motivation


Your Creative Nail Eye
  • May 3, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

With about five weeks left till my next competition I had an “ah-ha” moment. Let me explain. For my 3-D competition this year the category is “Everything Is Bigger In Texas.” I was pretty set on

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Keywords: 3-D nail art   Amanda Lenher   motivation  
Finding Motivation and Inspiration
  • March 19, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I had the pleasure of having a fellow nail tech spend the past weekend with me and most of our time was spent working on our entries for 3-D and Fantasy Nail Art. It was a

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Keywords: motivation  
New Top 25 Competitors List
  • September 28, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

NAILS has revamped its Top 25 Competitors List online so that you can sort through the top 25 competitors over the last 18 years. You can see the list here, and track how competitors have done

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Keywords: motivation  
Going Going, Back Back to Nor Cal
  • August 23, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m just so excited about going back to my home, Northern California, for the NailPro Sacramento show on October 2nd. I’m from San Francisco, and you can bet I’ll be hitting up the City while I’m

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Keywords: motivation  
Meditation Mandalas for Competitive Manicurists?
  • December 15, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “circle” and it is usually a drawing or painting used for meditation practices and it has spiritual and ritual significance in several religions. I’m not trying to get all

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Keywords: motivation  
Are There Any Other Competitors Who Want to Blog?
  • December 6, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Some of you may already know that I’m giving up my post as “The Competition Insider” at the end of the year. It’s really been great to have this place here where I can share my

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Keywords: motivation  
Competitive Spirit
  • October 14, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Wiki says that as we humans evolve, the competitive spirit becomes less innate and more a learned behavior — meaning that when we were still forced to chase after our food, competition was something that came

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Keywords: motivation  
NailPro Cup Championship
  • October 8, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The Nailpro Cup in Sacramento is the final competition of the year for me. And a welcome sight I might add. I’m currently 30 points ahead on total year scores, and no one can catch me.

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Keywords: motivation  
Moons
  • September 30, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The last competition in the Cup Championship series is coming up in Sacramento. And as always, I’ve started practicing again. There are three different comps: Salon Success, Sculptured Nails, and Flat Painted Nail Art (tattoo themed).

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Keywords: motivation   pink-and-whites   state licensing  
Jen
  • September 7, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Ah. She’s priceless. Completely dependable. I’ve never once had to worry about her showing up on time. She has done every single thing I’ve asked her to do. On competition days, this one is even awake

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Keywords: motivation  
Nail Talk Radio Recap
  • August 26, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I spent an hour on the internet radio program Nail Talk Radio hosted by Athena Elliott and co-hosted by Dahlia McCutchen and can I just say that it was a blast! Not only did we have listeners online,

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Keywords: mixed-media nail art   motivation  
Commit
  • July 27, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

To commit literally means: to pledge or assign to some particular course or use.  But what does that really mean for a nail competitor? Every person is different and has different desires. For me, to commit to

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Keywords: motivation  
Where Has All the $$$ Gone?
  • July 21, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I saw a post on Facebook recently from Hannah saying that NAILS Magazine was having a brainstorming session for new topics for the next year and asked all their Facebook friends for their input.  I started

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Keywords: motivation  
Check Out These Scores
  • July 1, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

With Premier behind us and Sacramento still a few months away, now is the perfect time to take a step back and re-evaluate goals. If you’e anything like me, your goals are always evolving and that

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Keywords: motivation   tradeshows  
Where Are All Those Competitors?
  • June 24, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

You know, people say to me all the time, “I want to compete, but...” And the excuses are endless — time, family, money, etc. But I think the one excuse that irks me the most is,

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Keywords: motivation  
I ♥ Florida
  • June 4, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I love Florida. Every year I threaten to not come back. This time I just might stay! (No, not really. But I like to think that, hehe.) By the time you read this I will be

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Keywords: motivation  
I'm Just Chillin'
  • May 17, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

With IBS Las Vegas behind me, last week’s blogs caught up on and Premiere Orlando four weeks in front of me, I'm just kind of resting right now. Hangin', vegetating, chillaxin', whatever you want to call it,

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Keywords: motivation   NAILS Top 25 List  
Spaghetti Westerns and Aliens
  • April 15, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

After an entire day of hanging out at home, watching anti-chick flicks (“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “Predator”, etc.) with my hubby, I realized all those flicks had something in common. Aside from the

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Keywords: motivation  
Inspiration
  • March 16, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

With the next competition just a few short weeks away, I find myself looking for inspiration. The art competitions are tough. Just coming up with ideas is hard. Maybe I lack vision. (Maybe I’m coming down

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Keywords: motivation   nail art  
Things You Can Do With Your Titles
  • February 26, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I was invited to participate in a fashion photography workshop two days ago. Not as a photographer or model but as a stylist — nail stylist that is.  My call time was 9 a.m., but I

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Keywords: motivation  
Finally, a U.S. Invitational Competition
  • February 16, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Our competition circuit this year has been enhanced with the addition of a U.S. championship competition, the U.S. Invitational. Personally, I always felt it should be this way — it’s the way they do it overseas.

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Keywords: international   motivation   state licensing  
My Peeps
  • February 4, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

“I’d like to first thank the academy...” You know how these fluffy acceptance speeches go. But I constantly have one rolling around in my head (and it’s just as fluffy as any other). So now coming off my

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Keywords: motivation   tradeshows  
More Practice
  • January 26, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I had my last live practice session Sunday night. My willing model gave up watching the playoffs so I could get one last practice done and be ready for next weekend — thank you Ashley, you’re

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Keywords: motivation  
The Top 25
  • January 14, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

So I get my new NAILS Mag the other day and start to casually peruse the pages, when what do my eyes befall? The current Top 25 standings. I scan the list, and know I’m not going

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Keywords: motivation   NAILS Top 25 List  
My little Gelly
  • January 12, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

 With the addition of the “Mirror Image” event and the sculptured gel nails at Sacramento, I’ve really got some gels to do this year. With this in mind, I started to think about my old gel

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Keywords: gels   motivation  
New Year's Resolutions
  • January 5, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I resolve to renew all my old resolves, and add a few that are new. I resolve to keep them as long as I can, what more can a poor girl do? Wikipedia describes resolutions as follows: “A

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