Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Salon...

Tonight, I got my first ever Turkish coffee reading. I didn't even know there was such a thing as Turkish coffee readings. But, when I scheduled my appointment at Balboa Salon I soon learned that there was a lady there that would read your fortune through coffee. Right after they blow dry your hair.

I've had my fortune read several times. Once by a 12 year old girl at River Market in Kansas City. Once by a lady in the French Quarter. And several times by friends who've read tarot cards for me. Oh, and once by a lady here in San Diego who read my aura and promptly told me that I was 'yellow' which means bright and full of energy and happiness. And all of those psychics told me I was psychic too so there you go.

But back to the coffee. Balboa Salon had their Grand Opening tonight and I got a fabulous haircut for $20. Fabulous as in, I've tried several different salons and stylists over the years and somehow they all love my hair, but don't know how to cut it. And after she cut my hair, it took two ladies to blow dry it. They were gesturing wildly while they were speaking in a language unknown to me as they were spinning me around telling me how pretty I looked. In the oddest way, they felt like family.

They had platters full of cheese and crackers, cups full of strawberries and champagne and some type of potato salad served with pita bread in the back room. And, then there was the Turkish coffee lady who was sweet, adorable and kept thanking me for being honest with her. (?)

To tell your fortune, she brews a small cup of thick-ish coffee which is pretty tasty. She spreads out some cards and speaks rapidly in a language while an interpreter tells you what she is saying. It's very fascinating. She told me a lot of things that of course left me skeptical including some tidbit about how I will be doing a dance that will be very meaningful in January or February of next year.

But she did say that I don't have to follow money, it will always follow me (let's hope!), I will travel overseas and find great happiness and success there (I've been told that by every fortune teller I've ever been to) and that sometime in the near future I will see an owl and become very much involved with learning about them (uh, doubt it). Oh, and she says I am in sync with the moon which brings me good luck which I will tell you about at another time because that actually resonated with me. And she talked about having cats in her readings, which always a bad sign. Mine was the first time it's been seen as good and she got goosebumps. Again, this makes me laugh because I am not a fan of cats but they are of me. One in particular who follows me to my door often.

Imagine being told all of this rapid fire in a language you don't understand while she stares at the bottom of your coffee cup and into the "design" it's left behind and simultaneously continues to shuffle her cards spreading them out to decipher them. She wasn't the slow, thoughtful fortune teller type. She had a lot to say and wanted to make sure I heard it. Even if you don't believe in psychics, it's nice to hear there are good things in your future. Call it good juju or positive thinking of a peek into the brilliant future that is to come.

Or, be a grouchy cynic and think your life sucks and the world is corrupt. You know, whatever.

I won't tell you the rest of what she said, but I believe her. Because I want to. Who doesn't want to hear about being rich and successful and finding love? I don't listen to psychics because I want them to see into my future. I want them to confirm the things I already know and they usually do.

So it's no coincidence my fortune cookie had a positive message for me as well. Believe what you will. Maybe you think the world is ending. Or, that psychics are phonies. Or, that there is no such thing as mind over matter.

Maybe you'd rather just have your hair cut and not speak a word or not take things to mean more than what they do. That's completely fine too. But please tell me you believe. In something. Anything. If for no other reason then that it's fun.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

How 30 Feels

Well, since my last blog post, I've turned the big 3-0. And to be honest, I don't know what everyone worries about. I didn't have a breakdown about where I thought I should be which I guess to most means settled down, married with kids. Honestly, I was happy to say good-bye to my 20's as much as I loved them. I felt my 20's were full of too many questions and not enough answers. I felt like I was hanging on to things that I shouldn't have been and questioned myself when I should've just gone with my gut.

My actual birthday was an amazing day. I went paragliding for the first time! It's been on my bucket list and I got the opportunity to walk off the cliffs at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, an absolutely beautiful area. As I was floating along the coast, I saw about a dozen dolphins down below and just felt really relaxed. I was spoiled throughout the day and felt completely carefree.

The Monday following my birthday weekend I started a brand new job! And for the first time in several years, it is not with an attorney. I don't even know how I got caught up in working for attorneys in the first place but after three law firms and eight attorneys later, I hope that I am done for good.

This past year has been great in making moves in my writing career. I've been taking on more freelance opportunities and starting to understand how to turn my passion into a career and not just a side job or a hobby. My current job is as a SEO writing specialist so it incorporates writing, editing as well as web marketing and all the important SEO information that is invaluable to a lot of companies today. I also was able to score a contract gig as a part-time consultant with a beauty website and that is definitely a position that is right up my alley and I can't believe that for once I have two jobs that I actually enjoy doing! Call it the law of averages, but I hope this is the beginning of more opportunities to come.

30 feels good. It feels like the answers come more easily now. And it comes with the knowledge that some things I don't need the answer to when figuring other people out or the things that make them tick. It's been easier for me to filter out any lingering negativity in my life and it has felt like a new jumping point to the direction I want my life to go.

My 20s were awesome. I learned so much and had the best time. I pretty much did whatever I wanted. So, I feel that my 30s will be pretty much the same type of party. I just am a little bit smarter, stronger and more confident in the plans that I make. And if things don't go according to plan, I know I can handle that too.