Are You Getting Enough Time For You?

As women, we are often spinning many plates on a daily basis. We juggle work, family life, running a home, planning time with family and friends, as well as ensuring the children’s social calendar is all running like clock work too!

At the moment, I don’t have to worry about the child aspect, however I completely get the rest of it and so I want to ask you a question today; do you ever take time out for yourself? I’m guessing there will be a the odd few of you that are nodding and saying yes but I would imagine the majority of you reading this are saying no, and perhaps even thinking, “time out for me”, what even is that?

Well firstly, if it makes you feel any better, you are not alone! I am just as guilty of this as perhaps you are and have to confess, I find it extremely difficult to take time out away from my business. My job is my passion, and I can honestly say, I truly love what I do, hence why I often find it hard to take a step back and do something just for me.

Is this a good place to be? One could argue, no it’s not! Don’t get me wrong I count myself so lucky to have the amazing clients I do and a job that makes my heart sing, however I also need to be realistic, excessive pressure and stress over time can lead to poor health, mental burnout and exhaustion.

This is why “me time” is so important and why I’ve decided to ditch the guilt! I need to change and actually use my day off as a day off, rather than using that time to work on my business. I’m going to spend more days at the place pictured above. I think us women give ourselves such a hard time on occasions. “Pampering” ourselves is often viewed as a luxury, but I now know, more than ever it’s not, it’s actually a necessity! We are no good to ourselves or anyone around us if we are mentally exhausted!

It doesn’t need to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, just simple things often work well and are easier to stick to, like taking a warm bath full of bubbles, lighting your favourite candle or reading a good book, whatever it is that will help you unwind your mind and body after a busy day, you owe it to yourself!

So here’s to claiming back some well deserved “me-time” ladies because as the famous beauty company always says, “Because you’re worth it!”

Love, Nina x

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A Day In The Life Of A Business Owner…

Back in 2013 I started my own Hair & Beauty business. It’s been a crazy journey with so much to learn, but four years on and I’m still absolutely loving it! Therefore I wanted to take you behind the scenes and share why running a business is a world far away from lazy days, long lunches and why I wouldn’t swap it for anything…

Morning…

My day often begins around 6.00am when the alarm goes off and after the initial feeling of being way to cosy under the duvet to move, I get up and head straight to the pool for 6.30am and start my morning swim. (I’ll be completely honest, there are days that this is harder than others, like when you have to scrape the ice off the car first or it’s raining) However, this is my chance to switch off from everything for a while and really set myself up for the day.

I get home around 7.45am and depending on what my day has in store, I’ll either be getting ready to head back out the door to work with clients or I will be sitting at my desk planning what I need to get done by the end of the day. One of the many things I enjoy about running my own business is that no day is ever the same.

My first job this morning is catch up on some emails followed by writing a feature for Sienna X to use in their latest newsletter. I absolutely love doing things like this and feel really lucky to have the opportunity. (You can catch up on my latest press features here.)

I’ll then try and break for lunch (this doesn’t always happen) there are many occasions when I get so engrossed in what I’m doing, I’ll look up from my work to find it’s gone 2.00pm!

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Afternoon…

This afternoon I need to do some work on my website, create some social media posts for Facebook and Instagram, place some orders with Wella and Sienna X, create my newsletter and then get my tanning kit ready for tonight… Days like this really light me up and make my heart sing… I love being busy!

Evening…

Tonight I have a tanning party and there is just enough time for me to grab a bite to eat before I need to leave. Tanning parties are always so much fun! What could be better than a night in with your girls, a bottle of Prosecco, a few nibbles and a spray tan? Ooo that reminds me, I need to create the goody bags too! 

It’s now just coming up to 6.45pm and with my tanning kit all packed in the car, I’m all ready to go…

It’s 9.00pm and I’ve just got home. I had a great evening at the party, they were such a lovely group. Time for a glass of wine I think and half an hours relaxation before heading to bed.

Someone asked me recently, “If you were to win the lottery, would you still do what you do?” Without a shadow of a doubt I would! I cannot tell you how much I love what I do. Making busy women like you reading this right now, feel beautiful and giving them back some well deserved “me-time” is one of the best feelings in the world. I may have long days but they are all so worth it and I wouldn’t go back to the 9-5 for anything!

Until next time, go and chase your dreams and love what you do!

Love,

Nina x

November Blog: Behind The Scenes With Sienna X…

Every October, Olympia, London plays host to one of the largest beauty shows in the UK. This iconic venue is packed full of every beauty treatment you could possibly imagine. Trade shows like this are the perfect way for Therapists to gain inspiration, research new products and services, or even enter one of the biggest nail competitions in the world.

For me though, this year was slightly different… I’d been invited to spend the day with the fabulous team from Sienna X. My own tanning journey had begun with Sienna X at an event similar to this, Professional Beauty, also in London, almost four years previously. Since then, I have gone on to train with Sienna X to the highest level and can honestly say, I love it just as much today, as I did then.

Now, to give you some background… When Sienna X approached me and asked if I would like to be a part of their show campaign “Hear it from a Therapist.” I absolutely jumped at the chance! Then it dawned on me… The date of Olympia was Sunday 2nd October and I was returning back from my holiday in Mexico the day before…

There was no time for me to even think about jet-lag, I was not going to miss this amazing opportunity! After a lovely holiday, we left Cancun at 4.30pm, (10.30pm here in the UK). I knew I couldn’t allow myself to think too much about the whole time difference though. In my head, I was already trying to get myself back into UK time zone so thought; I’ll have some dinner on the plane, then pop on my eye mask, get cosy and go to sleep for a few hours… Wow, did that work. I woke up an hour before we landed back at London Gatwick! I then stayed awake all day Saturday until about 9.30pm when I just couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore.

My alarm was set for 6.50am and I woke up feeling refreshed and excited for a great day ahead! I arrived at Olympia and was greeted by the team, who were all so lovely. They made me feel so welcome and really part of it. After being on the stand for about ten minutes and familiarising myself with the “show deals” for the day, Sally (one of the lovely ladies from Sienna X) approached me saying “Are you ok to do a live demo?” I was completely blown away…(I think she could tell, as she said “Or if you’d prefer, you can talk on the mic”) “No, that’s no problem, the demo will be fine, thank you” (If you are anything like me, I can’t even listen to my voice on an answerphone message, let alone, over a microphone)

I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with the show visitors, hearing their stories, sharing my own and offering advice, tips and inspiration where I could. Being given an opportunity to do a live demonstration was just one of the best feelings ever! On the train home, I was just buzzing, thinking about what an AMAZING day it had been and apart from a very dry throat from all the talking, I was on cloud 9!

A huge THANK YOU to the Sienna X show team for having me. Each and every one of you made me feel extremely welcome, at ease and part of the team! (Amy, Charlie, Daniella, Emma, Holly, Laura, Mandie, Sally and Steve)

So what has this taught me? Well, firstly it’s taught me to believe in your dreams; you never know when they will come true. It’s also taught me to feel the fear and do it anyway (great book by Susan Jeffers, definitely worth a read) and finally grab every opportunity that comes your way, because life is too short for regrets!

Love,

Nina x