Flowing with Life’s Changes
As you get older, you sometimes find that it gets harder to do the things you used to. Just as a beloved vehicle that's seen its fair share of freeways, drive-thru and stop-and-go traffic, the body, too — will start to wear.
I draw that analogy, in part, because I used to work in the automotive field. But also because I've recently recovered from reconstructive foot surgery and, this year, I will turn 60.
I'm not complaining as life has been very good to me. I figure though that I have about 20 or so years left on this planet and I've want to make the most of that time. My husband, Chris, and I purchased a recreational vehicle last year and I'm itching to get out and explore the country some more. All of my grandbabies are growing up while I try to spend as much time with them as possible. And my reef tank keeps me busy on the side.
Aside from the fact that I'm no longer selling my soap and skincare line at the local farmers' markets, my commitment to my business is still going strong. Rumors that I’ve moved away simply are not true. I love my customers and I greatly enjoy the process of bringing these high-quality products into the world.
However, as I've continued in this business I have become unreliable in terms of my shop hours. I may not be there between the posted hours on social media platforms of Wednesday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They do not give the option to say “maybe” or “call before you come”.
In spite of my love for my customers, being tied to my studio during these set hours is too confining. Time is becoming more important and I don't want to miss out on opportunities to grab an impromptu lunch with a friend or take a walk to the beach when perfect weather practically demands that one take such an excursion.
Still, all this isn't to say that I'm not around. I'd say 85 percent of the time you will find me here and, when I'm not home, I'm still very responsive to my cellphone. In fact, I'm generally more flexible now and available to accommodate requests for products at various times. Getting off work at 7 p.m. and just realized you're running low on your lotion? Give me a call or shoot me a text and the chances are pretty good that I'll be able to help you out. My landline is (650) 728-7745. My cellphone is (650) 291-5757. To save yourself a wasted trip in the chance that I'm not around, I strongly suggest calling me first before coming to visit me in my Moss Beach studio. My webstore is open 24/7.
When I'm away exploring there are other places on the Coastside where you can get your Gaia Essentials fix from discerning businesses that carry their own unique versions of some of my products — their own signature aromas.
The Half Moon Bay Inn carries a lavender, coriander and mint blend in their line; Bamboo Hair & Body Salon offers a lavender, bergamot and sage liquid soap & lotion (candles during the holiday); and Seal Cove Inn carries a whole line of products made with lavender, cypress and eucalyptus oils. Blacksmith Grooming by webstore. Limited availability at Miramar Farms Event Center, and I’m currently working with HMB Golf Links to make their signature aroma of lavender, bergamot & cardamom for the event center and the gift shop.
I'm still busy formulating some new recipes too. I'm currently working on one soap that features lavender and rosemary and another that will make use of black peppercorn essential oil. The black peppercorn offers a lovely smell that reminds me of the way he earth smells after a good mineral rain. It's not like the pepper we use to spice up our meals — it will not make you sneeze. Do you have any ideas for new recipes you'd like to see in the shop? I may be getting older but am still very much up to trying new things.