I spent another amazing 2 hours with the incredible Lisa Clark today at Lacquered Up Nail Studio (click here to visit their facebook page). I want to say that something amazing happens when you are intentional about who you choose to work with, get services with, shop with, and surround yourself with. When choosing my new nail design artist I knew that I wanted to support someone local. I first heard of Lisa through my sister, who shares my same philosophies about making intentional choices on who you work with. It took me a while to finally carve time into my schedule to get my nails done regularly. I had no idea how much my life was going to change as a result of that. Lisa Clark, nail design artist…AKA…mind blower upper, is the kind of person you must meet and I have 10 reason why….1 for each finger. Lisa, for the sake of this blog, is going to be the name we use to represent the person in your circle that you can learn from and grow with.
- Lisa creates a safe haven for man, woman, and child
The love that Lisa shows to everyone is truly incredible but the most beautiful part is the safe place she creates for the people who struggle with vulnerability the most…..Men and teens. Unfortunately society has made men feel that sharing their feelings is a sign of weakness. Brene Brown talks about a man that she met who had told her that the women is his life would rather see him die on his white horse than see him fall and fail. You show me woman who gives her man a safe place to share his feelings without judgement and I’ll show you a woman who will be taken care of in ways you didn’t know possible. Same goes for the teens in the world. Being a teen is the hardest thing in the world. They are trying so hard to just fit in and be “normal”. They are trying desperately to fit into the mold that their peers have labeled as acceptable. Their brains are not fully developed however they appear to be fully functional fully developed human beings. It’s a mirage really, an illusion. Inside they are confused, scared, and un-equipped for the expectations that are bestowed upon them.
2. Lisa loves with her whole being
The love that Lisa shares with the people in her life is insurmountable. She accepts the best parts of you and the worst parts of you equally. She recognizes the good, bad, or ugly that is who you are and she loves you for it. That is a lesson we could all stand to learn. No one is perfect. We all make choices from time to time that do not shine a great light on us however it does form and shape us into the person we become. Lisa will accept every aspect of you but will tell you when you are not being your best self. Not only will she tell you…she will guide you through the darkness into the light that most flatters you!
3. Lisa researches her emotions
When Lisa is experiencing a dark emotion she truly dissects it until she figures out where it originates. When she is angry she truly thinks about where that anger comes from and deals with the source. She not only admits when she is wrong but she makes it right. And then she takes the steps necessary to grow in a way that she doesn’t make the same mistake twice.
4. Lisa recognizes what makes her happy
Lisa is present and recognizes when she is truly experiencing happiness. No matter what it is. She finds joy in the little things and is intentional about experiencing that joy. She finds just as much joy in cooking burgers and drinking beer with her husband as she does getting all gussied up and having a killer night on the town.
5. Lisa learns from every single person she meets
Every single person that Lisa crosses paths with serves a purpose in her life. Sometimes the person serves as a someone she strives to be for her own personal growth. Sometimes that person serves as a student who learns from her own life experiences. Sometimes that person serves as a bad example…the person she knows she doesn’t want to be.
6. Lisa asks excellent questions
Good questions get good answers….great questions get great answers…Lisa recognizes this. Not only does she know that she is going to grow as a result of your answer but she also is genuinely interested in what you have to say.
7. Lisa lets you know how wonderful you are
For some people telling others how wonderful they think the people around them can be uncomfortable….not for Lisa. Her words feel like warm hugs wrapped around your whole body. If you ever need to feel like you are important and that you make a difference in this world…hang out with Lisa
8. Lisa respects your purpose
No matter what greatness you are trying to pursue Lisa will be your biggest cheerleader. The sole fact that you have a passion to pursue is enough reason for Lisa to encourage you to keep going.
9. Lisa is not afraid to push you into greatness
Choosing to be your very best self every single day takes a great deal of energy. It’s hard work but it is worth it. When the pain and fatigue start to weigh on you Lisa is right there to support you through your time of need. Most of the time it’s simply words of encouragement that are needed to push you through however Lisa is not afraid to break out the tough love if she sees that’s what you need.
10. Lisa is Lisa
No matter where you are, who are with, or what you are doing you will always get the same Lisa. Her true, genuine, beautiful, empathetic, loving, caring self.
You never know when you are going to meet your Lisa. They come in all shapes, sizes, creeds, religions, backgrounds, and occupations. The key to finding your Lisa is to engage with the people you come accross…your server, your clerk, your mailman, your hairdresser, and most certianly your nail design artist.