Oct 19, 2021

Turning Arrows into Flowers

Turning Arrows into Flowers

Greetings Moms! Time for another one of Risa’s Rants and this one is going kind of deep so stay with me please. 😊

In the past, I have spoken about Buddha and those pesky arrows. The story goes that on the night he was to attain enlightenment, he sat under a tree. As he sat there, he was attacked by the forces of Mara and they shot swords and arrows at him, but their weapons turned to flowers.  

Lately, I’ve been feeling like a bit of a target for those swords and arrows and I’m desperately trying to turn them into flowers.  You know those times in your life when you are just bone-tired?  As women, we don’t usually take the time for self-care but I’m really learning just how important that is.  As a mother, when our tanks are empty, we are just no good to anyone, right?

So, I have been quietly taking time for myself and with the help of friends and my amazing staff here at work those pesky swords and arrows are transforming. The arrows are turning to flowers as I learn to grow and learn to pivot. I am learning to breathe into the fear of change instead of running from it.  It sounds simple but true growth comes from accepting what you can’t change, brushing yourself off and changing direction. 

I will also rely on those I care about to help me when I need them.  Sometimes, we seek out support and sometimes people don’t even realize how they help just by being there. I learned this lesson just this week as we had our first annual Fairy Tales/TBH Kids off-site meeting.  Our staff is just so special.  Everyone is smart, kind and so dedicated to growing our business.  It’s a really special group and I wanted to celebrate them. Also, we are all vaxxed and ready to enjoy life again! We rented a party bus and stayed overnight in NYC.  We had cocktails (too many), we laughed (we are sore), we karaoked (we are hoarse) and we talked and talked around a table about, you guessed it – the journey and the importance of the pivot. We have put amazing plans in place and I am feeling revitalized and ready to create and lead! Get ready for new products, SMS texting, subscription services and so much more.

Thank you to my team for helping me see that those arrows and swords were just an opportunity to learn – it just all depended on how I chose to perceive it. 

Let’s share! Would love to know a time when you turned those arrows into flowers.  Email me at risa@fairytaleshaircare.com

Onward and upward!



Risa Barash,
Founder & Owner of the entire Fairy Tales Hair Care Family