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The Holistic View

I woke up to the realisation that I wasn’t being very holistic in my approach to caring for myself & have taken a few steps to start fixing that! Let me tell you about it…

In college we learn about treating the body “holistically”, this means we shouldn’t only treat one factor/element, but approach the treatment of the body by integrating the whole person.

Maybe hearing  the word so much makes us forget the complex understanding behind it, & so, we are left struggling to sort the pieces of our puzzles. All the areas of our lives are impacted by more than one factor, even when we don’t realise it, & when we take the time to unpack it all, we will often find that everything still fits together. Anxiety, stress, pain, fatigue, gut issues, skin concerns… everything has a “Why” & it’s time we start treating it all holistically.

I’m constantly in awe of how the brain works. We have built-in safety features & the amazing human body finds ways to tell us what we need, if only we’d listen. Instead of throwing judgement & anger at ourselves, extending grace, being kind to ourselves & asking o9urselves what we need can heal us in miraculous ways.

Matis has always recognised the importance of the holistic approach. A few years ago, the super smart bunch of scientists in Paris developed a professional product called “receptivity concentrate”; which we use (now by another name) in Matis signature facials to boost the skin’s ability/ “willingness” to receive the active ingredients. Matis saw that the body’s physical & mental posture have a direct impact on how the skin behaves & how well it reacts to active ingredients. WOW! 🤯

I’ve decided to find a few “receptivity concentrates” of my own to increase my ability to fix the areas in my life that haven’t responded to the prescribed treatment plan. 😉The first step is something I hope you’ll all start doing with me… skincare from the inside! (pause to sip my coffee with collagen, Vit C & probiotics…) mmm

Besides collagen being amazing for the skin, I wanted to find a brand that would also help me support an anti-inflammatory diet, something to increase mobility, promote bone & joint health, & reduce pain! – I believe I found it!

Veniva also gave me the idea to blab about skincare & the like on an Instagram page instead of holding her clients captive in reception so I obliged 😂 I must admit, the personal page still makes me nervous but hey, they say we should share our courage with others, so here goes nothin’  👉🏽 https://www.instagram.com/thebeauty_connoisseur/

I have been so sick & tired of being sick & tired, something HAD TO change. One Sunday a friend spoke life into me after a very low few days, that talk challenged me to push back & disrupt what used to be “the norm” in my life; it reminded me of things I so easily forget. She probably doesn’t even realise how her love lifted me up, sometimes even the most eloquent use of language can’t define feelings; thank you ❤️

The plan is to create a more holistic approach in all the areas of my life to bring out the best version of myself & I just had to share it with you all. The younger, glowing, more energetic, pain free, happy & healthy version of us is waiting!

Let’s go!“

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You’re anything but ordinary.

My favourite shows are Sex & the City & Grey’s Anatomy. There are a few that come close but these are the two I always go back to; I’m not quite sure what brings me the most comfort.

I am, yet again, in the middle of Grey’s Anatomy. It’s S10 & so much has changed for all the characters, we’ve laughed & cried along the way, but the one thing that stays constant is the burning desire to be “the sun”, to be extraordinary… it’s played on my mind much more now & I think it’s because of the changes I’ve had in my own life.

We plan, we organise & try our best, knowing that things hardly go according to plan – in my case this is so painfully true. I grew a little more last year, I stretched, I sometimes broke; I hurt, healed, laughed & came to a place I didn’t quite recognise – I think this is what letting go really looks like. I took a look at my life, seeing how hard I tried in all areas to be everything everyone needed me to be & still felt like I fell just short of enough. Thinking back to that time, it could’ve been 5 years ago instead of 5 months- I’m not her anymore.

In my Instagram post a today I mention time. In The Word time is a biblical principle, in any belief system the principle of timing seems constant, – at the right time, time heals, give it time… but what if we aren’t aware when the time has come? I don’t think there’s a day you wake up & we’re just ready, I think we become ready on the road. I’ve made a few difficult decisions in January, however, these choices are necessary to support who I’m becoming, how I want to feel & how I want people to feel around me & at our little happy place 🥰

There’s nothing ordinary about you. You are indeed extraordinary. What/who do you need to let go of to see yourself as you really are? To look at yourself with eyes of kindness & the knowledge that whatever you put your mind to is achievable.

Extraordinary service is something that is so close to my heart, the way you’re welcomed, how your therapist explains things to you, a treatment full of intent & attention to detail. What are things that would make your experience extraordinary to you?

I’m so glad that I’ve had the privilege to build the kind of business culture that makes my staff want to be at work & makes my clients feel like part of the family. I believe it’s all because we are striving daily to be extraordinary.

Do it. Be extraordinary, the time is now.

 

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How did we get here?

Let’s not mention that it’s the 10th & I have just started typing, with no clue where this is going… The past month has seriously challenged me, stretched me, bruised me up physically & emotionally, but hey… here we are! Some people say I share too much, but I like the transparency of my clients walking this journey with me – you can tell me what you think?

In June I had no idea where my business would be moving to, no clue which way to turn, & completely overwhelmed by the amount of dedication & STAMINA it would take to get through building an entire new shop with absolutely no cash flow to fund any movement whatsoever. I sit here with the cool café melody playing from my new mani/pedi lounge & give all thanks to my God!

I had an incredibly small launch with the people who have seen my tears, held me tight when I was falling apart, who have talked my motivation back & told me “You can do it & it will be amazing” on days when I was ready to quit. Here’s what I’ve learned through this time… God moves when He knows you’re ready, not when you feel you are. If I had to dive into how God has made a way for me over & over during this time, I’m never getting to the newsletter 😂 I have been so out of this world, supernaturally, incredibly blessed & my heart is overflowing with gratitude.

Yes, I’m still having a wee bit of a disagreement with a carpenter, some electrical work still needs to be done & the plumber is currently trying to figure out why my washing machine is flooding the kitchen… BUT, we did it. I have congratulations from every client who has walked through the door, I have the most fantastic landlord & I have been blessed with the greatest love & support.

To every person who followed our competition on social media, who tagged, shared etc – I value you! To every client who bought vouchers & gave me & our business mind-blowing financial support, I thank you all so much, none of this would have been possible without you. To my AMAZING client who gave me a discount on all carpentry, lighting etc- thank you is just not enough!

To my circle, my behind the scenes, my champagne sponsor, my “God is going to come through for you” – you know who you are & I wouldn’t trade you for anything! My staff who let me be crazy & lovingly tell me to take a day off. I love you all so much!

To my mom-the real owner of this establishment- who waited to hear how much I would need, was ready to help with just 1 call or text. I did my absolute best to not loan, not go to the bank & I have truly been overwhelmed; but when that promo went out to buy vouchers, she used it as her way of pouring into my business & allowing me to maintain the “I did it on my own” – well, until this morning at least. 🤦🏽‍♀️Thank you for always believing in me, for trusting my business decisions & for standing behind the scenes always ready when I call.

I’m signing off now, not because I don’t have more to say & more of my story to tell but because I need to do the newsletter before Nozi asks why I’m not working 🙄

With all my love & gratitude,

Laurien


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