My love for writing was something I recognized at a young age. Many years passed before discovering a way to live off this passion. As a child and admittedly well into adulthood, I was always shy and timid. This shocks many people who have met me within recent years.
What people see now is a confident spa consultant who flexes her talented muscle through the stroke of a pen.
Yes. I’m a bit archaic. I love a good pen and prefer to write everything in pen before transferring it to digital space. My reasons for that can be read in The Magic of Ink. For now we’ll focus on me.
When I was younger, I played the clarinet. This was not by choice. If given the choice, my instrument would have been the violin. Instead the decision to accept the instrument that had been passed down from 3 generations was thrusted upon me like hand me down clothes. So the clarinet it was. As it turned out, I had a natural ear for music. In my head I could hear beautiful masterpieces and envision solos flowing from my woodwind instrument.
In hindsight those beautiful masterpieces were nothing but the daydreams of a girl too afraid to let the audience hear her music. I practiced silently. Blowing ever so gently into the mouthpiece so barely a sound could escape. Avoiding at all costs the idea of being judged by my family who might possibly hear my mistakes blazing through my closed bedroom door. In band concerts, the ability to mask my fears in a sea of wrong notes proved easy. My mom and siblings would lie and say they heard me play and it sounded amazing. But I knew better.
So fast forward to now.
How did the memory of a girl intimidated by a gymnasium filled with lying relatives transition to a highly sought after spa consultant? The truth is, I decided to let those who want to have the spotlight keep it. While many spa consultants and business owners tout their skills and parade their struggling clients around like some sort of achievement badge, I stay behind the scenes.
With just a pen and a good cup of coffee, I am able to let words magnify thoughts and mobilize lazy readers to take action and pursue dreams. So engaged becomes my audience that it has inspired me to take a page from my own book. Within just a few months, I will need to unfasten the chains of fear and inform a room full of attendees about the Details That Matter when running a spa or massage practice. Will this spa consultant collapse under the pressure to perform or will I rise above and deliver information that is both useful and necessary? Only time will tell…
Kamillya Hunter is the owner and founder of Spa Analytics. She encourages independent owners to focus on The Details That Matter when running a business. She’s a mom of two, an army wife, author and a self diagnosed “Spa Junkie” who lives, eats, breathes and sleeps the personal service industry.