So the stress of the holidays have officially subsided and I’ve had all the time in the world to reflect upon my experiences over the past year. All in all I feel like I have really elevated myself to new heights both personally and professionally.
The Spread the Love experience panned out about exactly as I expected. Being 1 of 20 finalists selected to go to NYC, I approached the opportunity with optimism and excitement, and I felt as though I truly gave it my all. From cocktail mixers, to hands on education from some of the nation’s top hairdressers, to my interview in front of a panel of 15 of some very important people on the 34th floor of Matrix/L’Oreal just blocks from Times Square. It was a whirlwind!
Ultimately I wasn’t chosen as a winner to travel the country and “Spread the Love” so to speak. Although I’m sad things didn’t work out (sorta felt like I got dumped there for a minute), I’m beyond happy to have had that experience. I shook a lot of hands, networked a bit, and I’m pretty certain this is not the last Matrix will hear of me :)
In other news since all the Spread the Love stuff has blown over, I’ve gotten a position as an apprentice at a fantastic salon! It was the salon I had selected for one of my semi finalists videos. Here’s a link in case you missed it. I’m having a weird hair day but it shows off the space beautifully.
Being an apprentice is exactly what I was interested in doing after beauty school. It will allow me to get my foot in the door at a high end, established salon, meanwhile building my clientele and continuing my education in all things hair. I’ll be dabbling in reception and nails while I’m there. Best part is, NO DRESS CODE!! I’ve been working at a haircut mill which shall remain nameless, where I’ve had to wear sneakers, yoga pants and a terribly synthetic polo type shirt. The clientele is primarily men, which isn’t really an issue for me except for all the things I love about hairdressing mostly apply to women’s hair. I’m so excited for a new start in a fun environment, surrounded by passionate hairdressers!
Here’s to a new, bad ass year!
So here I am, 28 hours until my flight to NYC for my Matrix Spread the Love interview and there’s a lot on my mind. As the clock ticks, I am pushed closer to a moment that could change my life forever. In a way I think that every day can offer you opportunities to change your life, but this is different. This is bigger.
While I was at work today I received the news that there was a shooter at large in a local mall. We switched all the TVs to a local news station and there I saw the mall I’ve been going to since I can remember, the parking lot filled with flashing lights, rain spitting down. “60 shots fired, 2 dead” read the tagline. This gives me chills.
I have been to that mall hundreds of times, and in the past many of those visits were during the holidays. In all likelihood, I could have been there with my mom doing some Christmas shopping this very afternoon. I feel truly blessed that the decision’s I’ve made that lead up to this afternoon, put me in a different scenario. I graduated beauty school, got licensed and got a job. My weekly schedule is now determined by my manager. What if instead of yesterday being my day off it could’ve been today and I decided to do some shopping? Whenever I hear of incidents where lost souls choose to take the lives of random, innocent people I can’t help but think, That could’ve been me.
The amount of things you decide to make happen for yourself don’t even come close to the amount of things that happen to you that are beyond your control. There is a belief that the wheel of fortune is always turning no matter what decision you make. Sometimes you’re on top, and you come crumbling down. Alternately, when you are at the bottom there is really no where else to go but up. Lately I feel as though for the past several months I’ve been guiding my own life in a very positive direction, and today’s events in particular have enlivened in me an overwhelming feeling of good fortune. New job, loving family, and this great opportunity right around the corner. Even if I don’t become a Spread the Love finalists, I am feeling very lucky to have gotten where I am and it’s days like today that remind me to take nothing for granted.
I’ve been feeling very anxious lately about my upcoming trip to New York City. As if this giant, iconic, Goliath of a town weren’t intimidating enough, I’m going out there to participate in a competition that could ultimately change my life forever. Talk about pressure!!
My goal is to project happiness. Let’s be honest, I’m incredibly nervous. But my nervous thoughts are silenced almost as soon as they appear by a warm wave of positivity and excitement, and when I meet everyone in NYC I want them to feel that same warmth, not the clammy nervousness that lurks beneath!
I think if I’m honest and calm, my personality will shine through and it will set me apart from my competitors. The words pictured above reaffirm my strategy for this competition and remind me to stay positive!!
This election year was pretty exciting, there were a lot of issues at stake and the two major candidates seemed like they were virtually complete opposites. For months now, Facebook and Twitter and have been an avenue for anyone and everyone to project their opinions, views and political stance for the world to see. I admire everyone for feeling so strong in their beliefs but something else has been going on too.
Hate. Many people have been revealing some pretty nasty parts of themselves since the news spread that Obama has been re-elected to serve another term.
Recently I’ve become very thoughtful about the things I post, after all how you represent yourself online is likely the way people will view you. As a hairdresser, sometimes the line between professional and personal relationships are blurred. So I feel it has been in my best interest to at least appear unbiased on these political matters because leaning too far right or left is is the best way to alienate yourself from others. If my objective is to reach out to as many individuals as I possibly can, talking politics is a very poor strategy.
Don’t mistake my message in this post as a decree of censorship. I believe everyone is entitled to their opinions, and everyone deserves the right to express themselves freely. I find politics fascinating, right up there with religion, but I think that when you’re in the business of serving others you should think twice before making statements on either topic online or in real life.
Hey internet! Long time no post!
In the past two weeks I have accomplished the following:
-Passed my state board exams, meaning I am now a licensed Cosmetologist!
-Cleaned my walk in closet (not an easy task)
-Carved pumpkins, dressed like a monster and had some Halloween fun.
-Polished up my resume for the job hunt.
-Heard back from Matrix Spread the Love…
I’M A FINALIST!!!!
I planted the seed several months ago when I started this blog, and I’ve made sure to complete every step along the way for the application process. First I qualified, then I made it to the Semi-Finals, and now that hard work is paying off! I’ve been selected to go to NYC and interview in front of a panel of Matrix employees and executives for a position on their Spread the Love team. I am both nervous and extremely excited! I’ve had job interviews before but never in front of a panel! I’m going to try and relax, be myself and soak it all in. I think as long as I’m genuine, I’ll succeed.
I’m very eager to meet the other finalists! We’ll all be coming from different parts of the country and meeting up in NYC in December. I’ve been creeping on everyone’s videos and blogs and I must say there’s some stiff competition out there! We’re all so different in so many ways. Experience, age, style, gender, ethnicity, there seems to be a little bit of everything in this group and I’m interested to see what it will be like when we all get together.
For your viewing pleasure, a short Q & A video I made as part of the Spread the Love contest.
This is a video I made for the Matrix Spread the Love semifinalist round. Give it a gander :)