“After 13 years in traditional beauty, there came a point where I could no longer go on. I needed to take full responsibility for the message I was sending about beauty and for what I was putting on client’s skin. I start work each day excited to educate my clients that the’s another way and that a bathroom full of products does equal beautiful skin!” – Natalie Sellers, Founder, Kindred Toxin Free Facial Studio.
I’ll have hands on and hands off days each week. The days that are hands off I spend updating my online shop, confirming bookings and all things admin related to the business. I’ll always take 2 days off a week usually a Sunday and Monday to recharge, look after myself and spend time with family and loved ones.
The days that I work in the studio are jam-packed so I need to be prepared. I make all my meals in advance and bring 3 litres of water with me every day to make sure I’m eating well and staying hydrated. Drinking enough water is seriously one of the easiest things you can do to look after your skin.
I’m usually fully booked a few weeks in advance which helps me see when I will need to be prepared to the max and I can capacity plan. It also gives me time to ensure during that time I’m taking very good care of myself. As the business is only me I have to ensure I’m healthy and on my game.
Hands off days usually involve some kind of meeting with a supplier, taking my fiancee to some kind of appointment, or checking out new yoga classes or similar (self care is always a priority), researching new products and the newest wellness trends, and making my food for the upcoming days in the studio.
So my ‘average’ day in the studio?
6:30am: I’m an early riser and I’ll jump straight into a morning meditation. A current favourite is Alison Potts Morning Meditation. After this I’ll make a smoothie (almond milk, turmeric, proplenish, prana caramel protein, greens and a few other supplements) and check any orders that have come in overnight, check emails, or reorder any stock I need. I’ll also spend a little of this time packing up orders ready for the courier to pick up.
8:30am: Jump in the car and three times a week I’ll stop and train with my PT at EAT RUN LIFT. I have fibromyalgia and Beau is great at training with that in mind. After training I’ll grab a coffee and head to the studio.
10:15am: I arrive to my studio at Inna Bliss in Bulimba. I’ll have a shower and set the studio up for a day of clients. I’ll usually see around five or six clients in a day.
1:30 – 2:30pm: Depending on what rituals are booked in I’ll try and take lunch around now. If possible I prefer to get out of the studio and sit in the sun for a little bit. I might walk up to a local cafe near the studio that has WiFi, grab a coffee and check emails.
5:45pm: I’ll take another break around now and have dinner which I’ll bring from home. Usually it is veggies or stirfry. It is all low GI, low carb and dairy free. It has to keep me energised to make sure I am giving the same level facial treatment at 6pm that I do for my first client of the day at 11am.
7:15pm: I’ll clean up the studio after my last client of the day and depending on how I feel I might stay for a yoga class that is on in the studio I work from. Otherwise I’ll book in for an infra-red sauna or head home.
9pm: While my studio and non-studio days look a little different, the one thing that doesn’t change is that I’m in bed by 9pm. It is the promise I make to myself and my wellness so I can continue to operate at my maximum.
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