Guinea Piggin’

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Hello All!!! It’s been a while since I wrote anything on my blog. It has been a VERY busy month of May and now it has started all over again in June. I have been able to accomplish some very cool spiritual goals. Balancing home, work, preparing for the upcoming school adventure, and my spiritual obligations have been daunting, but I am certainly up to the challenge. Being busy, in my case, I feel like I have been more productive because I know that I really don’t have time to be a lazy bones…lol  Last month, I started practicing my “hair skills” on my dear friends. This has really been an experience. You put it out there that you need “heads” to practice on or in other words “free services”, you are bound to get some response. I love it! It is helping me to gain confidence in whether or not this is something that I really want to do or CAN do. Everybody can not deal with the service industry. You have to be patient, friendly, highly social, creative, professional, have a strong work ethic and be in tune with the needs of your client. My friends have shown me some aspect of those things in the past month. For example, body language is a dead giveaway if you are taking too long and your client is becoming impatient with you. Creative hair styling is another area that is a sensitive one. What I mean is that you can say “How do you want your hair styled?” and they can tell you that they have no clue but the outcome isn’t exactly something that they would wear. This is frustrating and awkward. It’s a normal emotion but I can relate because that would be me at the hair salon and telling the stylist to just “do whatever”. Again, I’m up for the challenge. Using my friends and family as Guinea Pigs has definitely shown me where I need improvement. No delusions of grandeur here…lol I am not horrible but at this stage I wouldn’t dare ask for even a tip….lol (However, tips will be accepted if offered). 🙂 🙂 I have more exciting news. I made an attempt to enroll for the cosmetology program online and the steps for enrollment online advised me to apply for financial aid. I blew this notion off due to being a two income household and I was under the impression that I made too much to qualify. I am sooooooooo happy that I went against my initial feelings!!!! I QUALIFY!!!!!! Lesson learned. You never know unless you give it a try. Right, right, right?????…lol This is a huge blessing, one less thing that I have to worry about. The plan was to put myself through cosmetology school by working from home as a customer service representative while trying to contribute to the household finances. Now with this piece of good news, all my income can go towards the household. What a relief! See how Jehovah provides?! I am excited for the upcoming changes in my life. Along with my spiritual and career goals, I have decided to make some drastic health changes as well. I have done this time and time again. I am so sick of falling off the wagon. This time I am sticking to my guns. (For lack of a better word.) I just bought some plant based protein today and I have my Vitamix just sitting on my counter collecting dust. I’m about to dust that baby off and get to work! I also “borrowed” a set of Insanity DVDs from a friend so you know I’m not messing around. But the truth is that all these things don’t amount to a hill of beans unless I follow through with these changes and make them stick. I have to make a promise to myself to stick to what I start. I need to be of strong will and discipline. This is really off topic for me but my health has really been lingering in the forefront of my mind and I just keep putting it on the back burner. How dumb is that? Lol. We take care of our homes, our cars, our hair, our loved ones but we neglect the one we see in the mirror each an every day. So that is my truth for the day. Hopefully it won’t be so long before I write again. Please feel free to give me feedback as this is my first attempt as a blogger. I see a lot of seasoned bloggers out there and I want to take the time to read and learn from them. Good night all and talk to you soon, 

Jessica. 

Girl, how long have you been natural??????

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You might be wondering about the title of my post. I often get this look like “Wait, how long have you been natural? Shouldn’t your hair be longer than that?” To answer the question: I’ve been natural off and on since 2002 and yes of course my hair should be longer, if I wanted it to be or even cared. The fact of the matter is that when I decided to go natural again (when it was actually starting to be a cool thing to do) it was a journey to see how long my hair would get. That just didn’t work for me. Thinking about how long my hair is and how much it should have grown is a downer. I really enjoy my hair, which means at times I abuse it. I dye it. I don’t condition or nourish my scalp regularly. I get very impatient when I detangle. Wow, I’m human. Lol. I think what helps me with this attitude is that I view hair as hair.  It doesn’t define me. I rock wigs,  sew-ins, braids, and then when I get tired of it all I cut my hair into a cute style and start all over again. I’m fickle and fun in that way. I say that to express that we need to live up to our own expectations.  My friends have gone natural after me and their hair has outgrown mine. That’s awesome to see their growth but the problem sets in when others start to compare. “So can your hair get that big if you let it grow?” “Why isn’t your hair as long as hers by now?” Why is it important? We are two different people with different hair journeys. Honestly that is what makes me unqiue. I have very tight curls. You don’t know what’s REALLY on my head…lol If you are natural you understand one very important word: SHRINKAGE!!! It’s just another thing that makes this hair type unique and I’m rolling with it. My message to anyone struggling with length: Just enjoy the journey.  If you love it, it will grow…lol If you abuse it, it will fall out but it will grow back. Lol. That you can be certain. That is my truth for the day.

Sincerely,
Jess

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My new business card!!

My new business card!!

I know it’s a bit premature to celebrate just yet but I was so excited about the arrival of my new business cards! Of course I haven’t even gone to school yet, which might sound a little “coo-coo” but it is a very efficient way to get my name out there as an up and coming hair and makeup stylist. The other method to my madness is that I will be promoting free services in exchange of allowing me to use my friends and family as guinea pigs for my own personal practice sessions. Practice, practice, practice! Lol. Well, since this is my first post on my blog, maybe I should introduce myself. My name is Jessica. I am a 31 year old mother of two and a wife to my husband of 8 years. The purpose of my blog is to document my journey into cosmetology. It’s scary for me to be doing something new after establishing myself in banking operations for 10 years. With that being said, it is long overdue for me to take a risk on myself. I say that because I have never taken any potential talent that I have seriously. I have always allowed myself to be easily distracted into thinking that what I was interested in pursuing as a trade wasn’t good enough. Now is the time to prove to myself that I can do what I love and do it well. Hopefully better than “well”. Last but not least, I know I am going to be blogging, going to school and practicing to perfect my craft, but I can’t forget the main determining factor for this career change. I brainstormed as well as prayed for many years to find a way to be home more with my children and to make myself more available in a worldwide volunteer bible educational work. If I could, I would be solely volunteering but I must make a living and I needed something that was flexible. So BAM! It came to me. I can go to school to do hair. I thank you in advance for taking this journey with me. I need all the support I can get.

Sincerely,

Jess