Each of my companies or books has the intention to help clients and friends to improve in some way or become more empowered: better health & wellness; better immune system; beautified living spaces with art or pet portraits; learning and discovery with kids workbooks and coloring book; and even strategizing better use of investments into commercial real estate with passive NNN income and use of the 1031 tax deferred exchange!
I was lucky enough to have lived in Paris, France for 16 years. Paris is the best city in the world, at least in my opinion! So much beauty, history, real enjoyment of life, attention to detail, and never a dull moment.
You can find beauty and calm in a quiet corner of a park or along the Seine; feasts for the eyes and nose in any of the wonderful outdoor markets (my local one was the fabulous rue Cler); appreciation of detail and craft; an understanding of wellness and balance; lots of dogs (my dear Tasha, a cocker spaniel, was with me then); fabulous restaurants of every kind; style in those beautiful French women; the most amazing museums (big and small); and international flair in the city.
I graduated from The American University of Paris (AUP), and was honored to have working papers that allowed me to stay on all for many years. The time went by in a flash!
I worked at AUP and at Parsons School of Design, Paris campus as Assistant Director. So many talented students and professors from every country imaginable, so much cultural understanding and diversity; so much travel and discovery.
I always encourage Americans to spend some time outside the US if they can, even if only for a semester abroad or a summer of living and traveling. Your attitude and point of view can shift and open up. Try to learn languages and engage with people. I actually back-packed around Europe for 3 months before starting college all those years ago, on savings from high school jobs, to really see if I wanted to live and study in Europe. And I did!
Fast forward: When I returned to the US, I discovered the fascinating world of COMMERCIAL real estate, and developed a thriving business – until the crash of 2008. As I waited for the markets and velocity to return, never one to sit on my hands, I decided to start up a skincare company, to bring secrets I observed in Paris and Europe. I love the way French women age, more naturally yet with grand style – nothing overdone.
However, I bring the old-school US approach to customer service: “Delight them with great customer service, and treat them as you want to be treated” – that is our customer service motto in all businesses!
Some ask how I got from commercial real estate to wellness and skincare and books – my successful 1031 NNN niche essentially slowed from robust to nothing after the crash of 2008. I waited for a few years after the crash, thinking the dip would turn, but it has been much slower than anticipated. When it was clear things were not recovering quickly in this niche, I decided it was time to do something that I was clearly interested in personally – wellness and quality of life, writing and art. I do have a few clients per year, and excel in this industry of passive income commercial investments, by the way.
Most entrepreneurs realize, BUSINESS IS BUSINESS. You apply the same principles and models to what you are doing, no matter the industry.
Because I have diverse companies and activities, it was suggested by a mentor to put together a website to pull the information together under one roof, and voila!
While I have used and studied Essential Oils for decades (including use in France), I decided to formalize it with a certification, now in progress at Aromahead. I have written and published a number of books on Essential Oils for wellness and balance now, found here, and trademarked the phrase: Essential Oils Have Super Powers®
When the pandemic hit, and we were not going out or traveling, I gained more time and decided to launch a business in my first love area of art.
My hubby and I live in Florida and enjoy the warmth year-round along with our pups.