Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women empowering each other, and to appreciate being a woman, but honestly…I didn’t always feel that way. 
Many of you may not know that when I started Beauty Babe Lounge, I had a partner. That partnership was short lived. A month after our grand-opening she decided to leave the business because she wasn’t receiving the income that she desired.  
Needless to say, I was blindsided and crushed because she was my friend, but I wasn’t about to sign over my company. I stood my ground and as a result she somehow persuaded our clients to leave with her. I was left with a huge space, a long list of expenses on the 1st of December which was supposed to be our busiest month. 
Starting from scratch was terrifying, I wasn’t sure I could do it alone. However, instead of feeling sorry for myself I enrolled in multiple courses to better my skills, I joined various industry groups for support and blocked all the social media outlets that did not serve me. 
I didn’t see the situation as a loss, but more of a gain. I gained more self-confidence, gained more business knowledge, and empathy in order to forgive and let go. Of course it sucks to be deceived by a friend, but I later realized that she did me a favour. She showed me my growth potential, that I am capable of so much more and it lit a fire underneath me to do better. 
And while all of this was happening my daughter was only a year old and my relationship with her dad was also coming to an end. When times are difficult it could feel like your world is crumbling, but it helps to know that something better will be waiting on the other side of the hardship. That your hardest day could be your best day, which is something I continue to remind myself in order to move forward. 
Now, three years later I have managed to keep my business afloat, my clientele continues to grow, I thrive on challenges, and I am a very proud single mom. We women are so resilient, we are strong, we are survivors, we deal with so much and often wear many hats at a time, that’s because we are capable of so much. 
And as much as I’d like to take the credit when clients ask me “How did you manage everything on your own?” Well, the truth is…I didn’t, I could not have done it without the encouragement and support of my loyal clients, the many wonderful women that mentored me along my journey, and my close personal circle of girlfriends. I could see now that we are better together, and it should be about community not competition. 
To all the ladies that have impacted and inspired me in my journey, I celebrate you. 
                                         HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!
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