redefining self (Part 1) series

What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?

There has always been that artistic side to myself, whether it be my first experience of feeling the plaster of paris oozing between my fingers as I made an image of my hand! in kindergarden. Maybe you did this too . . .  how exciting was that! 

We’ll fast forward to my early twenties.  After having two children and my first marriage ending in divorce, I had to really sit down and contemplate what I was going to do with my life, how was I going to take care of myself, my children, pay bills, etc . . . .  I had been out in the workforce since I was 16 years old, as a salesperson, housekeeper for hotel/motels, and a nursing home assistant.  Needless to say, I think, I had very good work ethics, as I did not shy away from having to work hard at whatever job I was doing.  But, I wanted to become someone . . . something more and be able to utilize my artistic talent in some way, shape or form.  

It was 1981 when I made the conscious decision to enroll myself into The Ohio State School of Cosmetology.  At the time, I figured I was satisfying my need to express myself artistically, and pursue a career that I could take those learned skills, and work anywhere.  I loved it!  I worked hard and advanced quickly to become a gold tag “stylist” when I graduated school in 1982, I left there having earned the Silver Certificate of Achievement.  Soon after, I passed the State of Ohio Board exams and became a licensed Cosmetologist.   I was ready to take on the world of professional hairdesigning!

**Continue this journey with me, until next time . . . everything really does happen for a reason.