After all that money are you consistently using your Home-care?

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You know how it goes, you buy and then OOPS! You go to bed and forget that eye cream! We have all done it and it's costing us, not just in the money we are spending, but in not using it we are not tending to the details of our lives. These little details are what move the needle ever so little enough to where we wake up one morning and look in the mirror and say when did this happen? Do I need to go see my Skin Lady? Well hopefully you will and have been seeing me regularly, and I hope that a few tips in this blog will give you ideas to stay the course. As everyday icons, your regular beauty ritual is a timeless principle that will allow for you to walk in this world with confidence and a sense of feeling as if you're a self-possessed Women; one who owns her essence and her true beauty through her self-care.

Some tips to make your beauty ritual consistent, and a time to nurture and to feel luxuriously cared for. An amount of time that is effortless because it is your time just like enjoying a bath or a cup of tea; its self-care meditation at its core. It will transform you into that place of ease, grace, and decadence from the aroma of the lotion to the glide of the serum to the spritz of the floral water. Its all an ultimate experience in pampering oneself.

  1. Make it a regular time every morning and every evening. Begin your day with that extra few min to have a large class of water, cleanse, serum with a little pressure massage and then spritz and moisturize, taking sunscreen into acct seasonally if not daily as part of your moisturizer. Don't forget to tap eye cream on that delicate area that needs just a bit more attn. Add body oils and natural essence to give you that boost as you leave the house or for that 2 cup of coffee or tea.

  2. At night have a beautiful tray by your bedside for you to have at the ready when those nights come so fast to an end and you are exhausted. Hand and eye cream, some serums and a light lavender oil to lull you to sleep. Water, water, water, I realize it may make for a disrupted sleep to run to the loo, but the vibrancy and the regularity it provides to the skin and body are priceless.

  3. Take time out to have a pillowcase that won't rob you of your precious oils. Most linens pull from your skins natural resources taking away your reserve. We carry a patented pillowcase that will have your skin hydrated.

  4. Have some "go to" throughout your day. Carry a little spray-on Moisture to spritz and stay fresh. I have an amazing Heavy water with Hyaluronic that is perfect. Drink water to stay hydrated and for added energy, reapply lipstick for that afternoon lull along with a quick brush of the teeth and another water. There is lil one has to do to create rituals that stand the test of time. Plan. Have things one needs to feel empowered and connected to self ( only you can know what those are). Eat breakfast, schedule regular pampering Facials and skincare treatments. Scheduling these are key to always feeling your best. Even when life hits ya and you're not feeling you can keep these rituals going, they will get ya back on course and will be timeless tools for a well lived life.

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EXPERT or wolf in sheep's clothing?

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Ok, SO I just gotta say this! EXPERT or SALESMAN! For those in Business, it can be a lil of both. I get it... we all have to make a living. Business is Business. YET when a client leaves a business with a product she doesn't need or has something similar already on her vanity that could and can work better, I take Issue!  YOU the consumer should NOT have to decipher what is in a product. THE EXPERT or person who is selling a product should ask "WHAT ELSE ARE YOU USING?" prior to just sending an $80 plus product home with the client. 

I am an expert. I say that with caution and confidence. I ask! I know! I believe in what I research and sell ( it may not be the trend) yet it will do what I say it does when used correctly and with proper application. So what brings all this on? Beauty bloggers are one Issue that I caution readers /viewers on. Yet more importantly when you leave your Dermatologist EXPERT or your Botox Filler Professional EXPERT (and this happens over and over again), The Client reaches out to me cause they bought into a product from one of the EXPERTS!  Beauty type department stores have done this in the past as well, Sent home not one but two products with similar ingredients JUST TO SELL. The Botox Professional Esthetician sent a Retinal A home when my Client already was using a similar version SHE DIDNT NEED NOR IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO USE BOTH! ASK? Meaning the professional should have reviewed with her all products and usage. DO I sound irritated? I am!  Not just cause of my poor client walking into the wolves den (a simple appointment), oh and this client is a smart intelligent woman so this is not about a Consumer needing to stay on top of ingredients. This is about the EXPERTS out there that should know better. ASK please ASK I will be honest. I will tell you what you need and I will tell ya what is fabulous and if it fits in your lifestyle and budget. YES buy those wonderful xtras that provide results ( they are out there) I carry several options . NOTE I said OPTIONS not everything is for everyone. SO when that Beautiful beauty blogger is reviewing something on HER skin, that's not a real tell.

WHY not ask someone who is trying these things out on several different types of skin and skin conditions along with different age levels to get a REAL overview. This is where I get a lil side ways with BLOGGERS /EXPERT???? She gets the product at no cost yet gets  a kickback if you buy? HUMMMM might be a tad tainted (Just Thinking). Affiliates are amazing in the Blogger world. It basically means dollar signs$$$$

So in the end be warned! Just putting it out there! Jenell's Skin is no wolves Den, and for over 20 years never has been. I will sell you products, YES! I believe in good Skincare Rituals. I will tell you don't get attached to anything I sell you cause I change things up constantly cause the skin is changing all the time. It needs to be stimulated and to generate a new response. Plus variety is the spice of life! Not to mention that Science is forever giving us amazing new discoveries that I want you to have privy to! I want you to have FIT Healthy Realistic ways of aging and to age Gracefully. Its that simple. Time to look at your vanity and to throw out the expired and to look at what may not be serving you any longer, especially if you have used the same thing for several years. I'm offering a skincare ritual review through Feb and over the next several months to kick off the new year with a fresh take on your GO TO for optimal Skin Homecare. 

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Ok so we are not in our twenties anymore!

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I realize the topic of skincare can get old for some, yet I have loved skincare since I was old enough to go to Payless Drugs with my babysitting earnings, and buy my first bottle of Pysoderm.  Remember Ponds cold cream? That was the only way we could get the Mascara off. It continued to evolve over the years and at the early age of 19 I had my very first official facial. It was at Macy's when Adrienne Arpel had developed her first line of skincare. It was over $100 to purchase those magic bottles. I clearly remember the start of a beloved ritual. It was an instant love affair with hot towels, extractions and all things in a bottle! She had become my idol and her story today inspires me.

They say that the most important time to take care of the skin is in your twenties and thirties....

Most women, however, don't act until they see the first wrinkle appear.

Women are heading to get the popular injections!  The Millennial (children of baby boomers), they love Makeup for their beauty. Contour creams, highlighting compacts, lip kits are selling like mad. I for one celebrate Skincare. I've tried following Kylie Jenner on Instagram. I've even tried to do the whole contour thing, (Fail). Skincare is the basis of all things beauty! It's like the house built on sand concept. Makeup only looks good when the skin is smooth and the pigment is even.  Note: Makeup lines are adding more and more anti-aging science-based ingredients so that's good news!

