On Canyon Road
In the last few weeks, I've been under a lot of stress. I don't like saying that because we all experience "stress". Sometimes the stress is good, helps keep us on our toes, and sometimes stress is bad, it depletes you of your ability to think or react clearly. It must've been very evident I was feeling maxed out because my daughter, Paula, suggested I try acupuncture to help “balance” me out.
You may be wondering: why in the world is Guadalupe so stressed? Well, I've been overwhelmed with how much the internet and social media have become so part of today's consumer world.
You may be wondering: but why is that keeping her awake at night? Well, because people are going on line for their shopping and I am at full drive trying to figure out how to bring them our store instead!
I took my daughter's advice and made an appointment to see Robyn Benson over at Santa Fe Soul. When I arrived at her office, in a rush as always, I was greeted by a lobby that was ultra relaxing, it smelled like some essential oil I can't even name, and there was the sound of trickling water and some comfortable sofas to sit on. Before I knew it they called me into a quiet room where they laid me down. Robyn, a very intuitive woman, immediately tapped into my stress mode and before I knew it I was laying down, half naked, covered in needles like a cactus in the desert. The most noticeable needle was the one in my forehead, where the third eye is. I made all efforts to stay in a quiet, Zen-like state of mind when my cell phone started to go off. I wanted to reach in my purse to turn it off but I didn't want to disturb the needles in my body. I was hoping I could be like Spiderman and reach for my purse but it wasn't happening and my phone kept buzzing and ringing and vibrating. I was wondering what emails I was receiving. I realized I was probably receiving emails from my online shoe competitors who I try to keep up with so I know what I am up against. And in thinking on this, I realized I was doing myself more damage than I was good in trying to stay "informed."
I think I resolved my own stress situation.
After an hour and a half of this acupuncture session, I was supposed to go back to my store, instead, I did something I had never done, which was to park my car on Canyon Road, leaving behind my cell phone in the car. I took a walk instead of going back to work since I was in a relaxed state of mind after my acupuncture session. Wouldn't you know, I could actually hear the birds singing and I was enjoying the beauty of the light of the day reflecting off the colorful sculptures! I imagined myself walking around with that needle in my forehead like some Mexican Unicorn.
I have made a promise to myself I hope to keep. While my business and livelihood feel threatened by the Internet, I will trust that I have amazing clients and friends who will always still come to our store and receive a one on one shoe experience.
My daughter shared this quote with me: “I prayed for change, so I changed my mind.”
Works well for me right now. I can’t change the Internet, but I will change how it affects me!