How exactly was the best mineral makeup born?
Well, 2015 ended with happiness, hopes and dreams. I was very much looking forward to the new year that lay ahead and all that it had to bring. The Bucket List was in fruition with new additions that included the usual holidaying in the sun, events, things to do and see plus education and skill development, a growing family collaboration, some ‘me time’, my very own spa/salon and maybe one day far off but certainly before I collect my pension my own skincare range….you know how the pipe dream goes. I had plans for this year and by crikey I was gonna meet them! What you expect and what you get though are two totally different things I’ve discovered. What’s that saying that they say? Focused on my list, I headed blindly but excitedly into 2016….with a bang….quite literally!
Just 18 days into my new and improved bucket list (without actually having ticked anything off yet), and unbeknownst to me, the home that I had so lovingly created for my family was destroyed. A fire erupted during the night while my children and I slept soundly tucked up warm in our beds. Not quite the first of many ‘events’ I had in mind. The cause….a meltdown by a household appliance manufactured by a popularly well-known household appliance company. Who would have thought it! I certainly didn’t. As my children and I stood freezing to death in 3 inch of snow devastatingly watching our much loved bricks and mortar burn to the ground I made a mental note to double check that bucket list ’cause I didn’t remember adding fire to it!
Temporarily homeless (and slightly sooty) and following another meltdown of a different kind, a new plan of action was quickly put into play. My partner worked abroad and did so for months at a time so I was pretty much operating single-handedly at all this ‘rebuilding’ stuff but, with his loving support, encouragement and motivation from a distance, the project to ‘start again’ started again and my children and I returned to our newly-clad-newly-wallpapered-another-new-suite home just 6 months later. Tired and fed up of ‘starting again, again’ single-handedly, I retrieved my crispy bucket list and made a few edits.
My partner was tired too of working away. He had done for many years and, despite its benefits, there are a lot of hang-ups. But his career choices were so he could give everyone else something better. I missed him so much but didn’t know how to better change it for him. We talked and talk a lot about our future and plans for his next home leave and each day we talked and talk (thank God for Skype!) the pain of working away was becoming more evident (not so thank God for Skype!). I had to do something to help, but what.
Now, they also say that things happen for a reason. You never believe it at the time when something does happen. Most things that happen, especially when they’re negative, take a lot of understanding but, once the frustration and upset subsides, everything becomes clear. The dust (or soot in this case) was beginning to settle. The brain fog of the previous 6 months was starting to disappear and while the calm was restoring the positive thoughts were replacing all the negativity from the fire. I was enjoying my work…a successful therapy room near the beautiful foothills of Loch Lomond. I was also freelancing providing visiting spa treatments to the surrounding luxury holiday resorts and private homes in the country. However, that service had reached its peak and while it was purposefully serving its needs my new need was greater and needing something greater to serve it. But what and how?
A few times over the years I thought about my own cosmetic business. I had spent thousands of pounds investing in good quality reputable brands to support and compliment my therapies and treatments. Why the heck wasn’t I saving myself a bit of cash, I thought, and invest my well-earned money in myself?! I had already began looking into formulating my own skincare line but had only just touched the surface where research was concerned. Any notes I had made had been destroyed in the fire.
By trade I am a holistic beauty therapist. That means I care. I care about my customers in more ways than one i.e. their physical health and well-being, what they are seeking and expect from a treatment and also their skin and what they do/don’t do to look after it. Losing my father to cancer opened up the realisation that we are damaging our bodies every day just with product use alone. My job is a very physical one and I’m not getting any younger so I don’t quite hold the same stamina as my 21-year old younger self. What manageable energy I had held was impacted hugely by the effects of this year’s fire. Enter the bucket list. And there it was….right there in front of me….the thing I needed to serve my new needs!
With a little bit of cash saved I picked up my bucket list and reviewed my entry to create my own skincare. After I weighed up the pros and cons, did some sums and bullet biting I armed myself with vim and vigour and my replacement laptop (thanks to my insurers) and began my research all over again. More starting again! Within just 2 months Odara Mineral Beauty was born and my first product in the range, the ‘Immaculate Mineral Foundation‘ and its 5 fantastic shades, was ready for market.
Very soon 2016 will be at an end and what a year it has been! As I sit here typing these words, paper and hand-written notes for work strewn around, I glance at my own Odara Mineral Beauty Immaculate Foundation (Fair Enough shade in case you’re interested) on the work top beside me and remember the fire and my bucket list and smile warmly and welcomingly at the new New Year that lies ahead and inwardly say to myself ‘bring it on’!
The future’s bright…the future’s Odara.