down to her and neither myself nor any wig manufacturer in the world could ever take credit for this.


Nikki found me online and she reached out to me via email.

The SECOND thing she did was she came and met with me. Nikkis mum came along too and they made the trip together from Ireland to Sheffield. 

The THIRD thing was that she trusted me. I really can't ever stress enough about how I genuinely have my clients best interests at heart. I don't want to upset anyone further and I definitely do NOT like having folk mad at me! 

Mix that together with the fact that it would be just plain old mean to be anything other than genuine when it comes to new hair and medical hair loss and you've got yourself someone who will work hard for you in finding the right alternative hair.

I want to say a massive thank you to Nikki who gave me her permission to share her beautiful words and her beautiful photos. 

Nikki wears the Follea Aero2 and couldn't be happier with it. 

It's been an absolute pleasure Nikki! 

I'd love to hear your comments below ...

Stay strong and positive ladies and I'll be back next week with another post <3