We had the good fortune of connecting with Siobhan Scully and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Siobhan, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I first became an Esthetician a little over nine years ago. During this last almost decade, my idea of what a healthy work life balance looks like has morphed and changed greatly. When my career began I had just given birth to my daughter, Sophie. I was living in New York City, building the beginning of my career and simultaneously raising an infant. At that time being with my young daughter as much as I could was the most important thing to me. So, over those first few years I decided to work in a studio part-time and use my time at home to begin building an organic skin care line. I sold my skin and body care at various markets in Brooklyn, places where I could bring Sophie along. As Sophie got older I ended my home business and began to work as an Esthetician in a studio full-time. I was really happy working as much as I could and doing all the different types of services. I was coming into my own as an Esthetician and really getting my career off the ground. However, after a few years I began to get extremely burned out. I realized that I could not actually work 5, 10 hour days every week. I started to understand how much emotional energy this career takes and that in order for me to be the best Esthetician I could be I needed to take better care of myself. For me that meant less work days, shorter work days, and condensing my service lists. I finally feel like I am in a very healthy place in my career, with a balance that feels like it both serves me and allows me to be the best version of myself for my clients. I now have a four day work week, refuse to start my days too early or end my days too late and only do services that feel very true to me. Over this last almost decade working as an Esthetician I am proud of everything I have learned and feel like I have found the perfect balance for myself in work and life.

What should our readers know about your business?
I opened my skin care studio Lucky Kitty Esthetics May of this year. It had been a dream of mine for over three years to move to Los Angeles and open my own skin care studio and it finally happened! I dreamnt of creating a deeply unique and special space where everyone could feel comfortable, cared for and loved. As I started to feel truly confident in the type of Esthetician I had become, I knew I was finally ready to open Lucky Kitty Esthetics. Opening the studio has been a true labor of love. Lucky Kitty Esthetics is a deeply personal journey for me, but a reality that could have never come true without the kindness of my community. In order to open the studio, I needed to raise money that I did not have. I started a Gofundme and over the course of 3 months, thanks to all of the incredible people in my life that believe in me was able to raise enough money to open the studio. Nothing about the journey into business ownership is easy. It is a constant back and forth between believing in yourself and questioning your sanity! And while business ownership is a wild ride, I would absolutely not trade it for anything. Lucky Kitty Esthetics is an incredibly special skin care studio. It is a deeply personal space I have created that is a direct extension and reflection of me. The studio is a space where anyone can come in and feel deeply appreciated, and taken care of. I believe everyone deserves high quality skin and body care, in a space that makes them feel safe and special. Along those lines, I think money should not be the contributing factor whether or not people get to enjoy these services, so I offer a sliding scale facial and sliding scale cupping. I am deeply proud of what I have created in Lucky Kitty Esthetics and excited to watch it grow and what the future holds.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Okay! So if my best friend was coming to Los Angeles and I wanted to show them the best time ever, the first place we would go hang out is in my very neighborhood Highland Park. I would take them to get coffee and pastries at Kindness and Mischief right on my block and from there walk up and down Figueroa exploring all the adorable shops, like Prelude and Dawn and Luca! Then we would go to Highland Park Wines, grab some chillable reds and go have a little picnic at Silverlake Meadow. After laying in the park all day we could just walk down to L&E Oyster and grab some oysters and a delicious cocktail. Throughout the week I would make sure we had some beach time in Malibu, go on a few hikes in Griffith Park, see some outdoor music and spend plenty of time eating on the Eastside at some of my favorites like Night Mrkt Song, Pine and Crane and Joy. We would drink lots of wine at all the best natural wine bars and of course, we would have to go to Huntington Gardens!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All my friends!

Website: www.luckykittyesthetics.com

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