How We Change Lives
My name is Morgan. I moved to Texas about eight months ago from California, alone and with only the belongings that fit in my car. I had just gotten out of a long-term, unhealthy relationship; left a job I was unhappy in; and was sitting on a psychology degree that I wasn’t using. It was time to step back, evaluate my life, and ask myself what I’ve always wanted to do. The answer was that I wanted to make a positive difference in people’s lives, starting with my own. The way to do it was through hair. So I packed my bags and my dog and found myself in Texas.
The old adage, “Wherever you go, there you are” has proven to be true. Sure, I had left my city, job, and relationship, but I was still stuck with me. I was about to embark on a new career path, but I was still the same insecure, scared little girl who’d left California, only now I was completely alone, homesick, and starting from scratch. In the six weeks between moving here and starting school, the depression I had battled my whole life became an unrelenting force to be reckoned with. I asked myself over and over why I’d done this to myself. If I was running from something, I hadn’t gotten get very far. To put it mildly, I was a train wreck.
Then school started. It was as if July 20, 2009 was the first day of the rest of my life. I could feel the old machinery of my life grinding to a halt, and the new and improved model was switched on, humming with life and possibility. By the second day of school, it was clear that I was exactly where I was supposed to be and doing exactly what I was supposed to do.
The last 6-7 months have changed my life. I have grown so much as a person, and continue to grow at such a rapid pace that it often catches me off guard. I have found a source of inner strength and confidence that I didn’t know I had. I have found the courage to be myself. I started believing in myself, and once that happened, magic started happening. I continue to believe in myself, and not just because someone pointed out reasons A, B, and C why I should. I believed in believing in myself, my future became exciting and promising, and the possibilities seem endless. The source comes from within, and after 29 years of searching, I have found that source. I am happy, strong, and courageous enough to keep going even if it feels like an uphill battle sometimes. I will not give up. I’ve shed many tears since last June, for many reasons. I think it’s been my process of letting go of everything I once knew to make room for everything I am learning now.
I feel so blessed with my life and the opportunities I have been given. I am not sure how much of this I would have achieved on my own, and I am grateful. The Paul Mitchell culture that has been engrained in each school, book, and MASTERS interview has been more valuable than I can express in words, and I want to thank you for making “believing in yourself” not only part of the curriculum, but a priority. I can learn how to cut hair anywhere, but never would I have been given the guidance and fundamentals of personal success (and that success is not necessarily measured in dollar signs) anywhere but here.
I am a part-time night student and have about a year to go before graduation. Sometimes this seems like forever. But this is how I have chosen to look at it: I am lucky enough to have a whole year left to learn from other students and Learning Leaders, cultivate relationships with guests and classmates, mentor new students, gain experience and make connections, give hugs, learn about myself, mistakes and turn them into discoveries,turn those discoveries into learning experiences, grow into the person I want to be, and set goals. I have the rest of my life to build my career, and I don’t want to rush through this experience. Things don’t happen overnight, and for me, a year seems like the perfect amount of time for all the seeds I’ve planted to grow into a full-blown garden.
Being a Paul Mitchell Future Professional has offered me (and I’ve gladly accepted) the confidence to do all I’ve dreamed of and the courage to set the goals I may not have thought possible in the past. At 450 hours, I have been asked to participate as a Phase Two prospect, to fill in as a substitute if needed, and to apply when I earn more hours. Once I reach 750 hours, I will apply to be a Core mentor. At only 450 hours, I have already attended an Armstrong McCall show, am a member of the JP Pet Club, have an application in for the Be Nice (Or Else!) Team, have built up a clientele, attended Caper, submitted my Beacon project and plan to attend as a winner, and have my sights on a property that one day I hope to be able to buy and turn into a successful Paul Mitchell Focus Salon. It is a beautiful Victorian in desperate need of repair and renovation, time, and love, but I believe in myself enough to believe that I can return it to its glory. After all, I was a beautiful girl in desperate need of repair, renovation, time, and love myself. I found this in Paul Mitchell, and this is one way for me to pay it forward and to maintain that culture long after I’ve graduated. I have been thinking a lot about becoming a Learning Leader, and maybe opening a school one day. Dream big, win big.
It’s not just cool to be a Paul Mitchell Future Professional. For me, it has been life altering in a profound way.