3 Things You’ll Want To Try This Month

My Wish For You

January can feel like such a long month and often a little flat. The evenings are dark and the hustle and bustle of the festive season is over. However, over the last few years, I have learnt to actually embrace the month of January. It’s a fresh start, a clean slate. 365 days lie ahead to create whatever you dream of! There are three things that I do at the start of each year…

  • The first thing is take some time to reflect on the previous year. I think we are always so keen to look forward to see where we are going or where we want to be, that we can often forget how far we’ve come in a year. A lot can change and good or bad, there’ll always be experiences that I’ve learnt from.
  • I then create my vision board for the year. If you are reading this thinking; “What on earth is a vision board?” I’ll explain. A vision board is a selection of pictures that you collect from magazines, Pinterest or wherever else you want to. The pictures resonate with something you’d like to do or something you’d like to feel. Maybe somewhere you would like to visit or something you would like to buy. One rule for your vision board though is dream big! If you’ve ever read the book “The Secret” you’ll know that Law of Attraction, (LoA) is a really powerful thing. By creating my vision board I have attracted many different experiences into my life. For example, working with Sienna X live at Olympia, being featured in magazines, a new iPad Pro, holidays and lots more. Once my vision board is created, I hang it on my office wall so that I connect with it everyday.

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  • The final thing I do is create my dream jar. This contains all my wishes and goals for the year. I write them all down on a piece of paper, fold them up and place them inside the jar. Each day I’ll pick one out and read it out loud. I then close my eyes and visualise that wish or goal coming true.

This all may sound a little bit woo woo, but it works, I promise! So my question to you is, what do you want to do in 2018? Why not create your own vision board or dream jar and see what dreams you can make come true… I would love to know your wishes for 2018, so why not share it with me in the comments section below.

Whatever the year ahead has in store for us, I hope it’s full of all we dream of!

Love, Nina x

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