Have you ever felt so hopeful and yet so powerless at the same time? Life has given me my fair share of lemons these past couple years and I’m in the process of turning them into lemonade.
About a year and a half ago, I started cosmetology school after months of working hard at a salon exclusive beauty supply store to save up and learn about the beauty industry. I realized my passion for hair back in middle school, when I taught myself to braid so my little sister wouldn’t get teased for being a tomboy. To be able to finally take a step towards my dreams was the most satisfying and incredible feeling in the world!
Soon after, I got an offer to work at a popular salon in our area, which almost rarely happens for new students, so I was over the moon with joy. I could taste what it meant to succeed at my goals and almost nothing could have stopped me.
Until Easter morning, April 1 2018, the night my boss got me drunk at a coworkers wedding and raped me. I now have PTSD and can’t even walk into a salon without having a panic attack and breaking down.
I had to drop out of school and somehow find something else that made me just as happy as cosmetology. I lost all hope and instead spent about 6 months barely eating or getting out of bed.
Through the darkness, I was able to find a relationship with God and realized His purpose for all my heartache and turmoil since 2015. I’ve found that my true passion lies in serving and helping others.
I was able to get a full time job as a manager of a pizza place, where I’ve been busting my tush for 5 months. Even though I love working in customer service and management, I’ve got much bigger nonprofit and business goals that I want to accomplish.
My next step is moving out and becoming fully independent and reliable again, but I can’t do that until I pay off my $9,000 student loan and also register for some new classes at my local community college.
Any help would be absolutely incredible to I can finally get my leg back up in life!