MOTHERS DESERVE TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT, BUT OFTEN THAT FEELING OFTEN GETS LOST IN THE BUSINESS AND STRESS OF MOTHERHOOD. ALONG WITH ESSENCE SKIN CLINIC, WE CHOSE MAGGIE FOSSUM, ONE OF MANY DESERVING ROCHESTER AREA MOTHERS TO RECEIVE A MOTHER’S DAY MAKEOVER.
CANCER HAS BEEN A BLESSING
Mother’s Day Makeover recipient, Maggie Fossum, says that cancer has been a blessing. It has brought her family closer together and has given her a new outlook on life. Instead of taking trips to the grocery store and cleaning up after her family, she now focuses on making memories with her husband and kids—and spending time doing things that she enjoys. She’s living again.
The nomination for this makeover came as a surprise to Fossum. With a smile on her face, she recalls the phone call she received from Andrea at Essence Skin Clinic in Rochester, informing her that she had won a Mother’s Day Makeover. She said that she was “completely shocked and cried a lot of happy tears.” This was Fossum’s very first makeover, and she could not have been any more excited for the opportunity. While her nominator remains a mystery, Fossum says she is fine not knowing who it is and will always be grateful for their thoughtfulness.
OUTLOOK ON LIFE
Fossum was born in Japan and has lived all over the world with her parents who were active in the Navy. She now resides in Byron, with her husband, 10-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son. She loves her community and feels fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful neighbors, friends and co-workers. When asked what she loves about herself, Fossum says, “I love where I am in life, and I am proud of my accomplishments.”
It is safe to say that Fossum is a giver in more ways than one. As a primary care nurse at Mayo Clinic and mother of two young kids, Maggie is accustomed to taking care of other people. She loves that about herself, but she also recognizes that it is important to practice self-care. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, painting and gardening. She recommends that all women take a little bit of “me time” each day to do something that makes them happy. Whether it’s reading a book before the kids get up or enjoying a cup of coffee in the peace and quiet, it’s important for women to take care of themselves.
Maggie’s makeover started at Essence Skin Clinic which is located in the heart of downtown Rochester on the corner of First Avenue and Second Street. Abigail at Essence provided Fossum with skin care services and made sure that she had a wonderful experience. The makeover began with Botox treatment,
followed by a customized facial and an eyelash tint to help make her eyes pop. The makeover was topped off by a beautiful application of makeup. All of the pampering made Fossum look and feel fantastic.
Fossum’s makeover also included a fabulous new outfit comprised of items from two locally owned stores: Mainstream Boutique, located in TJ Maxx Plaza, and O & B Shoes in downtown. Jennelle Stemper, owner of Mainstream Boutique, assisted Fossum in picking out her outfit. Together, they chose a fun navy and white patterned sleeveless tunic with cropped navy leggings underneath. This summer outfit is great for running errands around town or enjoying an evening on the patio. They paired the tunic with a fun white floppy hat. Don at O&B Shoes helped Fossum pick out a pair of silver, tan and white studded strappy slides. These sandals are the perfect complement to her summer outfit.
The makeover ended with a photo shoot in downtown Rochester with photographer Dawn Sanborn. Fossum flaunted her new look while grinning ear to ear with a sparkle in her eye. She clearly found her inner and outer beauty.
Fossum thoroughly enjoyed her Mother’s Day makeover and appreciated having the opportunity to work with several wonderful Rochester area businesses. Fossum would also like to thank her husband for always being her rock. She also wants to express her gratitude for her care team at Mayo Clinic and the support that they have given her.
Elizabeth (Liz) Harris works for the American Cancer Society and is a freelance writer.