Well here's the dilemma, right now skincare seems kinda boring to some. It's not like I see skincare getting all the likes on Facebook, the pics are not as attractive as that beautiful landscape, ocean, food item, or my fav -  the desk that has the vase of peonies with the cool desk accessory and a coffee table book. No one really wants to talk about SPF and how that will prevent premature aging and those unsightly dark spots that appear on the driver's side of the face.

There is a reason facial masks on are the rise, trend-wise, they photograph well and have pretty colors like shades of pink and green. Korean skincare gets the credit for Masks. BTW (By the way) Facial Masks have come a long way. They give fast, visible results. We use them for prepping for makeup, perk up the skin before a big day at work or even an evening out. FYI - I'm introducing a terrific line of Masks (Casmara) to my clients now. Forty years of research has resulted in phenomenal results from these Masks.

When it comes to anti-aging, it does require a bit of patience and persistence. It does work, a tad slower if you got started late. Let's make skincare fun again! The research is there; we have what we call Superager's 1.They spend lil time in the sun. 2. They protect themselves when they do. 3. They never have dry skin 4. They have a positive attitude about life. These were the results of a study.  What was interesting was that stress, fast food, carbs, and sugar or drinking eight glasses of water a day didn't seem to make a difference. Go figure! So to mimic the Superager's they found that increased circulation under the skin has a greater likelihood of having a rejuvenating effect. Um, that's what Facials on a regular basis and good active ingredients do! Yeah, I can do that! Let's just say that skin care is an act of wellness! Let's just say its a simple ritual with long-term benefits and rewards that are completely painless and doable, where Botox, fillers and laser are a bit more complicated, painful, and expensive not to mention the downtime..

Don't wait till that wrinkle appears or gets deeper and it jumps out at the mirror every time. Come get a facial (and new MASK), and lets review your skincare.

I love skincare, Its in my bones and I'm constantly looking into skincare lines, ingredients and all other shiny objects. Its what I do and what I've been doing since I was 19!!! 

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Age has no limit, Sexy has no size!

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63-year-old Model Cindy Joseph coined Pro-aging  "We are taught that there is a prime time in our lives. I say throw that out. Every moment is your prime, there is no peak. It just gets better."

I so believe this to be true, Aging allows for us to know better so we strive to do better. It's not always perfect, perfect is so now boring! I may not feel or look better than I did a decade ago, yet the wisdom has allowed for me to look with a different pair of glasses and to say yes, we have some catching up to do ( you've been a bit distracted?)  Go gently in the direction of your desires and know that there is another way.  You don't have to work like a crazy person! Wanting to live out my life with energy and vitality and enjoying the rest of my journey, it will take me making different choices than I have. It will require a new kind of discipline, the kind that is necessary to be healthy, happy, and more present. Slowing down, taking more of this life in; deep breaths. Aging! Making more time to do the things we love and desire rather than putting them on the "Maybe Later" list.  BTW, my Hubby was the one who reminded and continues to remind me that "Sexy has no size". This constant obsessing of this, that or the other. You know what it is for you.  As I do this thing called Aging, obsessing starts to become clearer, and less intrusive because it starts to not matter as much, like my size. My Hubby is the one that I want to continue to desire me, and he does. It does matter that I feel good and look good (YES I would be lying if I didn't tell you I want to be smaller), but feeling good mentally & physically is what I'm  going for and we know that good health is part of that... and a healthy weight is too!

CNN made this report on Pro-Aging: The way you perceive aging can actually influence how you age. Aging, like many aspects of life, is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Positive and negative attitudes can affect your health behaviorally, psychologically and even biologically. Being "pro-aging," or satisfied with your own aging, can make you adopt healthier behaviors, feel in control of how you age and even heighten your immune system. Being "anti-aging," or perceiving aging negatively, can do the opposite.  

These suggestions are a great start, yet I can't help but think that Pro-Aging goes way deeper.

Can we change and begin shaping a different perception on Aging? I say YES! Just look around at what we see happening and follow the path of those who are killin' it in this area. One of my favorite stories by one of my favorite mentors, Louise Hayes, is how her life began at the age of 50; that is when she started to do all the things she thought previously not possible. She began Dance, Yoga, Gardening and so much more. Her story is inspiring and she is one of many. My business is built on the foundation of Pro-Aging. I have called it "aging gracefully" and the premise is the same. We keep getting better!  Softer? Yes! A few more creases? Yes! A lil slower to get up off the floor? Yes! Yet the difference between doing nothing and actively giving to yourself the gift of self-care (facials, yoga, vacations, girl time, creative space - too many to write), is so critical to the Pro-Aging process. Lets actively practice Pro-Aging. How are you currently practicing? I would love to hear?

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Newsletter: Step out of the MUNDANE

There is only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself
— Diane Vreeland

As Everday Icons let's step out of the Mundane this month.  What are your Dreams?  What is it you truly desire? I mean come on, it’s the month of Love, Hearts, and Hoopla. It can be your turn to turn yourself on… Really!!  Give this some thought. It can be Hard and sometimes we have to be reminded. Sometimes we just forget. What were some of your favorite things you loved doing as a child?  When was the last time you did one of those things? Without going too deep after all its February, a short month, let’s start with how do you want to feel? Let’s nurture what would make you feel good this month. Let’s keep it simple with say one thing.

I for one always want to feel pretty! SO this month let’s look at some simple ways to feel more (Fill-in the blank).  With it being Valentines, I’m choosing Lipstick and Lingerie!  OK, that’s two.  Whoop! Whoop! Lipstick is powerful! And Lingerie is NO longer about the Men in your life. It’s about YOU! With every (Feb Facial) receive a free lip hydrator.  

First off I always seem to save Reds for a special occasion! Everyday is a special occasion for the Everyday Icon! If you don't have a Signature Lipstick it’s time to find one. I’ve included a list of some of my faves at the bottom of this post. I also invested in some beautiful bras and treated myself to a specialist.  JUST BECAUSE It is vital that we have little secrets around our underpinnings.  

As far as Lipsticks go I for one have a nude and a plum as my daily go to. I have a red I’ve grossly neglected so I’ve challenged myself to wear it every day at work for February; Be on the lookout for Jenell’s Lips.

