Everyone has a story to tell. And I’d like to tell mine, too. They say experience is the best teacher. I say experience sometimes causes much regret. That is why I just might have something to share – then maybe not. But that would depend on the person who reads my blog.
I’ve seen a lot and I’ve done a lot. Yes! Some things I’m ashamed to admit, but who hasn’t? One thing is for certain. I have the courage and conviction to show some transparency while I’m here.
Have you thought about entering the Beauty industry but felt you don’t have the skill to enter such a rewarding industry? Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t always have to have the skill to jumpstart a carer in this fun, exciting and always changing industry. Whether you’re right out of high school or making a career change you can carve out your own space in the Beauty industry. Also if your looking for a career that offers a work-life balance, this is the career for you.
Hello! My given name is April Dawn and I have a rich background when it comes to the Beauty industry. I’ve been a licensed Cosmetologist for thirty- one year. After graduating from high school I had no clue as to what it is I wanted to do for a career. All I knew is that I didn’t want to attend a four-year college. Maybe I was too afraid to leave my comfort zone- home. My mother suggested I attend the local technical college and take Cosmetology as a trade. And thirty-one years later, I am so in love with what I do!
I was a salon owner for eleven years. After going through a divorce and closing my business I went to work for the Salon at JC Penney. I worked with them for five years and the money was not the same as it was when owning my own salon, so I decided to relocate. I moved to Florida on someone’s else’s word that I could come live with them until I get on my feet. Well, that was short lived. After two weeks I found myself homeless. And moving back to where I moved from was not an option.
I’ve made a life here in Florida with the help of a few family members whom I am forever grateful. And having this ability to hone my craft has been the biggest asset. I was the sibling who ran to my sisters to fix my hair every morning before school because I didn’t know anything about styling hair. And it’s funny that today that’s how I pay the bills.
I’ve researched the earnings of people in this industry and I find the numberes to be, well, what I’d like to say is highly inaccurate. I say this because I am on the front lines (figuratively speaking) and I see most of the stylist I work with not reporting all of their earnings. This is something that really irks me! I’m not sure if they’re aware of how they lower the value of the Beauty industry. And people who say that you can’t make money in this industry should do a little bit of research on the projected growth of our industry. Just saying- people aren’t making this a career because just because. And that’s all I will say about that.
So, if you’re on the fence about chasing a dream you may have of entering the Beauty industry, I encourage you to jump off that fence -feet first if you have the slightest thought of being in this AWESOME industry. It can be one of the most rewarding career choices you can make. If you don’t have the skill but have the will anything is possible. If I can do it so can you.
Remembrance is a flashback of my recollected years, not just 2016. Whether it be my new blog posts or my life experiences – this is retroactively speaking of the plans made and accomplished in my past leading up to 2016. I’ve always been someone who has a vision and work at making that vision a reality. There are many thing from my past that I have conceived which became a reality. Getting married was one. Having two children was another. Owning my own business was an accomplishment all on its own. Taking a trip to Dubai – now that was a vision.
Dubai is a place a simple person, like myself, only dream of going. For me, the opportunity presented itself and I jumped on the next flight to the UAE (United Arab Emirates). After losing our mother in 2014, my sister’s and I decided to make the most of our time spent with one another. What an amazing experience in Dubai, along with many more to come.
My life experiences in 2016 isn’t something that will get published in People magazine – this I know. For me it is a form of therapy when I blog about them. Who knows – maybe one word, one sentence or maybe a little nugget of what I share may help, encourage or inspire someone. I have always told my children that if they don’t learn something or become inspired from their own experiences then try to learn something or be inspired from someone else’s experiences.
2016 was a year of much reflection on my past, present and future. And now I’d like to reflect a bit on the year 2010. It made such a mark on my life – in a good way. 2010 showed me how much change was need or my loved ones would be planning and attending my funeral. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was in the ICU – my mother on my right side and my two handsome boys crying at the foot of my bed. I was in a really bad place in my life.
When I was alone, I had time to reflect on my life. You see – I’ve always had a relationship with our Heavenly Father and I always taken advantage of that relationship. I came to the realization that if I did not change what I was doing, then I would never see a change in my life. So with only $100 in my bank account and someone else’s promise I dropped – literally dropped everything. I packed a suitcase and moved south.
Yes I did – this is how it went down. “Hi, my name is April and I’m addicted to cocaine“. It’s true! I’ve been clean for six years and I must give myself a standing Ovation! This journey has not been an easy one, but I continue to press toward the best me I can be in this lifetime.
Someone once told me to be careful who I share my past with because people will judge me and they would not know how to accept me. Okay – If you want to judge – go ahead. If you don’t accept my truths then – Oh well rock the bell! My past experiences is what makes me. It’s not what makes me the honest, caring, giving, loving, and devoted person I am today. I love being me and I love who I’ve become. I have not let what has happened to me change or define me as a person. I made some bad choices – who hasn’t? And -I’ve learned from them. Here’s what I’ve learned. I have learned, when I fall to get up, brush my dusty self off and pick up where I left off. Of course it sounds easy, but by no means has this journey been an easy one. And I do not take all the credit. I give credit to my Heavenly Father, Jehovah God. Without His help I wouldn’t be here today to share with you what I’m sharing now.
