Nail friends, who are techs that we meet through the course of our work lives, truly understand each other. Meet my nail friends.
The foursome do some sightseeing at Notre Dame while in Indiana.
Midwest was always the show that Gina, Chelly, Carol, and I never missed — well almost never. By 2006, Carol was the only one actually still working for the original manufacturer. Gina and I were no longer affiliated with any company and Chelly had taken a position with a new company. During the course of keeping in touch we discussed the possibility of getting together without the show interrupting our visit. We planned an actual “nail friends” weekend in October 2006 in Chicago. Since it was Chelly’s hometown area she set up all the arrangements. Gina and Carol were close enough to drive; I chose to fly.
We were all giddy with excitement about the prospect of running away for the weekend. When the troops picked me up at the airport we couldn’t actually believe we had pulled it off. Four women, all running businesses, some running families, managed to get away the same weekend. Amazing! That weekend set the tone for many more to come. We stayed up until the wee hours catching up. The next day we shopped, went to a play, and enjoyed a fantastic dinner.
Chelly and Gina had to get back, so just Carol and I shared a leisurely breakfast Monday. Carol’s business was really taking off and she needed some help with her books. Since I use the same program I showed her how my company was set up on my laptop. And she was also considering bringing in skin care so we talked about that too. The “training” portion of the trip was born.
We also batted around the idea of hometown visits, much like “The Bachelor” on TV. We would travel to each others’ hometown, visit each others’ salons, and get a better feel for their business to be able to attach visual identification with challenges and successes. We had to set some ground rules. The person who hosts has to stay at the hotel with us and be “out of town” too. She plans the weekend to showcase the best of her town, makes hotel arrangements, and chooses a class to teach. We knew we would see each other again at the Midwest show in March so Gina volunteered to host the first hometown visit in Fondulac in June. Unfortunately, in 2007 I had to miss the show due to other travel obligations. It was the first time in more than 10 years that I would miss it. Gina’s hometown visit was the soonest we would all be together again. The plans were set and each month we dropped an e-mail or quick phone call to make sure everyone was on board. Miraculously once again we were able to sneak away for the weekend. I flew into Chicago and Carol picked me on the way up to Wisconsin. We picked up Chelly and were able to see her beautiful home-based salon. From Chelly’s we were only about a two-hour drive to Gina’s. She was waiting anxiously for us when we got there thrilled that we had managed to pull this off again. Usually we plan one fancy meal, shopping or an event, a movie or play, the salon visit/class, and whatever else we can fit in. Once at Gina’s salon she went through her entire color gel overlay and fill process. We were all amazed at her proficiency; she books every 45 minutes and is booked solid four days a week. I had her recommend some good basic colors to get started. We all went home and immediately started doing more color gels — at higher prices I might add. Sadly, Monday always comes too soon, but before we left I offered to host the next hometown visit in October 2007.