So this is a little late in coming, but in August, it was the one year anniversary of when I started my Lovely You by Molly hair and makeup business. I can’t believe how fast the year went! It was an amazing year.
I wanted to rewind a little bit to share my story of how I got started with my business. You see, a few years ago, I would have never started something like this. You want to know why? The main reason-FEAR. I have always been a girl who didn’t like trying new things because I was afraid of failure. I was afraid of being outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to be perfect from the start. I remember being so close to crying one day in beauty school. One of my instructors got really frustrated with me because I was so worried about perfectly doing a new haircut on a manikin. I’ve always been a slow learner and would get down on myself for not doing an amazing job from the start. This has prevented me from trying so many new things.
Thankfully, God knew I needed a little encouragement to pursue my gifting. There were a few words that planted a seed in my mind about doing hair and makeup. One day, one of my best friends, who also is a hair stylist, said she thought I had a gift with styling hair. I really hadn’t thought about it, but her words stuck with me. I had done a few weddings for friends in my church but hadn’t considered whether I had a gift in that area.
It all changed when my husband and I separated. I knew I needed to transition from being a stay at home mom, to start financially providing for my kids. That’s when I began two businesses almost simultaneously-Lovely You as well as my cleaning business.
I remember talking to my counselor, telling him that I was afraid to do hair because I didn’t ever feel like I could do a good enough job. He said to me a few words that will always stick with me. He said, “Well are you good enough to do hair.” He went on to say that if I could do an adequate job to meet a need then I shouldn’t be afraid to pursue it. We all have to start somewhere, and we can’t expect perfection at the beginning. I thought about his words and realized that I could be good enough. Yes, I had so much to learn (and still do) but like I said, I had to start somewhere.
Fast forward to this last summer of 2016, where I had the privilege of doing 6 weddings from May-June (all the pictures are from those weddings). I met some wonderful women and got to be a part of the biggest day of their lives. I got to know them. I got to experience the camaraderie of the bride with her bridesmaids and family. I got to hear how the bride and her future husband met. It was really a unique, special experience.
Even more special was the fact that I faced many fears, multiple times. Would I do a good job with the bride’s hair? Would she be happy with her makeup? What if I didn’t have the right products with me? What if I forgot something? I had to push through those fears and do the best I could do. Let’s be honest, I definitely was a stress case the night before a wedding. But as the summer progressed, I began to expect it which made it easier to handle.
But you know what? I grew as a person in my confidence, in my skills with hair and makeup, and in my ability to work a business. I learned so much this year! It has been unforgettable.
One more thing I wanted to share and then you’ll get to see more pictures. I just went to one my friend’s weddings last weekend. I wasn’t able to do her hair and makeup before her pictures but was able to get there to do a little bit of touch up work before the ceremony. It was a very special evening, and I felt honored to be a part of an almost, all family wedding. It was also the first time I went to a wedding by myself. Let me say, I was kind of nervous. I didn’t want to feel uncomfortable or weird coming alone, but I chose to face my fears. I realized I was tired of letting my fears prevent me from enjoying new experiences. And you know what was funny? My friend, who was getting married, commented out of the blue on how confidently I walked! I thought, ha little did she know I was nervous to come alone!
There’s my case in point. Just like I had to start Lovely You realizing I was just “good enough” to begin, I had to do the same thing with my friend’s wedding. Was it amazing going alone? It was a little lonely, but I still had a nice evening out. I’m so glad I didn’t miss out on being a part of a wonderful wedding and being there to support my friend. I’m learning I can’t wait for perfection, because really life will never be perfect. But starting with “good enough” well….it’s MORE than enough for me.
Love to you all,
P.S. Don’t forget to scroll down for more photos of these beautiful brides 🙂