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Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Partnering for Wellness

Partnering for Wellness

Being in the wellness business, my clients are always asking me for recommendations on how to better care for their body.  Just like healthy skin requires daily attention, our bodies as a whole need to be taken care of.  I am always on the lookout for potential partners that can offer my clients an expanded wellness experience.  It’s important to me to have partners that have the same core beliefs about how health and how best to maintain inner and outer beauty.

Roswell is a small, but tight-knit business community and I love that about it!  It’s inevitable to meet people who knows someone you know too.  That whole concept of 6 degrees of separation is so true.  I first heard about Shine Health & Wellness from a fellow Roswell business associate who raved about its owner, Nicole DeWard.  She told me that she first met Nicole as a personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness who expanded to open her own business 6 years ago.  She said Nicole truly cared for each of her clients and their journey to full body wellness was just as important to her as it was to them.

I had the opportunity to meet Nicole several months ago, and we connected instantly! Her passion for helping people realize their health potential was so obvious.  Plus I could tell that she loved her work, and that is the most important characteristic of any wellness partner to me!  Shine’s mission is to create and implement a unique health plan for each individual.  They offer personal and group fitness classes, nutritional coaching, therapeutic massage and yoga, as well as chiropractic alignment.  I have been able to experience these wellness therapies first hand, and am loving the sense of community and encouragement at Shine.

I’m thrilled to announce that Sweet Life Skincare and Shine Health & Wellness will be hosting a fabulous event on Thursday, May 11th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Come enjoy healthy bites, facial treatments, learn some great yoga poses and more!  Be on the lookout for your invitation, and we can’t wait to see you there 🙂

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Inspiration | 1 comment

Why It Matters to LOVE What We Do

Why It Matters to LOVE What We Do

Every month has a holiday or tradition that is familiar to all of us.  December is all about Christmas, January is New Years, and February is undeniably about Valentines Day.  This tradition evokes thoughts of love, roses, and chocolates.  In the spa world,  it’s known as a time for clients to pamper themselves or a loved one with a treatment to relax, rejuvenate, and feel good.  Who doesn’t love that?

So, along the lines of love, I’ve been thinking about why I became an esthetician in the first place.  I read an article recently about creating a foundation for your business based on what you are trying to accomplish.  It said that ‘leaders who tap into their passion behind why they created their business’ were the most successful and commanded the greatest loyalty.  Now, isn’t that true?  Businesses that focus on instilling the basis of why it matters to ‘love what we do’ are the ones that have been around for years and years and continue to thrive.  Those are the places we consistently go to, like our favorite restaurant where the food is always great and the service is even better.  The people there actually believe and buy into the company motto and it really shows.

So, here I am in my 10th week of doing what I have always wanted to do in an area I’ve always wanted to be.  I can remember having the same conversations over and over with my best friend April about one day opening up a spa.  I had a running list of all the cool ideas I would implement once I had my first treatment room.  I came up with the name Sweet Life Skincare patterned after my very favorite Italian phrase, ‘La Dolce Vita’; a sign I still have hanging in my condo in Hilton Head.  My husband and I would always hang out on Canton Street in Roswell, and I would tell him that I would love to have my business on this fun little street with restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and coffee shops – all within walking distance.  What I am doing now was always my ‘pie in the sky’ dream, and I am living it!  Sometimes it’s hard to believe and fully appreciate.

I started Sweet Life Skincare with the hope that I could make a difference in my client’s lives.  I remember what it was like to have a busy, stressful life and feel like there was never time to relax.  I also remember the toll that lifestyle took on my health and self confidence.  I LOVE to see my clients come into my treatment room and instantly relax.  Once they are under the cozy covers, listening to the nature sounds, and the steam is starting to kiss their face, it’s like this calm settles over them.  I can visibly see their bodies relax and see them drift to sleep – which is exactly what I hope for.  My friend Lisa says that everyone walks out of my treatment room looking like they have been drugged (only drug we have is happy)!  They have been able to escape whatever has been stressing them out for a couple hours.  The husband of one of my very first clients asked me ‘what did you do to my wife?  She’s always so happy after she leaves you!’. Now that’s reinforcement for why I chose to be an esthetician.

The other part of why I LOVE what I do is being able to affect change in my client’s skin.  For every treatment done, I like to reach out to each client and ask them how their skin has been doing since their facial.  So, when someone tells me that the texture has never been smoother, or the lines they had have softened, or the pigmented spots are lighter, it makes me so happy.  It’s wonderful to come in and enjoy a relaxing facial, but when you see positive change in your skin’s health and condition, it makes the experience even more rewarding.  It’s what makes my clients a believer in taking care of their skin in order to see an improvement.

