It’s been quite a while since I updated you about nail school, though it is one of my most requested post topics. My life has been so busy, and a lot of things have changed – one of the most significant changes is that I am now a nail school graduate! I can no longer sing “beauty school dropout.” I feel like I almost haven’t had time to stop and think about it, so I want to tell you about my graduation and what it has meant to me (so far!). I also have a few posts planned on what the licensure process has been like (… oooh boy, tests!), as well as how to choose the nail school that’s right for you.
My last day of nail school was a bit of a blur. Colorado requires each student to fulfill specific hour requirements, as well as numbers of procedures. On my last day, I had all of my hours completed, but I had to rush to finish the last 10 fiberglass overlays! I can tell you that I was a sticky mess trying to get everything done. But, finish I did! We had to sign some paperwork, and then I was presented with a diploma. Very official!
Do you ever find that there are those people who come into your life and shake everything up? Those people that agitate you to think differently, to experience new things, to change your attitude? Nail school would not have meant half as much to me if I hadn’t met Peggy Sue, my teacher extraordinaire! She really encouraged me throughout the whole process, and was such an incredible teacher. She really knows her stuff! Most importantly, I had some internal conflicts about this career change – it is such a departure from my previous career and education, that I worried people would judge me. I worried about what it meant in the grand scheme of the world. I worried about money. I had a lot of emotional turmoil before deciding to start! Although I still don’t know exactly where my path will take me, Peggy Sue helped me realize a few things:
- There are countless little and big choices and decisions to make in your life. You have the power to do what you want to do, and be happy doing whatever it is that you decide on.
- Having somebody who believes in you can motivate you and inspire you to do things you never thought you could. But – believing in yourself will take you to unimaginable places.
- There is a spiritual side to the beauty industry. It can be about helping people to love themselves and feel good in their own skin.
I had such a wonderful experience at school. I’m proud of my graduation, and I’m really proud that I’ve tried something completely new and enterprising. I miss going to school – it was really fun. Mostly, if you’re thinking about going to nail school (or more generally, if you’re contemplating trying something really new) – life is an adventure. Have fun doing something you love!