The June 2014 issue of Inc. – The Art of the Pivot – is making me feel empowered. My new shop, the BENCH salon & gifts, is just part of my goal to commit to continuous improvement, something every business owner understands.

My friend Millie Hilgert, a.k.a. Miss Courageous, started an Etsy store years ago, became the darling of Boise’s Saturday market, helped start a store with many members, decided to create her own small shop and then recently moved and restructured that. She knows what it is to pivot.

Another friend owns a small coffee shop. While I have to keep her plans more on the down-low, she has been working on an expansion and possibly a mobile business. With food trucks as popular as they are, her plans sound like the best kind of pivot!

Randy Sandknop started as a client and quickly became a close friend. Recently retired, she is taking her Practice Happiness idea and morphing it from part-time to big time, sharing her life and her photography (see The Story In Your Face). Major pivot!

I’m watching friends change careers, buy franchises, and graduate from college in their 40s and 50s. While many whine about life, these people are inspiring others to make huge changes.


It’s all about reinvention.


hair. duh.

Gorgeous hair is the best revengeSo, in case you missed it, I own a salon and have done hair for twenty years. Seems like I should be blogging about that, huh? I’ll get to that soon, but until then, I decided to peruse the interwebs and lead you to some other great doers of hair and their blogs.

Kate Bryan at The Small Things Blog does hair and small things blogonce owned her own shop as well. Now she’s lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom who shares tutorials that go viral on Pinterest.

I often hear, “My hair never stays curly!” I have explained over and over that curls need to be set by letting the hair cool after curling. Kate’s two-part video series explains it very well AND she’s doing it on her own hair so you can see exactly what that entails. If this mother of two can do this in a matter of minutes, I promise you’ll get the hang of it soon!

confessions of a hairstylist Confessions of a Hairstylist is where Jenny Strebe gets to show off her many years of experience as both a stylist and as an educational director at Toni & Guy. Because she is one of the bridal industry’s best updo creators and trainers, I thought you might enjoy learning a beautiful take on the classic French braid from one of her videos. Want more updos? She created a Pinterest board of summer braids just for you!


Enjoy their blogs and their Pinterest boards – they both have a lot to share. While you’re there, take a peek at some of my hair boards, too! You’ll find some of Jenny’s and Kate’s work in them. Whether you’re low-maintenance (like I tend to be) or you want full-out glam, you can find some blogs and YouTube channels to feed your addiction. Let me know what your favorites are!!