2019: Tough Seasons!
Hi lovelies! Oh how I have missed interacting with all of you on here! 2019... where to even begin?! 2019 has been a rough season for me be honest. I’m completely going out of my comfort zone here, but I wanted to be real & transparent with all of you. Many of you know what’s been going on behind the scenes. I struggled with a bout of depression/anxiety last year that really started to take over my life. Thank goodness I got that treated and under control when I did, because soon after I would encounter the most devastating event of my life. Several family deaths back to back this year, one of them being my cousin who I grew up with. She was more my sister and my best friend, we were inseparable since childhood and spoke everyday multiple times a day as adults. Losing my cousin so unexpectedly shook my world to its core. And let me tell you, grief is no joke. What it does to your mind & the waves of emotion that come out of nowhere. I felt like my brain was in a fog. My anxiety came back worse than ever. I was traveling for all of the funerals and to be with family, I became so physically, emotionally, and mentally drained I could barely function with everyday tasks let alone run a business how it should be ran.
After all the travel was over I couldn’t wait to get back and get into my routine. I couldn’t wait to get back to work full time and pour my heart and soul into my business. My business is my passion & art is my therapy. For several months I had been dealing with severe neck pain, I put off treatment because everything that was going on. When I got back to FL I started conservative treatments. Chiropractor, massage, acupuncture, hot yoga, etc. Despite all these things, the pain became worse and started to travel down into my arms and hands. Before I knew it both of my hands were so swollen I couldn’t even text or type emails, I could barely move my fingers or open my hands. I was constantly icing, I would drive to work with ice all over me so I could move my hands to do brows and facials. I tried to save all my hand power for working in the studio on clients. The pain became unbearable, I was falling so behind on admin work because I couldn’t use my hands. (Insert more anxiety 🤦🏻♀️). 2 weeks ago I finally couldn’t take it anymore and went to a doctor. I had an MRI this week and am awaiting results. In the meantime, I have been on heavy duty steroids for over a week(which I tried to avoid for months, but I was desperate) and although there is still pain, I‘M GETTING MY HANDS BACK! They’re still achy but the swelling has gone down SO much and I can type, text, and work! I’ve been dying to get back to work full time! I wanted to share this with you all to explain my absence. For so long my cup was empty, I had nothing to pour out. I had to put my family first. My cousin left behind a beautiful little 3 year old girl. Unfortunately my little Gracie lost her father last year as well. It’s been a very tough season for my family, but things are looking up and Gracie is doing great! THANK YOU to everyone who continuously asks about her!
I am beyond grateful for the amazing support and love I’ve had from clients. I truly appreciate every kind gesture, kind word, and loving embrace you’ve shown me. I’m thankful to take you on this journey with me, the strength of all the women I’ve been surrounded by has kept me going. Now that I can use my hands most days, I’m trying my very best to catch up on everything. If you reached out and didn’t receive a response, please resend to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m working diligently in between clients and will continue to do so throughout the week! I am so excited to get back to work and do what I LOVE to do. I’ve always felt in my soul that I was given these gifts and talents to bless others. It’s much deeper than beauty and vanity for me. I believe in the healing power of touch & I am passionate about creating a sacred oasis for women to visit and escape the busyness of everyday life. I love connecting with you all, hearing your stories and going through life together. There are no words to express the gratitude I have for my clients for supporting me through everything. I want to do something special this summer for clients, so I’m in the middle of designing a summer menu with a few AMAZING specials. Stay posted as I will post them once the menu is complete! Again, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to each and every one of you! I'm officially back in the studio full time and I can't wait to see all your beautiful faces this summer!