Part 1: Summer Vacation 2021
Hey, Sweet Faces!
I've missed you all so much! Plus it feels good to be back in the OSSS community. With so much going on in the world we live in today, the rising battle of COVID-19, the hustle and bustle of getting up and going to work, family/personal life, virtual schooling this past year, and keeping everything thriving within a business. Life is screaming for a vacation! Would you agree?
In July 2021, I decided to take an entire break from running my business for two weeks. This year was the first time since launching in 2018 that I stepped away from all things business. That meant NO meetings, NO emails, No events, NO DM's — absolutely NO work allowed for two weeks.
Now, if you are a small business owner, just two weeks away from anything within your business could feel like a complete lifetime. But I'm also sure you may know how breaks are much needed, which gives you time to relax and recuperate. It was the first time since starting that I allowed myself to take a total break. Yes, there were mini-breaks, which at times were business-related trips and a few family trips, but I was determined to take a vacation from it all this year.
Well, since I last dropped in your inboxes or did a blog post, my family and I were headed out to our annual summer vacation.
This year, we let the kids pick the vacation destination to celebrate Isaiah's 11th birthday and the 4th of July weekend. It was nothing but absolute enjoyment and excitement. We decided to drive and make it an entire road trip that took 16 hours, traveling from Houston to beautiful Colorado Springs, Denver, Kansas, and ending our trip in Oklahoma City. We explored the great outdoors at Pikes Peaks America's Mountain, a captivating adventure where the views were so stunning.
But 13,000 ft. high and almost at the top of the summit, YIKES! Where it's 41% less oxygen to breathe, the kids were a bit frighten, and they ended up with altitude sickness. We soon caught the gorgeous sights at Seven Falls; the fantastic views, trails were extraordinarily serene. We couldn't resist visiting the historic city of Manitou Springs and stumbled across a fascinating hidden gem called Rainbow Falls. An impressive sight of waterfalls, colorful walls filled with graffiti, and mountainous rocks. Seeing is believing.
We spent our summer vacation taking a break from all life's everyday struggles and took in all the wondrous things life offers while creating lovely memories that will last for a lifetime. Wow! This vacation was everything that we all needed.
Now I'm not going to lie; I was a bit nervous to shut down for a full two weeks. But through God's grace and mercy, He has sustained my family and business, which makes me always so grateful. That's why it's so important to Be Still and Wait on God.
Here are a few questions for the peeps that like to travel and are on the go.
- What's inside your travel bag?
- Should you take all your everyday skincare products with you when traveling?
- Should you minimize your selection when traveling? The answer is No.
It's your skincare routine; why would you want to minimize it even if you are traveling. If it's something you've been doing that has been working on an everyday basis, why change it up if you go on vacation.
Here's a quick video of a glimpse of my travel essentials to keep my skin in tip-top shape when on the go. Plus, I've added a couple of my favorite new gadgets to stay ready for anything.
The Hand Sani Kit is a necessity when traveling on the go. Even with being closed for two weeks in the earlier part of July and summer vacations in full swing, our Lemon Peppermint Hand Sani Kits ranked as the #1 selling product online for the month.
Our signature Lemon Peppermint Hand Sani Kit is functional for everyday use at home, school, work, and travel. It is refreshing and hydrating with 100% natural ingredients we have hand-picked. A signature blend of Tea Tree, Lemongrass, and Peppermint Essential Oil will lift your spirits, all while gently cleansing away dirt and germs, softening and hydrating your hands.
Inside this kit includes a one FL oz. Antibacterial Cleansing Hand Soap, one FL oz. Hand Sanitizer Spray, one FL oz. Unscented Natural Hand Balm inside a Cosmetic Pouch.
Very suitable for everyone's needs when it comes to traveling and on the go by having the right products handy to clean your hands at all times.
Though all good things must come to an end, and I wished I could have bottled up the entire vacation.
But as soon as we returned, we got back to work doing what we love mixing, making, and serving the people with Soft and Sweet skin and participated in a few Summer Pop-Ups.
Closing out summer 2021 and walking into year three in business, we couldn't be more grateful. The OSSS community has so much in store we can't wait to share it with you all. Stay tuned for more news to come in the OSSS Community.
Thank you for all your support in the OSSS Community!
Be Sweet. Be Blessed.
~ Alicia B.