"It was truly a privilege to get to know her. I hope to continue creating bonds and talking to more seniors as my journey with GlamourGals continues."
For part six of Real Gals, meet New York City-based, 29-year-old Emily Collins. She's an interior designer at Kelly Rosen Design, she went to grad school for architecture, and she grew up in Oklahoma. (She's also an advisory board member for GlamourGals!) Emily talks about the first apartment she and her husband, JC, rented (it was 350 square feet!), what it was like when her destination wedding was nearly sidelined by a huge storm, and the skin-saving beauty product she's loving.
"The last resident who I gave a manicure was extremely nice and told me to "surprise [her]" with any color. She was very pleased with the shimmery pink I chose. During the makeover there was a pianist playing and the resident and I sung the chorus of "Can't Help Falling in Love with You" together; it was a rather sweet moment."
"It is clear to me now that creating meaningful bonds with others is what I want to do with my life. GlamourGals has created a difference in my own attitude, personality, and perspective. I am now more gregarious, proactive, and open-minded than I have ever been before because of the experiences I've had."
"I like to volunteer because my job doesn’t involve meeting members of my community. It feels grounding to meet people that I may just pass on the street and would never meet otherwise. Getting up in the morning or going after work to serve others gives me energy and makes me feel like a part of my community, and I’ve met new friends while volunteering."
"It is important for us to visit these senior citizens so that they know that they are not alone and that we appreciate all that they have done for us throughout their lives. These seniors are a vital part of our community; they have experience in life and wisdom. I learned from GlamourGals that senior citizens are great examples of role models."