The Journey of Opening a Beauty Business

I was amazed when I decided to move my garage business to a storefront how many of my clients freaked out.  I had several tell me not to do it, they were afraid it wouldn’t work, I had women every day telling me how brave I was, and how they were just in shock I could do such a thing.  I guess, for me, it all seemed like the right thing to do.  I know the ones who said not to do it are conservative people and change is scary, I get it.  My journey though, really began when I could barely talk.

From the time I was a toddler I was infatuated with makeup, and skincare.  As I grew up I read about skincare tips, I made homemade facial and hair masks, and I spent every dollar of my babysitting money on makeup and skincare.  It was simply inside me, it was part of who I was.

The decision on what my career should be was rocky, I felt like a loser a lot of years.  I waited tables and had a nagging feeling I was messing everything up.  I tried and failed at desk jobs, I even sold cars for three days.  At 28 I had the most depressing year of my life.  I was living in Asheville, waiting tables and I could barely afford gas money to get to work.   I was drowning in my bad decision making, and I knew I had to change.  I remember thinking if I don’t change now my life is going to suck.

Esthetics school was my only option I had to be something more than a waitress (I had a college degree but I was not suited for a desk job).  After that I did massage school, nail school, and it was so hard, but worth it.

The reason I want to share this with you is that when I really stuck with who I was, when I went back to the roots of my younger years, my life became much better.  I simply did this: I followed my passion and it honestly is working out.  When you are passionate about something it feels right, I didn’t feel scared about opening my business, I didn’t feel like I was an amazing human who did something special, I just felt like it was the right thing to do.  I can’t explain it other than that.  If you are passionate about something, if you look back on your life and everything you have every done was fitness related, you should do that.  If you love to decorate your friends homes, you should do that.  Don’t worry about what will happen.  It will be okay.  As long as you love what you do, you really won’t work a day in your life (my dad instilled that in me my entire life and I am so grateful for him).

Xoxo,

Heather

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