It amazes me more and more everyday how many forms intentionality comes in. Lola, my badass salon, recently fell victim to a ransom-ware attack. This is when a hacker breaks into your system, encrypts all of your files, and holds them from ransom. The goal for the hacker is 2 things…1st, hopes that in an act of desperation that you will pay whatever monies they are asking to un-encrypt the files. Even before all the IT advise of not paying them came through I knew I would never do that. I wouldn’t care if they were asking a dollar and it was guaranteed that I would get my shit back….I would tell him to go fuck himself….I don’t reward bad behavior. The 2nd goal is to upload a key logger which tracks all of your keystrokes. The hacker would be able to see everything you are typing in hopes of getting usernames, passwords, account numbers, and such. So the ultimate goal is identity theft. The way it has been explained to me is that in our situation it was a random attack by using the power of trial and error guessing IP addresses until one matches and then they are able to get in. Not being very tech savvy I didn’t realize that our level of protection against this was very minimal. I take full responsibility in this. I should have been more INTENTIONAL on making sure that was the case….lesson learned. I have now aligned myself with the best of the best in technology to prevent this from ever happening again.
I tell you this story to lead to my point that intentionality comes in all shapes and sizes. Technically the hacker that attacked us was certainly practicing intentionality unfortunately it was not with good intentions. Be sure that the intentionality you practice follows the golden rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Although I do believe that you need to be number one in your life because if you are not in a good place you can’t be great for those around you…however make sure that what you are doing is not directly hurting an innocent bystander.
The other way intentionality was practiced in this story is how the situation was handled by myself and my team. The moment I learned about what had happened I recognized that there was nothing I could do to change it so we went into full on plan mode. We immediately devised a plan on how we could reach our guests since we had lost 100% of their contact information, all of our appointments, all of our inventory, all of our history….it was as if Lola never existed. There was no getting mad, there was no yelling, no crying, no “why me’s”….just inertia to move forward. THIS IS NOT A NATURAL THING FOR ME….I WAS NOT BORN THIS WAY. It was through the continued practice of intentional living that brought me to this place of clarity. If I’m being honest I am actually very thankful for this mess. It was tangible proof of my growth! To be able to look at something so monumental and earthshaking and know that you overcame it with grace and dignity is the most empowering, incredible, un-fuck-withable feeling your can every experience. As a result of this absolutely horrible situation I have become a force to be reckoned with. I now know that I can DO ANYTHING!!!!
Please use me as the proof that you can be, do, feel, experience, have, behave, live parent, love, learn, and grow in the way you choose…IT IS A DECISION! And the second you make that decision you become a different person. Don’t get me wrong there are ups and downs and the key is to only surround yourself with people who recognize the greatness you are striving for. If you don’t have those people in your life….I will be that person for you. I know what you are capable of…I know how brilliant and powerful you really are!
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