Q: How were you inspired to start your business?

How I was inspired to start my business is kind of a crazy story.
I was a stay at home mom to 2 children. I was busy, stressed,broke, in a loveless marriage. My son needed some extra attention (I found out when he was 2 he had no vision in his left eye). Though I had a BA in Psych I had a husband that at the time made it impossible to leave the house and I had lost myself. I felt old used up, tired and defeated. One January evening in 2014 I was on my way home from a board meeting, had a couple of drinks and got arrested for DUI. I thought my life was over, I was a stay at home mom with no drivers license, legal issues, no support and in a place that I thought was the lowest part of my life…or so I thought. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, I suspected my husband had been cheating. It was confirmed when I found 5 cell phones in my garage after an epic argument over cialis and eyeliner I had found in his truck, I found through a series of 98 pictures that he had a secret life of dating women who enjoyed the company of married men the entire marriage. Suddenly my circus of a life, 13 years of marriage exploded for all the neighbors to witness like the main event at a freak show. I had an out of body experience, I watched this all go down like a witness, I had a friend scoop up my kids and take them to my mom’s house. My family had just imploded but for the first time I could breath. The sky suddenly seemed so much higher and though I was panicked somehow something gave me comfort. The Universe had burnt me down to rebuild me. In the following years I fought in Criminal Court to get my license, I wore an ankle monitor for 49 days (a lot of leg warmers to keep that from the kids) while fighting in court downtown Chicago for the imminent divorce that would follow that July implosion. I did everything it took to keep my sanity that year, I read, I prayed, I meditated, I obviously walked a lot but I also quit doing what everyone else thought I should do and listened to what I really wanted to do. I always knew I had a strong intuition but it had been denied for so many years and shoved so far down I quit believing in it. That horrible day In July gave me validation though. I started listening to my heart and everyday for 3 years I found a feather to keep me going. During all the chaos I started Nail Tech School even though everyone pretty much told me that it was stupid to do. I found my confidence by helping other women with their confidence. By offering an ear or help or advice if they were asking for it. Over the years I became well versed in doing simple Angel Card readings for simple guidance. I have a crazy story so I don’t judge, I don’t push my beliefs on any one, I do try to offer new glasses on life for those who could use a little light. I believe in the Universe and have faith, I used to panic if things didn’t go according to the plan. Now I swim with the current instead of against it and I have been able to change my life, my kids lives and the course and perspective of many other women and men I have the pleasure of meeting. I offer friendship and confidence through the beauty industry, I offer an ear and try to help my clients live the best life they can and we get to talk about their goals and visions for their futures. They get to tell me things they wouldn’t necessarily feel comfortable telling others in fear of being judged. I encourage positive perspective and that you are exactly where you are supposed to when you are supposed to be.

Q: How much do you love what you do?

How much do I love what I do??? It’s my dream to help people and still get to play with glitter!!! In all seriousness I absolutely love helping other’s with rediscover what makes them tick. A bad relationship, a mistake, financial status, does not define. Everyone has a gift, finding it and using it to help others is your purpose.

Q: If you could go back to a point in your life when you were facing a challenge, what inspirational advice would you give yourself?

If I could go back… I would have told myself not to do what everyone else thought I should do, making other people happy by sacrificing my own happiness was not loving myself. When you feel like your drowning everyday you’re probably not doing it right, quit fighting the current and go with it.

Q: Tell us how your business inspires your customers!

I try to inspire my fellow nail techs by offering advice, tips and tricks that aren’t taught in school, by offering nail tech products and simple solutions to problems with certain applications. I love my nail clients, they are all so amazing, with amazing stories. They laugh, cry, vent, grow and talk to me knowing they’re in a no judgement zone. Those who are open to it I’ll give them an Angel Card Reading if the’re interested but I don’t push my beliefs on them. I like to think my clients feel refreshed, calm and pretty when they leave here.

Q: Knowing you aren’t alone in something and that there is light at the end of the tunnel means a lot when you are feeling low. What is a typical problem someone you work with might be facing and how do you guide them back into the light?

How do I guide them back… I genuinely care about my clientele like family, we’ve developed relationships and enjoy each other’s company. If I don’t see or hear from someone I will gently check in to make sure all is well.

Q: As people we are always evolving and learning things on our life journey. Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration every day, every where especially in nature. Anything that catches my eye, I see beauty in the everyday struggle and the intimate dilemma. I find inspiration in the gifts and talents of my clientelle, the beauty of the soul.

Q: Businesses are always evolving too… what are you inspired to do next?

I am always looking to empower and inspire! I am sure my business will keep evolving in new and exciting ways!

I am LOOKING FOR wonderful SOULFUL business owners to feature on “Inspired To Inspire” blog. Click through on this link >>> www.inspiredtoinspire.co.uk/soulful-business-owners-be-featured-here <<< For more information!