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Month 4 of Taking Care of You: Pamper Yourself

Pamper YourselfThis is the fourth installment in the “Taking Care of Me” series. In month one we examined Habits, month two we looked at Loving Ourselves, and month three we examined Letting Go Of Something Toxic. This month is about Pampering Yourself.

This month, for the first time in years, I actually looked at my face. Sounds pretty crazy right? For years I have not taken the time to look in the mirror. With how busy of mom life is each morning, I would wash my face, brush my teeth and get on with reading for the day. The hustle and bustle of the increasing morning responsibilities with children chipped away at my make-up routine.

Eventually what little primping I did evaporated. Jewelry and accessorizing was a practice that went away along time ago. Morning life just became too busy to take the time to stare in the mirror outside of  a cursory glace as I ran out the door. (This was pretty much to make sure my hair wasn’t sticking up and I didn’t have baby food anywhere.)

Never having been a girly girl, I ;et go that at this point in life I just didn’t  have the time to paint my nails, put on lipstick regularly and select complementary accessories. Yes, I would stare in jealously at the women at work who always looked put together and ready for the day.

I vowed to myself someday I would take the time to take better care of myself. Finally I would use the trendy facial mask collecting dust on my vanity. Or at any rate I would at least fully dry my hair before I left the house. In reality those things never happened, I never made the time. Feeding the baby, throwing in a load of laundry, and packing lunches. Those things had to happen first.

So I let the primping and coloring go. I stopped caring about doing my hair and make-up. Hey, I was raising a family, lipstick had to take a backseat. So what if I felt disheveled and a bit embarrassed when I got to work? None of it really mattered when I thought about all I had done before leaving the house each morning.  Looking back I give myself and any working mom a pat on the back for managing to get to work at all.

Then one day I looked in the mirror. I REALLY looked in the mirror. Who was this person? My skin looked terrible. The big dark circles under my eyes make me look like I got double face punched. My eyebrows! They were an Italian girls nightmare. Suddenly the acne that had plagued me disappeared but in its place was this patchy dry, sagging dullness. My skin didn’t look like this before. My face looked tired…and old. In my hustle, bustle and self-neglect, I had aged.It was written all over my face.

The process of change began by the purchase of moisturizer. A product me and my formerly oily skin, stayed far away from. Then with the help of some Younique and Sephora samples I stared to experiment with other items like primers, creams and foundations. I never used a ton of make-up due to my acne. Everything I used would break me out so I kept it very basic and never experimented much.

After about 5 (or more) years of not taking the time to care for my skin and face, I was shocked and saddened by the changes that took place. This could not be me. I didn’t look like this. Who was this person? But I knew the answer was staring at me like that new tub of moisturizer.

This is the mom when stayed up with her restless daughter or sick son. The daughter who buried her father, and grandmother. She is the wife who tried to keep the house quite and let her husband sleep in because he worked all night. This is the caregivier who cooks a weeks worth of food in one day so her family will be well feed. This face is me. Maybe not the 20-year-old me, but it was me all the same. And it was time I took care of her.

This month I (literally) came face to face with my face. Deciding instead of pining for the skin I once had, to take the time to accentuate what I am now. Instead of noticing my new wrinkles and dull skin, I need to take a moment to pamper myself. Discover and apply some products that make me feel good about the person I have become. The tired mom… well she is still here but I no longer have a baby crying through the night and my red, bumpy, painful acne is a thing of the past.  I can embrace the face I have, with all the wonderful experiences that are etched into it.One year of taking care of me

For the first time in my life I am learning about make-up. Finding joy in the pigments and products. Exploring how proper skin care and application can transform a tired face into one of brightness. Honestly, I didn’t know how transformative proper skin care could be.

Learning all about the amazing array of products, what they do and how to apply them has been fun. Pampering myself was never a phrase in my vocabulary but venturing into this area has been so restorative, emotionally and physically. Overall I just feel better about myself when I use these new products and take the time to apply them regularly.

Although it has not been easy. Some mornings I have had to force myself to set aside time. Literally locking my husband and kids out of the room until I was done. I have even started night routine. Before I would just crash into bed from the exhaustion of the day. Now I am preparing myself for bed.  This month I learned a lesson in valuing myself and making my face a priority. It is not a great deal of time, but it is a enough to get back to the me I need to be. The one that I now see on a daily basis in the mirror.

This month is about Pampering Yourself. This could mean scheduling a spa treatment or massage. Finally getting the expensive purse you have been loving from far. Or just stopping to take a needed nap on a Saturday afternoon. This month make a special effort to treat yourself right and give to yourself without blame, guilt or regret because you are important and you matter.