A Mentor I follow suggests that we should setup ourselves daily for success, and lipstick is one act that not only increases confidence but it says to the world I care, I pay attention and I AM beautiful! I know? ALL by just putting on a great lipstick! So what is your resistance to a great RED?  What belief are your holding onto that prevents you from stepping into a Simple act of feeling fabulous? A lipstick will do just that!  Trust me!  

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Here are some great shades to choose from; All from MAC. 
Ruby Woo; Red Cherry; MAC Red; D is for Danger...OR…Dream Big... GO GET MATCHED!  Have you ever treated yourself to a personalized lipstick match-up???

Shannon at Beauty Blend Studio is amazing and she is so suited to do this with extensive knowledge and background in Makeup, staying true to age appropriate and tasteful current techniques. Treat yourself to Shannon! 6717 Winding Way, Fair Oaks CA 95628 • 916-966-8888 

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Special Event: I recently invested in some beautiful BRA’S at my favorite Lingerie Shop, Yve's Lingerie. Yvonne is so amazing and the absolute best at bra fitting. I visit her shop at least twice a year.  I want all of you to be able to know just how fabulous a good-fitting bra feels & looks, so I’m having a “bra fitting” event this month at Yve’s Lingerie!  This is “Life Changing” ladies.  You won’t want to miss it plus…there will be wine and for every guest you bring, a FREE lip colour!

February SPECIAL: For those looking to refresh and renew your skin care ritual, we have a GREAT SPECIAL with an outstanding line that is sure to get you on track for the most healthy, vibrant, radiant skin ever!!!  When you purchase a series of PORCELAIN PEELS, you’ll receive almost $500 in Free – yes Free products… (In keeping with the theme of Valentines, we are introducing a new Rouge peel) Both the Porcelain and Rouge require no downtime with amazing results. This is new technology at its best.  The first ten people to purchase a series receives a Rouge peel for free (valued at $200)

Tip: Now’s the time to keep things simple yet to empower you to be on top of your game.  Tackle your old makeup and expired skin care products by just Simply throwing them out. 

Make February all about your dreams and desires.

From my heart to yours,

Jenell

Quality: A Degree of Excellence

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Quality? It Means different things to different people.  I want to start paying attention to Quality in all areas of my life. Its starts of course with Quality Thoughts. Quality Food. Quality purchases. Quality time. Quality conversations. Quality people, QUALITY! Quality thoughts = quality life!

          I was preparing for a short trip to a Conference recently and headed to the Mall. My standard Mall excursions are usually done in a frenzy,  I tend to get side tracked and spend money on  shiny objects. This time, QUALITY was in my thoughts! So I took time to stop into Nordstrom's Café (Sacramento's best secret for lunch) and enjoy a  salad out on the patio with a cup of tea. No rushing for this Girl! Quality time! Then, with every purchase I asked myself "Is this Quality?" Is this something I really need, or just want?  Will it last a long time? Will I repeat wearing it to get full value? Is this a quick purchase to get me through my weekend, or just to feel good? ( BTW its ok to purchase something to feel good!)  IT WORKED! I spent less! I enjoyed the process, it felt good! 

                     Quality you see comes down to TASTE! As Steve Jobs said:" It comes down to exposing yourself to the best things humans have done, and then incorporating those things into what you are doing." Details always make me think of quality! at Jenell's Skin details tell the Story!  He further states that " The way we're going to ratchet up our species is to take the best and spread it around , so everyone grows up with better things, and  begins to understand the subtleties ." Subteties/Details!  My Client shared a saying " Buy once, buy right!" I liked that! You see, I want you to feel the upmost of Quality every time you step into Jenell's Skin. I want you to know that I constantly look at treatments, products and Modalities  to insure you only experience Quality! I also take the BEST of what I study and see and incorporate what I can into every thing I offer! My hope is that I always expose you to Quality! It is my passion, my art and my life!

        I hope you take the best of what we do here at Jenell's Skin and spread it around, share with those you love most, so they too can be exposed ! I believe monthly tending to our Skin, as well as Soul makes for a better World! and a Quality life!

               Remember, every time you spread the best of what we Humans offer your spreading Good Karma, and we have a new " Karma Kard " to insure we honor all referrals by giving back to you! Be sure and ask on your next visit?

 

From My Heart to Yours

Jenell

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Elegant Women Don't Complain

      A Well Lived Life!  If that is the goal, I'm reminded that when I don't quite feel my best, whether that be emotionally, spiritually, or physically, I start to hear the internal chatter.  You know what I mean: I'm not pretty enough! I'm not happy with my life! I need to lose weight, make more mone , work more, be more!  Yadda, yadda. Of course it always starts with self, then it moves outward. Politics, the girl at the makeup counter, the spouse. Here it comes, can't shut it off, the complainingis turned on full-tilt which of course, doesn't make me feel better; never has.  So why do I still do it? Do I enjoy being miserable? The fact is my reaction to negative feelings and negative chatter is learned, and I learned it long ago.  It's familiar behavior. But because it is learned, I can un-learn it. It really is just a thought, a thought I created. OH! So I can choose another thought! I can change my behavior!  I can learn to respond, not react!   Yet I still manage to think some sort of venting feels good?

      Most of us do this (complain) so very well that we convince ourselveswe aren't REALLLY complaining, we're just  stating some concerns/disappointments/frustrations, maybe even facts!  Yeah I know, not you. We tell ourselves that we are mostly "a very positive person!"

      We stay in gratitude, we are trying. Well I have been trying, is it enough? I'm still amazed at how much I truly have to catch and not so much catch myself with the self talk! Its so bad we mostly are not even aware, it is subtle, very subtle. I hear women daily, I even have used the term "I'm not sharing this with you to gossip" I have good intentions! REALLY just writing this, I'm embarrassed. Who am I kidding? I was totally gossiping!

          So this complaining thing is one thing I think can change the trajectory of ones life? It's a simple thing, by not complaining am I able to focus on all things good? At least that is the point! I think it really is that simple, or that is my wish! I want to see if I can create a new habit loop around this one thing in my life? Maybe worry less? It seems like that is a waste of time as well. 

          So let's try this together grab a hair tie, a pretty one because I'm staying true to the idea of surrounding myself with only pretty things. Every time you hear yourself complain, snap that pretty hair tie to give yourself the awareness that will aid you in  stopping the madness. I'm thinking that to live well is to stay in the power of all is good! All is as it should be, and that I'm so very lucky every moment of every day to be alive and to have an amazing family, children, grandchildren, job, friendships, health, wealth (not a million dollars kind of wealth but enough!),  vacations, freedoms,  I know I could go on and on. You can to! I believe this with every fiber of my being. We have more to celebrate than to complain about!  Now I may not practice this always, but I believe everything and anything good will come from practice!

