Every Sunday I would attend church with my mum and sister and each week we would walk past a near by beauty salon. I'd say to myself I'd like to work there one day. Years later at the age of seventeen I achieved my dream and started working there whilst completing my last year at college.
This was a huge learning curve after being in the safe comforts of college with all the time in the world to complete one single treatment. I grew up fast and learned to think on my feet and to keep one step ahead. My first year was spent on reception before I moved into the treatment rooms. After a very nervous start I found my confidence and looked forward to going to work each day.
The opportunity arose for me to further my career when I was asked to consider the role as salon manager. I accepted and learned quickly that no two days are the same and neither are people and each is to be treated as an individual. Something that would put me in good stead in the years to come.
I spent many a happy day working with a talented team of girls, being recognised many times in the British Beauty awards. The time that we were awarded 'Salon of the year' across the whole of the country I remember being asked how I felt - "If I could bottle this feeling I would" - I couldn't but that memory has never left me.
After eight years the time was right for me to move on. Not an easy decision but I took with me happy memories and a wealth of knowledge and skill for which I will always be thankful for.
In 2002 I opened my own salon. I'd achieved my goal and after long hours both day and night on the 10th December the doors opened to Elements the Beauty Salon.
Fast forward nine years and a lot of stress, laughter and ups and downs later I still enjoy my work in the beauty industry if not more now than I did back then.
So that's me, sixteen years of experience and lots of laughter and stories to tell to go with it. Not many people can say they look forward to going into work each day, I do and I thank my lucky stars that I followed my dreams and was encouraged by my parents, family and friends to get to where I am today.
For that I say thank you and I hope to continue for many more years to come in an exciting industry which does not stop for one minute.