A Beautiful Year (Ziba)

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Ziba means beautiful in Farsi.  Friends have often wondered how an Indian family speaks Farsi, and perhaps one day I can share that story. For now, I will just say that I am quite thankful for having such a diverse life.  As we enter the last day of 2013, I cannot help but look at my life, and all that has come into it. Work, as usual, was busy, but it’s the moments with my family and co-workers as well as my studios that come to mind. The connections we made with clients and vendors, as well as the new opportunities that occurred (Harrods, Sumita Beauty Products, etc) It feels amazing to send my 18 year old away to college,  and watch my very quick growing 15 year and 11 year old. I still remember holding them in my arms looking deep into my eyes, trusting me instinctively.

In much the same way, the Ziba guests and workers have done the same. I am truly grateful for what has entered into my life.  A day does not go by where I am not struck by the power of trust that you have given me. It is what gives me the strength to keep going, and not accepting being content. Just like  It is with that same gratitude that I welcome 2014.  From my family to yours :) Sumita Family

Wisdom Wednesday

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My mom and I with Artesia City CouncilDid you know we service over 1 Million Eyebrows a year at Ziba Beauty?  It seems like a such a surreal fact, but one that shows in a nutshell how far we have come.  I am often asked what it took to get to that milestone. Was it marketing?  Promotions?  Luck? Faith? I would say a little of each with a huge dash of passion, and sprinkles of love from my family. I feel blessed that I am at a place in life where I still feel like leaping out of bed, ready to face the day because it means another day that I truly love. So that’s the secret ingredient. Don’t let other’s vision of you dominate who you want to be. Find your vision. Be yourself. Work Hard.  With those 3 things in tow, not much can stand in your way.

Thoughtful Thursday

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This picture hangs right outside my office. Most days, I pass by it, conscious it’s there,

The Ziba Family

The Ziba Family

comforted by its presence. And then there are the tough days where difficult decisions or conversation needs to be had, and I look at the picture as a reminder of where we have come from. The picture keeps me grounded.  It is there to tell me that everything is going to be OK. Look where you came from.  A 400 square foot storage room that was converted into a salon with a $2000 line of credit.  But more really more important, it is the people that are in the picture that bring me the most comfort. My amazing husband, my ever loving mom, dad, sister, my brat of a brother, and my 3 beautiful children. There are all there looking at me, telling me the same. Everything is going to be OK.

We all face our own challenges, and as someone who is always reading and open to inspiration, I now see that it really is the little things that we do for ourselves that add meaning to our lives. So go ahead, find something, anything that gives you joy, comfort or strength (or preferably all 3).  Something that will remind you, you are going to be OK. I have mine, whats yours?