           Oh to be an elegant woman! In my mind, they are the last to ever complain, they just exude grace and ease even when things are not as lovely as they could be.  Let's start with the simple things, staying in the moment of Life is Wonderful!  If we stay true to the moment its a little less likely we will complain. Come by and get your pretty hair tie! I have one for you!  And I promise to celebrate everything with you!

So I Think I'm Loving Menopause

        As I'm entering this phase of my life and tackling the symptoms of menopause, I realize that there are way too many negative conversations that I'm having with my clients and friends. As I work on embracing these not-so-positive changes, (hot flashes, disrupted sleep patterns, irregular periods -  if at all, mood swings, irritability, low tolerance for others, having to work harder to maintain or reduce weight). OK, so the list does appear to be bad, there has been one area of my life that I'm embracing and even liking! It's my voice! It's a voice that has been hiding out for far too long. My hubby is the one who is struggling the most, yet it's time... and I'm liking it A LOT!

        You see, it comes down to this, and please correct me if I'm wrong: Women in general stay quiet way too long to keep the peace or to protect the children. In general, as history has it, we still hang onto the "be pretty and polite, don't rock the boat."  Sometimes, putting up a fight is exhausting and futile! We are so good at creating calm and defusing tension.

        I'm loving this time in my life. I'm loving my voice and I'm not putting up with anything that does not create joy and connection in my life. I'm not willing to listen to excuses! Even my own are starting to sound pathetic! Yes, I've got plenty of excuses, but don't we all? I'm not forgetting to be gentle during this time; sleeping a little bit later to make up for a rough night, paying attention to my wants a tad more. After all, this can be a difficult time so it's good to treat oneself just a little bit more. History has given us plenty of insight into this next phase of our womanhood. It's clear to me that I not only get to have a better voice, I'm coming into a time of my life where ease, elegance and grace are the focus. Perfect timing, I think.

       I believe that history has also shown us where, as women, we feel more empowered during this change in our season.  To be more of the woman we knew we wanted to be, yet might not have known quite what that was supposed to look like. Now it is becoming more clear. I love this time in my life. One of the things I'm changing is to SLIM down. Not the go on a diet kind of slim, but trimming all the things in my life that no longer serve me. I'm slimming down the chaos and the to-do and the to-be.

        What might ridding ourselves of all the excess look like? Last year I started with the actual physical things, started clearing the clutter in each and every room. This year I'm looking inward to rid myself of all the OLD tapes of the "To-Do." list. That list looks very different this year. As with a previous blog, I talked of the list of WANTS and EXPERIENCES.  Now don't get me wrong, I am well aware of how hard old habits are to break, that is why I'm starting with lists, lots of them. It's my way of focusing on good stuff like how I want to feel. So in continuing with history and the gift of age, watching my own mother as she aged, I want to pay more attention to the things that matter; that also mattered to her. Her children, her religion, reading, and even those silly old television shows. Staying in her jammies just a little bit longer in the mornings, eating only when and what she enjoyed.  All the things that brought her joy.  http://www.jenellgarcia.com

Serums

 If you dressed like this, it's time for a night serum.

If you dressed like this, it's time for a night serum.

So we need to use serums. Great.

          But what are they? How do we use them? Are they really necessary and do they really do what they say they do? Why are they so expensive? Do I really need them?

          Serums are beautiful science!

          Serums are what I consider my little bottles of magic! They are a powerhouse to the skincare world.  Serums are designed to correct skin conditions.  In short, they are purposeful, effective ingredients. To date, serums are potent, targeted, and so much more advanced than ever. They address a wide range of skin concerns.  Some examples are dehydrated skin, excessive oil and large pores, crows feet and crepy skin, especially in the delicate tissue around the eyes. Remember that as we age, we use the muscles around the eyes in different ways, so it creates a type of strain that adds to the eye being utilized differently. Thus we get a deeper type of crows feet. Serums also address the dark spots that appear on the skin surface as we age known as hyperpigmentation.

         So yes, you will spend more ounce per ounce on a serum because their job is to deposit a higher concentration of specific target active ingredients.

       Proper Usage is Vital!  If used incorrectly and not positioned correctly in your homecare, they become less effective, if not, pointless. So don't just go buy one and not have good direction on there use; meaning that it goes on early in the layering process and if you place it on top of a cream it most likely will not even hit the surface of the skin!  Serums should never be greasy or heavy,  and if so, readdress the usage and application. Delivery is key! Serums have a smaller molecule so that the actives ( active ingredients) are allowed to penetrate skin deeper and more rapidly than creams; working their magic.

         At Jenell's Skin, we incorporate serums in all our treatments. In addition, we can use modalities such as Microcurrent, Ultrasound and Massage to push and penetrate these actives  even further into the skin. We recommend specific home-care to further enhance serum penetration.  Furthermore, certain actives can push other actives into the skin, creating another form of delivery. We strive to keep raising the bar with technology and science as our constant guide to set our salon apart from the rest. Always keep in mind that the salon is a place to restore the soul and to use science to assist your skin in being reborn beautifully!  http://www.jenellgarcia.com/

 

Living a Well-Lived Life: March

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    LIVING BEAUTIFUL!

             What is it about the new year that with every passing year January and February seem to  just go Poof!? And suddenly it's March?  In my January blog, I wrote about January being dubbed "Gentle January." It was to get away from the whole "hit the ground running" of the New Year!  How is your 2017 looking? How are your FEELING about the New Year?  Did you get a chance to reflect, review, and breathe into the start?

              My hope is that here at Jenell's Skin, I can inspire you to look at what it is that you value most in your beautiful life, and to offer a bit of guidance with some simple prompts to take a closer look at what living a well-lived life REALLY means to you?

            I will be the first to admit that the answer to what a well-lived life looks like, was complex.  Then it occurred to me that at different times in my life, the definition has changed and that right now it NEEDED to change. So I reached out to the experts, not that we are not the experts of our own lives, but just some people who show up as the ones who are inspiring me by how they are living their own lives and have made it their passion and mission to inspire others.

            My hope is to share in their wealth of knowledge and, of course, you as my clients and friends continue to inspire me each and every day. So this is all about sharing and experiencing things together. Hope you're "IN!" First things first: in my experience, to live a beautiful life, one MUST embrace simplicity! It is the simple pleasures and more importantly the awareness of them that create the start of a well-lived life. But let's talk just a bit deeper and start with what it is that you find defines success?

