Thursday, September 22, 2005

What a Strange Strange Trip It's Been

Okay, it's been a couple of months since I put my first post up. Guess I'm not much of a blogger but guess what? I've been too busy....making and selling perfume!

It's not at all what I expected. When I put my website up almost three months ago I hoped for more spiritual counseling, medical intuition and energy healing clients. I wanted to sell perfume, too, but that's just been something I've been doing on the side. Well, not any longer!

I sold 10 perfumes the very first few days and a few weeks later the person who bought them asked if I did wholesale. I said "yes" (not knowing what I was getting into) and the next thing I knew I had sold 6 dozen to her! Thank you Alice Wong in San Gabriel, CA! (If you live down there and want to smell my perfumes, try them in person, and buy them from her, let me know and I'll get you in touch with her.) I chose to get my packaging done right to support her order, decided I better get labels for my bottles and discovered that my previous method of doing my packaging -- printing them on my home computer and cutting things by hand -- was absolutely nuts if I was going into the wholesale business. So this experience launched a thousand ships so to speak.

I took all the money I received and invested it into getting my packaging and labels professionally printed. Thank God I did that! I never would have been ready for what happened next!

A friend invited me to go white water rafting in Thermopolis, Wyoming where she was river guiding in the Wind River Canyon. I had never gone river rafting before and I really wanted to do that but when the time came to make travel arrangements I really didn't feel like I had the money. But I went anyway, hoping that somehow I would find a way. I brought perfume just in case I found an opportunity but didn't really know what to expect. Well, I sold enough perfume and did enough sessions with people who found out about me through my perfume -- thank you, Jaffy, for setting up an event for me! -- to pay for the whole trip including $200 of unexpected trip expenses. Yahoo! If you're ever in Thermopolis, WY (home of the world's largest hot springs -- who knew?) say hello to Sarah at Nature's Corner at 503 Broadway right in the center of town. She carries Mama Love Healing Perfume Oils now and is a really great person to boot!

I came home from the trip thinking "I could say yes to this more often. But next time I don't want to just make trip expenses. I want to make double that amount, enough for the trip and the same amount in my pocket."

I came home to an invitation from my friend Katie Viren to participate in the Pagan Pride festival she was helping to organize in Bellingham, WA. I said Yes! Just what I want to try next. And it was great. Even though it was not a very well-attended event (it was their first one) I met great people, did memorable sessions with folks there, sold Solstice Evergreen books (about the pagan origin of the Christmas Tree) and sold lots of Mama Love. I had a great time visiting with Katie -- for those of you who know her, she's doing fine. And I now have my perfumes in several more stores --
Wise Awakening metaphysical gift store at 314 E. Holly and Dragonfly Fine Gifts at 126 W. Holly Street in Bellingham, the gift shop at Shasta Vortex Adventures in Mt. Shasta, CA and at the Dragon's Lair at 101 So. Main Street in Ukiah, CA.

I came home with EXACTLY what I said I wanted -- double the money I made on the first trip (half for trip expenses and half for me.) The power of intention is a pretty mighty thing.

Since I got home I've just hit the ground running. I'm going home to New England for the first two weeks of October for my birthday and a good hit of fall foliage. While I'm there -- in addition to attending a wedding and visiting friends and family -- I plan to be a vender at Western Mass.'s Pagan Pride Festival and to visit stores out there. I've been working like crazy to get my inventory back up and wound up selling to three stores in the local area as well. If you're from Santa Cruz you can now find Mama Love Perfume at Way of Life at 1210 41st Ave in Capitola, at the General Store at Costanoa Coastal Retreat Center in Pescadero and at Body & Soul Day Spa in Half Moon Bay.

It's been a wild ride so far and it's only just begun.

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