A look back at what 2016 brought and where 2017 is headed.
As the year draws to a close, I can’t help but pause for a moment and think of how my life was affected just in those short 12 months (I say short because as I get older the years go by faster). For a fair amount of people they would classify 2016 as ‘the worst year ever,’ and based on what your news feed has been promoting lately it would be easy to assume it was. However, individually there were some great outcomes.
2016 was a year for change. Change in salon location, for instance. In the beginning of July I said goodbye to The Retreat Day Spa and hello to Honeycomb Salon. I loved my time spent at The Retreat and everyone there, but was starting to feel the need for something new. It was a tough decision to leave but I will always be thankful for everything I learned and gained from working at such a well-established salon, they really helped launch my career. Without the Retreat Day Spa, I would not be where I am today.
Honeycomb Salon has now become my new home, and it has welcomed me with open arms and opportunities. Alicia Brown, a stylist extraordinaire and owner, has created a space for top-level stylists to express their creative skills while being environmentally cautious. I am honored to be one of the select few who work at this amazing place. Just in the short months of Honeycomb opening it has gained 5 talented stylists (who book out months in advance), flew the ‘Honeycrew’ to NYC to style hair for the annual Stand Up For Heroes event, and is booked in January to fly to Vegas to attend the Redken Symposium for continuing education. Each day I am reminded that the move to this new salon was not only frightening at first, but one of the best decisions I’ve made. Through Honeycomb I have become more confident in myself as a stylist, and in return my career has skyrocketed. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work here and for the support my colleagues continue to give me.
Shortly after joining Honeycomb another milestone event in 2016 occurred: my best friend married the love of her life. After months and months of helping her plan, the big day finally arrived on October 15th and it was pure magic. Have you ever been able to stand beside someone who has a huge role in your life and witness them proclaim their love in front of many friends and family? It’s incredible, trust me. Radiance and beauty shined through her whole body and everybody danced the night away. You could say it was probably my favorite day of the year, and even though 1,000 miles separates us now I couldn’t be happier for her new, married-life adventures.
Acceptance was another key ingredient to this past year. I had applied for the Clemens Scholarship during the summer, as well as Oregon State University and was quite excited to receive acceptance letters for both. Starting January 9th of 2017 (after freshly turning 23yrs old) I will begin my first term of classes in the undergrad program for a Merchandise Management degree. I’m a bit nervous for this new chapter to begin, but can’t wait to see what opportunities will arise. OSU is a great school and I have so much support from friends, family and coworkers that make this transition much easier. I know what you’re thinking, will I continue to work at the salon while attending school? Yes. The plan is to attend class during the day and work in the evening (it might be tough, but hey, I’m a go-getter!). As for what I plan to do once I’m graduated? Stay tuned! The future holds so many possibilities it’s hard to determine what path I might head down.
Once December hit, 2016 ended with new life brought into the world. You guessed it, a baby! My boyfriend’s twin brother was gifted with a beautiful baby boy, Miles (on Christmas Day, too!). I was fortunate enough to be able to visit this precious little man on Christmas morning, just hours after his birth. It’s really quite an indescribable feeling holding a newborn. Eyes shut, teeny-tiny hands and feet, just peacefully sleeping in your arms. You can’t help but just wonder not only which parent he will grow up to look like, but what personality he will have, what he will accomplish as he grows up. The whole world just waiting to be discovered, and he has no idea yet. Magical, right?
I guess it’s safe to say that 2016 was a pretty good year for me. How was it for you? And now that we have hit January 1st in the new year I have so much to look forward to:
- Turning 23 (the age I mentally have been for 4 years)
- Starting at OSU
- Traveling to Vegas with Honeycomb for the Redken Symposium
- Flying to Florida to do hair for a wedding
- Disneyland with Ryan for spring break
- Finishing my first year at OSU
- Hopefully back in NYC for Stand Up For Heroes again
- Watching the success of Honeycomb continue to grow and grow
With a new year brings new resolutions and mine this year is to travel more and spend more time doing things for myself. What’s your resolution?
Happy New Year everyone! Hello 2017