So – moving into 2017! Awww man! Im excited! I have a mental picture of seeing myself in one of many places I’ve never been before! Another trip to Dubai? Maybe or maybe not! What about Johannesburg Africa or Salvador Brazil? 2017 is full of opportunities. I plan to learn whatever there is for me to learn and see whatever there is for me to see to be a better me.
“Hi family, we have a layover in Miami from 2:00 p.m. 12/24/16 until 10:00 a.m. 12/25/16. How far are you from this hotel?” This is the message four of my cousins and myself, who live in Florida, received on December 18, 2016 in a group text message.
“How convenient! Always letting someone know on such short notice. Oh and holiday weekend too? We don’t work! We have no lives! No one travels to Miami during Christmas. Oh yeah – we will be there with bells on! It’s a hop, skip and a jump away! See ya! Duces!” Is what I replied in the group message because I knew I had to work an eight to ten hour shift on the 24th of December. I would be extremely tired and in no way was I going to take an hours drive south for such a short visit. And it’s not my layover! Guess what? After much consideration, I made the sacrifice; took the ride south and I was so glad I did.
Seeing my cousin, Monique, again after almost twenty years gave me so much joy. After all the “happy to see you” hugs and kisses, we wanted to go get something to eat. She found a Cuban restaurant down the street from the hotel they were staying at. After arriving at the Cuban restaurant there was a Honduran restaurant next door so we decided to eat there. Patio Tipico Restaurant is the name of this hidden gem. The food was great and they made us feel right at home.
We danced, ate, drank margaritas and enjoyed each other’s company in this comfy, cozy environment. I will go back because they treated us with respect. They didn’t speak much English but we communicated very well. If you have a layover or happen to be in Miami go check out Patio Tipico Restaurant, it truly is a hidden gem and the staff will make you feel like you’re at home.
Pamper yourself because you deserve to be pampered. Standing behind the chair, I’ve heard people say that a lot. It took me a long time to get to a place in my life where I can say – “it’s okay”. It’s okay for me to be pampered and not feel guilty about putting myself before someone else. I’ve come to the realization that it’s okay to sometimes pamper myself.
I’m always looking for the next great experience, when it comes to pampering myself. A friend of mine and I were having a conversation and this nail spa came up. She spoke with such enthusiasm about this place I had to check it out. The name of this nail spa was La Vie Nail Spa
My niece and I decided to walk in La Vie Nail Spa and get a pedicure. The greeting was nice and there was no wait. Every time I’ve been to a nail spa/salon, the whole staff is Asian and I find it rude to speak in their native tongue while servicing me. I’m not at all stereotyping, I’m just speaking of my past experiences. After sitting to get my service, something stood out about the staff. The whole staff was multicultural. I thought to myself – what a smart idea to have a staff who can communicate and vibe with just about any guest who walks through their door. I was impressed!
As our service began, the host walked over and explained the different types of pedicures they offer. We both asked for the “Deluxe Pedicure”. There was a choice of flavorful scented sugar scrubs to choose from and I asked for the lavender scented sugar scrub. They offered us a choice of white or red wine to compliment the service which I thought was a nice addition to such a relaxing service.
I was impressed to find out they use the Dermalogica brand skin care system. This is a skin care system I am very familiar with and it works well with any skin type. You can learn about Dermalogica by clicking on the blue Dermalogica link above.
There are times where the skin on my legs, stomach or back itches so bad I scratch until my skin bleeds. I’m scratching uncontrollably. Then I developed these ugly scars on my skin from that uncontrollable itch.
Being a Cosmetologist offers many perks. My client base is very interesting. After a few visit, they get pretty comfortable with me – as I do with them. I talk about things most stylist probably are to embarrassed or afraid to talk about like my uncontrollable itch.
I have a client who’s a physician and she’s in the beginning stages of her own skin care line. Since she and I have similar skin concerns she gave me a few of her products to try. She gave me her “Lift & Plump” kit and a “Body Hydrator”. These products are made in the USA, paraben free, and pet safe.
Inside the “Lift & Plump” kit is an Instant Eye Lift cream, an Instant Lip Plumper and an Instant Face Lift cream. This kit is great for traveling because it comes in a little travel pouch with each of the three items being less than the two ounce minimum required when flying with airlines. The Body Hydrator will moisturizer your skin without feeling heavy or greasy and lasts twenty four hours.
I have been using the Body Hydrator for a week and I’m in love with it. This Hydrator has a very mild smell and it goes on creamy without that sticky, greasy feeling. This stuff is amazing enough for me to say I have not had the uncontrollable itch since using it. Before using the Body Hydrator I was using Aquaphor. In the dead heat of summer I’d use Aquaphor all over even on my feet. As I’ve finished getting dressed and looking really cute – I walk outside in my cute flip flops and dirt would stick to my heels. I know there are some of you women out there who can relate to what I’m talking about. What a nasty look and dirty feeling. YUCK! About the Lift & Plump kit – is still virtually new to me since I really don’t need to lift anything as of yet. (Ha ha) I have used it a few times but not enough to know if I really Iike it.
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