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Teaching moments are everywhere, in everything

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Throughout the Christmas season I kept getting compliments about my makeup and one day while mid-face my dad called me. When I went across to him he wanted to know what was wrong with my face and why was my make up looking so weird. If you’ve ever done a full face of makeup you’d understand why I would have looked like a complete wreck.

In that moment, I realised just how many teachable moments are all around us and that even a task as simple as make up could be used to teach us.

Lesson number one: If we rush the process or skip steps then we risk getting the desired results.

If I tried to have a perfect looking face throughout the process it would never work. I must trust that if I put dark brown lines in the right areas then when I smudge them later on they will provide just the right number of contours.

Lesson number two: Practise, practise, practise.

After I did the makeup course I messed up the colour choices, I messed up the process, I messed up my make up, but I kept at it. I didn’t give up and the more I practised, the better I became.

Lesson number three: Major in the minors and pay attention to detail.

If you know me, I hate makeup, but I am no longer a Sports Coach and therefore I must be prepared to step out of my comfort zone and learn the skills necessary for my new career. ALL the skills, even the ones that seem trivial and basic.

Lesson number four: Be coachable.

I took a makeup course and I sponged off those more knowledgeable than me. I listened attentively and was open to constructive criticism. All the best intentions in the world would amount to nothing if you don’t have the know-how.

And finally, lesson number five: Invest in yourself.

I had to pay for my makeup course and buy various shades and brands of make up until I found the stuff with which I was comfortable. Invest in your development. You are your greatest treasure, spend wisely.

My eight-year-old walks around with mascara, blush and lip gloss. She applies it so naturally that most people are unable to tell. She has learnt all the lessons above and more. Self-control is necessary to avoid looking like a circus clown and good judgment is needed to figure out when and where she can wear it. It’s one more opportunity for us to learn together and work on our communication and bonding with our young ones.

Never underestimate teaching moments. Many of you have girls and most of them will dabble in makeup and a large part of society will cry down allowing little girls to wear it. There are life lessons in everything we do.

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