Day 1 – Lockdown complete

So there wasn’t much nailing done yesterday, I spent most of the morning planning all the different things I wanted to get done, and if you’ve read previous posts you will know just how much I want to get done. Plus it was the first day of “home schooling” so that was always going to be interesting. But it was a good day, plans created, health meals cooked from scratch and eaten, steps and exercise done, plus lots of games played.

So all in all I’m pretty pleased with how it all went and still looking forward to more to come.

I really hope you guys are doing ok, and if you want to chat or vent or just need a positive perspective on things, just drop me a message ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy lockdown ๐Ÿ™‚

Elysia

Lockdown 2021 – Day 1

Well here we are on the first morning of lockdown 2021. I think I am one of the few who are really excited for this, so I want to tell you why and hopefully you will perhaps be able to start finding some positives to.

I am a workaholic, I love it, fact. During last Springs lockdown I got a job at a warehouse to keep funds alive whilst waiting for my self assessment income support grant. It was great, a busy job, that I enjoyed and had fun doing. But I did feel that I missed out. Why? Because all my friends where spending time with their families, getting their houses together, getting fitter, honing their nail skills, pushing themselves further and I missed out. That was ok, as I needed the money, so it was the right thing to do, so I am still happy with that decision.

But this time it’s all about what I want to do, so heres my points I’m looking forward to:

Spending time with my family

So here it is, I’m going to have to learn patience. Clients always comment on how patient I am, which is true about nails, but when it comes to my family, for some reason I have next to none. This means there is massive room for me to grow and be a better mum whilst trying to teach my daughter. Plus no driving to and from school means more time to spend with the family, more time to play games.

Healthy lifestyle

Any one who’s met me knows that my diet is less then ideal. I am a sugar and carb junkie. During my time at the warehouse I was drinking around 10-15 hot chocolates every day, some times even more. Well lets face it, it was free and the rule was every time a manager came back to the podium I was working on they would bring me a hot chocolate. But these weren’t just normal hot chocolates, no, these were 3 in one large scrum sugary hot chocolates. YUMMY! So you can see how the pounds piled on. So this time around, I am hoping to stay home and focus on a healthier lifestyle. Currently my daughter (8) can make salad and toast. So I’m going to expand my cooking skills and hers by picking out menus together each day and cooking some hopefully tasty meals for us to enjoy together.

Exercising

Well being in work at 6am was not conducive to exercise, and with all those hot chocolates I was scuppered. But this time I had hoped to join a gym on a 6 week intensive course, ok it hasn’t happed because of lock down, but the gym are running online zoom sessions every day. So shout out to C&S fitness I shall be joining them daily with my daughter to do an hour of exercise in doors and hopefully the family will get our 1 daily dose of exercise outside later in the afternoon. So thats at least 2 hours of exercise every day, plus doing it with my family, plus the above time for healthy eating. I mean seriously, there is no better time to try and get into a healthy lifestyle.

Nails

So this is where it gets interesting, last time I watched every one improve so much, I really want to push myself. As my DD is 8 she is able to work on her own, once set a task which makes my life easier. So my nail schedule should include:

1 x nail artitech course – these are courses I am offering for fellow techs, mostly focusing on the art side. This month though its about creating great application and getting that great finish, for just ยฃ20.

1 x nail artitech course – this one is the slightly harder course focusing on product application and structures, a real skill pusher. These courses will be ยฃ50 each month, however this month I will be offering it at a discount of ยฃ25 and we are covering the square shape

1 x youtube easy art tutorial – this is a totally new thing to me, but one which is going to be fun. If you are looking for fun, simple and free these are for you. Check out “The Nail Architect UK” on You tube

1 x improving my skills – although doing all the above will undoubtedly improve my skills and make me quicker, I am on the hunt for improving my skills and working towards competitions, this will probably be time after my DD has gone to bed.

1 x working on my business – this was the biggest one I let down last year, I completely neglected last year so need to stay prominent on social media and keeping a blog seems a great place to start.

With the above in mind I shall be scrolling all the social media platforms and hopefully bring you a run down on what free courses there are coming up. So stay tuned.

So all in all so many things I am looking forward to for lockdown 2021.

We can all take control of our lives in lock down all be it whilst being controlled, but make the most of it, find at least one positive and goal and focus on that as your positive.

