Adios 2016, bring on the New Year!

As this year comes to a close, I am reflecting, as always, on the year that has passed, everything that has unfolded in my life,  and  how extremely fortunate I am to spend such precious moments with so many amazing people! This year was no exception,  and I want to give a big shout out to the lovely ladies who trusted me to enhance their 'fabulous' for all their occasions,  and all the talented, fun and beautiful professionals that make my 'work' days bright. Each and every day.

This year has been filled with amazing moments, achievements and a whole lot of fun! I'm so lucky to have had my work featured in The Knot, on Snippet and Ink,  and Wedding Chicks. None of that would happen without the amazing women I worked with this year. It is always such an honor to get to know each one of my clients and their story, and share a real piece of ourselves with one another while we are at it. I know it's cliche, but I really don't feel like what I do is a job-I mean, really? Babes, fun, and creativity! Come on, it doesn't get much better than that! 

 

I'm getting the hang of this Canada-Mexico thing and I can't help but pinch myself every time I think about how amazing it is to expand my skills with such diversity. This year was and is challenging personally at times, but that's life.  I'm making it through, and I'll be better for it. The bonus is I feel more accomplished for having come through those tough moments. I'm thankful to have a creative outlet that I can so thoroughly lose myself in to find the balance. 

 

Looking back over the many images my clients and colleagues have sent me, I love reliving those moments we shared, I love to see the anticipation in each bride's eyes as she prepares for the biggest day of her life to this point, and am so excited to watch these beautiful women grow and build their lives. I feel connected to them more than they may know and I'm cheering each and every one of them on in all their life's adventures!. 

I realize how positively my life is enriched by crossing paths with not only these lovely ladies as well as their family and friends, but also with the strong and dynamic people in the wedding industry who work tirelessly to do their part to create these amazing celebrations. Thank you to each and every one of you for sharing your laughter(and sometimes your tears) and making me a better person in the process!

Looking forward to the upcoming year, I can't help but feel totally excited with the second half of wedding season in Sayulita promising to treat me as well as it always does with the most amazing people, a Dominican Republic wedding with an amazing couple and kickass photographers, then back to Canada for summer weddings, with three bride's this summer who were bridesmaids of clients past tying the knot!

 Hasta luego 2016! Now bring on 2017, I'm ready for you!

 

Thanks for the memories 2015!

It's hard to believe2015 has come to an end, it seems like the year just flew by! I hope the last moments of 2015 were good to you, and that 2016 will bring you all many new memories to look back on and cherish in years to come!

2015 was good to me. It forced me to think about what is really important to me, learn how to pack really efficiently, and to go with the flow more than I ever have before.

Reflecting on this past year, both personally and professionally,  I am excited and humbled, not only by the people I am surrounded by, but by the work I do and the direction it is going...let's face it, I'm one of the lucky ones. My job is to make people look gorgeous. Don't get me wrong-it's not always easy. It's hard work and there are a lot of moving parts that have nothing to do with applying makeup or styling hair, but at the end of the day (even if it has been a 14 hour day with a 3AM wakeup time, I'm dead on my feet, and I have administrative work waiting for me at home),  women invite me into their homes to share the most precious and special moments of their lives. For a time, I am part of their family and friends, their confidant, the mirror showing them beauty they don't always see, their shoulder to cry on(if needed), and their voice of reason. There's a camaraderie between us that I never forget and I hope they don't either.

If there is one thing I have learned about myself this year is that anyone can do hair or makeup, but my strength goes beyond that;  I don't just want to do hair and makeup, I want to build relationships with my clients as much as I want to build them with my friends. I want their day to be amazing and unforgettable. I want the time we spend together to add something to their day that goes beyond beautifying them. That's my move, and that's what makes me good at what I do.

Thank you so much to every single person who has put their faith in me, clients(past, present, and future), other wedding professionals, and friends!

2015 was a good year. 2016 is going to be unreal, and I'm excited to live the hell out of it!!!