Top 5 Strengths

  • Learner
  • Input
  • Responsibility
  • Communication
  • Analytical

SARAH LEISINGER THOMAS

When I was a kid, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I usually said “a teacher.” Occasionally I’d answer “nurse” or “race car driver.” Never did I ever say “office manager in a busy, successful hair salon.” And yet, here I am. Proud and happy to be an important part of the team of professionals who make up Brown & DeLine.

It took me a while to find my way here. In high school, I was college prep—yep, one of those students. College was all about becoming an elementary school teacher with a focus on math and science education. I loved school! I was going to be an amazing teacher.

I earned my teaching certificate in 1987. I was picky during my job hunt, holding out for my “dream job,” of course. While I was waiting for that perfect job offer, which I was sure was going to come along, I tried substitute teaching. Subbing didn’t pay much, but I learned a LOT. Most importantly, it taught me what college never did: the realities of teaching. Maybe my “dream job” wasn’t teaching. While struggling with that reality, I tried a variety of jobs. I waited tables and tutored kids in math and reading. I worked in a flower shop and did professional tax preparation. I kept the books for a few small businesses and managed a bank or two. I found what I enjoyed most about each of these jobs was observing the people and learning the job. I met Cathy at one of my part-time jobs. I was bookkeeping in a small salon. She was the glamorous up-and-coming stylist. I loved her positive energy and drive and ambition. Cathy and I both learned a lot at that salon—mostly what you should never, ever do when running a salon. I got out of there pretty fast. A few years later, I found Cathy again. She was working at a different small salon and was getting ready to open her own business. Her idea of running a salon that was positive, supportive, and focused on the success of the individual as well as the team sounded great. I was flattered to be asked to help her out part-time with the office work.

My eight-hour-a-week gig doing the banking and office work has grown into a full-time position. I do the office work and much more. Our very creative staff is full of great ideas. I lead the team that sits down and figures out the best way to make those ideas work. I think of myself as the “technical” to the “sparkle” of the salon. It’s a great partnership.

I get to work with an interesting group of fun people. I get to learn new things as the salon grows and changes. I get to do what I do best every day. I’m so glad to finally have found my dream job! Yours is out there. It’s worth the time and effort it takes to find it.

Best industry/life advice:

Every day you are on a journey. Choose to be on the path to happiness and success.

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