The Most Challenging Year of My Life

While Vent Blow Dry Bar has been nearly a three-year project, watching the final stages of my dream come together in 2017 was incredible and overwhelming. 

From the construction process, what seemed like continuous setbacks and cost overruns, permit issues and delays, we somehow made it through and created a beautiful space designed to save busy women time, empower them and build their confidence through a self-care experience unlike any other.

I am so proud of what we have accomplished and have never looked forward to my future with such energy and enthusiasm. However, giving so much of myself to my business has meant I’ve had to make a few sacrifices along the way. Being a mom to three busy kids, a wife to a husband who has his own career and a new business owner meant I had to give up something. As it turned out, my self-care and me time were the first things to go. I know there are plenty of women just like me with busy lives, demanding careers and family expectations, and this past year I have learned how important it is to care for ourselves so we can be there to care for our families, friends and careers.

One of my goals for Vent is to provide a place where women can unwind, de-stress and dedicate some much-needed time back to themselves. I intend to take that approach for myself as well in 2018 and I’m putting out the challenge to all the busy, dedicated, hard-working women out there who have goals, dreams and plans for the year ahead. As women, let’s work hard, play hard, be awesome leaders for the people in our lives and most importantly, dedicate some time for ourselves.

In an effort to encourage women to actually fulfill these goals, I decided to create a fun social media challenge throughout the month on January in collaboration with the amazing, kick-butt women (and men) at 6ix Cycle. For 21 days (the amount of time it takes to create a habit) we will post daily self-care challenges to both our Facebook page and Instagram story, asking all of our followers to join in and show us how they’ve completed the challenge with the official hashtag #TakeItBack21. On January 22nd we will go through all the submissions and choose two lucky winners to have an indulgent self-care day with one of their closest friends. 

Creating challenges for yourself is important, but they can be hard to stick to on your own. I wanted to create a community for other women to lift each other up, practice daily self-care and give them the chance to win the luxurious treatment they deserve.

I am making 2018 the year in which I make a commitment to myself to take time for me, to work on my well-being both physically and mentally and to lead other women in this journey. In addition to participating in the #TakeItBack21 challenge, I’ll be posting my experiences as a mom, wife and a business owner and encourage you to do so as well by sharing them with us @ventblowdrybar. I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring and I hope that Vent will be a big part of your self-care regimen in the year ahead. To follow my personal journey follow me on Instagram @im.nataliejames

2018 – Bring it on!

xo Natalie James