Today I didn't feel the need to talk directly about anything beauty related due to the sad incident that happened in Glasgow and the various other sad news I had seen with my fellow nail techs. With the buzz of this time of year it's easy to get caught to with the nice but minor importance of the season. Instead I wanted to talk about what really matters, spending time and appreciating your friends and family.
One of my favourite things about this time of year is the amazing love and warmth I feel from everyone, including clients. Today a mum of two of my friends came to get her nails done. She's been to me before but doesn't treat herself very often at all. She had told her daughter who was with me on Saturday that she had wished she had booked in for them to be done and as I had a little gap in my appointments I was able to fit her in today. Her daughter had paid me in advance for the appointment as a surprise so I had the pleasure of telling her when she reached for her purse at the end of the service. As soon as I told her she took a moment or two to register and then she was so happy that she came over and hugged me. It was just that thoughtful touch from her daughter mixed with the happiness I saw in her mum that made me almost teary eyed!
Last week I went to the Manchester Christmas Markets and there was a Christmas tree with Macmillan Wishes on there. There was a lot of remembrances on there but there was also a lot of love and well wishing as well.
I've also thoroughly enjoyed telling my clients that I am doing a paraffin wax treatment in their January appointments. Many have told me that I don't have to do that but I want to treat them as my way of thanking them for their business.
Without getting all soppy, I truly see the warmth all around as the excitement builds. One nail tech is suspecting her daughter is coming home from Australia to surprise her! Another has had her son come home from Australia which is the first time they've been together for two years. The subject of Australia is particularly close to my heart as my brother, his wife and baby emigrate in less than a month's time.
Although not every occasion around this time is a happy one (I myself lost my Nanna on Christmas Day 2009) counting all the blessings around you to me is the true spirit of the season.