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Footsteps of the future influenced by the past

January 19, 2017

Life is complicated sometimes but very exiting in so many ways I must say. It is not always easy to find out what you want to become when you grow up, with so many things to choose among. I love so many things, but I know I can’t be good at everything, but for me it has always been so difficult to take the right choice.

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In 2008 I decided to start at a hairdresser school in Norway  and I believed that I would work as a hairdresser for the rest of my life. Many things started to go my way during this time and I obtained an apartment, a car and I was a single mom living with my daughters. I was very lucky to have my sister here in Norway and she helped me taking care of my kids while I was taking the hairdresser education. I thought that this was going to turn out very well for me but language problems became an issue pretty soon. I never gave up though and I remember that it was not so easy to understand the teacher in class and so on.

The positive side of this is that I learned a lot of Norwegian during this time and I integrated very well into the Norwegian society. I manage to get an internship as a hairdresser and I really liked it. I thought that I would become the best hairdresser in the world.

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The salary of an internship was very poor and it was hard to take care of the kids with the low salary. I worked as a hairdresser from 2008 to 2010 and I participated in contests where I actually ended up on third place which is a very memorable moment from the past. On the picture above you can see me together with my model to my right and the jury to my left. I must say that it was a huge adrenaline since it was around 8-10 contenders that would get a prize for the free style competition. I was really proud of my third place.

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Here I had a bride model where I made the hair style and again I got the third place in this competition as well. It was nice to celebrate my third place and I was proud to manage to obtain a prize.

I remember using many many hours with my models to manage to get the hair styles done by the time of the competition. The more you practice the better you get. Sometimes, I miss this time a little bit because it was fun to help people to find there styles.

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There is a reason for why I quit as a hairdresser and that is because I got serious shoulder problems and therefor I had to give it up. I think that I would have owned my own salon today if it wasn’t for the health issues. Despite having to quit as a hairdresser I have found something else to be passionate about and that is economics. I am going to take a bachelor degree and maybe a master degree in the long run and I am really looking forward to start working in the future.

However, I learned many things that I can use in my future profession such as taking care of customers and providing for their needs. I have lots of respect for the people working in the hairdresser industry since it is tough and very important in the society.

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Things did not turn out as I foresaw it and life do strange things to us and we have to start over again and find different solutions sometimes. The positive about this is that we grow and learn by making mistakes. Mistakes can teach us to not do them again and choose differently next time.

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5 Comments

  • Reply rugby843 January 19, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Loved this post. Insight to you and your strengths.❤

  • Reply wittymummy January 20, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Oh my, you are talented!

  • Reply Sarah January 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    That’s real talent there!

  • Reply paradoxical vagabond January 21, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Love this. <3

  • Reply Jackie Paulson January 30, 2017 at 2:27 am

    You and I have so much in common. I was a hairdresser for over 20 years, owned a barber shop because men’s hair was my specialty in USA. I am currently in college to obtain my Master Degree In Human Resources. I got my AA in Paralegal my BA in tech business mgmt. I am 50! I raised my daughter as a single mom! She is 22 not living at home. Bless you for such a great blog. Nice to meet you I am Jackie.

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