The Number One Hack To Get Traveling

If you want to start traveling but don’t even see how it is feasible financially, I will give you the NUMBER ONE trick to get you going.

The absolute first thing you need to do, is get a travel rewards card. I am not talking about some random bank card that gives you rewards or “cash back”, I’ve tried those and I am telling you that I NEVER saw a benefit to using it. There was always a loop hole to when you make your payment, and if you don’t roll over a balance you don’t get the points, and if you try to cash out your rewards at a certain time there may be a black out date…

NO! Get a REAL rewards card for REAL travelers. Get a TRAVEL CARD.

Here is what you want to look for:

  • No foreign transaction fees
  • No black out dates
  • Free checked bags or VIP perks
  • Mile bonuses (loyalty rewards)

Foreign transaction fees- what is this? When you’re in a country with a different currency and choose to use your card, most credit card or debit card companies will charge you a fee per swipe to do the currency exchange. (It can be super risky to use a debit card over seas, so check with your bank before packing one with you.) These fees can add up quickly, no foreign transaction fee means that the bank accepts the cost of the exchange.

No black out dates- Choose a card that is not going to have travel restrictions. If there is a seat on the plane, you should be able to purchase it with your points.

Free checked bag and VIP perks- If you choose to travel with a bit more luggage, a checked bag fee varies from airline to airline, and can cost more when traveling domestically. Booking with a travel card can often wave several fees and make checking in and boarding easier.

Mile bonuses- The more you spend the more they deposit into your miles account. There are often entry bonuses with travel cards, spend $3000 in your first 3 months and receive 50k in bonus miles; that is about a round trip ticket to Europe with most airlines. The way most miles are earned, is for every dollar you spend you receive one mile, but when you go to book a flight with miles, they are not dollar for dollar… So having a card that will have bonus months, or perks for signing up can really help get those miles in your account.

Keep in mind that MOST travel rewards cards do have an annual bonus fee for carrying the card. I have never had a problem paying an annual fee, because the flights I have earned would have cost me 5-10 times what the fee is per year. 

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I have an American Express Platinum Delta Skymiles Card

I went with this card for a number of reasons, the number one reason being, I live in a small town with a small airport and Delta is one of the only airlines to have consistent flights coming in and out each day. There hasn’t been too many occasions where I have had to book with other airlines, so being limited to flying with Delta has not affected me too much, and loyalty is rewarded!

Pros and Cons in my opinion:

Pro- I received a 50,000 mile bonus when signing up for my original Gold card and another 70,000 mile bonus when I upgraded to the Platinum card a year and a half later.

Pro- 1 mile per dollar spent and 5 miles per dollar on Delta purchases.

Pro- Every approved referral from me earns me 10,000 bonus points.

Pro- First checked bag is free with every flight- that saves me a minimum of $35 each way.

Pro- Bonus miles for hitting spending goals

Pro- Extra miles for shopping with small businesses (as a small business owner, I love that this is a thing), and benefits for making every day purchases which vary from month to month.

Pro- SUPER safe, I have had no fraudulent issues (knock on wood). I don’t have to notify my card when traveling, it knows my spending habits and doesn’t reject purchases made by me. I get alerted when my card is charged and not present, and notified of large purchases immediately.

Pro- Extra coverage and warranty with large purchases- I bought a laptop with this card and its warranty is extended and extra year just by using my American Express.

Con- Many places do not take American Express

Con- Limited to flying Delta when redeeming reward flights

As you can see, for ME, the pros out weigh the cons… there are many cards out there, you just have to do your research and decide which one is best for you.

I use my card for EVERYTHING I possibly can, all of the purchases I would have to make just go on my card, including groceries, online purchases, product orders for my shop, fuel, automatic payments, etc… At the end of each week, I just pay my card off and watch my miles rack up!

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Obviously I am not suggesting you go out and make a bunch of huge unnecessary purchases, just to earn some points… that would be incredibly counter productive, so watch your spending and use these tools wisely!! BUTTT if its a payment or purchase you already have to make, why not reap the benefits.

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Happy Traveling,

XoXo

-Tia

Calling All Aspiring Dreadlock Artists

Do you LOVE dreadlocks? Do you have clients who love dreadlocks? Do you want to get dreaducated?

