“I am honored to share my story with you in hopes of obtaining a scholarship toward my esthetics education. I am a 37 year old single mom of two beautiful children. My daughter Haylee is 9, and my son Nolan is 5. They are my joy and strength. Three years ago I went through a very difficult divorce, and I got out of a mentally abusive relationship. Since then, I have been on a journey of self-discovery.
During this time, I have realized I entered back into a career in the insurance industry because it felt safe and secure in a season where everything was difficult. I found my days were just marks on a calendar, I felt no satisfaction or fulfillment in my work. What I did know, is that I wanted to touch lives. I wanted to give someone a sense of confidence, peace and empowerment in a world that can be very difficult to navigate. I also knew I loved the beauty industry, trying new products and putting my best face forward.
I went back and forth for many months before I took the plunge and applied at Penrose Academy. I was fearful of how I was going to make this work. Would I be able to make ends meet while committing to three full days in school? Would I have enough time for my kids while juggling school and work? Would I have the support of my family if I make the decision to give up a steady job? The excuses kept coming. Then one day I was struck with a sense of peace and discernment and I knew that only I could make myself happy. In order to make my dreams a reality, I had to take ownership, and I took a step out in faith.
I have enjoyed every day I am at Penrose, in fact most days I donâ€™t want to leave. I love working one on one with clients in the student spa and educating them on skin care. I also love encouraging my classmates as we learn our new skill. I am so excited for my new career and the amazing journey I am on. I want to make my children proud, and I want to be an example of how hard work and courage can make your dreams become a reality. God, my family and friends, and the community at Penrose are all on my side. I know I have what it takes to be successful in my new life!”