August 1st, 2008

Dress Back

Frederick's of Hollywood flunks

So my Frederick's of Hollywood order just arrived, and they have officially flunked big time with me. I won't be sending them my new address because I don't want their catalogs anymore.

1st item: the belly chain in this post:
The picture made it look like it is a rhinestone chain going all the way around. But when it arrived, only the back piece was rhinestone. The rest was a very cheap looking metal chain. As if that wasn't bad enough -- it arrived broken!

2nd item: the bra. The cups are too big. It's not rocket science people. I'm a size A. What part of make the cups small do you NOT understand? As if that wasn't bad, the size 34 fits so tight it leaves red marks on my back. I'm a size 2 for god's sake. A 34 bra should be big enough for a size 2 - if you make it correctly.

3rd item: thong to match the bra. I'm officially dubbing it the granny thong. It rides so high, that it actually covers my belly button. Who the hell wears high rise thongs!? What's sexy about having your lace thong reach half way up your back? Seriously.

You can't return thongs, but the rest of the items are going back.
Meushi Eyes


Today I realized that some one who was supposed to pay for spot in level 2 this session, never did. Nor did she ever show up. There were girls on the waiting list for that spot that would have gladly paid for it. So I'm down $200 for not staying on top of that and catching the fact that she didn't pay, so I could offer her spot to some one else who would.

That will teach me to be a better admin.
Pole Kitten arching on pole

And the increase starts...NOW

I feel like my chest is being compressed. Today is the first day that my rent (the combined rent of both my business and home) increases by $1,400 per month. That's not my total rent, that's my rent INCREASE - on top of what I'm used to paying each month. We don't move until the 29th, but we had to start paying rent today. It's more frightening than I expected it to be.

It's not that I can't pay the increase, it's that the increase means I might have to change my lifestyle. The important thing is to focus on the positive. If I let myself, I could easily think about all the vacations, cruises, sexy club clothes, dinners out, shows, gifts and more money toward retirement that I could use that $1,400 per month for. But instead, I choose to focus on how incredibly lucky I am to have had such cheap rent in the past. The cheap rent has allowed me to build my business slowly, without borrowing money. It has allowed me re-invest my profits into the business, including traveling to other states for pole dance training with some of the best instructors in the country. It has allowed me to keep the cost of classes down. It has allowed me to put in unpaid time into training new instructors so that I can build my future. It has been a tremendous blessing and my business will continue to reap the benefits of those years of dirt cheap rent, long after my new rent increase. It's quite scary, an increase that big. But I am prepared. And that's really the true definition of luck: when preparation meets opportunity. I've been working very hard and building the business and I'm prepared for this change.