We had the good fortune of connecting with Mindy Bodley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mindy, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
This has always been my biggest struggle. I had become a workaholic in the pursuit of my goals. I was constantly working and 2019 was my busiest year. Then 2020 and the pandemic hit me right in the face. Being forced to close my business for two months really made me relook at my priorities. What I found is I wanted more family time. I had missed so much. So I have created more boundaries and changed my mindset and hours. This year has given me the biggest blessing of forcing me to reevaluate and slow down.
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 started my salon 2014. I wanted a place that was a fun place for women to come and feel beautiful. To be free to talk about anything their hearts desired. A no judgement zone. The vision of where and how to create that has changed over the years. I’ve learned so many lessons over the years and worked hard to perfect my craft and keep learning. I’ve learned I’m always striving to be better. Maybe slightly never satisfied with myself. I learned that I do not want a huge salon with lots of employees. What I thought I wanted just didn’t make me happy. I’m so blessed and grateful that my daughter now works with me. We are a mother daughter team. She is an amazing stylist and I love getting to spend this time with her. The mother/daughter duo is how the business will continue. What I have found is who I was in 2014 isn’t the same nor are my wants the same in 2020. So I’m excited to say I am completely rebranding (name change coming) my business and am so excited with all the changes to come.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
How fun this would be! This is a little hard since I have been home for almost a year 😂 Spa day- would take her to the Spa at the Embassy Suites. It’s one of my favorite places to go and relax and be pampered. Brewery Hop- Wiley Roots in Greeley for their amazing beer slushes. Verboten and Loveland Aleworks in Loveland. Breakfast- Urban Egg in Johnstown and Jessup Farms in Fort Collins. Both places have amazing food and delicious bloody Mary’s. Lunch- Origins in downtown Loveland for charcuterie and the vanilla Bean margarita. Suehiro in Fort Collins for delicious sushi. Dinner- The chophouse in downtown Loveland. For their scallops and railroad Drink. The black steer in downtown Loveland for surf and turf and I drink specials. Always take people to Estes Park for shopping, drinking, food, taffy and the National Park. Nights out are a must. I prefer to hop around downtown areas. Exploring all that town has to offer.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My kids were my reason. They gave me the drive to change my life after divorce. I wanted to show them it is possible to create something out of nothing. To take a completely different path and rise up. My husband has helped me and encouraged me along the way. He has created and remodeled three different salons for me. When I first started on this journey he made sure my kids got to and from school and activities so I could attend school full time. He always supports my dreams and has backed me with every change I have made along the way.