In a nutshell, my vision for Sweet Life Skincare in 2015 is this:  to make my clients more comfortable in their own skin. I LOVE what I do, and I hope it continues to show for years to come 🙂

 

 

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Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Inspiration | 2 comments

The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

I’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child, and I am sure that is true.  It also takes a village to find and keep a client successfully.  It takes a group of people understanding and believing in that common goal, and being willing to help each other and the collective business to reach that goal.

For those you working in jobs where you deal directly with clients, via phone, web, or face-to-face, you know it takes a lot of work to pull off a stellar presentation.  You can plan, plan, plan, but inevitably something will go wrong.  Maybe you have a major conference call set up… but you forgot that Arizona doesn’t acknowledge the time change.  Or maybe you have a demo for a big fish you have been chasing… but the go-to-meeting password isn’t working.  Or maybe you work in a spa where appointments are booked back-to-back and you have to complete your treatment, escort your client to the front to educate them on home care, and then get back in time to change over for the next Esthetician waiting to setup for their client.  In these crazy moments, we are all glad for the Good Samaritans.  These are the kind souls who don’t think twice to jump in and help even when others walk by thinking ‘not my problem!’   These are the people that step in and coordinate with your client’s receptionist and clear up the time discrepancy.  These are the people that find the right password and log in to the webinar while you keep the sales pitch going.  And sometimes these are the people that change the linens, clean and sanitize everything that was possibly used or touched during your treatment, and whisper “don’t worry honey, we are all going home on time tonight.”.

Oftentimes, we can all be so busy worrying about our own battles that we forget to help others to pick up their sword to keep fighting their own. It’s refreshing to come across people that not only understand that… but put it into practice every day.  So while you are busy climbing the ladder and chasing your dreams, don’t forget to say thank you to the people that make it all happen behind the scenes.  And while you are busy remembering, make the effort to be a Good Samaritan yourself.

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Starting Fresh!

Starting Fresh!

They say that there is no time like the present.  My friends, all I can say to that is: can I get an Amen?! This is the thought going through my head as I go into my 3rd month of schooling to become a licensed esthetician.  For the past 12 years, I have worked in Corporate America.  Yes, it feels good sometimes to throw on those 5 inch heels, zip up that pencil skirt, and feel like you are somebody important.  Then you are coming home exhausted, still thinking about the office drama, and inhaling a bag of Doritos because you were too wired to eat lunch.  And we wonder how we manage to pack on that extra 15 lbs.  It was a sucky existence to keep going like that.

I have to credit my brother, Devon, for helping me to grow the set that I needed to finally pursue my dreams.  He’s one of those people that says things very cut and dry.  One day, I spent several hours complaining about my current work situation when he just said “when are you going to stop talking about doing something for yourself and actually go and do it”?Something clicked inside my brain that day, and I will never forget it.  So I set out training my mind to think of actually making money and loving my job; it was such a novel concept!  I always dreamed of having my own spa one day and creating an environment for stressed out people to just come and relax.  I always felt refreshed and relaxed leaving the spa from a great facial or massage.  Plus everyone always seemed so HAPPY…what a crazy idea!

So once I knew the industry I wanted to be in, I just had to figure out what exactly to do in it. My husband Jerry encouraged me to think about what interested me in the spa industry in the first place.  I told him it was the products that excited me:  the scrubs (ahem, exfoliants), lotions, creams, the masques.  So he told me to go back to the drawing board and think about what career could involve those things.  I thought of my mother telling me to look into being an esthetician, something I originally shot down months back.

Now here I am: learning and loving school at the Elaine Sterling Institute.  It’s fresh and exciting, challenging as heck, and honestly one of the best experiences of my life so far.  My Level 1 instructor Sonia is hands down the best teacher I have ever had.  She is full of esthetic knowledge, useful advice, and pushes us to be great.   She has all these great quotes like “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you” or “Earn your Oscar every day!”  The women I have come across in school are absolutely amazing – they have been through so many tough experiences and are still pushing themselves to keep improving and to keep growing.  I leave the door smiling and come home smiling – we have such a blast.

My advice to you reading this is to never think it’s too late to start fresh and be happy in your career.  Contrary to what many think, you do not have to be miserable in your job to make lots of money.  You can be passionate, inspired, and fulfilled all at the same time and don’t let anyone tell you different.

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