I’m A Salon Owner?! | Life Update

Hey guys!

As you can tell from the title of today’s post, I have exciting news to share. I have recently taken on the challenge of business owner of my own salon! As you guys know, I am a licensed nail technician and I have dreamed of having my own space for years. I have finally made that dream a reality this week. I have been moving into my new nail suite and decorating all week to make it perfect. My nail salon is a cozy, single room suite where I provide natural nail services. I have always been a fan of perfecting the natural nails’ beauty, so I offer luxury manicure and pedicure services to do just that! You guys will definitely get to follow along with me through this journey as a new business owner!

I will finally have the opportunity to share my actual services with you all as I do them on clients. I plan on sharing my services, tutorials, and a suite tour of course! I want to thank you all so much for the kind words and support over my blogging journey. I am so excited to let you guys in on the behind-the-scenes adventures I get into. I would love to hear what topics you guys would like to read about on my blog. If there are any topics you’d like advice on, or tips and tutorials for specific services, just let me know!

I also wanted to say a quick thank you to all of my subscribers and readers. We are about to hit 5,000 here on my blog!! It is blowing my mind to have so many of you guys that took the time to follow my blog and interact with me. Thank you all so much for reading and your continued support. I hope your day is awesome; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

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Life Updates | Teaching A Class??

Hi loves!
Today I wanted to share some of what’s been going on in my life lately. I have tons to update you guys on, so let’s get started!

First off, I want to thank you guys who have been so supportive of myself and my endeavors. My YouTube channel and blog following have really started to gain momentum, and it’s all thanks to you guys. Every time you guys like, share, or leave a sweet comment, you’re helping my content reach even more people out there that share our same interests. This is amazing because I’m able to create even more articles and videos for you guys, and teach along the way. With that being said, let’s jump into the next piece of big news..
…I’m creating my own online class!! I am working on Udemy to create an online course to teach nail techs and aspiring nail artists how to build a mobile nail business from scratch! I’ve had so many emails, comments, and requests from my readers and viewers wanting to know more about my mobile business. Because of this, I decided to put together a class that covers every aspect of a mobile nail business. For those who take my class, I will be teaching how to gain clients on the road, collaborations and marketing, tailoring your services for travel, and SO much more! I am 80% finished with the course and I will be sharing with you guys the day it launches. This is such an exciting opportunity for me to share my tips and knowledge on a deeper level than I could ever share on this blog or YouTube. There will be a mix of videos, articles, and quizzes/fun assignments to help the nail lovers out there become successful entrepreneurs in the beauty industry. I hope some of you guys are just as excited as I am! I can’t wait to launch!
Thank you guys so much for your continued support and kind words. There are so many of you whom have felt like friends from the beginning of my blogging journey. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to teach you guys and continue doing what I love. Thanks so much for reading! I hope your day is amazing; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

Time To Get Real | Sharing My Struggle

Hey guys!

I wanted to share this super personal post today as a therapeutic process for myself. I also want to share because I know there are so many people out there who can relate to my story. This story talks mainly about my struggle as a small business owner, entrepreneur, and a 23 year old trying to get on her own feet. You may have gone through some of the same things, or are even going through it now. Whether your difficulties may be financial, career, or family related, there is always a light at the end. These “low” moments in our life are nothing to be ashamed of and they often allow us to find what we really want out of ourselves, other people, and our lives in general. At 23 years old, this story I’m sharing today has to be the lowest point in my life. I am and always have been an extremely positive person no matter what happened in my life, and this period really tested that.

This period began in May of 2015 when my boyfriend and I had to move out of our home. To give you some perspective, we are an entrepreneurial couple who expected to have some financial struggle while reaching our goals and dreams. Derek had began his handmade business AllOut Adventure Supply and that had become our main source of income as a couple. We both worked on this small business daily and I had nail jobs randomly as well. We were “getting by” on what we were making until my nail jobs ran dry and Derek had began struggling with severe anxiety and depression. The emotional state took a toll on the business and we were no longer able to keep it going. We were renting a large house at the time and were no longer able to afford our rent and bills. My mom had extra space and welcomed us to move in with her until we could get ourselves together. This moment alone, was a huge blow to us for obvious reasons as 20 somethings. We were still trying to keep the business alive at the time, so we moved our equipment into the only space we had, which was Derek’s mom’s basement. We both tried our hardest to keep that dream alive at the time, but it fell through.

