I started my career in cosmetology a little before my time in Topeka, Kansas. I was one of those kids that was in such a hurry to grow up and experience all that world had in store for me. I quit high school, took my GED and enrolled in Beauty school. Not long into my journey of adulthood, 3 months to be exact, I got pregnant with my daughter. The real adults around me didn't have much faith in my ability to continue through school and have a child at such a young age. To be honest, neither did I. Next came the most difficult era of my life. Going through beauty school was hard while pregnant, with all the smells and long hours on your feet but the hardest of all came after. Being so young, my baby daddy still in high school , looking back I am not sure how I did it. I gave birth on a weekend day thank goodness :) I took 2 weeks off to recover and then had to finish up 2 more months of school. Not one of my instructors thought Id be returning after I had my daughter because it just wasn't possible. Well I did, and 26 years later I have accomplished so many ridiculously awesome things in my career and inspired so many people along the way. My first salon was a bust! I thought when an owner recruited you out of beauty school, that they saw something special in you, NOPE. I He wanted a warm body to fill a chair. Here I am, a new mom, barely an adult, and getting broker and broker by the day! I spent my days, making no money and being mocked by the owner because of my age and inexperience. Every conversation I tried to engage in with him, he'd smugly say "Kiddo, you wouldn't know anything about this because its not on MtV". I was humiliated often by him, however I stayed a little longer than I should have because of a hair magician named Charlie. He took me under his wing, to get coffee in his awesome BMW, and Id listen to him intently speak to his clients, schedule his clients and watch how he ran his business. I dreamt of being just like Charlie, no joke! The day I left, it was on his advise to go to the mall. So I got a job at Regis Hairstylists. I worked with some of the most incredible women that I still keep in touch with today. They really taught me how to do things better. I was terrible at everything, to be completely honest. But I REALLY wanted to be good at it. One time I mixed up the wax machine cleaner, and the skin cleaner, OMG! Dont do that btw! Instead of my manager firing me, which i surely deserved, she sat me down and taught me the imp
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