A Sky to Remember Me By
I'm Skylar, Cosmetologist and LMT, ever the optimist, top bread in the sibling sandwich, aficionado of Disney movies. My passion is creativity and compassion and I own a mobile day spa where I love practicing nail art and facials and massage. Other things that are awesome: God, my family, the people (and animals,) that I love, Mexican food, reading, writing, vocabulary, (diction, syntax, and literary devices- oh my!) the cabin and the stars at night, macaroni and steak and green beans, vintage, Modern Family, Vibram shoes, crafting, Dr. Pepper, lots of Dr. Pepper. :)


If you'd like, check out my nail art blog! http://skylarsavvy.tumblr.com/
A Sky to Remember Me By
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I got the best compliment from my mom today. She posted something on her Facebook wall about the massage I gave her today. As a massage therapist, it is so encouraging when people truly value what you do, especially after they notice how it transforms their lives with regular massage! My mom needs time to relax and take a break from mommy-ing my adopted little brother. She needs her shoulders and hips to not ache all day while she gets stuff done. She needs to be able to go to sleep and have a restful night. She needs her blood pressure to ease up. She needs to feel taken care of. 
I think that’s the main thing I try to focus on with each massage. I have this intent going into it, that I pray, that I will be able to give them what they need. I pray that God would use my hands to heal people and help give back some of the peace and comfort that most of my clients give away all day every day. To fill them back up so that they can pour out their best selves into their lives. This is why my favorite clients are women. We are nurturing by nature, and so many of us forget to take time for ourselves that it makes the hour spent with a massage therapist that much more precious. It’s so very important. 
Picture a cake. You have this wonderful chocolate cake, it is the best most delicious and beautiful homemade layer cake with buttercream frosting. This represents everything you have to offer to the people you serve. As you go about your days caring for people, offering a listening ear, running errands, spending time with your loved ones, managing the household, being wonder woman… imagine that each thing you do, every instance that you give of yourself and your time, it takes away one slice of that luscious cake. You start off with a full cake, an amazing cake that everyone loves, but as you might guess, you quickly run out. But you’re not done! There’s more to do for people; they need you! So, you whip up another cake and start giving pieces away before you even had time to put the frosting on. And of course once that’s gone it’s no time before you need more cake. So you throw one together so fast, you forget the sugar. Even still, chunks of that unfulfilling cake start to disappear. And when that’s gone and you STILL need more cake, you realize you’re out of butter or flour and you don’t have time to make a cake anyway so you just start handing out bits of ingredients as you come by them in snippets. An egg. A bit of vanilla extract. Baking soda. Good, but nowhere near the awesome cake you know you can make if you just routinely took the time to replenish your stock. 
It’s hard to get people out of that cycle of go-go-go. Especially moms. They feel like they are responsible for everything. And they have an important job raising healthy responsible kids. With a demanding to-do list, and demanding family needs, the first thing to go is usually the break that lets people be effective in the first place! The best advice I can give is to let yourself be a better person by giving yourself some attention occasionally. It’s not something you only do once or on special occasions to “pamper” yourself. If you can carve one hour out of a jam-packed month for a massage, at the very least you’ll have something to look forward to all month long. 
I have to remind myself of this. I am good about getting regular massages, usually twice a month, but I also have to ground myself for each massage that I give. (So I don’t run out of cake!) I picture myself as a battery. If I don’t recognize that God gives me energy to help these people, then I feel so very drained after work, and I mean emotionally as well as physically. It’s a very involved process since I am trying to be mindful of the sacrifice of time and money that people are giving when they do this little thing for themselves and I so want to be worthy of that cost. I like to think my job is helping people be better versions of themselves. It goes beyond what I can do for chronic back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, tablet neck, carpal tunnel, arthritis, and the myriad other pains I help people to manage. 
I love my job. I especially love it during those moments when, as people are floating out of my massage room, clients say that they aren’t hurting any more, that they feel so relaxed and massage drunk, and most importantly- that they will be back!
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Alright, hey! For those of you who are interested, I created a new blog of journal entries. 
www.skylarspeaking.tumblr.com
There’s still a picture for each entry, but none of all this reblogging crap. I needed a fresh space to start over with writing since there’s just too much of a gap between my old writing posts and the pictures that have taken over here. Hehe. Enjoy at your own discretion, my mostly candid thoughts. It ranges from melodramatic venting, and verbose ramblings (much like this here,) to the philosophically humorous descriptions of my daily life. With a dash of musings of spirituality thrown in for fun.
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By Kirsten Mackey [tumblr | webcomic]
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By Kirsten Mackey [tumblr | webcomic]
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By Kirsten Mackey [tumblr | webcomic]
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By Kirsten Mackey [tumblr | webcomic]
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By Kirsten Mackey [tumblr | webcomic]
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alextasteslikelaffytaffy:

