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Stress: The Road to Illness?

 

My Heart is Breaking...

My fellow California Estheticians are struggling through this pandemic right now because they have not been able to reopen their businesses. Some are hanging on by a thread and sadly, others have chosen to close their business permanently.

Throughout my 20+ year Esthetics career, I usually have something to say, advice to give, opinions to impart, online courses to offer... anything I can do to help lead Estheticians to and through their financially successful Esthetics career. But right now, my thoughts have more to do with preservation of our sanity, optimism, good energy and good health as we look to the future.  

During 2019, I worked at the Chopra Center live events and retreats. As part of the Core Team, I was able to meet and learn from not only Deepak Chopra himself, but also many other fascinating speakers, authors, thought leaders and geniuses. There was a definite theme to their message which is that 95% of illnesses are preceded by an...

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Pandemic 2020 (part 2): Same Storm. Different Solution.

 

This is a follow up to my blog of May 16th on the topic of protecting ourselves against this Covid-19 nightmare.

As I mentioned in that blog, the solutions currently being offered to us are external, such as utilizing face coverings and social distancing. While these are important methods, they do — at least somewhat — depend upon the people around us also following these protocols, but unfortunately that is something not within our control. Whereas the internal solution, which we all have available to us, is our immune system. And that is something over which we do have complete control. (If you missed my May 16 blog, here is a link: Pandemic 2020: Same Storm. Different Journey. (Part 2)

Most advice regarding strengthening our immune system involves diet and exercise, and that typically refers to things like staying away from sugar and keeping our body active. That’s great advice, for sure, but what is not discussed as readily (at least in my...

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Pandemic 2020 (part 1): Same Storm. Different Journey.

 

I am a believer that life is all about the journey. Yes, we are all going through the same horrible storm right now, but we are not all on the same journey. We may not agree about how we got here, who’s at fault, or most importantly how to fix it, but for the first time in history (at least, in my lifetime) on this I think we all agree: This pandemic situation really sucks.

What your experience will be like as you go through this nightmare will depend entirely upon your perspective. And your perspective will be different than another’s perspective because yours was created by your life experience, just as their perspective was created by their life experience. We haven’t traveled the same roads throughout our respective journeys, so we have picked up different tools that we use to process and survive various things.

Although I consider myself an expert in a few areas, this pandemic situation is definitely not one of them. So what I am trying to do here...

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Estheticians: Surviving and Thriving Pandemic 2020

 

Wow, what a weird time in history this is...

It’s horrific, it’s scary, and it’s confusing. It’s been a huge priority shift for me, that’s for sure. Although our journeys will be very different, the truth is that we are all in it together. And that brings me to my fellow Estheticians.

I have been a licensed Esthetician in the state of California since 1999, and NCEA Certified since 2008. I’ve seen a lot, I’ve had success, I’ve made mistakes (lots of them), and I’ve learned a lot. From my experience, here’s what I know:

When it comes to handling a career crisis, I have seen two types of behavior from Estheticians. (I have fallen into both categories at various times.) Up to this point in my career, a “career crisis” was limited to things like the changing of state laws which thereby limited the scope of what Estheticians can and cannot do. But right now, there is a new crisis in town and this one is...

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