Abbey Street, Wick­low Town. Tel: 0404 66177

Bray People - - WOMEN IN BUSINESS -

My work­ing his­tory is cor­po­rate, hav­ing worked in var­i­ous cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ments in­clud­ing McCann FitzGer­ald So­lic­i­tors, Orix Avi­a­tion Lim­ited (a multi­na­tional air­craft leas­ing com­pany) and Citibank in Lon­don (for 5 years). On re­turn­ing from Lon­don in 2000 I moved to Wick­low and worked part-time in an air­craft man­age­ment com­pany. In 2008 I was in my reg­u­lar beauty sa­lon (Aura Beauty & Mas­sage) hav­ing a treat­ment when the ther­a­pist men­tioned that the busi­ness was for sale. I had been looking for a change in di­rec­tion and de­cided to buy the busi­ness.

Un­for­tu­nately this hap­pened just as the re­ces­sion took hold but I have man­aged to keep the busi­ness go­ing with the help of some great staff mem­bers and the sup­port of friends and fam­ily. In or­der to adapt to changes in the mar­ket we moved from our orig­i­nal premises to a more prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion on Abbey Street four years ago which in­creased foot­fall and ex­po­sure.

At Aura our motto is “be your own kind of beau­ti­ful”. We want your sa­lon visit to be as en­joy­able as pos­si­ble whether you are with us for 10 min­utes or sev­eral hours. It is how peo­ple feel when they walk out the door that is im­por­tant, they should leave feel­ing that they have had an ex­cel­lent treat­ment, at a value for money price and most of all that they have en­joyed the time they have spent with us.

As part of my own per­sonal growth I be­came in­ter­ested in the holis­tic field sev­eral years ago. I have stud­ied reiki, medi­umship, shamanic prac­tices, all things angel, crys­tals and mind­ful­ness to name but a few. I am con­stantly evolv­ing and adding to th­ese ar­eas and bring­ing on board new prac­tices. Th­ese prac­tices have now be­come part of my busi­ness as Mari­posa Healing Wick­low and CC Event & Per­sonal Man­age­ment.

I am blessed to have worked with some amaz­ing teach­ers and men­tors in the last 2 years. I am in­tro­duc­ing more and more events and work­shops in the sa­lon and in Wick­low Town and be­yond. The event and per­sonal man­age­ment as­pect of my busi­ness brings me in con­tact with many pow­er­ful heal­ers and teach­ers and it is work that has brought to­gether my love for all things holis­tic and my or­gan­i­sa­tional and project man­age­ment skills from my cor­po­rate back­ground.

I am very for­tu­nate to be do­ing work that I am pas­sion­ate about. Both the beauty and holis­tic busi­nesses are con­stantly evolv­ing and I am in­tro­duc­ing new and ex­cit­ing things dur­ing the course of this year in all ar­eas. I am de­lighted to be launch­ing my own web­site in the com­ing weeks which will cover all as­pects of my busi­ness. Un­til then in­for­ma­tion can be found on Face­book at “Aura Beauty & Mas­sage” and “Mari­posa Healing Wick­low” or by call­ing me on 0404 66177 or 087 9943776.

Some of the most im­por­tant things I’ve learned in the last few years are that I can be or do any­thing I set my mind too and that I should be grate­ful for ev­ery­thing in my life - the good and the bad - the good is to be en­joyed and the bad is an op­por­tu­nity for growth. To­day I am grate­ful for the many bless­ings in my life, in­clud­ing the work that I do.

Elaine Woods.

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