Well what a week!
For those of you that don’t know me my name is Steph and I am the owner of both The Beauty Boutique and The Black County Beauty Academy, plus I am a mum to a wonderful 7-year-old boy.
This week came half term for many of us who juggle business and family life, which can be very hard at times. Trying to find that balance can really affect your balance if you get what I mean!
I have spent the week self-doubting, having imposter syndrome and generally beating myself up about not being as productive as I should be! Can you relate? I have also spent time wondering why! Why do my wonderful ideas and promotions never ‘blow up’, I don’t mean literally haha, I mean getting lots of inquiries etc.
It’s tough, you put your heart and soul into what you do, and 98% of the time it falls on deaf ears, then it’s the thoughts of shall I continue to knock the doors or shall keep pushing forward… and I know I am not alone feeling like this. The whole hair & beauty industry has taken a massive knock since the pandemic and even now we are being affected.
So, what can we do to help ourselves and in turn our businesses??
- Take time to reflect – look back at what you have achieved, make a list if necessary, you will be surprised how all those little things start to add up.
- Spend time talking to your friends and business buddies. I had the most weird and wonderful conversation with a good friend of mine last week, where I recognised that motivational Molly, who is great anytime before 4pm get stuff done, but then wo is me Wendy starts to set in, the doubts, the unproductiveness and general tiredness, so I made the decision to get up earlier to make more use of motivational Molly… Are you the same??
- Surround yourself with people who understand – most important. Having dealt with depression and anxiety in my life, it’s so important that you are around those who truly ‘get it’, no one needs the eye rolls or pull yourself together chat now do they!
- Take a social media detox! I have got caught up in the thinking ‘why are they so successful’ when in reality they have spent tens of thousands of pounds, have a team of 20 and only show the glamourous sides of there business online! For me, I am a solo business owner who does the majority of things herself and definitely does not have £50K to fork out. It’s ok to be real in this world.
My aim for my academy is to support, build and create beauty business owners. If any of this has resonated with you I would love to hear your stories and help in anyway I can. We are stronger together.