Whilst the clocks won't 'Spring forward' until the Equinox on the 20th, the 1st of March is the beginning of Meteorological Spring which will see the days getting longer, temperatures (hopefully) rising and bulbs bursting with colour.
For some, the 1st also marks the start of Lent. Historically a period devoted to fasting and abstinence, I invite you to consider what simple changes you can make to increase your sense of well-being. What can you do for the next 40 days that will make you feel more happy, energised and alive?
With Valentine's Day approaching there's so much talk of love. Whilst some may have found, lost or still be looking for love, we all have the opportunity love ourselves more.
Much has been written on the subject, including the well know adage 'we only accept the love we think we deserve'. As with everything intention is key. Having attended a goal setting workshop at Lululemon last month, one of the group shared that they'd stop waiting for a plus one before doing things, especially travelling - which struck a cord with the room.
So this Valentine's and indeed this year, know what you deserve, be okay by yourself, treat yourself, take the trip and eat the chocolate (if that's what you want to do).
We've had our first JustBe video made in Edinburgh this week and are looking forward to sharing it with you soon.
Join us at the Business Women Scotland event on the 23rd of Marchat The George Hotel, Edinburgh. Hear from an inspiring line up of speakers. Early bird tickets are available now.
When we make resolutions and promises to be a better, new and improved version of ourselves. Here at JustBe, we're all in favour of being and experiencing more than we've been before, but we're also fans of accepting that we are already enough.
Getting through January can sometimes feel like a big enough challenge without a new to do list. So how about this new year, simply make the change(s) and celebrate that you're doing your best. As I'm planning join friends to be part of a tropical carnival in May, my personal daily focus is to get in shape, drink more water and above all be happy.
"Let today be the day you love yourself enough to no longer just dream of a better life; let it be the day you act upon it" - Dr Steve Maraboli
If you'd like to relax more this year, we can highly recommend the JustBe Aroma Indulgence, exclusively available at Sleeping Beauty located in Edinburgh, Inverness & Shetland as featured in January's edition of The Scottish Wedding Directory. And for those that simply fancy a sweet treat, there's aways our feel good aromatherapy chocolate 🍫
As part of Small Business Saturday 100, I was delighted to be invited to have a stall within No.10 Downing Street for the launch of this years campaign. Margot James, the Minister for Small Business gave a keynote speech celebrating the success of the UK's 5.4 million small business.
Small Business Staurday is this weekend, and I'll be 'popping-up' within WhiteStuff, George Street Edinburgh on Saturday the 3rd and Lululemon, a couple of blocks along on Sunday the 4th. If you're in Edinburgh, it would be great to see you.
Wherever you are, remember that shopping local helps support independent, ethical businesses which has a positive impact on the economy and keeps our high streets interesting 🌟
A heart felt thanks to everyone who's supported JustBe and me this year. Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas and here's to a healthy, fun filled 2017 🎄
With temperatures falling, central heating on full blast and 'only' 33 days until Christmas - now's a great time to give our 30 day radiance challenge a try. Described as pretend sleep & clean living in a bottle, simply apply our Hydrating Serum & Treatmemt Oil for a month, visibly notice the difference or get your money back.
Although Christmas Day's still over a month away, our 1st Festive Fayre was in October, and it's fair to say that we're not the only ones that are getting in the mood. Our aromatherapy chocolates, organic herbal teas and JustBe Happy hand wash & body lotion are proving popular, with a lot of people admitting that the chocolate might not make it long enough to be given as a gift! If you'd like to have some fun counting down the days, our big bars of chocolate have 24 squares - so make a tasty alternative advent calendar!
In addition to the various fun Festive Fayres, we've got some exciting news of our 1st spa in London to offer JustBe treatments - more details to follow in the New Year.
And I had the pleasure of meeting Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach when he was in Edinburgh for a talk on his latest Lean in 15 book tour. Joe was inspiring as always, and I was personally delighted that he referred to me as the 'chocolate lady' and seemed more than happy when I gave him more JustBe Loved - "my favourite chocolate - the best I've ever tasted"
Joe Wicks in Edinburgh on 18th November as part of his Lean in 15 The Sustain Plan book tour.
We hope to see you at one off these forthcoming events.
As always, the best way to keep up to date is via our Facebook page.
...with our all natural range of skincare. As the days get shorter and the leaves begin to fall, Autumn's a perfect time to wrap-up warm and nourish your skin to reveal your inner radiance. A great addition to any skincare routine is a gentle exfoliator. Exfoliating removes the dry, dead often dull layer of surface skin cells to uncover a glowing fresh complexion whilst allowing the active ingredients of other products to be absorb and benefit the skin. Have you tried our intensely Hydrating Serum & Treatment Oil which come with a 30 day radiance money back guarantee?
With only 8 weeks to Christmas, we've got a busy couple of months ahead. The best way to keep up to date, is via the Events section of our Facebook page.
This week, we're delighted to be part of the Small Business Bus Tour, when it arrives into the Grass Market, Edinburgh on Tuesday. I'm looking forward to being in conversation with author Sara Sheridan on Thursday 27th, which happens to be National Chocolate Day, at the National Library of Scotland to talk about her latest novel of intrigue, chocolate and passion. For more information & tickets click here. Friday the 28th of October is the first of the Christmas Fairs that we'll be attending this year - starting with Loanhead followed by a pop-up in Margiotta Dundas St. store, Edinburgh on Saturday.
I'm thrilled that JustBe has been named as one of the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday - a 100 day campaign that culminates with a day dedicated to encourage us to shop small on the 3rd of December.
Joining JustBe are 6 other Scottish based business and a skincare company from London. Part of the celebrations include a UK wide bus tour, which will arrive into Edinburgh on Tuesday the 25th - more details to follow.
The Edinburgh Festival's a great time to be out & about, and this year was no exception. We were delighted to meet and share our JustBe aromatherapy chocolate with so many well known faces including Olly Murs & the Steve Wright in the Afternoon team 🍫
The winner of this years JustBe Loved Edinburgh Festival award was Alan Cumming for Sappy Songs as part of the International Festival. The 2 shortlisted entrie were HERBERT - the Hendrick's bus experience & The Big Breakfast by Bite-Size Plays 🌟
JustBe Fabulous at WhiteStuff
The winning blend for the JustBe Fabulous Tea Competition at WhiteStuff, Edinburgh was Spearmint, Rose & Lavender as suggested by Chantal Balmer from Glasgow. JustBe Fabulous will be exclusively available to enjoy instore at the Meet & Make area of the George Street branch. Thanks to everyone who entered and for those who came along on Saturday to help with the judging.