I was recently reading about the best advice Martha Stewart claims to have ever received. She said it came from her father when she was about 12 years old and, as she put it, still willing to listen. Basically, he instilled in Martha the belief that if she was able to set her mind to it, she could do anything. Clearly, Martha’s father’s words provided the foundation of her “can-do” attitude, which has lead to a lifetime of milestone accomplishments. When I read about Martha Stewart’s confidence boosting session from her dad, it reminded me how a healthy dose of confidence can inspire all of us on the bluest of days. And last evening, as I accompanied a new friend to a Look Good Feel Better workshop, I got to witness confidence in action.
What a delight the workshop was for the both of us! Held at the newly renovated Wellspring location in Oakville, the two-hour workshop was a welcomed experience for all on what was an otherwise dreary winter night. When we arrived, the volunteers were hustling about, cleaning and prepping the room for the workshop participants. Their pretty aprons bore a lovely heart-shaped pin along with their name badge, and the room was a flurry of the loveliest shade of pink (Look Good Feel Better pink to be exact!) as the products in the workshop kits – from cleansers and moisturizers to glosses and lipstick – were unpacked and displayed with expertise. The workshop participants looked on in anticipation – they seemed to be as curious as the volunteers were busy – and it was fun quietly watching all of activity.
But things really kicked up a notch when the workshop leader, Susan, introduced the volunteers and officially welcomed the ladies to the workshop. For the next hour she guided all through Look Good Feel Better’s Signature Steps. It wasn’t long before everyone was immersed in learning tips and expert techniques, all while having fun and meeting new friends. One of the first things the participants learned was the importance of practising good cosmetic hygiene, especially while in active treatment. It was fun watching as the volunteers worked alongside the ladies, teaching them how to use foundation and concealer to even out their skin tone, and how a light dusting of blush could give a healthy-looking glow to their complexion. The ladies really perked up and took note as they learned the simple technique of defining their eyebrows and how to create the illusion of thicker lashes.
When the first hour was over, our expert hair alternatives volunteer, Heather, took over and asked the ladies if they had any special questions or needs as it related to thinning hair. One by one, the ladies shared their particular questions and Heather shared her expertise on what they could expect about hair loss, hair alternatives and wigs. Heather invited my friend, Fehmi, to be her hair alternatives model, and she looked radiant in each of the styles and wigs Heather showed. How quickly the workshop’s two hours passed when there was so much to learn and try.
I applaud all the dedicated volunteers who shared their expertise and worked their magic, instilling a renewed sense of self confidence—well done ladies!
If you would like to learn more about Look Good Feel Better, or find a free workshop near you, visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.ca