This four-letter word has fueled my career. I had hope that things would work out when I dropped out of college and joined beauty school. I had hope that I would make it as a salon owner after opening a shop with no idea of how to run a business. I had hope that everything would work out and I would return to work after a life-changing accident left me paralyzed from the waist down. Hope has helped me achieve my goals.
The only constant in life is change. I’m naturally a creature of habit and it took me many years to begin embracing the uncomfortable feeling that change brings. Now, I see each big turn or twist in life as an opportunity to advance, to evolve and to level up to the next, best version of myself.
3 Giving Back
One of my callings is being able to give to others; it was always something my heart desired. As an educator, I feel fulfilled in knowing that I can reach out and help so many people around me, especially thanks to the power of social media.
There is no other community as badass, loving, supporting and giving as the hair industry. I have found some of my best friends, biggest cheerleaders and huge sources of inspiration all within our community of professionals. This aspect of our industry gets me pumped; it’s one of the main reasons I love being a stylist and an educator.
A dear friend of mine once said that I practice “radical positivity.” No matter what adversities life throws my way, I tackle them head-on and make the most out of what may be a bad situation. I’m passionate about sharing this outlook with the world and helping others who may need a little push, a bit of love and a whole lot of positivity.
There was a big chunk of my life in which I wanted to fit in, but I’ve always felt different—this wore at my confidence for many years. It wasn’t until my life-changing accident, and having to adopt a new way of life from a wheelchair, that I realized I was never meant to fit in; in fact, it’s my unique qualities that make me who I am. I had to become so noticeably different on the outside to finally realize how special I am on the inside. Helping others embrace their individuality is one of my passions.
When things get really hard, I silently chant this mantra I came up with: “Change a negative into a positive.” In every situation you always have the choice to make it what you will. I make the conscious decision to see everything—even the bad days—as an opportunity to grow, learn and evolve. It’s your choice to see something as negative or positive; you’re in control of your perspective.