I bet you have been wondering (or maybe not, but now you will be)... "Hannah, what made you choose to do hair for weddings?"
Well, that is a very good question!!
I think everyone has things that they are gifted in and then things they are passionate about; and when those two things line up, they have the potential to create a dream job. But figuring out what exactly that is, can be one of the biggest challenges. It requires lots of sacrifice and continual trial and error, which is why I think so many people settle because it seems more comfortable.
What are you going to do when you graduate? One of the most frustrating questions as a senior in high school. I had no idea and felt like I just had to make a choice. I was going to be able to finish a semester early and was raised in a very practical family, so wasting that semester was not a choice. Going away to college kind of sounded like fun, but not in the middle of a year and not for how expensive it was, when I had NO idea what I wanted to do (again, practical). I had 3 younger sisters and had always enjoyed doing their hair, so I figured I could go to the cosmetology school that would be starting right when my last semester was over and not waste any time or money. If I hated it, it was only a year of my life and I would still come out with my license and the ability to do hair while I went to college.
When I graduated cosmetology school, I ended up enjoying hair and was gifted, but never felt passionate. I never felt like I would work in a salon for the rest of my life, but I also didn’t feel pushed in a different direction. So I continued to do hair, until 3 ½ years later. I was contacted by a couple different companies requesting to feature me on their wedding sites. And then, I had brides, that I had never met, emailing me about doing hair for their wedding. In the past, I did a few weddings, but never advertised for them. I enjoyed weddings, but I never felt good enough for somebody’s most memorable day. Plus, they always seemed like too much work and stress for not enough money.
But, once I started having these outside people contact me, I began to pray and consider what a shift in my business would look like. I realized how big of a need there is for wedding hairstylists in the valley, and I saw how much more free time I could have not working all week long. I could begin to fulfill the other passions that my job didn’t, such as volunteering, investing in friendships, and being a better wife. I am so blessed to have found a job that I love at such a young age, but I will say it didn’t happen without gallons of tears, stress, and constantly feeling inadequate.
So don’t ever think that some things just “fall in people’s laps” and that you will never figure out what you love to do. If you are willing to put the work in (it will never be easy), and consider the advice of others who have gone before you, you may one day be sitting here like me, with your own website, telling the world how you got started.
But, in reality, I am just getting started and I have a long way to go, but I am so excited to see how God is going to use my story for his glory.
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