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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May Blog: Why I LOVE What I Do…

Why I Love What I Do

It’s no secret that I LOVE what I do, therefore I thought I would share exactly why I love my job. Why running my own business is a world away from lie in’s, long lunches and days off and why I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Making People Feel Special…

This is one of the many things I love most, working one to one with my clients and giving them back some well deserved “me-time”. My husband said to me a few weeks ago; “I think it’s pretty special what you do” I was of course very touched by his kind words, but then asked what made him say that? He replied; “You have the ability to change not just how someone looks, but how they feel about themselves. You have the power to change someone’s whole day and I just think that must be an amazing feeling” I of course had never thought about it quite like this, but I can honestly say, that it is the best feeling in the world.

Flexibility…

I really enjoy the fact that to a certain degree, I can work where and when I want to. Now of course, my clients come first and their needs must be met. However, if I choose to finish work on a Saturday at 4.00pm because I am going out for the evening, I can do that. The same way that if I’m doing make-up for a Bride on her Wedding Day, I could potentially be at a venue at 7.00am in the morning and then continue working with other clients that day until 5.00pm.

Variety…

I love the variety that my job brings, no day is ever the same. Some days I can be with clients all day, other days I can be having an office day and writing blogs like this one, creating content for my website or having meetings with suppliers. I also love the fact that my location can change, sometimes I’ll be working from home, the next day I might be pampering employees in a corporate environment. I really enjoy the fact that every day is different!

If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life

Creativity…

I love being creative, whether that’s with my clients hair and nails or writing content for my website. I love to write and have recently been asked to write a feature for a Professional Hair & Beauty magazine! I enjoy helping people by giving them inspiration, tips, tricks and ideas. If you are in need of inspiration regarding your hair or nails, or pretty much anything else, my favourite tool is Pinterest; however I have to warn you, it’s very addictive!

Learning…

From when I first started hairdressing, I have always loved to learn and this is still true of me today. The hair and beauty industry is constantly evolving which always really inspires me. I love nothing more than working hard so that I can afford to attend the very best training courses and seminars available.

More Than Meets The Eye…

I am the first one to say that I’m extremely lucky to be doing a job that I fall in love with each and every day! However, people often say to me “You are so lucky you work for yourself, you can do what you want” It always makes me smile, because there is so much more that people don’t see. All the hours that go into it behind the scenes, when I am not working with my lovely clients, I am working on my business. Nothing in my business is outsourced; I don’t have a copy writer who writes my blogs and creates my content. I don’t have a person who updates my website or who looks after my social media and marketing. I do it all! Now please don’t get me wrong, I’m far from moaning that “little old me” is doing everything, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

A friend of mine recently sent me an article, the title; Confessions of a Hairdresser. I couldn’t help but smile whilst reading it and wanted to share some of my personal favourtites; “Hairdressers rarely, if ever, get to finish a hot cup of coffee”. “The Black Sharpie Marker means something completely different to us and often gets used to remove the orange-bleach stains from our work clothes.” “Hairdressers are very protective over their scissors” I can definately relate to all of these! More often than not, I’ll work six days a week and probably three or four evenings, but would I swap it all to go back to Monday to Friday, 9-5? Never in a millions years and why? Because I am happy and most of all because I LOVE what I do!

Love, Nina x

February Blog: Why “Me Time” Matters

Why Me Time Matters

As women, we are often juggling lots of things; work, family life, running a home and much more besides. I understand all too well, the pressures of keeping all those plates spinning, at the same time and in perfect unison with each other! So with that in mind, I have a question for you, Do you ever take time out for yourself? (I’m guessing many of you are shaking your head whilst reading this or thinking “time out” for me, what’s that?)

It’s no surprise really, us women put a lot of pressure on ourselves don’t we? However, I think that because we have perfected the art of multi-tasking so well, this can sometimes become a negative, why? Because many of us then feel guilty for taking some time out! I’m including myself in this to!

That said, we need to be realistic, excessive pressure and stress, over time can lead to poor health, mental burnout and exhaustion, which is never a good place to be. This is why “me time” is so important and why we need to ditch the guilt! “Pampering” ourselves is often viewed as a luxury, but I want to tell you, it’s not, it’s a necessity! So, with that in mind, my challenge to you for this month is to take some time out for you, everyday! Yes every single day I want you to claim some “me time!” That could be taking a warm bath full of bubbles, lighting some candles and applying a face mask or moisturising your tired feet after a long day, whatever it is, do this for you!

You are so important and self care is to, these things don’t have to cost a lot or even take up hours of time, but by doing one or all of them each day, you are showing yourself a whole lot of love and respect and you deserve this! I’ll also be taking the challenge so you are not alone!

I would love to know how you are getting on with this, so feel free to leave me a comment below or head over to my Facebook page and we can have a chat about it!

Here’s to claiming back our “me time” because it really does matter!

Love, Nina x