by Sue Perez | Featured Contributor
September is the month of going back to school and it reminds us that soon, yet again the hawk of winter will be swooping back in. I always cherish my memories of renewal this time of year. I also take stock and make changes where needed. It’s late summer and some warm days are left but it’s time to open the closets and start shaking out the sweaters and jackets for the cooler temperatures to come. This year my husband and I did a bit of re-organizing and he purchased a new makeup vanity for me with matching white chair and mini table (which I use to store my hair tools). It’s really lovely and he upgraded the closet with a PAX wardrobe from Ikea for me too! Yes Yes, I know. He’s a keeper. But seriously, there is something harmonious that happens when you can find all your possessions nicely hung up or laid out in pull out drawers. You feel brand new! This month is all about renewal and letting go of the old. It’s time to refresh yourself and wrap yourself in all that is new.
Tranquility and Harmony = Balance
My entire apartment follows the principles of Feng Shui. It’s the pseudoscience that originated in China and uses natural energy forces in the environment to bring harmony within the home. Well placed colors, plants, flowers, chimes, mirrors, water fountains, fish bowls and photographs can enhance the various corners of your Bagua or the energy map of your space. It shows you which areas of your home are connected to specific areas of your life. For example the Southeast corner energizes Fame and Luck and in my bedroom that’s where I keep my Emmy Award, right on top of my vanity. The gorgeous roses my husband bought me don’t hurt either.
Create an Oasis for yourself
Think about it. Besides work, being at home is your favorite place. It’s where you binge watch your favorite shows and keep all your cool stuff. Make time to review your closets and donate clothing and shoes you know you are not going to use anymore. Pick up some new workout clothes. Update your fragrance and hair shampoo. In the bathroom, replace the shower liner and curtain, enhance the lighting, add new floor carpets and delicious smelling hand washing soap. Just buying new towels and linens can add a new design element. Stock your kitchen with warming foods you can make quickly like butternut squash soup, fresh baked breads and your favorite pancake mix. And buy a new bathrobe. I practically live in mine.
I recently gave a talk at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences NY-NATAS. All of the women had beauty questions and skincare concerns. I did two makeup demos and sold copies of my book. It was a fabulous night. But when I mentioned that I believe in performing beauty rituals every day on my skin you could hear a pin drop. This link takes you to the video tutorial where a model demonstrates daily self care Beautyphonics beauty rituals the best. It’s the step by step after cleanse massage technique that I use in my practice as an Aesthetician, and on myself to keep my skin looking youthful.
Meditate and Radiate
Okay, maybe your not going to Namaste sashay away, but your thoughts are powerful things. Your attitude will attract the right people to you so give away grins! Reflect on yourself filling your cup and make that your central energy. Finding balance and what’s right for you means dialing in self-care, routine and balance. Once you create that structure trust that things are happening behind the scenes in your favor. Does that seem weird to you? Give it a shot, it can be magical!
Go back to basics
Goal setting and getting caught up or started on a project is always a good idea. Fear is based on the assumption of failure. If you start to get suspicious you may want to protect yourself, but the illusion doesn’t need to be bought into. You can make a choice. Sit down and outline what you want. Dream a little. Sit in nature and absorb the beauty around you. Expand your beautiful heart and mind. Everything in life that is good and brings us success is based on a heart centered energy so let that energy surround you! Your beauty is unlimited! Let me know how it goes.
Sue Perez the Dynamic Video Coach- is an Emmy Award winning television makeup artist with 3 decades of video production experience-both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Some productions and shows include NBC4NY, New York Live TV, Open House, Sunday Night Football, HBO, The Doctor Oz Show and Law and Order SVU.
She created her own company Beautyphonics in 2014 to bring highly
skilled education to other beauty professionals and brands seeking her expertise. Her first book Beneath the Makeup-12 Lessons to Empower and Inspire You became available on Amazon in the spring of 2019.
Sue has been a beauty expert contributor on topics from wellness and beauty to makeup products for Dermstore, Oprah Magazine, and Fab Fit Fun and a featured contributor for SheOwnsIt.com a website that celebrates female entrepreneurship with monthly creative, uplifting and success driven content.
In March of 2020 she stepped into her business full time working with women entrepreneurs who needed personalized beauty sessions and consultations over teleconferencing and Zoom.
In October of 2020 she pivoted her brand and launched a 5- week program to answer a need in the marketplace for entrepreneurs who were seeking more direction with improving their image, content creation and brand messaging on video with Dynamic Video Blueprint.
Her interview for the apple podcast Field Guide to Awesome by business coach Trina Serrecchia is inspiring and she offers her views on mindset challenges, finding confidence and why she is so committed to helping women entrepreneurs to step into their power and unleash their brands on video.
Her most recent interview was for LATINAS on CUNY-TV, Sue talks about the importance of your image over Zoom and shares her best advice for making your presence memorable online.