It wasn't like I wanted it to end. The circumstances dictated things that I could no longer control. 13 years of doing the same thing with in my profession and another eight years prior to that unlicensed had made me who I was up to that point. Because I could, but also because I love the yard I marked myself with more dedications to my craft, signifying my love of doing hair. My entire canvas is filled with scissors, razor blades and the word "Hair" across my right knuckles. I was a hairstylist and if I had my way, that was never going to change.
As years in the industry passed, I watched as co workers had to cut short their careers due to ailments physically. I never thought that would be me, but before I knew it, I couldn't do things that were so routine before. Lifting my arm above the height of my shoulders turned into a chore that on certain days was debilitating. My back, weak from 4 car accidents in 2 years, could no longer support me on my 8+ hour days. I told no one, but I just couldn't do it anymore. In April, I worked my last day in a salon. Unceremoniously, I had to stop.
I began looking for work opportunities, but my markings became a hindrance. I'd get interviewed but never called back. All the while, the answer was in front of me, but I firmly believe that because I hadn't fully given this all to God, I wasn't seeing the blessings and opportunities that were coming my way. I kept on looking, to no avail. Meanwhile, the wheels were being rolled into motion and I was finally letting go and learning how to let God take the wheel.
This is my first 6 months of freelancing doing photography. Yes, I still need an actual day job for the scariness of inconsistent wor, but I am so grateful that when one door closes so suddenly, God gave me another opportunity right when I needed it. I'll keep on doing my best to give the credit where it's due and grow in this field of work. I'm no one without the right people in my life and the talents that I've been given. Thanks for tagging along for the journey. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 72. Hebrews 3:14.
Check out the videos below, featuring Christian (pictured above) as he also was blessed with an open door when one closed. Acceptance, to Anberlin, now back to Acceptance.