One of my goals this year was to have more time to blog and write. I hear people say all the time that they don’t have time to read blogs. I think if we are ALL honest with ourselves, we can make time for anything if we really WANT to. I used to say I didn’t have time to go to the gym because I had too much work to do. There is ALWAYS a ton of work to do. I made time for exercise and I am so so so glad I did! It’s a huge stress relief, my back doesn’t hurt anymore from lugging pounds of equipment around at weddings, sitting at the computer for hours on end, and I’ve lost 10 pounds in a year as a result. The main thing was I took the TIME to take care of myself, doing something positive.
All this being said, I have alot to share. I want people to have a reason to visit my blog—Not just to scan through a bunch of photos quickly to see what I’m up to, but to be encouraged and maybe learn something that will help you in life OR business or both!
God made me the type of person to want to make a difference, whether it is directly and in person, or just randomly for someone I’ve never met before. I’ve always been this way, and I intend to fulfill the promise I made to myself to take more time to share.
So here is something to think about….
I have always been a little bit of a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of girl. I just have a little bit of a personality that just jumps in head first. When I moved to Charleston, I decided one day, “I am going to do wedding hair.” I will be honest and say I only knew about 3 styles. THREE! I had no portfolio, the only person I knew in town was my cousin Andy, who is NOT in the wedding industry. There is something to be said for gumption and just taking charge. I knew I didn’t want to work in a salon…I had a few random jobs when I first got here, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I was MEANT to do this thing. This idea to work for myself in this new town and a determination to make it work.
I called up my cousin Kim who lives a few hours away and said, “Come visit me, bring some girlfriends.” I literally did “updos” and styles on them, took photos and that was the beginning of my portfolio. I learned as I went along, found photos of hairstyles and taught myself. Again, I had a goal, and I could see it! Even when things were hard and some people would have nothing to do with me (who is this Juliet girl??!), I kept going.
I worked hard at meeting people, giving out my cards and letting people know I did wedding hair. Yes, cold calling. I did this but in a completely GENUINE way. I think people sometimes get so caught up in the anxiety of having to make something work, they forget that being themselves is one of the most important ways to make friends. That is how I view networking. I am never ever going to be a “see and be seen” kind of person. If I show up at a party, I am there because I want to be there, and I will never ever put on heirs or try to fit into what’s going on around me. What you see is what you get with me.
If I can give any business advice it would be to be YOURSELF. Be genuine, kind, caring, and LOVE what you do. It will show and people will remember you. Your heart has to be in the right place. Working for yourself is amazing, tons of work, but so rewarding.
If you are in the process of trying to start a business, don’t give up! I want to encourage you to take a leap of faith. I did and I am so glad. Doing hair for weddings eventually led me to do photography, which is a whole other story (if you don’t already know this story, I’ll share it another time). In the meantime, forget about what everyone else is doing and do YOUR thing. One thing I heard in cosmetology school and I will never forget it,” The most successful hairstylists aren’t always the BEST. They are the ones people love and want to be around.” Yes, I think it’s important to know what you are doing and be great at it, but remember NICE goes a long long way. I am not perfect…I make mistakes, but I can honestly say I love people, will never ever be fake, and will always do my best.
So go out today and remember this quote above! Take the leap!!