Jenny is my cross the street neighbor, and my Girl Friday. Heard the term? The definition of Girl Friday is “a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; “my invaluable assistant”; “they hired additional help to finish the work”
Jenny is a lovely friend who showed up in my life at the perfect time. I was looking for emotional and practical support to launch and grow my creative business of one (How-to Hair Girl/ShamPHree) She happened to be starting a business called girlFriday, a consulting company for businesses of one. We took each other on as friends and neighbors and “work associates” with tidbits of whiskey, yoga, and laughter. Together, we have knocked some serious shit out.
To me Jenny is an inspiration as a mother and CEO of her household, A business woman, a DIY home construction and repair-er, an empowered figure-outer of anything, a master organizer and prepairer of things, a hard working urban homesteading woman who knows how to treat and love herself at the end of the day.
If you are trying to start a business and don’t know where to begin, Please seek out Jenny McLeod at girlFriday. I promise you will not be disappointed. She has been my right hand woman for all of my ShamPHree product development ( Coming soon!!!! I promise!!) When we started, it took some convincing to get her to go ShamPHree herself…..But now look at her gorgeous hair:)
Here is her interview.
Jenny, AKA girlFriday!
1. what do you call yourself? Example……..Wilderbabe hairdresser mama, Jewelry
designer, an asshole with a sour grimace. WTF.
A new-fashioned Girl Friday.
2. If you could manifest your destiny, what would your life look like in 3 years.
A double-short latte every morning, and a cocktail most afternoons. Enough yoga
and walking to maintain my health. I’d work part-time. (About 10 hours a week,
40 weeks out of the year.) Painting, writing and letterpress projects. Game time
with kids, projects and travel with my husband, and dinners with friends. Four get-
aways with lady friends each year. And more food from the garden. A small home, a
modest, lovely life with enough money to buy books freely for gifts.
3. where do you go to get inspired to create?
Experiencing any form of excellence starts the process: a marathon runner cross
the finish line, a perfectly decorated hotel room, or hearing a scientist share a new
breakthrough, I think, “That is amazing, I want to participate in that. I need to go
home and do my work.” And then, a conversation over coffee helps me to develop
the ideas further into a form I can act on.
4. where do you get free. (at the river, in the mountains, at the beach)
I’m still working on figuring that out. I can think of two clues: A) I love being in
weather where I can’t feel the difference between the air and my skin, ie Hawaii at
80 degrees. B) A day at home, with no plans, no need to drive, and nobody needs
5. What is your go-to DIY project this year?
Building my own consulting business my way. I read books about theory, then
construct my own methods. I say it’s DIY because I’m not following anyone’s
program or advice. I’m trusting my instincts and following the needs of my clients.
Oh, and also, we’re remodeling our house and I need to do more electrical work
6. What are your top 3 beauty products.
Day-to-day is so basic: Clairsonic, hydrogen-peroxide for teeth whitening, good face
For dressing up: curling iron, mascara, and gold glitter eye-shadow
7. Zombie apocolypse, you can take 5 things with you. What do you bring?
Black yoga pants, flask w/bourbon, leatherman tool, a gallon of matches, and my
favorite spatula (in case we get to start a new life somewhere).
8. What is your hair MO or philosophy?
I don’t want to do any work, but I want my hair to look healthy, relaxed and full. I
also want it to flatter my face and body. This is a lot to ask!
Before ShamPHree: it looked great around lunch time, then got limp for the
Now, after ShamPHree: it looks a little different all the time. It’s fun to feel like I’m
getting to know my hair! It has more texture, which I like. Now I’m experimenting
with different cuts. Somehow I feel calmer, and even more relaxed about it.
Best of all: I don’t have to keep searching for the perfect conditioner.
9. What woman in history do you most admire?
with patience, skill and strategy, worked her way into becoming an Empress. The
first woman to rule, and the only one with her image on Mughal coins. It is reported
that she hunted with her husband and even killed a tiger. Fierce, beautiful, effective:
she started in the lowest rank and allowed herself to envision more, and do the