When Beauty & Wellness Come Together: Melissa Brisbane In The Spotlight
When I first met Melissa, she was 3 hours ahead of me and a bright smile on my computer screen. At the time, we were both participating in the fantastic B.E.M.A.G.I.C virtual workshop hosted by the Mind Magic Coach Shara Prophet, C., HT. Despite our evening courses and Melissa being 3 hours ahead, she just oozed good vibes.
As the owner of Eighth House Wisdom, Melissa is an Astrologer and Life Coach. In this space, she helps women utilize their birth chart, along with intuition and desire to design a life that looks and feels good mind, body, and soul. She is also a co-owner of Sacred Lox Hair Boutique, a premier supplier of Virgin Hair Extensions & Wigs nationwide. And the resident Licensed Psychotherapist for the Salon Talk DMV podcast.
Check out how this siSTAR is building an empire that is a true reflection of who she is.
Tell us a little about what you do?
At Eighth House Wisdom, I help women get and use their birth chart, along with intuition and desire to design a life that looks and feels good mind, body, and soul. I am the resident psychotherapist on the podcast Salon Talk DMV which I co-produce as an owner of Sacred Lox Hair Boutique, a premier supplier of Virgin Hair Extensions & Wigs nationwide.
"I have found that many people turn to the beauty industry to address their outer appearance as a way of coping with what may be going on internally."
What influenced your decision to create a business that encompasses beauty AND healing?
I have always loved counseling and hair! I've done both since I was a kid. While studying in college, I put money in my pocket as the "dorm room stylist". I did sew-ins, natural hairstyles, and cornrows for men. I have found that many people turn to the beauty industry to address their outer appearance as a way of coping with what may be going on internally. Like the old adage - "look good, feel good". I have also found that for some black women, meeting a therapist/coach in a salon environment helps them more readily engage the idea of therapy and, thus, the therapeutic process. In the world of black hair, salons are often where you get your "therapy"! The place where we get our head done has always been where we feel the most seen and heard.
How do you find balance and harmony in running your businesses?
As the resident psychotherapist in the salon that houses my hair boutique, the salon provides a natural stream of clients interested in doing personal development work. So the infrastructure is already set.
I have also employed two saleswomen to operate the boutique. This allows me to work on the operational functions of my business from anywhere. Their support also allows me to block off time for client calls and consultations. My astrology practice and metaphysical shop are both online businesses. I split my week in half. Two days at my practice, Two days at the boutique and one administrative day to manage all of my entities. After reading "The 4 Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferris, I've really thought about how to automate as many functions as possible.
What inspired you to launch your businesses?
I come from a long line of female entrepreneurs and healers. My grandmother and mother are both healers and business owners. Years of working with HMO's and in public service provided me with tons of experience and also fueled my desire to become an independent entity.
Did you dive into entrepreneurship or gradually build? Briefly describe.
It's been a slow build since 2014 when I first created my website and conceived of my practice. It took almost 2 years for me to develop the confidence to market myself.
After moving into administration in my former career, I thought I "had arrived," but it didn't feel great. My work-life balance was off, and I was always sick from stress. So I leveled with myself. The growing sense of discontent forced me to take action. So in 2017, I developed a 2-year phase-out plan that would allow me to focus on growing my businesses full-time. July 2019 marks my official transition into entrepreneurship full-time! So I guess you can say the build has been gradual and steady.
Sometimes new business owners believe that to achieve success, their brand identity cant change. What are your thoughts on brand reinvention? Any tips?
I have recently completed a brand reinvention at my hair boutique. The black beauty space is changing, and it's essential to be knowledgeable about trends. However, it is also vital that entrepreneurs set their own intentions when up-leveling or shifting your brand because business is an exchange of energy. It was essential to really be strategic, so our company made the decision to work with a beauty branding specialist Rasheeah Burrell of @bbbeuniversity.
"I see my two businesses like a Venn Diagram. They have distinct functions that are mutually exclusive, but there are also points of intersection."
What are 1-2 mindset hurdle(s) that you have had to shift to grow your heart-driven business?
It has all been about "enoughness," being perceived as "weird," fear, and doubt. Fear and doubt kept my fully completed website from being published for 2 years. Although I am a licensed psychotherapist, trained coach, and astrologer, I often felt like an imposter. I found that working with my own coach and using hypnosis helped me push past my self-imposed barriers.
I've been working with the affirmation "I Am The Expert" to ground myself in my gifts and purpose.
What sets your business apart from the others?
My practice focuses on astrology and using it as a tool for self-discovery from reports, to consultations and integrating it into coaching work. I am passionate about helping women of color unlock their potential with a blend of ancient arts & science. As well as current brain research.
Has spirituality played a role in helping you achieve success? How?
I am a deeply spiritual person who works with the Universal Laws in all areas of my life. Being in business has been a time of great temperance as it really forced me to persevere, have faith, and really practice what I preach!
Does your vision of a successful business empire include these worlds as one or distinct?
I see my two businesses like a Venn Diagram. They have distinct functions that are mutually exclusive, but there are also points of intersection. As of now, I feel like my podcast allows me to clearly link my two worlds as the Resident Therapist in a black hair care salon. I define success as a blend of these spaces that positions me as a hybrid of Louise Hay and Madame CJ Walker by the end of this decade!
Any other tips or advice?
Life does come with an instruction manual, and it's written in the stars - Your Stellar Birthright!
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