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Hey y'all, hey!!

I have a secret love of writing. Honestly, creating in any form. Art, music, dance... Now, am I the best at all of those things? Probably not according to someone's standards, but it brings me joy. When it comes to writing, I have always kept it to myself. Private journals filled with poetry, song lyrics, and even short stories. I figured I would take the leap and start publicizing my writing by creating a blog focused on makeup and esthetics. The first one, introducing myself and sharing a little bit of my start in this field. So, hey y'all, hey!

I don't have one of those, "I always played in makeup as a child" stories. I was always a black eyeliner, mascara, and chapstick chick. But mid- 20's that changed thanks to adult acne. I of course sought out ways to cure it, dermatologists and all, but during the wait, I needed a way to cover things up. YouTube University was my new found love.

My background is in education. With a B.S. in Elementary Education from the GREAT Bethune- Cookman University (HAIL WILDCATS!) the educator in me started to dive deeper into what I was learning. I had tapped into a new passion! I wanted more. I wanted to be an artist. But how dare I? I went to school to be a teacher. All I knew of makeup artists were what I saw on the internet and in department stores. After a lot more digging, I learned that you can have a very fulfilling and fruitful career in this industry. I learned of the many paths that are available to those in the beauty industry.

Director, Tessa Boyd and I
Elise Esthetics Institute Graduation, 2019

I attended Elise Esthetics Institute in Maitland, Florida and became a licensed esthetician in the spring of 2019. At the time I was still teaching full time. After graduation, I made a promise to myself that I would take a chance on myself and leap from my comfort zone of the classroom and go into the field of esthetics full time. The plan was to teach one more school year. A whole year to plan. Perfect! Then COVID showed up. *heavy side eye*

I told my principal I would not be returning the following school year the week before spring break and the plan was to submit a formal letter of resignation when we returned. We never returned. Now what! Do I stick to the plan and leave or do I stay and teach another year?

Things were, and still are, so unpredictable. When teachers were allowed to return to pack up their classrooms, I knew I had to make a decision. I said my hundredth prayer of the day. "Please guide my decisions. Have Your way." I confidently let my principal know that I would not be returning the following year and I literally felt a burden lifted off of me.

That leads us to now. I am fully working in the field of esthetics with a focus on makeup artistry. I have my own business and I am currently working on product launches. Wow!

This is real life. This is what I have secretly wanted for so long, but was scared to leap and I worried about the opinions of others.

Now, my story and my path to where I am now has been developing for a few years. And I'm not close to where I would like to be, but God is so good and has opened so many doors. One blog post cannot tell it all. There are good days and challenging days, but I am here for it!

There are not enough words to express my gratitude for those who show their love and support, but THANK YOU! Thanks for riding with me. We're just getting started.

Welcome to HOLLIEWOOD!

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