thanks to zach for this beautiful piece of art
Last year after a few months behind the chair, I ended up leaving the salon I was working at, a great salon, to work at Aveda Institute in South Florida. A lot of people I know thought it was a really weird move for me, moving into a retail and eventing kind of role but it had been something i was attracted to for a while. I love Aveda as a brand, as a company, and I ended up learning not only about salon management on a huge scale (institute management!) but marketing within the brand, event planning, how to lead a team. I knew that by going back to study something completely different from literature would give me a variety of opportunities in the beauty industry but I didn’t know how much I was going to enjoy and thrive in this specific area. I worked my ass off, I came to work early every day and stayed late and enjoyed it, I asked questions, I learned as much as I could from my boss and from regional directors, I volunteered myself and my time and my energy because I liked who I was working for and primarily because for the first time in a very long time, I loved what I was doing; I wanted to go to work every day, I craved it. I was so excited about my move to Toronto for personal reasons but I was sad professionally, sad to leave behind a team I’d grown with and helped grow and sad to have to start all over.
Yesterday I accepted an offer to be the retail team leader for the institute here in Toronto, a job I didn’t think I’d get for a long while. The trajectory for this job is usually about three years in my old role and I made this jump to a really important job in about 9-10 months all told and I am shocked and thrilled. I’m shocked that this job I really wanted for the longest time happened to open up a few weeks after I moved, I’m shocked that I could be that lucky. I’m not as shocked that I got the job, that my Aveda contacts did so much legwork for me and vouched for me and believed in me.
The interview process took almost a month and I was a wreck. I have been throwing up regularly as my anxiety ramped up to full speed. I even got a nose bleed one day. I had never wanted anything this much except for my immigration approval and I just worried it wouldn’t happen. This has been such a good year for me and Ian, and a little part of me thought, “maybe you’re not going to get this, you’ve gotten a lot of good lately,” like just so worried. I had never been this stressed about getting a job before, I’d never wanted something so bad. I feel relieved and proud and excited, so relieved.
I am weird about talking about my achievements but I know how hard I worked and how well trained and ready I am to rise to this challenge. I interviewed with six people for this job and every time I went in there and told them exactly what I could do for them and that no one else would be able to do this as well as I can, fully believing it. I teared up on the phone yesterday when my new boss called me to offer me the job and told me that every single person I had met with had unanimously agreed that there was no other candidate that came close to me. I feel strange and braggy even saying these things but I know that this isn’t something just being handed to me, it’s something I have busted my ass for.
I used to feel bad for being a person who got so much of their self worth from their career and really drew a lot of their identity from what they did but there’s no shame in that or in whatever way you form your sense of self. I’m so excited to be in Toronto, I’m so excited to be leading this department, I’m so excited to keep learning and growing with Aveda and in general. Ahhhh!!!