On today's Quarantine Diaries, we're catching up with Georgia, owner of Cambridge-based beauty salon, Bea's Beauty Retreat. In the midst of our sixth week of lockdown in the UK, we're checking in to see how Georgia and the team are embracing the slower pace of life.
What's your name?
Where do you live?
What's your job title?
Salon owner at Bea's Beauty Retreat
How has quarantine affected your work?
With the salon having to close, working life has been affected massively. We’ve had to adapt and learn new ways to stay in contact with clients. The lovely thing to come out of this is we have realised how much support there is within our local community and the beauty industry. It has also highlighted how important the industry is- it’s not just about vanity, but makes such a difference to peoples physical and mental well-being. Having this time away from the salon has only made us more excited to re open our doors and keep making people feel amazing both inside and out.
How has quarantine affected your daily routine?
Being a salon owner, each day (including days ‘off’) revolves around making sure everything is running smoothly for the salon. With the salon having to close, I now have so much more time for myself. Before, my daily routine always started with a morning rush. I always had so many things to do and think of to get the salon ready for the day. My morning routine now consist of waking up when I feel ready and being able to take my time to enjoy breakfast and think about what I want to achieve that day. It's been nice to adapt to a more relaxed routine of daily life.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
For me, the biggest challenge has been the uncertainty and the unknown. At the beginning this was a lot harder but I’m slowly realising to take things as they come. With each new challenge it’s just about taking a minute and figuring out a way to adjust.
What are you doing to keep positive?
Knowing we’re all in this together has been a huge support to remain positive. Everyone is struggling in their own ways and it’s been amazing to see people helping and supporting each other where they can. This positivity from everyone has helped us to keep positive and to enjoy the time we’re currently in.
What are you missing about normal life?
People! Working in an industry where you see so many people within a day, being limited to a social circle is definitely hard. I learn and laugh so much each day with each client that I can’t wait to be reunited with them and my team.
What is one positive to come out of quarantine?
I’m definitely enjoying the slower pace of life. Quarantine has definitely taught me that it's okay to stop and relax and to take time to learn new things and enjoy the moment.
What is the first thing you’ll do when normal life resumes?
A night out with the girls! FaceTime and zoom girls nights in have been amazing but there is no better therapy then a night out with your girls.
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