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More Face to Face: Bonnie Waters' Interview Transcripts

Posted: February 26, 2009, from the March 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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At the age of seven, someone asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up and she said “I want to do what my mom does.” As the years go by, the answer is the same. At the age of 16, we brought her down and she worked last summer with us. She’s going to get her business degree and would fit into the spa world comfortably. She won’t know until she does the college courses. I know she loves the team and coming down and spending time with them.

I should have known it was for me because I had a clue that I liked the business side of it. I loved to play office, I loved to play accounting, they say that when we are close to our dharma in life, it comes effortlessly and we can lose ourselves in it. I’ve been blessed to find my dharma and I love the people the industry so much. I‘ve never not wanted to come to work. I feel very fortunate in that, I have a 14-year-old son, too, and I hope that both my children find their love and that they feel great about it.

Do you have any advice for other spa professionals?

Someone told me years ago so it permeates its truth: It’s not what you know or who you know or the education or money you have, it’s the ability to persevere when things are tough. It’s having a clear idea of who you want to be and focusing on that and staying true to that. One of the best things anyone can do for themselves in life is do some personal work, like reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” from Steven Covey. It’s not sexy, but is so powerful to help me focus in on what is important to me and base and prioritize my life accordingly and review that yearly. Getting involved in a networking group of likeminded people, network with people in the same industry because you can learn so much from each other. Get together quarterly; I’ve been doing that for six years (one for spa and one for salon), but I love that and it’s been such a great way to create comradere and talk about real issues. And when things are really tough, it just helps to know you’re not alone and what you’re facing isn’t impossible and finding mentors and I feel blessed along the way.