It’s been a long time since I posted for a few simple reasons. I mainly fell out of habit due to traveling a lot and dividing my time between salon life and my life as an educator. A lot of people do a lot more and still have time for impeccable social media involvement, but for me I was starting to feel a phoniness about it and it’s just not how I wanted to spend my time. Then as I quietly stepped down from my teaching position, I didn’t feel like I had a voice anymore, or maybe I wanted to keep that voice to myself.
Tonight was a really incredible night at Austin’s Elevate Hair event, which is supported by the Hairbrained community. It was a really nice opportunity for me to get a little taste of everything in the industry and for me to reflect on the choices I’ve made in my career. In short, I am really, really happy with where I am right now. I’ve had a really exciting career and I’ve seen this industry from a lot of angles. But having a solid home base, with so many coworkers I adore and that inspire me and push me daily, that’s a really special thing. I ran into a stylist from a salon I taught at a few years back in Houston, and it was really cool to have someone tell me how skills I taught had actually changed how they cut hair. I really do appreciate the time I was able to spend teaching and the ability to pass on techniques that were passed down to me. But I also know that stepping back was the right thing to do. This past year has been about working my skill set, growing with my clientele and reconnecting with the things that inspired me to become a hairstylist. And this next year will be about my (growing) family. But it’s a pretty awesome feeling to be in a position where you can see many other paths that you could be on, and to still be satisfied with the road you’ve taken.
I have a lot of cool stuff I’ve been up to, but just never posted about: training with ZGAT this year, this event tonight and also a little video work. I wouldn’t expect any posts soon, but hopefully I can get some updates going in the near future. And thanks, always, to Hairbrained for being an awesome community and keeping things real.