If we were looking through a scrapbook of your life, what page would you want to rewrite?
“Looking back, I’m sure that if I thought about it, there would be many pages to rewrite. I’ve surely made a lot of mistakes along the way, but although this might sound cliché, I would not rewrite one page of the scrapbook. You can always look back on your life and say, “should have, would have, could have.” This, in my opinion is destructive—especially for working women. Good or bad, the pages of the book have led me to where I am and who I am today and I really would not change one moment. The only thing that looking backwards has done for me is make me realize how quickly life moves forward. It helps me realize I need to make the most of and appreciate every precious moment.”
What’s your favorite tool or strategy for maintaining balance in your life? “Time management! I’ve invested my time into courses to learn how to manage my time better, organize, prioritize and delegate. As a mom, wife and business owner there is much more to do in a day than there are hours. You can’t control time, but you can learn how to manage all of the demands on your time so you don’t lose your mind. I’ve learned to pick and choose my battles. Sometimes we can get caught up in the wrong things that drain our energy and time.”
What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you, and how did it change your life? “My father, an immigrant from Ireland, came to the United States with my mother and sisters with almost nothing. He worked very hard and created a great life for our family. He said to me as a young girl, ‘You won’t get anywhere in life without taking risks.’ This has resonated with me since then. Being afraid to push yourself, getting stuck in the status quo, or waiting around for success to find you won’t help you achieve your dreams. You need to take chances and always push yourself out of your comfort zone.”
What wisdom would you share with a young woman entering a career in the professional beauty industry?
“First, do it because it’s your passion. Then, educate yourself with the best education you can afford. Next, find a mentor. This can be someone you admire who has achieved the success you’d like to achieve. Never stop seeking out great education and always keep learning. When you stop learning, you stop growing. This is an industry overflowing with wonderful, creative and caring people. Whether you are passionate about doing great hair, running a successful salon or entering the world of distribution and manufacturing, it’s an industry with unlimited opportunities for anyone who has the passion and desire to grow, learn and care for others.”