Throughout the next 6 months (much longer than I’d planned), we bounced from my family’s to his family’s homes. In this time, my car messed up and we had no means of getting it fixed. So we made the decision to sell it and pocket the money towards moving out again. I also worked nonstop online and was able to gather blogging and social media marketing clients. This was a huge blessing because I was able to work from home and gather a (small) steady income. The impact of not having our own vehicle was another blow to our morale. I wasn’t able to keep up the little relationships I did have with friends. I wasn’t able to travel to them because of no car, couldn’t go out because of no money, and I was falling into a slight depression myself, which I had NEVER experienced before. Besides my mom, I felt that I had no help and no one to turn to to vent about my situation. I had let one of my long time friends in on my situation somewhat, but she was concerned with her own situation to realize my struggle.

Because of our erratic home situation, Derek especially never felt like he belonged anywhere. Not having our own home, or own space to be alone was hurting his depression even more so. He also had physical ailments that prevent him from working “typical” jobs, so working at a mill or fast food joint to “get by” wasn’t an option for him. We were broke, and couldn’t afford our own groceries most of the time. This resulted in both of us losing a lot of weight. This was alarming because if you know us personally, you know that we are both naturally very skinny. We both struggled with our clothes not fitting us anymore, and having to wear belts with everything to hold our pants up. It was a terrible time for us both, but I tried to be the voice of optimization through it all. I kept a hopeful heart and reminded him daily that everything in life is temporary, the good and the bad times.

This period lasted until December 2015 when I had saved almost $1,000 to move out and supplement income until I found a steady job. I secured an apartment for myself and Derek and moved in despite everyone around me telling me it wasn’t a good idea. I was going nuts not being in my own home and I was craving routine again. I put SO much faith in myself and I was sure that I would find a way to make it work again. I had huge support from my mom who lent me a car to use, and I began odd jobs on top of my online work to afford my rent and bills. A huge tip I have for anyone looking for another (small) stream of income is research remote jobs often. I STAYED online looking for work and was able to secure a job with a company as a blogger (paid per post published), a client whom I did social media and content marketing for (paid weekly), and micro jobs online which paid weekly.

Once I realized that I could make a living from home, I swore to myself that I would never let myself fall into such a bad situation again. I have been in my new apartment for 4 months now and I am in a better position every day. I still haven’t bought my own car, nor am I in the position I want to be yet, but I am progressing each day. I have great health, an amazing and loving family, and super supportive mom, the man I love, intelligence to work for myself, and all of my amazing blog supporters online. I am very grateful for all that I have and I’m grateful that I went through that point in my life. Yes, I am grateful for it. Those months allowed me to get a reality check about entrepreneurial life. It made me realize that I wasn’t working hard enough on my hustle. I wasn’t putting enough time and attention on working for myself, and it never would have been successful at the rate I was going. Once I fell to the “bottom”, I was able to get perspective and kick my butt in gear!

I hope you gained some inspiration of some kind from reading my personal experience. As a young 20 something, I know I’m not alone in the struggle. Sure, there are numerous young adults who haven’t experienced this because they chose different routes. They’ve chosen blue collar work, 9 to 5 jobs, and secure careers. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with those choices, but I chose to work for myself and this is my story. I know that this period in my life will be a great story to tell one day, once I’ve reached my great level of success. It’s only up from here!

Thank you guys so much for reading. I would love to hear your stories or give you any advice you might need. Feel free to shoot me an email if you’d like to chat further! I hope your day is amazing; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

I Need Your Help!

Hey guys!

As you may have seen on my blog a couple posts back, my boyfriend and I’s small business AllOut Adventure Supply has been chosen by Martha Stewart and a panel of judges as a 2015 American Made Finalist!! He and I are over the moon excited about this small project he started as a labor of love, getting national recognition! This company and brand is Derek’s passion and something we put our utmost time and attention to every day. It is a lifestyle brand that aims to motivate and inspire. We offer handmade canvas and leather accessories that go perfectly with your daily adventures. This nomination is a huge blessing as it could give our small business the exposure and capital it so desperately needs.

With that being said, we need your help! This last portion of the competition is fan voted, meaning we need the most votes to attend the award show in New York City this month. Voting is SUPER easy and takes less than a minute. If you have an email address then you can enter 6 times a day! Simply follow this link, click vote under Derek’s name, and it will ask you to put in an email and password to submit your votes. That’s it! You can even bookmark that page so you can return every day and use your 6 votes. Voting ends October the 19th and the winner is chosen the following week.

