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The Beauty of Balance
Building a multifaceted business such as mine can be very stressful, even though I love every minute of it. As I've gone down this professional skin-care path, I've encountered my fair share of obstacles and dead ends. When I've come up against a wall, sometimes it's taken me down and I've been crushed; other times I've just thought, Oh, wrong way. But every single time I've learned something.
I believe that if you're blocked, it's most often because you're supposed to look in another direction, so go another way. Life is almost like a maze, and when you don't know which way to go or what path to choose, try what I do: look to your higher power for guidance and direction.
When you pray or meditate or are just quiet in nature, life will come to be more balanced. When you're not balanced, you tend to be locked in that survival mode. I've had some huge decisions to make recently, personally and professionally. And getting quiet was the only way I was able to come to the right ones. Eckhart Tolle's book The Power of Now has had a big influence on me. I used to react to every thought I had, be it positive or negative. I'd go in all different directions and make hasty decisions, changing my mind often. Once I became aware of my behavior, I realized that I could sit on a feeling and wait for a decision. I now encourage my clients to find their present moment and their state of balance, since balance will always benefit the skin.
Kate Somerville is a widely respected paramedical aesthetician with more than 18 years of experience in clinical skincare. She is the CEO and founder of Kate Somerville Skin Care and is the author of Complexion Perfection! Learn more at KateSomerville.com.
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