I am back! :)
It will be a short business post this Sunday because we came home from Spain on Wednesday night so I have only worked 3 days this week - but it was really a kickstart after the holidays!
If we had a good time? Incredibly good! What a panic it was !! :) I have been asked to make a post about the whole trip because several have seen my insta stories and become curious about how it works to rent a car in Spain and tips on sights, etc. if you are going to make a similar trip yourself. So I do not write much about the trip here, but you who are eager to read more will get a full post about it soon instead!
Did the company survive our holiday?
I had so unusually extremely many catastrophic thoughts before the trip, but you know what? I came home to a living cat, a house left on the ground and happy colleagues and happy customers! Pjuh haha.
During the holidays I have answered the most important emails and been available when needed but I have almost been 100% free in fact! We have put a lot of focus on the "daily activities" in the company being self-sustaining without us and we are starting to see more and more that it gives results! My colleagues are so heavenly talented! :)
I just had to take a picture of Norwegian's flight magazine when we were on the plane, I flipped through and suddenly Maria Strömme appeared! :) It is she who is the nanoprofessor who developed the new topic Upsalite that I blogged so much about before, it was through her that I started doing consulting work for Upsalite and I last made her up just a few days before this :) Such a power woman!
Back to work
Before I went on holiday, I kind of drowned in my to-do list and it was not mainly urgent things but I just really did not want stuff that lagged behind when I came back. IF I was grateful for that now? Really worth gold!
You have a lot to deal with as it is still after 2.5 weeks away from work.
When I sat in the car on the way to the salon before the first working day, it did not feel difficult at all, I was aware of the situation as well :)
Treated me to a Celsius on the way to work last Thursday - to kickstart the kickstart as well;)
Lots of customers & Saturday jobs
On Thursday and Friday, I grazed on all the "admin work" needed to get back on track after the holidays. And I also had some regular customers waiting for me to come back.
Last Saturday, our makeup artist Lisa (who usually works every Saturday) was on Hairology training, so I took her Saturday this week and had a bridal makeup, a makeup consultation and an eyebrow client. So it was only 4 hours at the salon and then I went home and continued working at the computer at home in bed.
We kicked off the first working day on Thursday with events in the evening! We had a beauty event together with Art Clinic and some other companies in the industry and it was so successful!
Since it was my first day of work, I had prepared everything before I left, with signs, packing lists, winnings, offers, areas of responsibility, etc. so I barely needed to lift a finger now because the staff packed everything last so I just went there and set up everything , so awesome ♥
There were a lot of guests who were happy to talk and interested and asked a lot of questions and then I'm in my element, I love talking to people! :)
I only took a few quick pictures just when the event started because I was full then!
Here is Annika with the little baby's belly talking about permanent makeup and showing pictures of lip tattoo on the screen next to her :)
We received a lot of bookings and had a really nice evening! I love the feeling after events, you are happy and full of energy from all the nice people and wonderful laughs - at the same time as you are completely finished after all the work you put in and the long and intense day. Tired but satisfied :)
Rest and recovery are very important to feel good! For me, different types of rest are needed, you can divide it into physical rest and mental rest.
Sometimes you need to rest by, for example, lying on the couch and watching a movie for a whole day, ie physical rest where you simply do nothing at all. But I have a period now where I need more active rest = you are free but do fun things that remove thoughts from work and musts while I am physically active!
I felt this extremely much on our Spain trip where we stayed in 9 different hotels for 16 days and experienced lots of new places and impressions. It was absolutely perfect timing right now! Last winter I needed physical rest - then we were in Mexico and just ate, bathed and sunbathed and I felt SO good about it then! And now I need mental rest where my body was active but my brain had a holiday and I felt SO good about it now.
I have worked so much in recent years that I have been a bit "obsessed" with being home when I am free. I have hardly wanted to hang out with people so as not to "miss the weekend", completely sick. But as an entrepreneur, you already have a vague boundary between work and private life and for a while everything felt planned as a job or a must, even though it was just fun things. It became like "another thing on the to-do list" no matter what it was. But now that has started to get easier, which I think is great fun!
I heard Bert Karlsson talk about it in the business podcast a long time ago too, he plays Flipper to get the brain to relax and thinks everyone should have it in the staff rooms haha. Wonderful idea I think :) It's a bit the same principle, it gives mental rest.
Therefore, I now have a huge desire to plan things on the weekends, which is not at all like me, such as going out and dancing and going far to meet old friends. So fun! I actually feel more alert after this trip than when I just lay and lazed for 2 weeks in Mexico haha.
Life should have more mountains and less stress - so you do not understand how wonderful I felt in nature in Spain! I had not understood before how extremely mountainous it is in southern Spain? Just looking out the window when we drove what a magic!
Yesterday when I had finished working I had physical rest - watched a series in the bathtub ♥
And today I will have an active rest as I will first go to a small animal market with Annika who will possibly buy more hens and then I will continue this eternity project with firewood for the winter!
Hugs are! :)