I have had my own permanent dreadlocks for about 4 years now, and wore synthetic extensions  for nearly 2 years before that. Having dreads of my own, really helped me to see the ins and outs of this hairstyle more seriously. Experience = Knowledge.

My fascination with dreadlocks started about 6 years ago, ever since I have been obsessed with developing the most advanced systems of installation for both permanent and synthetic dreads. I even created my own method called The Steady Dready method, which I will be teaching in a separate course, because it’s EPIC! I have worked with many dreadlocks, both started in my salon and started on the other side of the world; I have met a lot of dread heads and I have worked on a lot of dreads… I KNOW DREADS, and I am ready to share everything I know about permanent dreadlocks in a hands-on course!

Permanent Dreads are potentially a lifetime hairstyle and that sort of commitment from a client, needs to be met with the same intensity from their artist, so let’s DREADUCATE!

In this 3 day, hands-on course you will learn:

  • The ins and outs of dreadlocking, how the hair forms, behaves and how to care for them properly
  • Product knowledge
  • Organic dreading vs forced dreading
  • Tools which tools to use and why some are bad for dreads
  • 5 techniques for dreading and when to use each method
  • Sectioning and separation
  • Terminology
  • Extension removal
  • Extending matured/permanent dreads
  • Charging and consulting for dreadlocks
  • Scheduling for dread clients

Not only will I give you the all of the techniques and knowledge I have about this niche of dreadlocks and styling, I will prepare you for the client inquiries, and show you how to sell this service. With over 5 years of dreadlock application experience, I believe I have the right tools to offer, in order to help you succeed with this investment.

Prerequisite for this course: You must be able to braid and french braid WELL, I will need video evidence with your registration form, there will be an attached video for you to mimic so that I can determine if this class is the right fit for you.

This Complete Permanent Dreadlocks Course is $549

All materials, models, tools, and mannequins provided.

The following dates are for this course only, space is limited.

February 3rd, 4th, 5th 2018

Drop your questions below, or click REGISTER NOW to sign up!

Installing Synthetic Dreadlocks

Synthetics are all the rave these days; a noncommittal, bold, and protective style.

With faux dreadlocks I see all types of people and varying desired effects for them… some want a synthetic dread that looks as natural as possible and others want an epic and maintenance free style for festival season. Either way, you’re going to learn how to give the people what they want in this 2 day, hands on course.

I am going to teach you everything you need to know about applying, cultivating and booking synthetic dreadlock extensions!

In this class we will be covering:

  • Cultivating Dreadlock Extensions
  • Care and Maintenance
  • Charging for Installation and Materials
  • Consulting with Potential Clients
  • Tools and Materials
  • Braiding Technique
  • 2 Types of Installation (Temporary to Semi Permanent)
  • Double Ended Dreadlock Application
  • Single Ended Dreadlock Application
  • Wrap and Seal Dreadlock Application
  • A Touch on Micro Braiding/Box Braiding
  • How to Choose the Right Materials For Your Client

Not only will I give you the all of the techniques and knowledge I have about this niche of dreadlocks and styling, I will prepare you for the client inquiries, and show you how to sell this service. With just over 5 years of dreadlock application experience, I believe I have the right tools to offer, in order to help you succeed with this investment.

Prerequisite for this course: You must be able to braid and french braid WELL, I will need video evidence with your registration form, there will be an attached video for you to mimic so that I can determine if this class is the right fit for you.

This Complete Synthetics Course is $349

All materials, models, tools, and mannequins provided.

The following dates are for this course only, space is limited.

Submit your questions below, or click REGISTER HERE to sign up!

Dread Course Announcement!

Hello Beautiful Dread Lovers,

I have had several inquiries about courses over the last few months and have been putting off getting things booked because I have felt the need to revamp things!

I have been taking notes with where my classes have struggled and feel there is always room for improvement and growth in the education I provide.

I am finding that there is so much information to absorb with dreadlocks and being such a branch off of knowledge from regular hairstyling, I now believe the information needs to be delivered in segments and students need time to integrate their techniques and practice before moving on. Although this becomes cumbersome with scheduling your life around a broken up course, I feel taking steps into a niche of this kind would be very valuable to the foundation of your knowledge for this work. Permanent dreads are potentially a lifetime hairstyle, and that sort of commitment from a client needs to be met with the same intensity from their artist.