            What is success for YOU? Is it lots of money, travel, or time with family? How, up to this point in your life, have you defined it? I'm just gonna guess that a good place to start is to think of when and where you are the MOST HAPPY? Just for fun, get out that beautiful new journal you bought for yourself and list all your happy places. If you don't know what makes you happy, how are you going to get there?  I realize this sounds obvious, yet at 53 I'm just now exploring and getting curious about this because quite frankly, I've been in urgency "Gotta work to get there" mode for so long, that I forgot what made me happy along the way (other than my children).  I'm starting over, I know I'm not alone, some of you have shared some similar feelings. So once you've made a list of your HAPPY PLACES, share it with someone this month. There's an incentive from me to do it! If you post what you did from your list on the Jenell's Skin Facebook, you get a freebie from me! Now I'm not talking about big things, start small think "simple pleasures." Example: I love to read because reading transports us to different times, places & cultures. It takes us outside of ourselves and it connects us to one-another. One of my favorite things is to chat with my clients about what their reading. By the way, what was your most memorable read as of yet? We are posting all the great reads at the Salon. 

                       Heres to a beautiful well-lived life!  http://www.jenellgarcia.com/

It's That Time of the Year? Valentine's!

I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and... I believe in miracles.
— Audrey Hepburn

 

           I am always the first one who buys candy and gets my décor out to celebrate! I love a reason to feel festive and do little things for my children.  But in my business, I'm constantly reminded that we are not loving ourselves nearly enough.  No one is going to take care of our needs like we can, and as for me personally, I am tired of WAITING!

           Don't get me wrong, my Hubby is a great gift giver.  He is very heartfelt and he gives it so much thought! Yet I still find that there is one thing that is just not getting addressed: Worthiness.  My worthiness. Yes, I'm still of the mindset that there are certain expectations that I have wanted and waited for in my spouse.  Well that's not really fair, is it? What that is saying is that expectation is a pre-arranged resentment.  This Valentine's Day, are you waiting for that extra special something? Or can you think to give to yourself? As your beauty expert, I would be grossly dropping the ball if I did not bring up that our abiltity to age gracefully is all about treating yourself with the highest of standards! There is no need to compare; there is Barney's and there is K-mart.

            So I'm offering a few simple suggestions just to test yourself on how and where you fall on the scale of loving yourself.  Are you waiting for someone else in your life to take care of your needs and wants and, oh yeah, the big one: DESIRES?

             What are you waiting on?  Does this sound familiar, "When I lose that weight, then I'll go horseback riding, rollerskating or wear that two piece."?  Okay, I'm not gonna wear a two piece. What about "When I'm completely out of debt I'll travel?" Or "When I finish the back yard I'll invite my friends over?" "When I become a better cook, I'll entertain more?"

              Well, I'm gonna start with myself this Valentines Day. Of course I'll do something special for the Hubby, I do love him! I just want to look at ways I would like to covet myself more and maybe treat myself like a fine wine or piece of art or even better: Couture clothing! That kind of goes with my word for the year: CHANEL. Did you read that blog? You see, I don't own a piece of couture clothing (yet)! What goes into it being so coveted and costly? Well for one, only the finest goes into the making of couture between the material, the mastery in the seamwork, everything about it is of the highest standard. I think that's a good start. What am I putting into my body? What effort am I making to get dressed and prepared for my day? I mean, if I did own something couture, would I just throw it on the foot of the bed when I took it off? Would I go work out in it?

              What's one inspired action that I can take to treat myself in the highet regard? Maybe a truffle with a good glass of wine instead of Hersey kisses? I'm certain that if I eat a Hersey kiss, that I can not just eat one!  But, a fabulaous truffle is so very satisfying. FYI: my Hubby has purchased not one but three bags of red, pink and white peanut M & M's , Yes I've been partaking in the madness of so much chocolate.

              So I'm just doing some thinking and yet at the same time I want to look at things and take some much needed action. I've listed a few things to hopefully prompt you to love yourself a little more and to make this Valentine's about YOU!  Small steps can add some much-needed love without waiting on anyone or anything!  Maybe as you're lathering on all those amazing ingredients I send you home with, think about immersing yourself a little longer in the tub or taking a meditative walk verses a high impact run.

       Here are some things to think about:

  • How about seducing yourself? 
  • Write yourself a love list.
  • What about a daily brag?
  • What do you love about yourself?
  • Dress like a woman in love! ( I love this one).
  • Demand respect from Yourself FOR Yourself! 
  • Plan a desire date to be wild, daring, even ridiculous!

          Happy Valentine's Day ladies! I hope this gives you something to think about! Now go out and buy that lipstick!  Jenell             http://www.jenellgarcia.com/

A tribute to Ellen

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    Today I lost a dear friend. She was fierce as well as a healer. She taught yoga and she could breathe like no other; she was a master at a craft called "Breathwork." She was well educated and practiced all that was holistic.  She taught as well as shared her many talents with everyone. She was more than a dear friend, she was one of my mentors. Ellen had so many gifts, too many to name.    

     Here is the thing: Why her? Why this one? She followed all the rules and then some. You know we wake up everyday to the TO DO list: take your vitamins, drink water, meditate, move your body, eat wholefood, give back. YADDA YADDA .

     Ellen did all that! If anyone would of told me I would be visiting this dear woman in the hospital and within a week be saddened by her loss?  She would not be the one. Not her.  My heart is heavy but I know she is at peace. She is with her beloved husband who was taken to soon as well. Ellen leaves me with the very thought that it just should not be that important for us to worry so much about all the TO DO's.

     Don't get me wrong, I'm not angry, a little shocked yes! I'm just sad that I spend so much time on things that really do not matter. Yes, I want to be healthy, yes, I want to live a full life. I want to be around to see my grandchildren have children. I know how much Ellen loved her little grandbabies! They were what she talked of most. I just don't want to waste precious time any longer on things like "Why I cant get my weight off?" or "How many projects are not getting done?" "Is the dog room is starting to get smelly?" or "Am I going to get everything that needs to get done, done?" Now none of these things are wrong, its just that Ellen reminds me that I want her death to leave me with more meaning! I want her to be my reminder that its more important to love everything I do, to make it a daily practice to love the world, despite any political belief. I want to work on not complaining EVER! Its not very elegant, Ellen was elegant, she always wore a beautiful scarf and vibrant colors, she spoke with such kindness and never complained she was always so inspiring and had a contagious smile. And no one hugged like Ellen (except maybe my Dad he was a great hugger)! I think I want to be great at that!

