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December 2013

My State Of Industry

House is quiet, which is quite unusual. So here I sit with a cup of coffee reflecting over my grooming career. If I had to use one word to sum it up, it would be camaraderie.


In my first days as a groomer, I was blessed to have mentors. Beth Cristiano and Terri Tomlinson encouraged continuing education and took me to tradeshows. Both were always available to answer questions, and offered assistance unconditionally. They taught me the value of colleagues as opposed to competitors.


At my first trade show, a groomer standing next to me at a booth would explain products and tools, alongside the manufacturers rep. And the speakers! I will never forget Sue Zecco taking the time out of her busy schedule to further explain a technique she taught in a seminar.


How about Barbara Bird picking up her phone and spending well over an hour with me on shampoos back when I was a newbie. I could not believe I had Barbara Bird ON THE PHONE. I almost forgot my question.


Thanks to social media such as PetGroomer and Facebook, I am a good friend with people I have never met in person. Social media has brought groomers together from around the world. It is in gratitude to social media that we can rally to the aid of groomers impacted by disasters and medical emergencies. I have seen drama and differences put to the side whenever someone needs assistance. I am proud to a part of the Groomers Emergency Assistance Fund, a non-profit devoted to helping groomers in need.


I still learn from every groomer I meet. Some more than others. (Thanks Daryl!) There is always something to share. 


Groomers are the kindest, and big-hearted people around. I have made life-long friendships that will continue long past my grooming days.  








Space Clearing

With the Holidays in full swing, our environment, as well as ourselves may become stressed.

A space clearing removes built up negative energy that accumulates from day to day living and replaces it with fresh, positive energy.

There are many ways to do this.

Sound helps move the energy around, so it is no longer stagnant. Methods include tingsha bells, drums, rattles, chanting, crystal bowls, and uplifting music. There are DVDs specifically designed for space clearing. There are also smart phone apps, you tube videos, as well as using the physical instruments. You can hang wind chimes around the home, so outside negative energies are dispersed before entering your home.

Scent uses essential oils and botanicals to clear the air. Orange, lavendar, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, pine, rose, tea tree, cedarwood, and lemon essential oil in candles or diffusers. Note of caution for kitties- Do not use essential oils if your cat has respiratory issues. You can also smug with sage or palo santo. In addition, there are rooms sprays from Alaskan Essences that I really like. And a sprig of lemongrass over your doorway is a nice touch.

Sight is more than just pretty stones decorating the home. Any of the black stones such as Black Tourmaline, Black Obsidian, and Apache Tears alongside a Rose Quartz will dispel negativity as promote harmony. They can be placed anywhere in your home, but is especially beneficial around doorways. You can also sprinkle black and pink salt around the perimeter of your home. Blue and Black Kyanite is a good choice around electromagnetic equipment such as computers, cell phones, and microwaves.

To clear your home or office,choose your method and start at the front door and walk counterclockwise, which gathers the negativity. Repeat clockwise which release it. Always go clockwise one more time than counterclockwise. Make sure you open all the windows. When you finish seal with an intent or prayer.

When I clear my home and business,I play a sing bowls DVD in the background. I circle once counterclockwise with palo santo sticks and clockwise twice with the palo santo. I replace the black obsidian and rose quartz stones with "fresh" ones and intent for the area fill with love.

There are so many options to choose from. Find what appeals to you and that will be right for you. Many times I stray from my normal routine just because I feel like doing something different.