 

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Direct Sellers Series: Come Meet Juliette Sakasegawa

Rodan and Fields
I found Juliette on Periscope one afternoon and was instantly drawn to her sweet, genuine nature. Her warmth, honesty and touching story of her journey in becoming a self care advocate really connected with me. In her Facebook group, Take Care of YOU, she gives women much needed support and reminders that they matter, they are enough and they need to show themselves love.

Direct sellers series

1) What Direct Sales Business are you in?

Rodan + Fields What type of products do they sell? We sell Premium skin care for the four most common skin concerns: sensitive skin, acne, sun damage/brown spots, and aging.

2) How did you get involved in your business and why?

A good friend of mine started posting about her business on Facebook and I was intrigued. I started using her products and immediately fell in love with them. I started thinking about getting into the business myself and as a mom of 3 who had been staying home with my kids for almost 4 years I was intrigued by the idea of starting a business and doing something that was just for me. I also liked the idea of bringing in some extra income.

I made the decision to go out on a limb, step way outside my comfort zone, and give it a try. I’m so glad I did because it has been a wonderful opportunity for me. Since starting my Rodan + Fields business I have grown and developed personally, emotionally, and professionally more than I ever even knew I was capable of.

3) What is your favorite product and why?

This is a very hard question for me to answer because I truly love so many of them. When I have to choose I always say it’s our Micro Dermabrasion Paste because it makes my skin feel like a baby’s bottom. Seriously though it was the first product I tried and I fell in love with the way it made my skin feel. I also love it because it can be used to exfoliate your whole body and one tub of it can last up to six months. It smells great, it feels great and it’s just plain awesome.

4) What would you say to people who think direct sales are a scam?

I would tell them that the one I work with is definitely not a scam and that there are many amazing MLM companies out there with really high quality products. Unfortunately, there are a few companies that have given us all a bad name and I think that is a horrible shame and extremely sad. MLM companies offer an amazing opportunity to many individuals who want to have their own business, make an income, feel empowered, grow personally, push themselves out of their comfort zone, etc. My list of positives just goes on and on and I think it’s wonderful when people are able to get involved and find success for themselves.

5) Do you think it is important for a woman to have a side income?

I think it’s important for women to feel empowered, to love themselves, to take care of themselves, and to feel like they are worthwhile, powerful people. If having a side income is something they want to do and it helps them feel like they are living the life they are meant to lead, then yes. If having a side income is not they need in order to feel those things, then no I don’t think it is.

6) What is the biggest struggle you have had with your direct sales business?

How have you overcome it? I think the biggest struggle I’ve had is finding balance in my life. I have a hard time doing things half way. I want to put my whole self into everything I do and I feel guilty if I’m not doing that. I haven’t completely overcome this struggle but each day I remind myself that I am enough and that I am doing my best. I remember not to compare myself to others, only to myself. I also remember that MY definition of success is the only definition that matters, nobody else’s. My family and my children are very important to me and focusing on them is just as important as focusing on my business.

7) What have you learned about yourself through your business?

I have learned so much about myself in the past 6 months it’s almost impossible to sum it up. I’ve pushed myself outside of my comfort zone so many times and I’ve learned that I actually enjoy that… sometimes. I still have a long way to go but my self-confidence is growing every day. I’ve learned that I am extremely passionate about wanting women to feel empowered and I’ve learned that I want to help and support them in that process. [ctt title=”This business has lead me to find my true passion and purpose, which is supporting and coaching other women.” tweet=”This business has lead me to find my true passion and purpose, which is supporting and coaching other women.” coverup=”tpsPU”]

8) What opportunity would you have not had if not for your direct sales business?

I have met amazing individuals that I never would have met if I had not started my business. And like I said previously, this business has lead me to discover my true passion and purpose. I’m not sure I would have found that if I hadn’t gotten involved in an MLM.

9) How does your business align with your values and the person you are?

For me Rodan + Fields is about the things I am most passionate about: self-care, loving yourself inside and out, and empowerment. Whether I can help a person fine confidence with products that improve their skin or I can support them by sharing the business opportunity and help them start their own journey of personal growth, either way the company and the products both align with my values. I didn’t realize my passion for coaching and inspiring others until I started Rodan + Fields.

10) How can people find you, more information about your products or become part of your company?

They can contact me by email at jsakasegawa@gmail.com. I would love to share my passion for the products and my love for the business opportunity.

 

 

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