The last month has definitely been a huge challenge for me and a really emotional one at that. I had to tell clients I've seen throughout the years that this was their last appointment with me as their stylist. I can only imagine that for some it was probably one of the most disappointing things to hear. I honestly forget the impact that I have on people's lives as their stylist. After all, seeing your hairstylist every 6 weeks may be one of the few consistent things you look forward to now a days.
I guess you can say I pretty much set my self up for this day since day 1. When I was in beauty school one of my final projects were to write down my 1 year, 5 year, and 1o year goals. Which at the time seemed like unattainable dreams. Not because they were impossible, but because I was 18 years old writing goals that I was supposed to envision happening in 10 years. Within 1 year of graduating my goal was to work in one of the most sought out salons in the south bay, check! Within 5 years I wanted to be an educator or a platform artist for a haircare company educating stylists on cutting techniques, color, etc; double check. That I did within the first 2 years. Within 10 years I didn't see myself working behind the chair. I wanted to do more with myself and within the industry. I wanted to have travelled, own a business, and become a very successful hairstylist; check, check, and triple check. As the 10 year mark hit closer and closer that goal I had written had seemed to evolved into something new and different.
I owned a business within my 6 year mark, although it was a business that didn't revolve this passion, it involved one I had much longer than being a hairstylist. My husband and I own Encarancion Photography. I never thought in my wildest dreams that life would've ever brought me to documenting weddings. That just was not in my goal list. But as the years grew and as the amount of children in my life grew, which also wasn't quite on my goal list, what I fell in love with changed. I started to fall deeper and deeper in love with the idea of being able to steal a moment in time for someone. As a stylist I am able to give the gift of building ones self esteem up through their hairstyle. As a photographer I'm able to create a memory for them that will last a life time.
The past 4 years has been a juggling act with trying to be able to maintain a thriving clientele, a bustling business, and finding some time with my family. I was doing my best to handle all on a silver platter. It wasn't easy. Being in the salon for 10 hour days, then shooting a wedding on the weekends, and then trying to do homework with my eldest daughter whenever possible was becoming more and more chaotic. I knew that one day it would have to stop. Unfortunately for some folks who have relied on me for years, that day is coming much sooner than most expected.
As I start to literally count down the days, I started to think about the past 10 years and the memories I have had within them. WOW! Those days were truly some of the best memories I had in my life! I am one of the few stylists who have been able to build a clientele that I openly share my life stories with and they the same. My dear clients are ones who I see more than I see some of my best friends. They have in some ways more than others become my family, my lifeline, and my confidants and I the same. The relationships I have built with many of them will always have a special place in my heart. The laughter, the countless therapy sessions, and of course that look of approval on their faces when I turn them around to to face the mirror to reveal their new look are a few of the things I'm going to miss.
The next 5 days are going to be insane. I can't believe it, its almost here. The day that I hang up my scissors, take a leap of faith, and focus on what's important to me, at least for the next 10 years. =) For now I hope you come visit my site as in the next month or so it'll change into something new, just like my life!