I will be posting new course and class information as well as dates and times of classes shortly!  Cannot wait to share with this new structure!!

Stay tuned,

XoXo

-Tia

Fake IT Until YOU Make IT!

Happiness… man has this word been a paper weight in my head space for the last few months. What is happiness and why is it so hard to obtain at times?

I have had some interesting experiences and observations popping up over the last few weeks, and each time I began to dissect these encounters, the question returns to my mind… why are people so unhappy? Analytical in nature I turn to self-study… what makes me unhappy?

I have found that there are 3 major elements to a lack of joy and luster in my daily life:

  1. Inauthenticity
  2. A Lack of Direction
  3. Inability to Cope

Acting in our most authentic nature can solve many of our daily dramas. When we find the courage to speak, dress, and act in the best interest of our inner soul, or highest consciousness, we are able to tactfully and gracefully express our personal boundaries. In this state of being, our truest light source is revealed, and we are able to accept others for living their truth. Embrace your inner you in this wild ride called life, and in turn, you’ll embrace others in their journey as well.

Goals, Goals, Goals. Why are we up grinding ourselves to death at work, hustling everyday… Sure, for our families and to “have a better life”, but what does that really mean? I have found that when I am not content, it is typically because I have no goals or focused intention for doing what I am doing, day in, and day out. Keeping major aspirations, as well as small obtainable goals, helps me to stay active and focused in reaching them. If I ever find myself saying “What am I doing all of this for?”, I know that a lack of direction is getting me down. Time to reevaluate.

Coping, how do you cope? Yoga has been a saving grace for me, and my burdens. My body’s aches and pains, my emotional wounds, and my anxieties, all seem to melt away when I am keeping a regular practice. When the day’s chaos is compounding, I can go home, to my mat, and in complete silence, offer all of it up there. Yoga allows me to gently work through the back pain and joint pain I live with daily. After years of dancing and working on my feet, it’s there; rather than taking a magic pill to will it all away, I allow myself to acknowledge it, and in partnership with spirit, heal it. Coping is good, its ok to feel uncomfortable sometimes, it means you’re alive, and you have a perfectly imperfect human body.

So fake it until you make it, put a smile on your face until that smile becomes fixed and works it’s way through your soul, and into the hearts of others. Take small steps into the bold life you always knew you had within you, be authentic. Set ridiculous goals if that is what is going to keep you on your feet and grinning each and every day! Cry if you need too, let your heart pour out and recognize that this is you coping, congratulations.

May we all remain steadfast in our purpose, as we carry our soulful hearts, with joy, and grace in this earthly form.

XoXo

-Tia

What is Your Life’s Work?

You know… I really never applied a deeper purpose to my career as a hairstylist. I always thought that my artistic ability and competence in communicating with clients were the things that pushed me towards success.

After all, what kind of affect can a hairstylist really have on the world?

I built my business on the intention that everyone should be able to afford to have good hair! It wasn’t until I was 9 years in, and busier than ever did I begin to question that; was it enough? It seemed I was working every waking hour, I was burnt out and wondering what my life purpose really was. Sure I had so many beautiful and gracious people around me most every day, but was I really making a difference in their lives? Was I making my life count? Was I building my legacy?

This question has been a great source of my anxiety for quite some time now. After countless hours of inertia, self study, and examination, I came to the conclusion that I had been asking the wrong question all along….

I was asking, “Is my life meaningful?”.

I should have been asking, “How can I make my life meaningful?”.

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And I will tell you what conclusion I have come too…

Working predominantly with color clients, I am able to spend the majority of my day with various women for a few hours each; it’s just her and I in a small partially enclosed space. Rather than allowing a superficial nature to my work, with physical change, gossip, and outer beauty, I had the perfect opportunity to work in partnership with inner beauty.

While building my dream space, I had put so much intention in creating a sanctuary from ordinary life; I really wanted a space for purpose and deep connection with my community, and once it was there, I had overlooked the opportunity to do so.

You know the saying, “the grass is always greener”? I was looking for something new to light up a path for me, hoping passion would be sparked somewhere else. I was doubting my career choice and praying daily for direction, when all along, deep down inside of me, I had the answer. This is what I was meant to do, I just had to challenge my faith and security to see that.