      Life is too short, we hear that saying often, yet it takes a loss to grasp the meaning and then we forget, until the next loss.  My tribute to Ellen is a life well lived! And the knowledge that life is a daily gift.  Ellen will always be remembered, I loved that woman and she was one of my gifts.

So are you in?

The Skin Club that is! Do you even know what "the Club" is or offers? This is what I call the "NO BRAINER" of Jenell's Skin.

Simply put, you join (yearly fee).  You then receive free stuff and discounts. Even if you're one of those members who happens to buy into a gym membership, and NEVER makes it to the gym ( believe me, I've been there), the great thing about Skin Club is that it pays for itself with only 3 visits. 3! Did I mention you get specials each month delivered to your inbox with a gentle reminder? Yet more important, it allows me to guide and hold your hand throughout the membership to insure your using the savings best suited for YOU and Your Personal Skincare regime!

Not everyone fits in "The Club". But if you're already scheduling regular appointments, then you're a great fit! Or, if you're one of those who struggle to put yourself on "THE LIST" (you know who you are) the "CLUB" is even a better fit to insure that you're taking care of YOU!  ALL AT A DISCOUNT! So are you in?

PSSST! Oh hey, I forgot there are some extras (like peels and ultrasounds) that only come at a cheap rate when you're in "THE CLUB!" So check it out! Treatments are priced so low as a member that they can easily be added to your facial or done as a stand alone both with tremendous impact!  Oh did I tell ya how cheap they are if your "IN?!"  Membership does have its privileges!

SHHHH!   Be sure and ask me how to get in the "CLUB!"  http://www.jenellgarcia.com/

               

So it's a New Year!

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been.
— Unknown

So with a New Year comes all sorts of hoopla.  Mostly we start to reflect and to feel the pressure of the "New Years Resolution!"
          I, for one, am tired of this process and have taken on a new approach. One: I have taken on a theme for January called "Gentle January" (stole that from one of my new Mentors).  Me being the lover of themes, any theme gets the creative in me excited.  Two: I chose a Word for the year to represent how I want to feel, live, and cultivate living more beautifully!  I chose this word from a pattern of three words that kept showing up in My World on a regular basis. These words are "Grace, Ease, and Elegance." So it just seemed natural to choose a word for the year that brought all those together: CHANEL (not to mention that the colors Black and White have long been my favorite combination). I love the Chanel No. 5 perfume, one that I wear more than any other. She (Chanel) is the iconic Woman that screams "Grace, Ease, and Elegance."
          So my word for the year is Chanel! Here's the thing... I have some goals that I've set.  Not "Resolutions", but Goals.  I'm a big believer in a goal not written is only a wish!  More importantly I need to live, breathe, eat, sleep, meditate and be grace, ease, and elegant. It is time.
            I've done the chaos thing for far too long. 2017 I will be 53 and I want to want, what I want with no apologies. I want to make this year about lists; lists tracking the kind of woman I want to be (as I'm becoming).  Lists of happy things, lists of dreams and desires, lists of how I want to feel everyday. Lastly (and this is a biggie), a list of what I will NOT do anymore!

     So with my year of not doing more to be more, to gain progress only when my heart and my head align, and with the focus on the LISTS, it will be a different kind of year.  What kind of word would you pick? What is it you REALLY want for yourself in the New Year? Is it really to set a bunch of unrealistic goals that add heaviness to your spirit? Is it the thought of you needing to be fixed? I say you are perfectly imperfect just as you are. With the lists comes lightness and joy.  I believe that once we start focusing on what we want and how we want to feel, we will see that extra weight come off without going on a diet.  We will find joy in our everyday living, and ease into Living Beautifully. That is Jenell's Skin wish for you!  Happy New Year!! http://www.jenellgarcia.com/

 

PS. I feel like we waste so much time and energy judging ourselves by what we should be doing. We should spend time thinking about what we should not be doing! Here are some ideas for unresolutions!

I will not...

I wont waste time doing...

I have no intentions of...

I'm not going to...

I'll stop...
 

Seasonal Reboot


          I love the Seasons whether its Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring. Each hold a festive favorite. I owe that to my mother!
         She always found a way to bring in each season with a simple festive flare. You may have remembered in past blogs me mentioning her claim to fame with fabric. Like a can of paint to most, my mother could take a quarter of a yard of seasonal fabric and Bam! it just felt like a celebration.
          As with each seasonal change comes seasonal Rituals; Ahhh (me loves a ritual!) Those too became "Festive Fav!" Close your eyes, take a deep breath, reflect for just a moment back to a memory. Maybe in your childhood you think of a smell at a certain time of year? Or a family tradition that carried over? What are your favorites?  Ex: Spring brings a feeling or urge to purge, to "Spring Clean."
           Summer is a bit more laid back with longer days and time outdoors. Being outdoors is my version of meditation since I don't practice that on a regular basis. Autumn brings "back to school," cooler days and another version of "New Year" for me.  Autumn is my goal setting/ revamp/gear-up time. Winter means football, winter naps, and of course the beloved Christmas!
           All of these shaped and deepened my love of the seasons! I'm sitting in a Hotel room as I write this, in my jammies, its almost two o'clock.
I am so grateful for some quiet time before I head to a Trade Show. I'm more grateful for the room for two days (by myself)  than the actual purpose of being here, work! It makes me think of the many seasons we women go through in our lives resulting in the Wisdom of Age! More importantly, new seasons add to my own personal growth. This is a new season for me.
            This is my season to create those quiet moments, learn how to be still, enjoy more moments with myself, get myself back on the list and not keep marking myself off as "to do later." Why does that one keep coming back season after season? Time to revisit my purpose and my passions and play. Oh the seasons! I truly love them!
             So be on the look out for a new kinda club at Jenell's Skin! I'm calling it "Adventure Club" and it's all about restoration! No matter what season you're in, you deserve to play, restore, explore, and, most importantly, to place yourself on your personal "DO NOW" list!  Step out of the " get to me later" pattern and take care of YOU!  CELEBRATE! YOU! NOW!
               My wish this Season is for you to do just that, reconnect with SELF! Immerse yourself in the Season and take it all in. Cherish the little moments, and take care of YOU! Happy Holidays!
                          From my heart to yours!    http://www.jenellgarcia.com/

                            Jenell
 

My Daughter Got Married!

I planned a wedding! For some unknown reason, the Gods totally blessed me through the process. Meaning that I’ve been blessed not only with an amazing young lady who was completely aware of cost and was gracious enough to be conscience of this, but the fact that we completely connected on pretty much every level throughout the process!

