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

Hi Jamie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Ten years ago I was a hardcore proponent of that rise and grind life.

Now?

I’m still committed to “the grind” in the sense that I believe we’re all responsible for our success and trajectory, but now I’m equally committed to my time away from my professional life and setting. It’s so important to take that moment to breathe and recharge. I’m a better partner, mom, dog mom, friend, and human when I set and maintain boundaries between work/home.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
No career path is without challenges. I’ve focused less on the challenges I’ve faced and more on the growth they’ve forced.

I want people to feel good leaving my chair, but more importantly I want them to be excited about coming into the salon to see me. I think that the last 12-18 months has left a lot of us stretched to the max, spread too thin, and overwhelmed with the constant everythingness of it all. I want my space and our time to be an oasis from those demands.

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?
A Rangers game is the first thing.

Fort Worth has a beautiful cultural district, amazing food, and the breweries are on point, so there’s no shortage of options. That said, itineraries give me anxiety and even thinking about this question makes me want to close my laptop. I thrive in finding adventure not planning it. We might end up in a dive bar. We might end up at Bass Hall. We might end up taking the top off my jeep and going to Austin.

Some of the best part of the adventuring is the company on the trip. The setting is just ambiance.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh man…I’ve been fortunate and I’m so grateful for the support and love my family has given me over the years.

My dad’s work ethic and willingness to do whatever needed doing to take care of his family.

My mom’s superhero efforts to wrangle my siblings and me, get her degree, and hold it all together just awes me as I get older.

My siblings are all huge cheerleaders for the work I’ve done and am doing. They ask questions and offer advice as I need it, refer friends who live in the area, and keep me from going too far unchecked.

My husband is my best teammate. Our careers have sometimes left us high fiving in the hallway while we switch positions so one is working and the other is working at home, but we’ve always been working together. I’m grateful for his energy and steadfast love and support,

Katey Laudermilk (owner of Campana Rosa in Olympia, WA) is one of the women I celebrate every chance I get. She modeled such smart, considered decision making and is a truly generous, wonderful friend. Katey, Sydney (Rebel Hair Company), & Mariah Cloke (Mariah Cloke Hair) were all part of the team at Dollhouse Salon in Lacey and they all three inspire me to continue to be creative and elevate.

Falisha McCloud, owner of Arch Brow Studio, Arch Salon Spa, & Arch Academy, is another woman whose business vision and intuition just keeps inspiring me.

Here in Texas, Ben & Justin Hudgins, owners of Novak Hair Studios, are the guys I’m currently watching and learning from because of their approach to collaboration, sustainability, innovation, and honestly, the vibe they’ve created at Novak.

One of my best friends, Elise Pimentel, keeps showing me what resiliency, love, and creativity looks like. She’s immensely talented and her creative process teaches me, even when she doesn’t realize it. Paula Diamond (Diamond Tattoo Parlour), her mentor, is another incredibly strong, intelligent, savvy woman whose energy boosts mine.

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