It was a year ago that I was feeling conflicted about continuing my skincare services. I had heard that some hair stylists in town had decided to shut down, to be on the safe side. I remember asking Quentin if I should shut down as well. He asked if my skincare Clients were still coming. They were and they were happy to come. “I needed this,” they would say, as I took care of their beautiful faces.
We were all stressed! Confused. Some self care and a little ‘me’ time was hitting the spot.
And then, the morning of March 18th, I had heard enough in the news that I had moved from conflicted to concerned.
That same afternoon my RMT (Registered Massage Therapist) friend Andrea forwarded a text to me from her organization, MTAS (Registered Massage Therapists of Saskatchewan). Their members had just been advised to cease services. I knew that this was the right thing for me to do as well.
I contacted all of my Clients and canceled their appointments. Indefinitely. Then sat down a had a little cry – out of relief. I’d finally had some guidance.
The next day, the Saskatchewan provincial government announced that personal services businesses like mine would be mandated shut at the end of business on March 21st. I was happy to have this guidance. It was out of my hands.
For almost 3 months, personal services were mandated unavailable in our province. I was fortunate that my Clients continued to buy their skincare products (I did a lot of delivery city wide) and was really fortunate that people across Canada continued to purchase my Pillowcases.
That whole 3 months, I admired the truckers, delivery people, grocery store and gas station workers, and healthcare workers so, so much. A year later, I am still so appreciative of all of them and of educational workers as well.
You have all have put up with so much. For a year, I’ve watched it. I’ve heard it. And I’m still thankful.