Alright guys, here it goes.
I have been doing hair professionally now for almost 10 years. Some of you, have been with me since the beginning. When I look back, I realize I was just a kid when I started, which means many of you have seen me grow up. I started doing hair in 2007, after I graduated high school. Truth be told, I didn't know what I wanted to do. Does any of us at 17? I knew I wanted to create. What I wanted to create? I didn't know. I knew hair styling was a good option for me to make some money while I figured out who the heck I was.
After we had our first son Marshall, my hubby built me a beautiful salon. It was Best of both worlds. I was able to pursue my biggest dream of all by being a stay at home mom, while I also had a perfect little salon, where I got to style the hair for all my favourite people. When I was pregnant with our second son Ted, we redesigned our kitchen. I realized two things. 1. I absolutely love interior design and 2. I might actually be good at it. On my maternity leave with Ted, the texts (which I LOVED) started to roll in, "When are you coming back Shavo? My hair misses you" Isn't it a wonderful feeling to be missed and needed!? With each text I received the wheels inside my head turned more and more. I started asking myself questions like,
"What do I want to do with the rest of my life?"
Anyone with me on this one? If what you are doing in life doesn't bring you joy anymore it is time to go find your joy.
I was at a crossroad. I want to be at home with my boys while they are little. That will always be my first priority. I also want to learn more and be continually growing.
So one day, on a trip with our boys to the play park and a quick stop for ice cream we talked about all the different options I had. Stuart pointed out that since he met me I have always told him I wanted to go back to school. He also pointed out that everything I've been talking about was pointing me in the direction of being an interior designer. More questions began to pop into my head...
"Would this work for my family?" First question I asked myself. Questioning if I could handle going to school and still be a great mom to my boys.
I am going to miss seeing my hair clients SO freaking much. This wasn't a question. This was just fact. You guys are my family and my best friends. You have seen me at my highs and my lows. We know each others family and we know almost everything about each other! What a privilege its been getting to be such a big part of your lives. What an honour it has been for you to trust me with your hair. This was THEE hardest part of deciding to make a career change- How much I was going to miss all of you!
"Do I have something to offer this world?" Ahh! Such a scary question. Does anyone else ask themselves this at times? I love to design & decorate basically anything, but maybe I'm not as good as all of these designers I've followed for so long. I want to do achieve great things will all my heart, so I sure hope I have what it takes.
After talking it over and over with my Stuart, I finally decided that I have got to go for it!
I applied for Bachelor of Interior Design program.
I GOT IN! (yay!!! screams of joy!!!!!)
I am so excited about my new adventure! My whole life has been leading up to this moment, and I just can't wait to start. October, bring it on!