I THINK YOU ALL HEAR ME YELLING WHEN I TYPE IN CAPS AND USE EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!! And my smiley faces, are my go-to. The “XO, AJ” at the end of a blog post, my signature. BUT (see there I go again with the caps..) some seem to think Your Stylist AJ needs a YouTube channel with tutorials and ideas.
Let me know your thoughts on the facebook page!
Starting a blog is a vulnerable and comforting experience. I’ve learned so much about myself through this so far short journey sharing my passions and trade with the world wide web. I’ve gathered ample amounts of feedback, questions, requests and fans, and with that, am ready to address everything in one post.
“You’re SO lucky you live in Chicago.”
OKAY COMON. I know you know better. It’s not luck. I didn’t WIN my life here in the windy city. I worked my booty off. I moved to Denver, back to Michigan, to Atlanta, back to Michigan, then Chicago. I moved to Chicago with $500, and no job. I lived in an apartment: 4 girls, no a/c, one bathroom. I took a bus to a train to work in what felt like the burbs. I gave away hundreds of free haircuts to get anyone I met in my chair. NOW, I’m obsessed with Chicago, I’m booked with weddings through the end of the year, am the color educator at Thomas West Salon, and you’re reading my blog, all in less than three years. Mission accomplished.
Everyone seems to be confused as to why I’m doing this. Why I’ve taken on yet aNOTHER responsibility. Those who know me well weren’t surprised, yet weren’t encouraging. They know I, for some reason, kinda enjoyyy being stressed, having tons on my plate and feeling busy. To clarify: Yes. I do enjoy having more to do than I have time for, hence my shopping problem, due to never having clean clothes. The beauty of my lifestyle, is that there’s zero room for boredom, and little room for failure. I make it my mission to get what I want. So for those confused still as to why I’ve taken on creating a website and blogging often, it’s to take on more. To establish a relationship with my clients outside of the salon, to grow my connections nation wide, to prepare a following for when I open a Chicago boutique, to have something for ME. I make men and women feel beautiful every day. It’s instant gratification at it’s finest. But what’s left, is a temporary warm fuzzy feeling, and split ends dusting the floor around my chair. When I come home, I’m inspired by the career I’ve chosen, but loneliness creeps and I miss my long distance boyfriend, when I have no one to tell about all the day I just lived. Blogging is an outlet, a hobby, sometimes yes- a chore, but mostly, it’s evidence. It’s proof of my realness.
ON MATERIALISM AND MARRAIGE:
I don’t feel materialistic at all. I am a positive inspired woman, looking to spread beauty on the inside AND out. My beauty and fashion aspects of this blog don’t take away from the core of who I am and what I live by. A huge part of my career involves weddings, therefore I blog about them often. This doesn’t mean I have wedding fever. My boyfriend is married to his career, and I’m the other woman. This is OKAY, because I’m married to my career. None of my actions have ever displayed the search of a husband, or wondering if I’ll have a family someday, or wanting the house with a yard, or thinking it’s necessary to have a great big diamond. I’m in love with love, I love my boyfriend and I love my career, one big happy family.
I’m overjoyed with the response I’ve received from this website. Please continue to use the contact tab to ask me anything, or request what you’d like more of. And as always, please remember Your Stylist AJ isn’t a secret! So please like and share the facebook page.
Make it a great week! :)