We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Cleaves and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Heather, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business came from years of working within the atmosphere of other people’s visions. I began to feel that in order for me to invite people into a space and ask them to trust me, I would need to create that space from my own vision. It was an opportunity to create from my own knowing and when your movement begins there, success is a natural byproduct.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have been a hairstylist for twenty years and it’s an industry that I can remember the day I fell in love with. I didn’t fall in love for the glamour, the color, the shapes… I fell in love with the transformative process in its entirety. I have a beautiful private studio in Encinitas, CA at Sola Salon, and it is a sanctuary that I love inviting people into, with the intention that they will experience transformation not only for their hair, but what lies beneath it. Getting to where I am today has been a process of intention, manifestation, knowing, and doing. Challenges are loud and can often times navigate us in fear and misstep. One of the greatest lessons and tools that I actively continue to sharpen is: Be still and know. The answers to life, business, relationships, they are all within us, our own knowing is the greatest navigation we have, a treasure really. It’s our job to listen, then as my favorite author Glennon Doyle says, shorten the distance between the knowing and the doing. What I would love the world to know about me and my business, is that I value each and every part of our experience together, and I always promise to love and honor myself first so that I can be fully present and capable to loving every client as much as they are worthy to be loved, which is limitlessly. See everyone deserves to look in the mirror and see the most valuable person looking back at them and I encourage and lead my guests to find her.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My backyard! Haha, oh boy I have come to realize that I am a bit of a homebody and am trying to be more unapologetic about that! One thing I do really enjoy and I think is super fun, is jet skiing at Mission Bay. I also love the Self Realization Fellowship Gardens. I am in love with Italian food and supporting local businesses, so Ciao’s in Vista is by far my favorite spot. They make you feel like family and the food is a treasure.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To my mom and dad who have always encouraged me to trust my gut. To my children who remind me daily of what unconditional love feels like. To my coach Kirsten, who asks the tough questions that allow me to get intimately in touch with my inner knowing. To Glennon Doyle, for being the first author I could relate to and someone who lead me back to me. To every human that has come before me in life and bravely trusted me with your story. And lastly, to myself. You have fought through every challenge and chose to rise up and remind yourself that you are worthy of all the good things and that loving inward first, leads to the ability to love outward, I am proud of you.

Website: www.theheatherexperience.com
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