But despite my luck, I learned a few things during this "planning a wedding" thing. Maybe it’s just me or maybe it’s just this time in my life, but as I’ve treasured this extra time with my daughter, something strange came to my attention. Now I know how beautiful my daughter is… I know that at 27 years old, most young women are going to take center stage up against mom, or for that matter, any 52 year old woman. Yet as I was out and about enjoying the planning, I noticed how invisible I became in my daughter’s presence. Am I fading? I look in the mirror and my lips are not pink anymore. They are more the color of my skin (thank goodness for lipstick). My eyes are a tad more sunken in, my lids are slowly hitting my eyeliner (thank goodness for my micro-current), my skin tone (despite some broken capillary's) looks pretty darn good (thank goodness for the ultrasound)! Maybe not as good as my daughter’s olive toned skin, which she inherited from her father, but thank goodness for my business! It really is working!

Yes, to some extent, I’m fading. But it’s enough to just cherish my daughter’s youth, be grateful that I’m not 27 again, and embrace this special time as I enter this wondrous half of my life. Is it going to be wondrous? That is entirely up to me! I can choose to continue to fade or I can make choices to feel vibrant, alive, and beautiful at any age. Louise Hays just was getting started at 50, and at 70 she added even more to her hobbies and desires. She is one of my heroes.  

If you feel like you might be fading, come chat with me. We can talk about that. I’ve got a plan to take my skincare up a notch to insure I feel and look my best. Jenell’s Skin is committed to making women at any stage in their life feel valued, beautiful, and to step into aging gracefully! It’s all about sharing and connecting along the journey. Hope to see you all in the treatment room!  http://www.jenellgarcia.com/blog/

Routine or Ritual?

Recently I started paying a lil more attention to words: I got introduced to a goal setting system that requires a lil bit of dictionary work. It was a new way of looking at meanings and the FEELING behind words!

So as I dug into this system, the focus was getting past the typical ” TO DO! ” list and more into looking at what we wanted to create based on FEELINGS.  How do we want to FEEL as we take on any type of task, or really anything we do? This was a concept I had not really explored before.

Keep in mind that most of us, or I’ll just speak for myself, tend to tackle life as a “Has to be done” kinda gal! Not really the best way to look at life. Some of my belief systems in the past were the "Buck up and get ‘er done".  If nobody’s gonna get stuff done, then I’m gonna barrel through no matter what sacrifices need to be made; STUFF just has to get done -  PERIOD!  UGH!!

So as I looked at this new concept there was this refreshing take on allowing myself to explore how I wanted to FEEL!  In life there are some of us that felt we just needed to shut down those feelings, or risk not getting the result we thought we wanted.
As I’m writing this, I FEEL a swell of emotion come up over me. How did this happen?  This going through the motions on a daily bases?  CRAP! This is NOT what I wanted. Really! I want joy, laughter and all the things in my heart that I know are there for me and what we are meant to have.

  For this blog then, I wanted to start with the word Routine, which made me feel bored, repetitive, lack luster and monotonous.

Now, on the other hand, the word Ritual felt sacred, special. It felt like a gift to self. Routine felt rushed, have too.
Ritual;  just saying the word slowed me down, made me feel connected, more present. So it comes down to choosing?

So here’s the thing…Most of us take the things that we value most ( like say creativity or vacations), for granted. These things automatically become a Ritual.  A example of this is every Summer we take a week to go camping; it's high value time spent with the Family and we never waiver. Now other things that we say are important or maybe even believe we value somehow are harder to fit in.

Based on our priorities, there are some things viewed more as Routines.
We know their importance, we know we need to fit them in, BUT they somehow get placed aside. We want them to be a regular routine/ritual.  We know we need them to be regular things like being healthy, being more productive, Yadda Yadda Yadda!

Well, the reality is that stuff and life gets in the way! An example: I’m a skin gal. It's my livelihood. It's a no brainer that I do my Skincare Ritual without fail AM/PM.  It’s like clockwork. It always gets done! I know the value -  it produces results - PERIOD! The truth is that anything done repeatedly produces results. Its a conversation I have with my 13 year old daily. Now there is such a thing as repetition and wasted effort.  That is what is known as “killing motivation”; example of this is spending a ton of money at the department store on fancy products and not getting the expected results.

So by now you know I’m going for the word Ritual!  Right now Korean Skin Care is hitting the U.S. Market in full force. In researching the Culture I was so impressed with their approach to Skin Care.

For Example:

  • Korean Women view Skin Care as a Ritual, a sacred one and is taught at a young age.
  • Korean women treat the skin with reverence.
  • They treat skin care as an Anti aging tool to prevent the damage vs American Women treat once the damage is done and the repair is needed, when a Wrinkle appears or age becomes visible.
  • Beauty products are coveted by Korean women.
  • Beauty rituals are a daily part of life in Korea, it is their passion.
  •  One last fact: Korean Skin Care (Men & Women) consists of at least 10 products/steps. NO, I don’t believe you need 10 steps /products for beautiful skin.

My Promise:

I will not sell you ten products! I will save you time and money on making ridiculous purchases.  Long term I’ll save you from over doing the whole filler and laser thing, which comes with their own concerns -  not just in cost! You WILL AGE most gracefully, so when and if you choose to go under the knife you will heal faster, get better results, and have results last longer for optimal results!  Routine or Ritual? You choose!

What can we learn from Skin Care?  You are Sacred perhaps, and You are worth it!  Let the little things we do everyday ( Solid, informed Skin Care for example), make a difference.

There is a Japanese word “Te Ate” which literally means to apply HANDS!
Back before modern medicine, people believed that by placing ones hands on an injury, it promoted healing.  I believe with every ounce in my body that this holds true today!

  Come see me soon! Let my hands heal your skin and your spirit! It really does FEEL wonderful!

From my heart to yours!

~ Jenell               http://www.jenellgarcia.com/

If not Now! When?

So in keeping with the Weight Watchers theme and hearing those famous last words, “If not now! When?” That's going to be our personal Motto for 2016 here at Jenell’s Skin!

CELEBRATE! YOU! NOW!  Not "When". I wanted to highlight one of my many Beautiful Clients who recently made the choice to “DO THE NOW!”

My hope is that you too will gain insight from Barbara’s Story. You see Barbara was what I call my “Treat yourself ” Client, she was that Gal that only came in when she wanted a “treat ”  Needless to say I saw very little of Barbara.  Barbara had raised six children and still was working for the State at the age of 85.  Yeah!!! You read right….85!!!!  Still going to work and still loving it!  Barbara was a widow who enjoyed her children and grandchildren, along with work.

