We had the good fortune of connecting with Aleczandria Dobson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aleczandria, how do you think about risk?
Risks are simultaneously terrifying and necessary. I wouldn’t be where I am today without walking alongside risk for the better part of my adult life. I would love to say that I partner well with the idea of chance, but my last big leap into entrepreneurship was fueled by coffee, a lot of “what-if’ moments, and what sometimes felt like crazed communication between myself and Jesus. Crazed on my end that is. My ability to follow through with risk, comes from my unmatched support system consistently reminding me of my identity. Yay for awesome people in your life who keep you in check on all fronts!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
August James Salon came to be in August of 2020. Being raised by an entrepreneur, I always knew that I’d eventually have a business to call my own. However, complacency soon crept in not long after I got into this industry. The fear of not making it on my own dictated the better part of my career.
It wasn’t until I had a vivid dream of opening up my own salon, that I started to re-entertain the idea of entrepreneurship. Fast forward 2 months after said dream, and Covid happened. Naturally, I tabled the idea of opening up a salon, until the distinct feeling (and more dreams) that the time was now. Honestly, I didn’t like the idea of opening up during a pandemic. However, I loathe regret and decided that was too much for me to go to bed with every night.
I’m proud and eternally grateful to say that August James Salon has entered into year two stronger than I ever dreamed possible. My clients that followed, and the ones that have found me since, have made that a reality.
Specializing in Invisible Bead Extensions, the priority is to make every person feel their best selves. That goal can’t be met without first establishing a connection. My favorite person, Coach WuD at Orangetheory South Buckhead, preaches about how connection is vital-for anything. And he’s right. That’s probably the one thing I pride myself on in being in business, is connection. My first goal is to learn your why for visiting the salon. I love getting to know everybody’s “whys”.
I feel like if we all took a step back and connected with at least one person outside of our circle, the impact would be beautifully profound.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes! His name is WuD. He’s a coach at Orangetheory Fitness at the SouthBuckhead location. I can’t begin to name all of the people he’s impacted for the better. His dedication to empowering people to believe in themselves and realize their true potential is unmatched. I don’t believe anyone could take his class without discovering at least one new awesome thing about themselves. His love for people is undeniable and I am the better for knowing him.