Be True to Yourself

So much for goals and blogging on a regular basis. My bad. Where does the time go?

Today I received a call from a small spa less than a mile from my house wanting me to come in for an interview to come work for them on an on-call basis to do Swedish and Couples massages in their facility. I would provide my own lotion, they would provide the rest and pay me a pretty reasonable amount for the work. They even provide uniforms. On the surface this seems like a pretty sweet deal. I can have regular work and bring in some extra cash (always a handy thing) and it’s close to home so I wouldn’t have to travel. All in all, not bad.

But I walked away feeling like I had a rock in my stomach. Ugh. Being on someone else’s schedule. Working FOR somebody else. Having to give massages that measure up to someone else’s idea of “right.” Doing spa work. They wanted me to come back in the evening to give a “working interview,” which means “give the boss a massage” (paid).

I don’t do “spa” massage. I do “therapeutic” massage…massage that helps people get out the kinks, fixes their issues, helps them solve problems and stay healthy. I like having my own office and my own space and being able to talk to clients if I need to. Spa work is just boring to me. I tend to rush through it because I just want to be done. I want to work on a client who needs my help; one who gives feedback instead of lying there like a sack of mashed potatoes.

And it occurred to me that I was selling my soul for a fistful of dollars. This isn’t what I want! This is taking time away that I could be spending sending thank-you cards to existing clients or making calls or cementing relationships. When she said she’d want me on Fridays and Saturdays, I realized that’s when a lot of my clients like to come in! Why would I turn them away for this?

Sometimes “opportunities” present themselves so that we can assess where we are and where we’re going. Just because the Universe brings you something doesn’t mean you have to accept it.


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