If you follow my blog you may be wondering why I’ve been terrible at consistently posting lately. For that I cannot apologize enough (please forgive me!) and I have some very good explanations why. Today’s blog post will be unlike the others I’ve written in the sense that I’m going to let you all into my life a little bit. Spoiler alert: there won’t be any hair facts.
Most of my days I spend at the salon (I practically live there) doing what I love the most: making people beautiful one head of hair at a time and hopefully inspiring others in the process. I’m there at least four days a week for eight hours a day, sometimes more if I’m fitting more clients in. It’s never a dull moment behind the chair and I’m always letting my creative side be put to use. Being a hairstylist is easily my main/favorite job, however it isn’t the only job I have.
In addition to creating hair magic, I work as a part-time barista at a local coffee shop where I live. In high school I became a barista for my first real job, and loved it! I missed it so much that I decided to get back to the grind, literally. There isn’t much that beats the smell of fresh coffee all day, even if you end up bringing that smell back home with you from the stains on your clothes. I love pulling my own shots of espresso and combining it with endless varieties of flavor. However, I can’t handle the sweet stuff anymore like I used to, plain lattés are my go-to now. I typically am at the coffee shop on my days off from the salon (Sunday’s and Monday’s) working the closing shift, and sometimes Friday’s, too. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I like keeping busy. Being a barista is beyond fun and I meet wonderful people each time I work. Plus, who wouldn’t be in a good mood getting their daily cup of coffee?
Now it doesn’t end there, though (I know how do I have time for anything else?). On top of working full time as a stylist and part time as a barista, I coach the Philomath High School Shining Stars Dance Team. For me this is more volunteer work/a hobby because you can’t put a price on the reward of coaching high school girls (and boys!). I was on this dance team when I was in school and it wouldn’t have been the same if I hadn’t joined the team. It really made high school for me. I created incredible friendships and poured all my passion and emotion into each routine, it was incredibly stress-relieving. Now I am blessed with the opportunity to provide the same environment to young adults, and help them learn many life skills. We practice very early in the morning, so it doesn’t conflict with my other jobs, with the occasional dance competitions on Saturdays. It is so much fun and inspiring to see all their hard work from practice come to life out on the floor when they compete. They are quite the talented and kind-hearted group of girls and boys that I’m so proud of.
Recently my team competed at Sate up in Portland against other Oregon high school dance teams. This whole month was pack-filled with practices, competitions and showcases getting ready for our performance at the collesium. Combine that with some busy weeks at the salon and my shifts at the coffee shop, my brain was working overtime and my body was trying to keep up, too. Writing a blog post kept pushing towards the back of my mind each week as I awaited a time to sit down and focus. Again, I apologize to all of you and appreciate your patience with me during this busy month! Now that dance has slowed down, I can get back on schedule with my blog. Plus, I’ll have more time to hangout with my friends, boyfriend, and of course my cat (what I do when I have free time).
I hope you enjoyed the little insight to my active life, and am sorry this post wasn’t very hair-related. Even though hairstyling is my main career, it isn’t my only passion. Being a stylist, barista and coach are all rewarding and inspiring in their own way. What inspires you?
I promise next time I won’t take so long,
P.s. Here is my beautiful and talented team! They placed 7th out of 10 in the Show division at State, with our record high score of the season. One senior dancer received the Academic Scholarship, and another senior dancer recieved the Dance Scholarship, Academic Scholarship, and made the Allstate Team. It’s an honor to be their coach.