For this month, I decided to take a more personal approach to my blog. Some of you might already know this, but for those who don’t, here’s a little bit of my story…
As a teenager, I struggled with acne. I had breakouts for years and some of those breakouts led to scarring and small “pits” on my cheeks. Years of breakouts took a toll on my self-esteem and were very difficult to deal with. I managed my acne with over the counter products like Clearasil and proactive until my early 20’s when I finally saw a dermatologist in Florida. My skin was still breaking out so I decided to see not one, but 3 more dermatologists in Tennessee over the years. They put me on a number of pills (yuck) until the only thing left to try was Accutane. I did not want to go on this harsh medicine. A friend that worked as a receptionist at a dermatology office referred me to a doctor who put me on something that worked for me. It was very harsh but worked for my particular skin.
Through his recommendation, I started seeing his medical aesthetician to work on getting rid of my pits and scarring through a series of expensive and intense peels. I started feeling a lot better about my skin, so I started asking her questions and getting interested in helping others with their skin problems. At this point in my mid 20’s, I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I prayed about it and continued to get interested in this line of work. When I first set out in aesthetics school I thought I would be a medical aesthetician, but my interest slowly shifted when I came to fall in love with helping people relax and feel good.
On a side note, this story is hilarious and kind of miraculous to me so I love to share it… In school, during the first brow wax I ever did, the woman got very upset and complained to my teacher that I ripped half of her brow off. ? Funny (not funny). This really upset me and it would be years until I made myself attempt to wax another brow. This is part of what has made me such a particular brow person. 🙂
My aesthetics journey has had many twists and turns. In the beginning, I would sometimes go home and cry while trying to build my clientele. I almost quit the profession altogether at one point, and years later I actually became too booked. Now I’ve embarked on a scary, but exciting journey quitting my job of 8 years and opening my own place. I feel so blessed to get to do this and be in my client’s lives. I have gotten to meet so many of your newborns and husbands. Some of your family members and fiancés. We’ve been through hard life events together. I’ve also had a ton of laughs with you. One of you had me laughing so hard that my gum fell out in your hair. ? (It didn’t stick, guys) I’m so thankful that God helped me through the uncertain times and led me here.