We’re in this together and we’ve got this. Come on over to the “Nail Art & Architecture” group on facebook for more information.

The Nail Architect Goals for 2021

So I love New Years and Mondays? Why you ask, well because it feels like I have the ability to change my life. If you’ve read my last blog you will know that I feel there has been some great positives in the last year. This has hopefully given me a great basis to go into 2021 with glitter and gusto. My quick aims are below, with a bit more information further on to explain them.

  1. Enter more nail competitions
  2. Helping other techs stay motivated and improve their skills
  3. Expand my business in Bridgwater and get my new room perfect
  4. Improve my social media following
  5. Add to my skills and keep learning as much as I can

1. Competitions

Well this is a resolution that I love. I am a very competitive soul and always have been. But this doesn’t mean I compete against those around me, we all have different strengths and weaknesses, I compete against myself. I enter the competitions not with a view of winning, obviously that would be great, but my aim is to just improve upon my score. It doesn’t matter if I come last as long as I learn and can improve for next time. I came last in my first ever competition in gel polish, listened, learned, practiced and 3 tries later I achieved my first 1st place.

I have never entered the Nailypics, it seems something is always conspiring against me at the beginning of October so I’ve managed to enter. This year however its online and I’m going to give it a go. Fingers crossed.

The other one I really want to “nail” is the Scratch Star Awards. Ive entered this one 4 times previously to no avail, but I really want to add this to my trophy collection, so Scratch if your reading this, I’m giving it my best shot this year.

2. Helping Techs

I’ve been qualified as an educator for 3 years now, as yet I don’t feel I’ve pushed myself in to this area much. I trainined to be one of the IKON.IQ educators in October 2019 but again due to the pandemic have just not made full use of this, so watch the social media for more details on this one, or PM for further details.

I really enjoyed the Christmas Nail Art course I ran in November and this has given me the bug to offer training that’s more accessible for nail techs. With this in mind I have developed “The Nail Artitech” and “The Nail Architect” which offer both structure and design aspects for nail techs. These will help build confidence, skills and pictures for fellow nail techs to keep their social media inspired and beautiful.

3. Expand my business

This is a very vague heading but what I mean in this instance is trying to focus on clients in just one area. Previously working in the salon in Castle Cary, at my home in Bridgwater and then mobile as well it was hard to market in three different areas. So now I can really focus on building my nail business in Bridgwater whilst emphasising my new long nail niche in the area, plus the extra time will also mean I can teach more.

4. Social Media

For me this is one I really struggle with. Social media is a full time job and one which I simply have never been massively interested in. During the first lockdown I neglected it completely and I am now suffering the consequences, so have to work doubly hard. I am going to try and change my mindset on this one and want to get my instagram following up to 10,000. This is a massive goal as I currently only have 124. But I’m aiming high. Im also going to hopefully try youtube and TikTok, which are currently 0, so watch this space ha ha.

5. Improving My Skills

I feel I didn’t really work on my technical skills during 2020 so really want to improve this for 2021. The main areas I want to work on are one stroke, pink and white competition nails, and a few other art techniques.

So I feel there is a massive amount to be working on here, so fingers crossed I will get through it all and watch this space to see how I get on in 2021. Have you got any goals for 2021, please comment and share them below. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy New Year to you all ๐Ÿ™‚

Colour in the spotlight plan

Hi everyone.

I will soon be starting my colour in the spotlight series, which will focus on one Gelish colour each week.

You will find the following covered and will hopefully be really useful for a lot of people:

  • colour description
  • application
  • pictures in different lighting so you can see how the colour changes
  • pictures after one week to assess fading
  • colour comparisons
  • and art design/s

I dont have the vastest range of colours so would really appreciate you guys getting involved with what colours you think are similar and if you want to send me a swatch even better. You can even share your favourite art designs using the colour.

I hope you find this blog helpful, ย lets help and inspire each other. The first colour will be Tan my hide on Saturday 29th August 2015.

*This blog is my personal opinions and pictures and is not endorsed by Nail Harmony UK or Gelish.

Welcome

Hi all, I’m so excited to have my new website up and running. I will be getting all the gallery images up soon, but in the mean time please feel free to browse my Facebook, instagram, twitter or pinterest accounts. Simply search ElysiasHarmony. I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.