Martha Stewart American Made

Thank you all so much for your continued support. If you have any questions about AllOut Adventure Supply or the Martha Stewart competition, please feel free to ask. I hope your day is fabulous; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Voting Here: Martha Stewart American Made

Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

Entrepreneur Spotlight | AllOut Adventure Supply

Hey guys!

AllOut Adventure Supply

For today’s post, I wanted to spotlight an emerging brand who I’ve grown quite fond of… AllOut Adventure Supply Co. is owned and operated by my boyfriend Derek! I may be a little biased, but he is one of the most inspirational humans I have ever came across. He has been through more personal tragedies and hardships than most people know in their lifetime and he still shines every day. He is a young entrepreneur who wants to follow his dreams. For those reasons, I wanted to share his story with you all!

So what is AllOut Adventure Supply? This is your spot for quality, hand-crafted, and locally sourced accessories for your everyday adventures! You’ll find wallets, totes, key chains, passport holders, and more, all handmade by one man! Derek has grown his hobby of hand-crafting leather and canvas goods into a full time business. At 25 years old, he has taken the leap to put all his resources and energy into this start up venture and I am supporting him every step of the way! I feel that there is a lack of strong willed people out there who truly know how to take charge of their life. It’s so inspiring to see this happen after what he’s been through and I am beyond proud of him!

I know you all would love his products and could only gain from knowing his story. I welcome you all to head over to his website and have a look around. Here you can read even more about Derek’s personal story, shop his products, and hopefully gain some Monday motivation of your own! Here’s a peak:

AllOut Adventure Supply

AllOut Adventure Supply

AllOut Adventure Supply Co

Thank you all so much for reading! You guys have always been amazingly supportive of me and I’m thrilled to highlight even more people pursuing their dreams. Feel free to follow Derek’s social media sites below for daily motivational posts and behind the scenes photos of new products! Love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Connect with Derek:

Blog: All Out Adventure Supply

Instagram: @ao_adventuresupply

Twitter: @live_allout

Blog Anniversary! | New Business Venture

Happy Blog Anniversary to me!

Yesterday, May 5th, marked my one year anniversary of beginning my blogging journey! My very first post, “Aspiring to Inspire“, makes me realize that I have followed my dreams this entire year. I began this journey to reach many more people that share my passion and teach along the way. I really feel that I have done my best to “grow my little empire” so far in my career! I am also BEYOND thankful for all the 2,200+ followers that have decided to join me so far. You all have been so amazing and encouraging to me and make me LOVE the blogging community. The beauty community especially has made me love what I do. Getting to hear your stories and feedback is what keeps me writing and posting. So a huge thank you once again!! :)
Call it perfect timing, but I wanted to share a huge update with you guys! I enjoy these heart to heart sessions we have so I wanted to let you in on my current thought process!

As you may know from my post last month, I have recently began working as a booth renter in a new salon. There have been a few bumps in the road so far, but nothing more than expected and I’m still very much enjoying most aspects of it! However, earlier this week I had a realization. I discovered that I am still not driving my dream in the right direction and that is what has been keeping me feeling in limbo. I understand in any business there will be times of uncertainty when starting your career or making a huge change to something new. Specifically for me in the beauty industry, I feel the need to be free… That’s the best way I can explain it.

By free I mean working for myself completely. I am most comfortable being in control of my own destiny, my own success, and my own failures. The “booth renter” aspect is almost as close as you can get to being free in this way. However, after working this way in two different salons, I know there will always be someone able to throw a curve ball (that’s a nice way of describing it), and alter the way I do my own business. I realized there is another option out there… After much thought, I decided to take the plunge and create my own business entirely! I will be doing two things I love: creating fabulous nails and traveling! I am extending my Polished by Amy brand into a traveling “on location” nail business!
This has always been something I’ve dreamed to do because of the convienience for myself and clients! This also allows me to work on dream locations such as fashion shows and photoshoots in the future. As for now, I am beginning the journey of starting up my business locally. I am taking care of all paperwork this week to make it official! I also know there will be plenty of doubt and skepticism from others, but that’s never stopped me before! I am always true to myself and follow my gut. That’s one thing I can always preach with much certainty that you should always go after your dreams, big or small, no matter what’s standing in between. The time will pass anyway…so start today! :)

Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by and read! I love getting to update you all and getting your feedback and stories from your own experiences. If you had a similar situation, or one just about going after a dream, I’d LOVE to hear it! Have an amazing day beauties! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy