My experience at working in the spa has been both unexpected and mysterious. When I found myself submitting a resume in the application process, I told myself “What am I even doing?”. I had recently relocated from Florida (where I was somewhat of a sun-worshiper), and had zero understanding about skincare and beauty. All I had going for me was my undying devotion to red lipstick.
I credit my landing the job to my eagerness to dive into an unknown world. The unknown can be fearful and intimidating. In this case, much of those elements were overpowered by pure curiosity and a desire for newness. I looked around at all the shiny bottles and fancy words and felt inspired.
To say there was an overwhelming period is an understatement. I spent months learning about chemicals, advanced treatments that were unbeknownst to me, skin conditions, makeup products…the list goes on! Many days I doubted my brain’s ability to comprehend all the new information that I was learning. The skincare industry advances VERY rapidly. You could feel completely up to date on all things skincare, only to find yourself learning about new technology or treatments a few weeks later. It’s a true cat and mouse game.
The most impactful thing I have taken away from my time at the spa is the aspect of caring for myself. Who knew something as simple as a face cleanser could make me feel like I’m making myself a priority? Before the spa, my skincare routine looked a lot like splashing leftover shampoo soap onto my face and grabbing whatever lotion in my bathroom cabinet to slather on top. I’m more responsible now that I’ve gained the knowledge of what quality products are and how to use them.
Most importantly, I love seeing the results clients have from visiting our aestheticians. When a client’s battle with acne is subsiding because of our treatments, we all feel humbled to be restoring that client’s self-confidence. When a bride is lit from within after her wedding makeup session, we remember what a gift it is to be apart of such moments. I have always had an innate love for people and have enjoyed being able to be present through their experiences.
It’s been a roller coaster ride this year at the spa. I’m grateful that despite my lack of experience, Emily’s Skincare & Spa took a chance on me. “With great risk, comes great reward.” is the beloved phrase that comes to mind. What a reward I have gained being the Spa Coordinator—here’s to all the excitement that is to continue in the following seasons!