Hello. Well. No story to share yet. My “partner in crime” hasn’t sent me her comments to share. But take care…I will insert our adventure after it’s all done.
Until then, I have more pressing things to share…
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” - Anne of Green Gables
This past year Abby and I have become such good friends. It has been a very long time since I have come across a person with so much love, understanding, compassion and patience toward people. Nobody’s perfect mind you, but people like Abby make the world a brighter place.
Those of you familiar with the novel Jane Eyre, will recognize the expression “Eshton’s Twins”. While I, as Eshton puts it, “don’t think it possible that two minds can be so in tune that they communicate across the country and call out to each other across space and time”, I do believe that two people can form a such a bond that they share thoughts, feelings and ideas with just one look. It’s that sort of connection I find with my new dear friend. I know the feeling is mutual which makes it even more precious.
What a grand thing to have a “kindred spirit” with you on such an Epic Adventure! It’s with this sentiment we name ourselves Eshton’s Twins for Story we are about to share. We invite you to experience our “Jolly Holiday” through our eyes.
This is all in fun, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, but share this experience with you in the spirit of wishing you all could have been there with us.
To those who just met me, it would be good to know that I lived in the UK from 1994-1995. As with most experiences living in a foreign country, it was life changing.
I’ve had to live vicariously through British TV shows and movies since I moved back to the states in 1995.
As my new friend and kindred spirit Abigail and I sat in the new Irish Pub here in Hackettstown about this time last year, we planned a trip to England. We spent a long afternoon sitting by the fire eating and drinking Irish Food finding out just how much we had in common. We share a love of all things British and Irish. Particularly Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte’, Sherlock Holmes and various other pieces of literature, film and music.
With Abby just having been to Ireland with her sister this past February and me having been there in 1994 with my dear friend Laura, I longed to share the experience of showing her the beautiful place I consider to be my second home. So without even a blink, we agreed to take this trip together.
You can’t go back in time. (Unless you have a Tardis!) You can’t live in the past. (Unless you BLINK!) You can’t go home and expect it to have not changed. (Only in a bad flash back movie…or if your name is Peggy Sue…)
You CAN revisit a place you’ve been before and reflect on how it helped mold you into what you are today. Or just experience a blast from the past and bring a friend! Take care reader, you may be surprised at the range of emotions that swell inside of you when you least expect it…
So, here’s the deal, life has a way of changing at the drop of a hat.
Mine kind of goes like this:
Moved to Florida at 21.
New Career at 22.
Home owner by 25.
Business owner by 32.
New Career Facet at 33.
Move back to New Jersey and semi-retire at 39.
Caretaker for parents by 40.
New Career at 41.
Motherless by 46...
I’m 47. I’ll be 48 in a week. I’ve started a new life.
But it begins by visiting the past…
OK, so the end of the year is almost upon us. A new year, symbolizes a fresh start for many people. I’m of the opinion that you do not have to wait till the end of anything but the day for a fresh start. Being a lover of movies and literature, I’ll use a quote from one of my favorite family films “Anne of Green Gables”, “tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it.” So, today is my fresh start for my blog.
In the past, I’ve posted long novel posts with photos etc… I’m guilty of putting a lot of pressure on myself to create the perfect post which has a beginning, middle and end. Well, that’s writing and publishing at it’s best…and I’ll continue to try and achieve that, but since I’ve tagged this as also my doodles…well, you’re at the mercy of the ramblings in my mind. I hope you enjoy it and as always, I’ll try to make it entertaining!
I’ve never really talked about this on my Blog. But I’m a Nail Technician. Now, I know what you are thinking, gum popping, shallow bubble head women. Or maybe perhaps the more racially motivated “discount” salon image.
I’m a different breed. I’ve been in the nail business since 1987 and I have to tell you there is a lot more to doing nails than meets the eye. I’ll share more about that later. I’ve progressed from being a nail tech, to an educator for the industry. I’m what you’d call an “independent” or “Non-Product Specific” educator meaning my classes are more about technique than pushing a product. That being said, I do sell products but I don’t push them. I’ve found that people want to buy what they see you using so why not have them available for sale. But I do work with a Variety of different products so I’m not stuck selling just one brand.
OK, so you’ve got a little background on WHAT I do for a living. I’m going to be posting a series of “How To” videos for my students to access. This will show you HOW I do WHAT I do. At least in part.
Below are three videos demonstrating HOW TO create the latest nail shape called an EDGE NAIL. It’s not a shape for EVERYONE but it’s pretty cool and creative. It is done by Greg Salo of Young Nails, he’s a really giving and fun educator! Enjoy if you are so inclined…
Creating The Edge Nail, Part 1
Creating The Edge Nail, Part 2
Creating The Edge Nail, Part 3