1 year & counting… [#SpaDayDiaries]

If you would’ve asked me a year ago today if I would have made it this long at The Spa, I would’ve looked at you with the deranged eyeballs of an overwhelmed fatalist. There was just so much being thrown at me, plus I was still reeling from the bad breakup I had with my college. it was an emotional flux indeed, but I knew I had no choice but to begin paying my own way back to school, so I began looking for a job. with no retrograde planet in sight, the stars aligned last February during my application process, and the 19th of this minuscule month in the year 2013 happened to be my first day of training. 365 days later, I’m still here.

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I’m still here, yes, but I’m not the same. I’ve grown and I’ve gone so many places. To have taken this opportunity and endured the highs and lows has been more rewarding than I ever anticipated. Profound is the effect The Spa has had on my life. I’ve learned how to heal, as well as how to sell. I’ve developed patience, and a good dose of urgency. I’ve been shown the benefits of detachment, while at the same time becoming a family unit with my coworkers and clients. They have given me the opportunity to express myself as Swami, not just as Nick who answers the phones and books appointments, as evidenced by the fact that I was booked to host 5 Stars & Symbols Spa Parties.

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Although our prices are relatively affordable compared to the more expensive casinos, The Spa ignited my ever-increasing indulgence in the more luxurious side of life and I have realized that it’s okay to treat myself, a lesson that is still reinforced by my second job selling high-end suits at Hugo Boss. I look at everything as an investment, and if I don’t invest in myself, who else will? I have never felt so valuable in my life.

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(some of my coworkers and i at ashley and stefanie’s baby shower last sunday)

How much longer I will be at The Spa I cannot say. All I know is I appreciate my stay and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Some days have been horrible, but most have been great. It’s amazing the difference a day makes, but a year is most definitely worth the wait. Thank you Hand & Stone.

taurus full moon: magick, manifest [#StarsAndSymbols]

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the hostess (Kate? Katie?) at Amada, Atlantic City’s very own Spanish tapas restaurant, located in the Revel. I was on getting change for $100 for my manager at my new job before we closed and she was the first face I saw in a sea of slot machines. The plan was to eat here for my birthday back in October, but I was ensconced in the icy inertia of a black hole, the abyss of which I am finally crawling my way out.

“I want to be everything,” I replied, excited to be on the receiving end of such a question.

Tomorrow will make a week since I started my second job at Hugo Boss, also located in the Revel. I reduced my hours at The Spa to accommodate my new full-time schedule, but I plan to balance both. For the first time since high school I am waking up before 9 AM nearly every day to work opening shifts at one job (and subsequently enduring the duration of the day to close at the other), which I never thought would happen. My life as I know it is totally shifting, forcing me to let go of ALL that has been slowing me down. Getting used to my new lifestyle is quite a rush, filling me with a sense of exhilaration that I have not felt since I left New York. As I adjust I frequently find myself in a dream-like state where almost anything is possible. [Maybe it’s my restless Mars in Gemini, but…] I am actually happy to be doubly employed.

Both jobs are at completely different ends of the spectrum. One is geared toward dressing people up with expensive suits and other high-end fashions to look good on the outside, whereas the other focuses on the inner healing power of the therapeutic arts. I work with all guys who only sell menswear at one job, as opposed to the other where I work with all females at the front desk in order to maintain the soft, tranquil ambiance of a massage & facial spa. Don’t even get me started on how I am subjected to chair-withdrawal when I leave the seated pleasure of job #1 to go stand all day at job #2.  The only similarity that comes to mind is that they are both sales-driven. Of course the more I sell, the more I get to help people (albeit in vastly dichotomous ways), and the more money I generate for the business and for myself.

This time last year I worked a week straight for the first time thanks(?) to Hurricane Sandy which left my coworkers stranded in Staten Island, not to mention the convenience of living in the same high-rise building as my work-study job. I was also blessed with a decent refund check that enabled me to do some overdue shopping and lasted me the rest of the semester. Simply put, it seems almost too easy to materialize my desires when working with the energy during this time of year, like magick manifest. If you have the urge to complicate things, don’t. Let it be. If it feels real, it is.

