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I have a dream…

When I left school I went straight to college to train as a hairdresser. Something I had wanted to do for as long as I could remember.

I loved my college years, made some lovely friends and really enjoyed myself.

Fast forward 2 years and I started working at a local salon. Life was good. Once I qualified I became  stylist. I even went to the Goldwell Academy in London to undertake a top colouring course. My favourite memory is attending a hairdressing event at Wembley, learning innovative tips and buying lots of goodies.

Unfortunately my happiness was short lived. Another stylist, I will call her ‘Anna’, older than me and had worked at the salon for years, developed a huge grudge against me. I was excelling at the salon, building up my clientele and I was the top seller every month for our Paul Mitchell and KMS products.

Anna hated this and she made it very clear. She would shout at me and belittle me in front of clients and made nasty swipes at me all day long. The salon owners talked to her but it only made her worse. The bubble had burst. The place I loved had changed and I dreaded going to work.

A sudden illness had me signed off from work and I saw my way out. I told my manager over the phone that I wanted to leave and no matter how much they begged I would not change my mind.

I got myself a job at a residential home and soon enough rumours from ex colleagues and even an interfering relative made it certain that I could never return. I haven’t picked up hairdressing scissors since.

Since then, life has seen me climb the career ladder in the Human Resources department at a large company, becoming a senior manager. Something I had never thought I would be capable of. I am now a very happy stay at home mum of 4 beautiful children.

Hairdressing has always been something I thought I would like to go back to one day, although I would never ever work for someone in a salon again, for fear of a bully stylist.

Having had my children, 3 now at school, I have been thinking that in the near future I would like to retrain as a hairdresser, in time for when my youngest starts school. I have always dreamed of having a salon of my own and I can’t pass one without peering in and wondering what it’s like in there.

Last week while chatting with my best friend over coffee, she suddenly said she would love to train as a hairdresser… Wait, what?! This is not something we have ever discussed, but had both been thinking about! Once we got talking about it, ideas were flying around all over the place!

We are both fortunate to have very supportive husbands and are in a position, where after lots of training, we would be able to look for a salon of our own.

Now we have brought our idea to life we are so excited about what the future holds. We have such a vision of what we could achieve over time with lots of hard work. The possibilities are endless.

So with a dream becoming a reality, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

 

36 thoughts on “I have a dream…

  1. Go for it you will succeed good luck we are so proud of you. As you know I started my own business 2 years ago at age 53 and never looked back you can do it.

    1. Oh my goodness thank you mum! I am proud of you too, your business has been more successful than you ever imagined! xxx

    1. It was horrible and I was so young. I’d like to think I would never allow myself to be in that situation again x

  2. I’m so excited for you and your friend for when you both get trained up! I’m so sorry you went through that workplace bullying though, your managers etc should’ve done more to protect you! But sometimes one door closes and a bigger better door opens, and who knows – two years from now you could be on top of the world!

  3. As a hairstylist, I think you should totally go for it. It is the most rewarding job ever and you just need to find your place! The bullying is ROUGH in this field and they will make you feel like you’re never going to be good enough. Don’t listen, and keep going. I’ve been doing this for 13 years, and once I found my “edge” and my “place” I started my own successful business and never looked back. Keep going!!

  4. Oh my goodness, how exciting! Good for you for getting ready to take the plunge on one of your dreams. I’m sorry your toxic coworker spoiled your enjoyment all those years ago, but this new opportunity with your friend sounds like the way to reclaim your enjoyment of hairdressing!!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

  5. Wow, I can’t imagine being in an environment on a daily basis where someone has it out for you like she did! Especially a work environment. Surely she realised you weren’t in the school yard anymore? How awful that it stopped you from being able to do what you had trained to do for a while, but I’m glad you’re considering going back into it now! Having a friend who wants to do it, too, will make it better, and means you’ll hopefully avoid the previous situation. Good luck!

    1. Thank you Rebekah! It was a tough time, she was over 10 years older than me which makes it worse. I hoped I had left all that behind in high school. I’m older and wiser now. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds!

  6. Wow I really loved this post! I felt like I was going on that career journey with you! I’m very sorry to hear the place you loved ended so badly! A similar situation happened to me. A job that I honestly thought I’d spend my life doing and that I loved so so much ended badly due to someone new coming to work there!
    I’m so excited for you and your friend! I wish you all the luck in the world!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  7. I’m so sorry that you had that experience with “Anna”. How awful. But you’ve done wonderfully regardless and best of luck on your future ventures! You should always follow what you’re passionate about <3 xxx

  8. The same thing happened to my cousin in the salon where she worked! Now she’s got her own gorgeous salon and is doing really well for herself, so I’m glad to hear you’re working towards a similar goal and are pursuing your passion! Good luck with it all!

    Charlotte xx

    theassortedwriter.blogspot.co.uk

  9. This is amazing. You must never let anyone treat you like that again, I hope karma has found her! Be fabulous and absolutely follow your dream.

  10. It is so terrible to work with someone who hates you for no reason. I hope karma always find bad people! It’s absolutely fabulous that you’re going after a dream! best of luck! xx corinne

  11. It’s such a shame that some people struggle with others successes. Glad you found your way back though. Good luck with your new venture!

  12. Oh wow this is wonderful. I too was bullied in a job to the point that I left so I know exactly how it feels! Good for you for taking this step. How exciting. Sorry for the late comment, better late than never! Thanks for joining #TriumphantTales.

  13. This is such a wonderful story. I am so proud that you worked so hard to get yourself to a senior position in a corporate job so that you’re able to now finance yourself to open your own salon. Dreams work out in the end, because it’s your passion that always perseveres!
    Monica @ http://www.thewongblog.com

  14. What a journey. It’s terrible you got pushed out of something you loved because of someone being terrible. It’s crazy how some people take the success of others as an attack on them. You should totally get back into hairdressing! You have an exciting road ahead xx

    Breanna Catharina
    toocuteforlife.com

  15. This sounds like a wonderful idea, how fantastic that you and your friend both want the same. It sounds like you deserve it. Good look with achieving your aim #PostsFromTheHeart

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