Does it feel like “self care” is being screamed from the roof tops to anyone else? Usually tied to an ad or a shortcut promised to bring immediate relief… I’m conflicted because I believe self care is the most important way to give back to others. I love that a lot of places are jumping on the bandwagon. BUUUUUUUUUUT it is overwhelming, a lot of work, and the choices are always, always tied to monies. What if you found what worked for you? In the next few weeks, I will bring my favorite “self” care tips. None of them have any science based facts. Nothing other than feeling better, happier even. This week I want to focus on journaling. Self care doesn’t always have to mean someone else pampering you. Sometimes getting alllll those jumbled thoughts onto paper has a freedom of its own. As a recovering perfectionist, I couldn’t sit to write unless I had all the periods in the right place or the correct conjugations….even in my own journal. Way to take the fun out of self care, right? It turned right into self deprecation within the first 30 seconds every time. To the point I would convince myself I was a terrible writer and never deserved to grace a piece of paper again. (Did I mention I could be a bit dramatic…) Then I learned of something called free writing. Legit, no strings attached writing. You don’t even have to reread it if you don’t want to. Just pen and paper and thoughts. The first thing that comes to mind gets written down, into the next thought. So on and so forth. No one needs to read this, so the thoughts get to be truly free. How do you feel after? Did you make the five minutes? Can you go longer? I love taking five minutes before the kid and wife wake up to free write. It can be vision writing, ranting, mumbling, or all of the above. The journaling time gives me a few moments “away from it all” to process me. This allows me to give so much more of myself. When will you give yourself the gift of 5 minutes?
Alexis Cavender to E. Claire Spalon · “I highly recommend this salon for all your bridal needs! I received incredible customer service from beginning to end! I had two spray tans, a bridal trial, and a day of bridal package with this salon and was extremely pleased with every aspect. They made me feel so special and even adapted to last minute changes in my wedding needs. Erika and Jennifer are incredibly gifted! Please see the attached photo for proof of their skill and service!”
One of our favorite things to do is style bridal parties, and this spring we enjoyed styling three different weddings. First and foremost, we’d like to again say congratulations to Alexis, Maria, and Zoe! We wish you all a lifetime of happiness.
You might wonder why we enjoy working weddings as much as we do. Well, for each of us it’s a bit different but it’s safe to say that we all love the extra creativity. We also enjoy the change of scenery and getting to just be part of the fun of a wedding day. Another aspect of the day that we all enjoy is the bit of extra challenge that comes with creating a unique, personalized, cohesive look for the bridal party. Our favorite part of Alexis’ wedding was getting to style a groomsman; it’s rare that the guys allow us to help and we had extra fun creating a sleek “man-bun” style. With Maria’s wedding we loved that they were incorporating fresh flowers into their looks. We loved Zoe’s groups relaxed vibe, we had as much fun as the bridal party did!
Our main goal for any and every bridal party is that every member feels as confident as possible so they can all enjoy the event together without worrying about their looks. We also schedule our prep time to be completed in a four hour time frame, which can make a huge impact on the timing of your day. The bridal team loves working weddings and helping dreams come true, if you’re planning a wedding and are looking for a beauty team we’d love to meet you!
E.Claire Salon is a teaching salon company. You’re probably wondering what exactly that means, right? It means many different things, and shows in many different ways. Mostly it means that learning and growing are a core value for every service provider in our company. Sometimes it looks like this photo, efficiently working together to provide the best, speediest service for a guest. This is what our associate program really is, working side by side learning from one another. It is teamwork, not being an assistant. Stay tuned for other updates about what exactly it means to be a teaching salon company. If you’re a student in the beauty industry and this sounds like fun visit https://www.eclairesalon.com/hair-massage-nail-jobs/ to apply with us! ⠀
We’d like to take a moment and introduce the newest member of our team, Meghan. She has been a practicing massage therapist for one year and joined our team in June. She always has a bright smile and her favorite part of the field is making others feel better. She had this to say about why she loves her career, “So many go with aches, simple pains not realizing how wonderful massage can be for their lives.”
We asked what she was most excited for in her career; she replied, “…growing with a wonderful tribe and amazing company. I look forward not to work but seeing wonderful individuals everyday and that is a blessing.” We love that too and are so excited to have her as another member of our team!
A hobby she enjoys is collecting crystals; we can’t wait to learn more about those! One thing she loves is enjoying morning coffee with her husband before the kiddos are up and around. We all love her helpful nature, ability to laugh when we make mistakes, and positive light she brings. We can’t wait for you all to meet her, and to see what wonderful things our future holds.
Two of our service providers had anniversaries with the company in June. Erika has now been a member of our team for three years, Sarah has been a member for two. We appreciate all of their hard work and dedication to not only their guests but to our team.
In their years with us they have both learned some valuable lessons. What they’ve learned is very similar but has different meanings to each of them. They have both learned the power of saying no; the lesson that saying no can be out of kindness and respect.
For Erika saying no allows her to provide the best services to all of her guests. Erika loves to work with hair, skin, and eyelashes. She loves providing all these services for our guests but managing a schedule with these varying services can be delicate. She had to learn to say no, in order to manage her time and best respect the time of all of her guests. It’s never because she does not want to provide a service, or fit her guests’ lives; it’s simply to ensure she can give the best possible experience to every guest in the most efficient way possible. Erika’s best attribute is the relaxing atmosphere she creates for you, this comes with knowing exactly where your service will take you.
For Sarah learning to say no gave her back her freedom and her life. She has learned that she can provide excellent service and give her guests the most by sometimes saying no. Sarah actually works fewer hours with our company than she did before, but she has learned to better manage her guests needs and their time together. She has her life back, she gets to enjoy her time at work with her guests because she also has time to rest and enjoy her life. We love Sarah’s fun and bright personality and we love that she can always come with that contagious energy.
Hopefully a look into these lessons can help you too! The balancing act of life can be very difficult and the only way to truly keep the scales balanced is to say no. We hope everyone knows the love and kindness that can come with the power of no.