The best part about my job is getting out and meeting new people; chatting with them and having the honour of telling their story. Some make me laugh, some inspire me, and some make me sad. But there is always one or two that really resonate and stay with me.
One of my favourite things to write about is Inspirational Women in business and what drives them to succeed. We love a bit of girl power here at Your Daily Slice!
The other day, I met the most incredible lady, Emma Keogh, the owner/manager of Simplicite Wellbeing & Beauty Clinic. This one will always stay with me.
Now before I met Emma I knew some of her story as we share a mutual friend. I follow her blog too, Bobby’s Footprints.
Bobby’s Footprints is a tribute to her beautiful little boy who left this world far too soon. Emma’s blog is her continued eulogy to Bobby; he will always be with them in every word she writes.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning to dance in the rain.”
Bobby passed away from the condition known as CDH, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. (A congenital diaphragmatic hernia or CDH occurs when the diaphragm does not form properly. The diaphragm is a thin sheet of muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest.)
Emma finds writing about her tribulations and about Bobby helps her to heal, and in turn she truly hopes it helps others dealing with the same tragedy and loss in their life. Writing about Bobby is a therapeutic process that money can’t buy.
With tragedy though comes change. Emma’s life before Bobby had been busy, sometimes hectic. Emma held a corporate position within the company Paypal. Life was busy with work, her beautiful daughter Lily and her husband’s schedule travelling to and from Dublin every day.
When Bobby gained his wings something had to change.
Emma had to find another way to live in order to help heal the missing piece from her family. She needed to find more value in life, more peace, more simplicity. In her own words, Emma felt that her new motto for living was ‘Simplicity in life, experiencing moments rather than milestones‘.
It is so true; we are always looking to achieve those milestones and not enjoying the moments in between. This is where the idea for Simplicite Wellbeing & Beauty was born.
On a morning walk through the beautiful village of Straffan one day, Emma spotted a unit for lease. A conversation with her husband gave her the push she needed. He told her to ‘Go for it!‘ And by God she has not looked back since. Simplicte became a reality, no longer a wishful dream.
Simplicite is not your run-of-the-mill beauty salon. It is a clinic where they put you back together and send you off, ready to take on the day.
It is a haven of moments, silence and time; a treat to your mind, body and soul; a place of calm and serenity. It is a place where your well-being is their priority.
Emma ensures that every one floats out the front door after each treatment and experience.
Emma manages the front-of-house, meeting and greeting each client, making everyone feel special and welcome. She is also a Life Coach, something she was studying before tragedy turned her whole life upside down on its axis. She works from a beautiful, relaxing room in the back of the clinic.
After only a few months in business, Emma was voted Kildare Network Business Woman of the Year in the emerging business sector. What an achievement!
Emma truly is an inspirational, resilient woman who is to be admired and applauded for her business savvy and succeeding in the face of adversity. For bringing Simplicite Wellbeing & Beauty Clinic to Straffan Village, Kildare – a lucky little town!
So next time you are in the Kildare area, pop in. You deserve it!
Tell Emma we sent you, she will look after you like royalty.
(I will be trying out a treatment this week and will let you know if someone finally has the magic to help me unwind and relax, that does not involve a bottle of wine! Emma has recommended to me a treatment called ‘Mindful Moments’. Can’t wait to try it! Review coming soon…)