I am writing this blog post from beautiful Ibiza Spain. My friend of over 25 years, a fellow salon owner and beauty business coach Donna Roggio has recently moved to the island after owning a successful salon for 19 years. She reached out to me with questions on how I went about creating my online education business for hairstylists and needed help in creating a similar model for the business side of the beauty biz. She said half-jokingly, “you should just come here to Ibiza, and we can work together here instead of trying to coordinate the time zone differences with our different working schedules. To her complete surprise, I said: “sure. I would love to; let’s pick a date that works.” Just two weeks later, here I am in this beautiful place with my daughter as my travel companion.
I have only been here a few days, and I am already getting so many lessons from this amazing island. The vibe is so relaxed and friendly. It is really hard to explain in words. I have been introduced to Donna’s friends, and not a single one of them has asked what I do, if I am married, or how many children I have. Every single conversation I have ever had up until this point has included all or most of these questions.
We tend to be a society of measuring up people by their level of success and accomplishments in the United States. I have felt this sense of guilt of not being in my workaholic mode all day every day. The fact that I don’t have consistent access to internet service has forced me to slow down and just “be” in the moment.
When I go to lunch at home in Florida, if my husband gets up to use the restroom, I immediately grab my phone and check to see if I have gotten new messages. Here I look around and admire people’s unique sense of fashion and enjoy people watching.
Cell phones have been a blessing and a curse. We are so connected 24/7 that when we don’t have our phone in our hand, we panic. It is hard to believe that I was able to travel and get anywhere. I wanted to go without using WAZE or Google maps. Some of the best moments I have had on vacation were as a result of being lost and asking for directions.
This beautiful city has given me permission to unplug. The world is still spinning, and everyone is still doing whatever they normally do and not suffering from me not emailing them back within 30 seconds of receiving their message. Having a language barrier has forced me to be a little more quiet. I choose my words much more carefully and use less of them, and the conversation actually goes a little better than when I am talking a mile a minute. I have become a more silent observer, a role I am not used to but have actually enjoyed.
I highly recommend travel to everyone. Get out of your everyday routine, see something new and different. Get comfortable being just a little uncomfortable, and you just might find a side of yourself you would not otherwise have experienced.
A licensed cosmetologist since 1986, Elaine has personally trained all of her own stylists and taken them from beauty school graduate to color expert in less than one year earning over $60,000 annually.