A few weeks ago, I had a friend visiting for the week. The last day of his visit, Phil told me he had a surprise for me. “Don’t make any plans for 3 o’clock today.” he said cryptically. Needless to say, I was pretty curious.

When we pulled up to the Bar Harbor Spa, I got excited. Clearly I was in for a treat, and something I would never buy myself in a million years.

“We’re getting manicures.” he said. Fun!

What I didn’t expect was for people to actually notice it, and treat me differently.

The president of our local Rotary Club (a male lawyer even) commented the other day on my put-togetherness (and on liking the manicure). Also, no one has recently thought I was in college, and I’ve signed two new clients post manicure. Is it the manicure, or just me acting like the kind of person who has a manicure? Who knows, but I like it!

Since I am not a detail oriented person, I had no idea people noticed, or even cared, about these sort of things. But a mistake people often make is assuming other people think exactly like them. I will assume no more.

I have made the $10 investment in base coat, top coat, and some light pink polish so I can maintain the manicure for awhile and see how things go.

Have you ever changed one small thing in your appearance and had people treat you differently?

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