My blog anniversary that is! What a difference a year makes…
I have to admit that nostalgia can sometimes make you wonder what if… and wish for different outcomes but I am truly happier than I have been in a long time and is something to be said about following your dreams.
This time last year, I was looking at my team and trying to figure out how I was going to tell them I was leaving. How I was going to say to some of the people who were more like family that I was giving up my job to become a Make-Up Artist and Teacher. I went back and forth with the decision in my mind for so long that I almost chickened out. In the end I said nothing until a couple of days before I left.
It is crazy how life tries to choose your path and priorities for you. I had a successful career with a huge salary but I was not happy. I was betrayed by people I thought were friends and I didn’t see my family. My son was growing up right in front my eyes but I was missing it for work. I was doing 14 hour shifts, never saw my real friends and family and hated looking in the mirror. I thought the team I managed needed me. In the end, I needed myself to be happy, healthy and strong and I needed to be a Mother, Sister, Daughter, Friend, Girlfriend and more. I just needed to be me.
This blog was the first footstep on the road to me. I remember talking to my best friend Aaron (Best Personal Trainer in town- follow him on Twitter @Mr_Froelich) saying that I was too old to change careers, that I was scared and the like and he reassured me by just being honest. He told me, it may be hard and it may new but give it your all. Do your best. The simplest of words but so effective.
I lost some special people in my life, some through choice and some not, who have not seen how happy I am since I did what my heart told me to. Some who don’t know that within 2 weeks of leaving my old job, I was able to toilet- train my then 9 year old Autistic son. Some who have missed the highs and lows and the smile on my face every day I wake up knowing, I am following my dream. I have made mistakes and I am not the best out there but I am the best me I know how to be and I am super ok with that!
I am now a Professional Make-Up Artist as of last year May and am working as a Teaching Assistant. I am headed back to University to become a Teacher also. My son is happier and I am happier knowing that no matter how hard it seems, it gets better. It is not selfish to put you first!
I will always try and thank everyone personally and if I haven’t in this blog, please don’t be offended. I love you with all I am.
From the beginning: Daddy, Troy, Dace and Carlene… Teresa, Daddy Ernest (RIP) PK (although you may never read this), Glemma, Aaron, Solvita… Liliana, John Barry, Bilsi and Jade… Tim, Naomi and Rochi-Boo, Korell, Adrian, Mario…
New friends: Nathalie, Pamela… Sydney, Ny, Cat, Jodes, Char, Fabian…
There are so many of you who have played a role in my new beginning whether through reading/ subscribing to this blog, allowing me to do your make-up or just your words of encouragement. I thank you and thank you some more.
Life isn’t about the money or the fame, the applause or attention. I know that now more than ever! Maybe you have a dream you want to follow…maybe now is your turn. I pass the baton on… it is never too late!
Thanks for reading this post!