By Jennifer Snowdon
It’s Fall and back-to-school. Students’ pencils are sharpened and crayons are at the ready to reflect and write about: “How I spent my summer vacation!”
In many ways, I feel that I’m just coming back after a long ‘way-cation.’
By ‘way-cation,’ I mean everything I’ve been away from during Covid! Away from everybody and everything during lockdown; missing any possibility of work as a makeup artist; tossing out so many ideas for the future that are impossible to recoup; stranded from all the wonderful family and friends gathering in person, and away from hugs!
I was inspired by this excerpt of Welcomehumans by Lindsey Uluwehimailani Morriss:
“With your first breath in the morning light,
what is it that you want to commit to
again and again? Can you say it out loud?
What matters to you
now more than ever?
Where does your energy
yearn to go now that the
world has stopped?
What is worthy of your time and heart,
your prayers and thoughts
your blood and guts?
What will you choose to place your value on?
With a once in a lifetime chance,
a moment out of time,
the movie’s been paused,
and you have the power
to decide what plays next.
Welcome to the re-evaluation of the century.”
In the newness of this Fall season, I do not want to forget when everything stopped and the re-evaluation of all aspects in my life began.
I spent days in contemplation and meditation, praying for the quieting of my mind and the rush hour life of before. Then came the evaluation of what was still relevant, followed by days of purging files of creative plans and projects that no longer would have a place; serious plans of re-location that were not just put on the back burner, but in the shredder. I faced the regret of all that hadn’t been accomplished already and the important work that was often brushed aside for the busyness of the day-to-day.
I was left holding one file, one idea that first came to me in 2007. It’s been rescued from the “regrets” pile and launched into action, something relevant and worthy and inclusive of all that I love. My comprehensive skills as a makeup artist combined with the intuitive understanding of what I have come to know as the essence of everyone, allows the uniqueness of each individual to be brought forth in appearance. My intention in carefully teaching custom makeup techniques is to let the inner light shine forth, both in person and on camera.
It is my pleasure to introduce:
Virtual Makeup Coaching Sessions
for individuals and corporate groups.
I have many people to thank who helped and advised me through this entire process. I’ll be acknowledging them on my Social Media platforms for some time!
Check out the website and amazing results on The Gallery:
If you have any questions about the Services offered, feel free to contact me directly. All contact info is on the website.
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