As hairstylists we are in the perfect position to really listen to our clients, to work one on one with them closely as we manifest the deepest beauty from within them. If you ask the right questions, and you take the time to communicate with someone who hasn’t felt like they have been heard, you can create lasting beauty. You have the ability to use your hands and ears, to bring to life that goddess form they have been burying underneath layers of doubt, and insecurities. Transformation is as internal as it is external, and that is the responsibility we step into, each time, we stand behind the chair.

Don’t ever discount your impact on others, believe that you can make the world a more loving and beautiful place.

XoXo,

Tia

 

In Response to What The Health

With all of the buzz circulating about the latest pro plant-based documentary, What The Health, I had to put in MY two cents in the only way I know how… a blog post.

After some hours (yes hours) of digging I was able to uncover a few photographs of my past self… I thought I had destroyed all evidence of the creature that ate Tia, but low and behold I found them. I don’t call that version of myself a creature for derogatory reasons, but more as a way of totally encompassing what had happened to me. I was completely absorbed in destructive emotional behavior and it was reflecting majorly in my skin, weight, and health. I hated myself; the way I looked, the direction my life was taking and the way I was behaving, were all signs of this. I was not a healthy human, and wasn’t nourishing myself physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.

After a few hard life lessons, I realized it was time to make a change.

It was time to give up the poison that had entered my existence in the form of self loathing, guilt, body shaming, emotional eating, chemical dependence (in “food”), weight loss plans, and a clouded sense of self-worth. It was time I started treating myself the way I treated most everyone else, and it was TIME that I had a real conversation with my spirit about how I was doing in these areas.

I thought I had confidence and good self-esteem and I always felt like I was loved and able to love myself… but when I took a good, hard, look at what I was fueling my body, mind, and spirit with, it was a rude awakening.

I learned that I was eating addictive substances in the form of chemical additives, sweeteners, sodas, and processed foods. I realized the body shaming and guilt cycles of diets and the ups and downs of being insecure about my weight were toxic for my soul, and were all, quite possibly, the culprits for true joy being sucked from my life. I didn’t feel good so I started really putting in the time to research and invest in my wholeness and well-being. By some guidance, from a previously unknown internal source, I had slowly converted to a 100% plant-based diet, and had no idea exactly how I had gotten there. The results were incredible. My face and eye color changed, brightened, temperament relaxed, I had regained passion for living and was able to make business goals and quickly become more successful in my career. I lost 70 pounds and went from a size 15 to a 3. The dark cloud had cleared from my mind, and I was reborn.

This transformation took 2 years and when I looked back, it was like I had boarded a train and wasn’t sure of exactly where it was going at the time.

With this intense physical detoxification, I also spiritually, emotionally, and mentally detoxified. Choosing carefully what I filled my spare time with, and ensuring that anything I was reading or watching was fueling me on every level in a positive way.  Health has always been something I don’t view as a destination, but a journey, constantly evolving and growing. As I educate myself and work through the deepest and most buried conflicts within my overall energy and material body, I find that my greatest passion is becoming the best possible version of me.

True and authentic reflection of the soul. 

In relation to the documentary, I will just say this… these outlets of information are meant to make you think. To make you stop and question the things you do mindlessly everyday that are leading you to a lack of health or happiness… sure they may be exaggerated or “cherry picked” facts, BUT if this is what it takes for you to turn inward and evaluate whether or not you’re doing the best you can for your ultimate well-being… well, then watch away and let yourself be shocked. As an adult consumer you should ALWAYS gather as much information as possible and then use personal experience, factual evidence, internal guidance, and intent in choosing the right lifestyle options for you.

May you all find self-love and inexplicable happiness.

XoXo

-Tia

6 Things You Should STOP Saying to People With Dreadlocks

I am quite sure that between my social awkwardness and inability to hide a completely dumbfounded reaction, I have been perceived as rude in many cases. My daily interactions can be uncomfortable and strange from time to time, and it never ceases to amaze me what people will do or say to a complete passerby.

Honesty, I do know that it is my choice to walk around with an obnoxiously loud style and green dreadlocks… but I just wish I was given a better chance to engage with people. After all, I am a super social creature.

Here are some things you should never lead with if you want to have an actual conversation with me… 

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