For as long as I can remember I’ve always seen myself doing hair, but growing up how I grew up, cosmetology wasn’t “practical” (& if you have caribbean sda parents then you probably get it). Honestly I just didn’t see my parents supporting the idea of getting a cosmetology license as opposed to getting a degree. So when it came time to make a decision, I chose to get my degree. Don’t get me wrong, I love psychology & counseling, (& I do plan to use my degrees) but I have & will always love cosmetology.
In my last post I promised you guys that by the next time you heard from me, I would be a newly employed counselor at somebody’s company. As you can probably guess, no I am not LOL. Post graduation in May, I had my ‘future’ planned out & God basically laughed me. If you’ve been keeping up with me then you know that the road to graduation itself was NOT EASY. The plan at the time was to graduate, get a quick counseling job that would allow me to become a licensed counselor & wait for the pay increase. May, June, July AND August went by, nothing. I had a few interviews, got a few call backs but nothing seemed to stick. I ended up doubtful, embarrassed, depressed & super disappointed in myself. After spending most of yet another morning crying in bed, on October 4th I reached out to my old grad internship supervisor & asked if we could meet ( I was praying she could point me in some type of direction or at least tell me something I hadn’t heard before). Surprisingly she was available that same day, so we set a time & headed out to meet her.
Fast forward to a few hours later. As sooooon as I sat down to the table we chose, before she could even get a word out, I burst into tears.She patiently waited until I was finished, handed some tissues paper & I began blurting out all my problems one by one, from beginning to end. we were maybe 30 minutes into the conversation when she cut me off & asked “Chalcia, why dont you go to cosmetology school?”. I sat there for a second, trying to come up with a good excuse, “ummm, I dont have the money for it.” She quickly responded, “you can get financial aid”. “how will i pay my bills?” I asked, “you can get a night job, you’re young!” she said. We went back & forth for a few minutes until finally she said, “Go home & apply to cosmetology school”. I kept that same energy, went home & I made an appointment for a school tour of Paul Mitchell for the very next day.
On the 5th of October, I met with the admissions counselor & went on the Paul Mitchell school tour. By the end of the tour I was sold. When I asked about when I would be able to start (I was thinking the process would take a few months), she looked at me with a sly look & replied “our last class for the year actually starts at the end of this month, you can still get into that class”. She walks me over to the financial aid lady, we talk & before I left I made my appointment to come back & sign my contract.
Although going to school full time & working evenings/overnight will NOT be easy, I know in my heart it will be so worth it in the end. I was praying for God to tell me what my next step should be & not only did he show me what it was, He walked me right up to the front door. I promised you guys that by the next time you heard from me, I would be writing about my new job, but I personally like this testimony much better. On October 4th I applied to Cosmetology school, October 13th I signed my contract, pre-orientation was on the 24th & I started school on Monday, October the 30th. Gods timing is perfect & in a year (Gods willing) I will be a licensed cosmetologist (as well as having a BS in Psychology & a MA in Counseling Psychology) on the way to becoming a licensed counselor (I may even get my phd). God has plans for my life, I see them & I just want Him to use me. Be encouraged babies, Gods got you!