Remember when you’re 18 and think you’ve got it all figured out?
I remember when I first graduated high school, I was going to go work for a big oil and gas company with my training from SAIT, travel the world, buy a house, and live happily ever after.
Was I ever wrong.
From a young age I fell in love with anything that had to do with beauty. From makeup, hair, nails and everything in between.
But how could I make that into a career?
My whole life my family had pushed me in the direction of getting a degree, get a job at an office of some sort, and settle down. For those of you who know me, you know I did the complete opposite of that.
In 2012, I came to Delmar and met with Linda to talk about my options in esthetics and fell in love. Don’t get me wrong, there were moments I wanted to give up and quit. But I’m glad I didn’t, it was the start of something beautiful.
In four short years I’ve gone from being a student to an instructor here at Delmar.
Now, it wasn’t all butterflies and rainbows. It was a lot of hard work, extra hours, and occasionally tears, but it all paid off. Weeks after graduating, I started at a beautiful spa and I learned probably one of the best life lessons:
“It’s not going to be perfect, or easy, or fun when you start out, but if you’re truly passionate about something and have a positive attitude, it will be worth it.” And it all sort of clicked for me. Now, I only stayed at the spa for quick 9 months before I decided to go traveling but it was all part of my evolution.
June 2014, I apply at M.A.C. and for the first time in my life, I felt like I had tapped into a hidden talent that I had been looking for all my life. The power of makeup is truly incredible, and its amazing how a simple application of blush and a lil’ mascara can turn someones day around. Again, when i first started, I would think to myself “I suck.” Sad, but true. Doing makeup on your own face is a whole lot easier than applying to someone else. I would spend hours upon hours practicing different techniques and trying every product I’d came across. Fast forward 6 months, I’m feeling 100% confident in my skill to start my freelance business.
May 2015, I get a very unexpected phone call from an old instructor, asking for me to come in for a meeting to discuss a potential job. And the rest, is history.
I always used to say I was lucky, or so fortunate to be where I am now, until a good friend of mine stopped me mid sentence, and looked me dead in the eye and told me “No, you are not lucky or fortunate, you’ve worked very hard to be where you are now. Stop brushing it off”. There was my next “Ah ha” moment in my evolution.
See, I always thought people who had the better job, more money, or more clients were just lucky. I was wrong. It’s so easy to just make excuses for yourself, put the blame on others, when really you are what’s holding yourself back. I admit, I am incredibly lucky and fortunate to have the support system I have and they are what keep me going.
So what’s next? Let me tell you. Lashes. After popular demand, Audrey and myself will be teaching Babe lash extensions starting in March. Another door opened simply by my decision in following my passions and a simple met and greet back in 2012. Anything is possible, if you’re willing to work for it.
You can find Rahel on Instagram @beautyby_ray or on her soon-to-be website: http://www.beautybyray.ca (still under contruction).
no gimmicks. just great education