This post was written by Kelly Penick, soon to be sophomore at Appalachian State, Boone, NC
I am just jumping right in and facing my fears all the time. This summer, on very short notice, I decided to go to school to become a licensed esthetician, as the first major step on my path towards opening a spa. I am glad I took this route for the summer, even if it is six hundred hours of coursework.
I feel that the experience and knowledge that I am gaining from this summer will not only aid me significantly in my career goals, but also as a leader of the Entrepreneurâ€™s Club. I can express to the other students the value behind my experiences and offer advice and guidance in â€œstepping out of oneâ€™s comfort zone and going for your goals.”
My experiences with the various clients have been both challenging and rewarding. You are blessed with those who truly care about their bodies and are more than willing to help you grow as a skin care specialist through their constructive criticism. Then you have those who, you might say, are a little rough around the edges, and to them you feel you are a godsend in providing any type of treatment at all.
I did feel for one lady who while we were performing her facial waxing maintained a smile on her face. I couldnâ€™t help but ask why she was enjoying the waxing so, because frankly it is not my favorite service to perform since it can be a bit painful for the client. She responded by saying â€œI never do anything for myself and for once I am doing so.â€ I found it sad that waxing would be her source of pampering, but also from that experience I witnessed a lady who took the pain with ease and enjoyed every minute of it.
As I drive to school, which is about 40 minutes each way, Tuesday through Saturday, I am able to engage in valuable thought. You are able to put more and more into perspective as it sometimes feels really early in the morning to be driving in down the mountain. Lately I have been asking myself â€œwhy is it that I am doing this again?â€
Really, it is a simple question with a very simple answer. I have an ambition and a drive to get ahead and I need to take these necessary steps in order to reach my career goals and to achieve what I feel I have the potential to do in my lifetime. I also feel that out of a deep sense of love that I anticipate for my future husband and family, I am doing this now in the hope that we will be blessed with financial security as well as many other future blessings.
I did have an interesting conversation with a fellow student about life and family. We talked about how she desires to possibly one day open a day spa. At this time, she and her husband do not have the financial means to do so. I hope that through the mentorship program that I am involved in, I might be able to help guide her in a direction that she could begin to fulfill that dream.
Many are like this young lady, I believe, who do have goals that can be ambitious and wonderful, but they donâ€™t know how to go about achieving them. My take on this conversation is that she needs to clearly see where she wants to go, and I mean truly visualize that end result. Once she has that vision, she is able to fill in the middle steps toward reaching the goal.
I realize that this goal of my own comes in steps, or stages, and that is all right. I know that we canâ€™t have it all overnight. I told her that I see a marriage and many aspects of life flowing along this same line of thought. If you see you and your spouse happy together while sharing your love and compassion, you know that you want to have those feelings and experiences to ultimately come about. Therefore, you have to commit to doing the work along the way to maintain a beautiful relationship and continually cultivate that goal of love and compassion.
Now I know that not all of life is smooth sailing, but the work in between the good times is what gets you past those inconsistencies and unfortunate experiences that are bound to arise. I believe that once you reach a goal, you start building on another and that way you are always expanding your knowledge and working up to your own personal potential.