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The Full Moon in Taurus seems to reveal all the different ways we can accumulate or even attract valuable resources, whether they are our own or other people’s. Remember, full moons are always in opposition to the sun, and the sun is now in the mysteriously magnetic sign of Scorpio, ruler of all passions secret and unseen. Whatever prize we covet during Scorpio Season, especially if you have an abundance of Scorpionic energy in your natal chart like I do, seem to materialize with surprising ease. It’s like all the slow & steady work we’ve been doing for the past six months [since the sun was in Taurus] has snuck up on us to give us a pat on the back, a gourmet snack, and the realization of our creative potential. What makes it even better is that the rewards we are reaping are very well-deserved, the result of sharing our talents and bringing out the best in other people. The illumination of this Full Moon makes it clear for us to see what we’re really worth. Continue reading

stars & symbols spa party [#SpaDayDiaries]

I mentioned in a previous Spa Day Diary that I was asked by the owner of the spa to host our next monthly Spa Party. Just about as soon as I was hired, I began to learn everyone’s signs and share as much astrological info as they would allow, which was appreciated by many of them. Looks like astrology is paying off, literally and figuratively.

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All signs are pointing to the #StarsAndSymbols Spa Party! This is the beginning of something major. It’s only up from here for Shady Sun.

8: what goes around… [#StarsAndSymbols]

As of today, I have reached (and exceeded), my sales goal of the month! I have sold over 30 memberships, which means I achieved my 4th bonus. On top of that, I won bingo (which is determined by the amount memberships/products sold and services upgraded), so I double my bonus. This month at The Spa has taught me that I reap what I sow and anything is possible if I set the intention, envision the goal, and put forth the effort to attain it.

It makes perfect sense that I would finally surpass my goals today. The date is July 30, 2013 or 8/20/2013. If you add the digits [8+3+0+2+0+1+3], what do you get? 8! Once we take the time to literally look at this number, the symbolism becomes clear. 8 is very similar to, if the not the same as, the infinity symbol. In general, circles represent never-ending cycles. Since 8 is a looped circle, it signifies karma, showing us that what goes around comes around. 8 reminds us that we get back exactly what we give, which is why a lot of numerologists regard 8 as the number of success. While 8 has has the potential to be the most powerful of all the numbers, it can just as easily sink amongst the lowest of the low. We are forced to take responsibility for our own destinies when vibrating at the frequency of 8. Ultimately, the choice is ours.

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spa associate: skills, sales, & successes [spa day diaries]

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Spa Associate: Skills, Sales, & Successes [Spa Day Diaries]

As a Spa Associate, I am learning and growing on a daily basis thanks to some amazing educators and awesome experiences. Striving to be the best as I work the front desk is preparing me for the rest of my life. I am laying the foundation for my future by conjoining my newly developed sense of business with my charming creativity.

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the art of healing [spa day diaries]

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THE ART OF HEALING [SPA DAY DIARIES]

Everyone should experience the power of therapy. The Spa has allowed me to do so on a daily basis. My job is the beautiful beginning of my life as a natural healer, and I am ready for the journey, wherever it will lead me.

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a “relaxing” spa day: mercury retrograde [astroloco]

Mercury went retrograde last week, but I didn’t feel it until today. Mercury, for those who don’t remember, Mercury rules communication, cognition, and commerce. Signals that we receive from our immediate environment as we talk and travel and make transactions are ruled by Mercury, as well as technology and media. Basically, Mercury is the transmission of messages.

When a planet retrogrades, those messages don’t transmit as easily as usual. Astronomically, the planet in question appears to slow down and start moving backward in its orbit. Planets don’t actually go backward, but the optical illusion is tremendously symbolic. A retrograde is a period of review. Since the energy is expressed inwardly instead of outwardly, external events may not go as planned. Mercury retrograde is especially chaotic, as reasoning becomes a challenge, and our rational minds seem to cause us more problems than a broken computer.

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employee massage day [spa day diaries]

EMPLOYEE MASSAGE DAY [SPA DAY DIARIES]

Free massages for me and my coworkers makes for a very happy spa. I received the first massage of my life. The verdict? EveryBODY should be touched every now and then!

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