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Adventures at Nail School: Graduation

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The Dalai Lama's Nails| Nail School graduation 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!

The Dalai Lama's Nails | Nail School Graduation

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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  • Congratulations Hannah! I’m happy for you and wish you only the best with your new career! Very exciting!

  • Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment! So excited to see where your new career takes you!

  • Congratulations, well done! And can´t wait to see what happens for you in the future :).

  • Congratulations!

  • Congratulations Hannah! I bet you’re going to be AWESOME at your new career! And Peggy Sue sounds like the perfect teacher!

  • Joyce

    *sneaks out of the lurking corner*
    Congratulations!! Your future customers are very lucky to have a talented nail tech as you decorating their nails 🙂
    *runs back to former location*

  • craftynail

    Way to go !

  • Congrats!!! You’re going to be amazing. You made a great choice because doing what makes you happy is always the correct career path 🙂

  • Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and excited for you to be on this next part of your journey. You’re going to be a wonderful tech because you’re such a great artist already and I know you have the empathy to make that work for the clients’ best interests. Well done!

  • Novita Erasma

    Congratulations!! So exciting to hear what you’re up to next in this industry 🙂

  • Congratulations! I love reading these posts from you and I can’t wait for more!

  • BeautyJudy

    Well written, Hannah! Congratulations!!!! You will do so fabulously in whatever is next on your path. Yay!!! Xo

  • Vic

    Congrats! If you ever have any doubts or struggles over the career change, just remember, you’re going to be doing one of the things you love the most, day in, day out. Not many people can say that.

  • Ange

    Congrats, Hannah!! You’re awesome!

  • Yaaaay! How exciting!! Congratulations!

  • BeautyChick101

    Congratulations! This is such amazing news!

  • Congratulations!! I’ve debated back and forth about going to nail school over the last 2 years. especially this summer when I was unemployed. It seems like I have had a lot of the same internal conversations you did about doubts and questions. Good for you for just going for it and making it happen!

    • And those doubts do linger – but I have had such a wonderful experience. I can’t recommend it enough!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Congrats Hannah! Thats so incredibly awesome!

  • Congratulations Hannah!! Great job. 🙂

  • Justina

    Congrats! How exciting!!

  • Congratulations Hannah! This is so exciting to see you graduate!

  • Congratulations and thank heaven for angels in the beauty industry like Peggy Sue.

  • Norah Salazar

    Congratulations Hannah! Totally understand it when you talk about having an inspiring teacher, I had a similar experience in makeup school, when someone encourages and motivates, it can make your learning so much more amazing. So happy for you, you truly have a gift with your nail art.

  • That is really exciting Hannah! Congratulations!

  • Congratulations! You’re going to do great things with your career! I love reading these posts as I’ve been debating going to nail school once I finish my current degree and I’ve been having the same thoughts as you about the career and education change, but we’ll see what happens. Again, congrats! (:

  • Lovely, CONGRATS LADY! Can’t wait to see where you go with this next, you’ll do great things. 🙂

  • I’m so kicking myself for not ever going to nail school… now with a family and kids it’s just so hard to leave my cushy job to go to school. Rawr.

  • Ashley Clevenger

    Congratulations! I have a crazy question. Where can I get those glasses? I love them.