When I was growing up I always had dreams of being a writer, actress, or beautician. I was never serious about acting though, I was WAY too shy and was not about to join the theatre. But I would always dream of being like the actresses that I watched in my favorite movies and TV shows.
I was however very serious about wanting to be a writer or beautician. Unfortunately, whenever I told people what I wanted to be when I grew up I was always met with judgment. I think the adults in my life would have rather I said entrepreneur, doctor, or lawyer. I remember as a kid when people would ask me what I wanted to be, I would tell them that I wanted to be a writer. To which every single one of them would respond, “Oh, so you want to be a journalist?”
I would always tell them how I hated the news and I didn’t want to do that, but I was always met with the same response: “Well if you want to be a writer, that’s what you have to do. You have to be a journalist. How else would you write?”
As a 10-year-old girl, I was extremely confused by that question. I had no idea that writers were needed everywhere and there were so many different avenues to take. Finally I was convinced that the only way I could be a writer was by pursuing journalism, so instead, I decided that I wanted to pursue beauty.
For the majority of my life beauty was always a passion of mine. As a kid, I used to invite the neighborhood girls over to give them facials and do their hair and makeup. The first book I ever bought for myself I purchased at my elementary school book fair. It was a book that was meant for 30- and 40-year-old women that covered 1,000 beauty and skin care secrets! How weird is that?
I was completely amazed by makeup and beauty products and would take every opportunity I could get to go into my mother or grandmothers bathroom to read the beauty product labels and experiment with them. I even had my own little vanity that I’m pretty sure I spent most of my childhood in front of. I couldn’t imagine anything more fun than spending my days immersed in hair, makeup, and skincare. Going to beauty school and opening up my own spa or salon was my dream for most of my life. It was even my plan throughout college and I started out studying business so I could be prepared for being a spa owner someday. From elementary school until about age 21 or 22, I was sure that I was going to be a hair stylist and aesthetician when I grew up.
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