notkatniss:

Spooky scary

That’s 2 Spoopy for me man.
alextasteslikelaffytaffy:

notkatniss:

Spooky scary

That’s 2 Spoopy for me man.
alextasteslikelaffytaffy:

notkatniss:

Spooky scary

That’s 2 Spoopy for me man.
alextasteslikelaffytaffy:

notkatniss:

Spooky scary

That’s 2 Spoopy for me man.
alextasteslikelaffytaffy:

notkatniss:

Spooky scary

That’s 2 Spoopy for me man.
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Halloween Icons Part 2 -
Disney Villains…as Princesses
"No one wears this dress like Gaston!"

Halloween Icons Part 2 -
Disney Villains…as Princesses
"No one wears this dress like Gaston!"

Halloween Icons Part 2 -
Disney Villains…as Princesses
"No one wears this dress like Gaston!"

Halloween Icons Part 2 -
Disney Villains…as Princesses
"No one wears this dress like Gaston!"

Halloween Icons Part 2 -
Disney Villains…as Princesses
"No one wears this dress like Gaston!"

Halloween Icons Part 2 -
Disney Villains…as Princesses
"No one wears this dress like Gaston!"

Halloween Icons Part 2 -
Disney Villains…as Princesses
"No one wears this dress like Gaston!"

Halloween Icons Part 2 -
Disney Villains…as Princesses
"No one wears this dress like Gaston!"

Halloween Icons Part 2 -
Disney Villains…as Princesses
"No one wears this dress like Gaston!"
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It’s summertime! And I’m on a fantasy kick right now. I’ve been reading these amazing books called the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. To give you an idea: fans of Harry Potter would like these books, it is very imaginative fantasy with an element of danger, saving the world and all that. I also got a really cute book from The Witchery on the Strand in Galveston, called something like The Field Guide to the Little People. Complete with pictures. Haven’t been this amused with something like that since the Spiderwick Field Guide. LOVED that book! The illustrators are absolutely amazing and everything is so detailed. Once I finish the Fablehaven series, I’ll start on the new filed guide. I have to tell you, I’m totally geeking out about it. Don’t worry, you’re still not going to find me playing Dungeons and Dragons or Magic the Gathering, although I’m not knocking it. 

Me and my family just got back this week from a long weekend in Galveston. It was like all sunshine all the time and I loved it! We layed out in the sun, played with Tate in the waves, explored the beach, shopped the Strand, made beach beer and homemade enchiladas, and ate at some really sweet restaurants. All in all, very fun trip. The puppy (officially named Crash) got to come too. We weren’t really sure if he would lime water, let alone be able to swim with his awkward top-heavy French bulldog body, but he loved it and the guy can swim! We kept him out of the water most of the time just in case. It was just too freaking adorable watching crash try to go everywhere Tate went. Those guys are best buds. 

My sweet boyfriend is in the market for a new marketing job. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the company he is at, except for there’s no real room for advancement. The benefits are phenomenal but the pay isn’t reflecting everything he does and the experience he has. On top of that, this is a guy who gives it his all and then some; he is a hard worker! I have a feeling it will take a while to find something. There’s a chance that after another company offers better compensation, his current job might decide it’s worth trying to keep him. I hope he doesn’t let it stress him out. I understand his motives and applaud his ambition so I make it my mission to be encouraging and help him stay positive. I don’t like remembering that first job hunt. I just make sure to remind him to be thankful, to continue giving his company his best work, and to balance his free time doing other things besides applying for jobs. I am so blessed. John is the best, I love him so much. :)