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

September Blog: When Dreams Come True…

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Just over three years ago, I took a massive jump to start my own business and it was one of the scariest things I had ever done in my life. Now, to give you some background, I have always worked. Even before I left school, I was a Saturday girl and then after leaving school, I worked full time. Whether that was in the salon I later went on to manage or other jobs I had done; which included HR and Bar Management.

So at that point, to not actually be employed anymore, felt all very scary and very real. When I first began my business, I knew how to cut hair and do nails but that was pretty much it. I had no idea on how to market myself, about websites or SEO, (I didn’t even know what SEO was) blogs or social media. Not only did I have to gain clients, I needed to learn all this other “stuff” to! This was game time, I had to invest hugely, not just in my business, but in myself too. I began reading as many books as I could and working with some amazing mentors to guide me along the way. Luckily for me, I’ve always been the type of person, that if I didn’t know it, I would learn it! 

I knew that I wanted to introduce a new service to my treatment menu and attended Professional Beauty in London to see what was on offer. I looked at so many different treatments from HD Brows to Eyelashes and more. I came across Sienna X, who are a professional spray tan company. Within 45 minutes, I had ordered my kit and booked my training. From day one, I absolutely loved it (and to this day, still do). I loved how I could not just enhance how someone looked, but I could enhance how they felt about themselves too!

I went on to take my tanning to the highest level with Sienna X and in January this year, became one of their Master Professionals.

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I truly love all aspects of my work, but I’ve never really been one to “put myself out there” by entering competitions to win awards. However after working with my coach, in May 2016, one of my many dreams came true! I was awarded Sienna X Therapist of the Month and was completely over the moon. My next dream followed shortly afterwards… I had been asked to write a small feature for a Professional Hair and Beauty magazine… Not only that, but I was going to feature alongside my tanning guru and trainer; James Harknett. To say I was doing the “happy dance” would be an understatement!

None of this I would have ever believed possible and even though these are baby steps, it’s really made me believe in my dreams. So my question to you is, what are your dreams? What would you love to achieve? What is stopping you achieving them? Whatever it is, go for it! I recently read a quote which said; Every Morning we have two choices, continue to sleep with our dreams or to wake up and chase them” – Unknown. How true is that?

There are many more dreams I want to achieve , but for now, it’s about showing up and chasing them! Let’s enjoy chasing our dreams and making them come true!

Love,

Nina x