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