September 25, 2010

Finally, I graduated!

Well, I never thought the day would arrive. It's been a tough year, but I've made it through. A couple of weeks ago I graduated from school. With honours and at the top of my class. WHEW!

Now I am a full-fledged Esthetician. Add that to my already long list of holistic modalities and I think I've got a good range of "head-to-sole, stress-relieving and relaxing esthetics and holistic therapies" to offer. You can visit my website to see what I've got to offer, should you be interested.

I have signed on at two spas and am having a good time so far. I work with some very nice people and every day I go to work is a fun day. That more like it!

One of the reasons for going back to school in mid-life was to get away from working in environments that are toxic and soul-sucking. I wanted to go to work and finish each day feeling like I have contributed something to making someone else's day, or life, a little better, even if only for the short term.

Nothing makes me happier than knowing someone felt better when they left me than when they came in. That, my friends is a good day. I could never say that in the past. Instead of being drained (mentally and emotionally) and tired (physically) at the end of the day, I am now tired from the physical work, but instead of being drained, I'm uplifted.

Today, a woman brought in her 6-year-old daughter for a mommy & daughter manicure and pedicure. The little girl now has a 7 week old baby sister and mom wanted them to do something special together. That was the most fun I have had in ages. This little girl had such a fun and cheeky personality. I have forgotten that little ones don't have filters. They just say what is on their minds. Hilarious!

Needless to say, you need the patience of Job to do mani/pedis on little girls. They are squirmy, busy, chatty little creatures. This one had me laughing the whole hour she was with me. She showed me how work can be play.

July 12, 2010

It's All Happening So Fast

So here I am almost at the end of my school year. It has been intense and I'm now in the middle of exams. To say that I'm procrastinating by updating a blog I haven't had time for is truly and understatement!

Now that the end of school is near I have already started my own Esthetics & Holistic Therapies business and am contemplating buying an existing Reflexology practice in a foot clinic associated with a local hospital. These opportunities came without my really looking for them and seem to be falling into place. Now all I need to do is manifest about $6,000 to finalize everything. I'm sure it will work out just fine.

I really believe everything happens for a reason and we end up where we are meant to be. I do wish the Universe had waited until I finished exams to bring all this business to me, though, it's all I can think about and it's making crossing the finish line of school difficult.

However, I am grateful for the opportunities and am not one to turn down a good opportunity when it is presented to me. My whole life and career paths have gone that way. Opportunities to move ahead, learn something new and have new and exciting challenges present themselves and I go along with them. It's been a helluva journey ... and I don't regret a moment of it.

Middle age is a hard time to go back to school full-time, especially when you find yourself single and the dog won't get a job. I was fortunate to get government funding and my retired parents have been helping with some gas and groceries when they can. It's been tight financially and exhausting mentally, emotionally, and physically, but I'm happy to have had this opportunity.

I made this bold leap in life because just going to a J-O-B everyday was not for me. When my most recent contract came to an end a friend said to me "what do you really want to do?". I searched my heart and answered honestly. My true love was my part-time reflexology practice and I thought it was time to make sure I could make it my career. So, back to school I went to add to my skill sets.

Life is too short to not being doing what we love, and have a passion for, as our vocation. I'm happy to be on that path of following my passion!

If you are interested in what I do, visit my Enhanced Wellness website.

You are never too old to follow your passions and see where it will lead you!

December 28, 2009

Changes!

Dear faithful readers,

You will have noticed this blog has had all its archived posts removed. I spent the better part of today reading through three years worth of my old posts and have decided I am at a place in life where it is time to let go of the past. Anyone who needed to benefit from those posts has and they have long since moved on. This is what I'm endeavoring to do myself...move on.

I am not yet sure what I will write about, or how often I will write, but I will allow myself to continue to let my muse strike as it pleases her/him. I don't necessarily want it to have the "lessons from the Universe"/"Soul Searching" theme of the past, but instead I'm hoping it will have an "in the moment" kind of slant.

In my personal life, I have recently decided to focus on my healing practice. Currently, I'm offering Reflexology, Reiki and making some aromatherapy body products. I'm attending school (at this late age!) to obtain my diploma in Esthetics and Spa Therapies. This will make me more marketable and provide income while I move right into studying for my Natural Health Care Practitioner diploma...my ultimate goal. On my website, I do write a monthly wellness blog. The website for my business is here at: Enhanced Wellness. (Please visit me there!)

I look forward to finding my new muse, since the old one had its own travels to follow *smile*, and writing about what I find along the way.

As you travel through life, may all your roads rise to meet you and the journey be filled with wonderful surprises.

Namaste,