Barbara is vibrant, happy,  and she attracted a wonderful man into her life.  She was getting ready to set sail on yet another incredible chapter of her life with her new found love of  91 years (young). Her Hubby to be.  So with a wedding to prepare for along with an early retirement (really?).  Well, after all, New Hubby wanted to travel!

You guessed it!  Barbara called me to book her usual “treat yourself” appointment.  Little did she know that we were gonna have a “come to Jesus” talk….

We chatted about her upcoming nuptials and then we laid out a plan to get her skin a glow!  And no, I didn’t have to say what I so often hear our Health Care Professionals say far too often…”What do you expect for your age!?”

Let me just shout it from the rooftop…WE ARE NEVER TOO OLD FOR ANYTHING!!!  To get healthy, to learn something new, to change careers or to challenge our doctors! When something is not right and we know better it’s never too late to change our minds and behaviors; especially with things that add value or make us feel good.

So Barbara made a commitment to see me a little more consistently.  She, not just me, saw, felt and noticed how good the treatment and products worked.  She saw a difference, not only invested in herself but in future treatments.

REMEMBER!  We are allowed at any age to have expectations,  to be realistic with what we have done in the past and know that we can still make a difference.

Whatever it may be, dreams, desires , it’s all about deciding– NOW! Choose the level of commitment that is going to get you where you want. Choose Space for example. This is a tough one for me.  The space to get out of the “how & when”.  The Space to get out of our Own Way.  “How” keeps us stuck – it freezes the process, others can figure out the “How”.

So how about you!?  Are you a maintenance person, someone who just “treats themselves” or are you a commit to the process?  Do you have good home care?   Are you “treating yourself’ every NOW  and THEN or more regularly/consistently?

Remember, occasional trips to the gym get you ZERO results.  Regular brushing and flossing allows for better and cheaper visits to the dentist.  Do you love your skin? If not, are you just settling for what you pickup at the Grocery store? Or have you asked an expert to design a home care that gets you results.

Yes, that’s where I come in! I’m your partner in this (treating yourself to great Skin Care).  It is what wakes me up at night, it gets me out of bed every morning.  It works and I want you to CELEBRATE  every time you lookin the mirror.  Commit to your skin! Commit to yourself! Let me navigate all the science and hoopla….I promise it does make a difference!!!

My hope is that we can all learn a thing or two from those around us who are choosing to live life NOW!  See ya at your next Salon visit! Jenell

http://www.jenellgarcia.com/

 

Buddy Up!

Everything is better with a Buddy! I just got back with Weight Watchers and no, not because of Oprah, but because it WORKS!

One of the tools is the weekly meetings. It’s a short 30 min meeting where we get to share,  support, gain insight and learn through other’s  journey. You see my journey is not about food or weight, although yes those may be symptoms, but it goes much deeper than that, it’s about getting reconnected to FEELING! I sort of lost my way in all the hustle and bustle of life.   As I listen to others it’s clear we all have a deeper source of why we do the things we do and that no matter what, these stories all have a way of connecting us in some way shape or form. You see, we are just not meant to go it alone.

As I was thinking about my theme for the Salon this month( BUDDY UP!) and of course being Valentine, I wanted it to be more than just about our Significant others or a referral. I wanted it to extend to the people who mean the most and to expand it to the Special peeps (people) in our lives.   Be it Family member’s , Co workers, Childhood friendships or Significant others, we just simply need one another. They are our Tribe and we need our tribes to get through every aspect of our lives. FACT: People with a solid group of friends are 50% more likely to survive at any given time than those without! (I got that from Oprah).  These Friendships are meant to be for cheerleading, support, confidants, Seasoned advisors, whatever their roll, they carry with it a deep sense of belonging. They GET you, and even when they don’t they still serve as a source of wisdom and care.

So prior to writing this I came to a heartbreaking conclusion that I’m not a very good friend! I haven’t been for a very long time! You see I’m a very good Esthetician.   It became painfully easy to push those who are important aside when it came to my sense of duty with work and Family.

FACT:

Being a loner is  equivalent in mortality to smoking 15 Cigarettes a day! Riskier than being Obese or not exercising. SCARY! STUFF! You know the/my story; when I’m not working I’m at Baseball/Football games or practices. On my days off I’m making space for my Grandson. In between I'm  running errands, house work, maybe a walk and occasional date with Hubby. Hobbies? Wait! When was the last time I did that? Oh, then there are my older children; I miss them! They are busy with their own lives too! Is this maybe your life, too? So I’m gonna work on being a better friend, not sure how that will look but its on the list!

So with that said, I’m doing a Buddy Up! promotion. This is where you & a friend, or someone extra special, get on the books. For every NEW Buddy that comes in during the month of February extending through the first week in March, YOU & YOUR Buddy receive my new Dermal Infusion treatment for free!  Yes, for FREE! I’ve never done this! That’s a $440 giveaway!! I feel very passionate about my own lack of Buddies so it was time to  really beef up the Buddy Up!

  Happy Valentines!  Jenell      http://www.jenellgarcia.com/

Invitation to Bloom ~ In Honor of Mom

Well it’s the countdown, just a few days until May and the another week until Mother’s day! How are you inviting clients to celebrate Mom? I for one have postponed promoting so I’ve given it some thought and will do some quick Facebook seeding as well as get an e-mail out. At this stage I’ll save any direct mailing for Spring/Summer.

Are we starting to think about how we engage with clients when we want to get them to participate and purchase? We spend money to send out a marker, but we need to give it time to really stick and then keep the seeding coming. So what is seeding? As with any gardening we plant seeds, yet if we don’t nurture, water, weed, fertilize, and repeat, we end up with not so much.

 Marketing Strategies take a lot. And Oh,  I forgot to mention the Season. If we start any marketing in the wrong season (timing is everything) our hard work and money invested is for nothing. So with so little time left to promote mom, where can we put out marketing dollars and make the biggest impact? Let’s take a look at the timing element.

  1. Plant the Seed - get their attention, create awareness, plant the seed for a future relationship
  2. Add Information - to grow the relationship add value, make information not just one thing, give them plenty so they have choices/free resources.
  3. Nurture - this is vital in the beginning. Prove to them your business is trustworthy. Follow-Up and Follow-through. Create a Follow-Up System.
  4. Now Care - Keep the relationship alive and flourishing. You have to show them those extras. It’s not enough to just give a "first time"  great treatment. Again, utilize your follow up system.
  5. Be Grateful and Show It - Ongoing, continued nurturing will Bear fruit in the form of Referrals & Repeat Business!   Much Success- Jenell          http://www.jenellgarcia.com/