Make YOUR Leap of Faith
“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do them. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that – that’s what life is” ~ Amy Poehler
There is never a perfect time to do anything. A wise woman I once met told me, “You’ll never regret going for it, but at the end of your life when you look back; will you regret never trying?”. Years ago I used that sage advice to step over my fears and start building the life and career I wanted. Heck, I currently use that advice in any big decisions that come my way (you may want to tuck that one away for your next big life decision).
It must have been divine intervention when I stumbled across ‘Curly Girl, The Handbook‘ by Lorraine Massey. At the time, I was ready to start my own business, I had just discovered DevaCurl products, and I realized that all my frizzies were actually curls waiting to happen! I had been a stylist for years and had no idea! I was on fire with my newfound knowledge and I had a bonafide license to show others. So, sage advice in mind, I began my Curl Specialist journey. Now, several years down the road, I have a thriving Curl Specialist salon business and a kind of exhilarating life I never could have imagined for myself.
Finding balance between being a mother, a wife, and an entrepreneur has not been easy or clear. In fact, ‘Balance’ is a dirty word in my books and I’m still struggling to find it. That quote: “there is a very fine line between passion and obsession” is quite true, and I’m sure I’ve crossed it many times because I am obsessed with helping curly girls!
I have done many things for which I am incredibly proud of myself. Things that were scary or overwhelming but I felt so passionate about them that I dove in before I felt truly ready: Becoming a mother, several military relocations, starting a business and building a brand without any recent business training (whoa-what was I thinking!?)…
The summer of 2018 I took some time to reflect on my many blessings. I realized that perhaps, in an effort to support every curly person I could, I may have once again crossed over that line from passion to obsession. It is therefore with reluctance for my clients but love for family that I have decided to refocus, and I will soon be changing what I offer in my online store to host exclusively brands I can find in Canada. Life has taught me that there is no telling what the future may hold for bringing back my American brands that I love, but for now once I sell out of my current US stock I won’t be restocking it.
Going forward, after my US stock is sold out you will be able to find your favourite US brands (Innersense, Jessicurl, Mop Top, Uncle Funky’s Daughter, and more!) available for shipping (as soon as they are stocked as new brands arriving to them in the coming weeks) within Canada through my colleagues online store at www.curlbar.ca
What product brands I will continue to carry (while actively searching out other Canadian made lines to add) are:
- Curly Hair Solutions
- Earth Tones Naturals
- AG Naturals
I love what I do. I love who I have become and what I have achieved because of the struggles and hardships I have proudly overcome. I hope you will think about stepping outside your comfort zone and take that leap of faith toward your dreams. I did, and I am not afraid of anything anymore. Well, maybe the things that go bump in the night…
**One of the things I have accomplished that I am most proud of is my online course. For comprehensive videos, tutorials, documents, and journals on everything you could ever want or need to know about your hair, check out my phenomenal online course Style Your Curls With Confidence**