Profiles

Our Better Half

NAILS is in the Valentine’s spirit, and so are many of our readers. As an ode to
all of the significant others out there — who help with housework and, importantly in the beauty profession, cope with crazy night and weekend schedules — here are some beauty professionals and their loved ones who make it all work.

Couple 5: Amy Cerioni, nail tech (at Aqua Essentials Day Spa & Salon in Madera, Calif.) and Ryan Cerioni, controller for a builder/developer

“He is my biggest fan. He has a stack of my cards in his truck and hands them out to everyone...even in the drive-thru!”
<p>&ldquo;He is my biggest fan. He has a stack of my cards in his truck and hands them out to everyone...even in the drive-thru!&rdquo;</p>

Together: 8.5 years. Met: Via working for different companies in the same building.

Amy, on working as a team: We run a tight ship at our house. I will do a load of laundry in the morning while I am getting ready for work and Ryan puts it away. If I am going to be late he will start preparing dinner. Since I work six days a week, I try to set aside time to tidy up the house.

While I was going to beauty school, I was also working a full time job Monday through Friday. I would get off work at 5 p.m., then race to school 30 miles away, finally getting home after 10 p.m. I did this for four months. During that time I hardly saw our two children. He was Mr. Mom while I was in school, and I could not have done it without him.

Amy, on communicating with Ryan while at work: We text a few times a day. The building he works in is down the street from the salon so he will walk over almost every day to give me a kiss and bring me lunch. He gets to meet my clients and they tell me how lucky I am to have a man like him.

Ryan, on working as a team: We share responsibilities around the house. We pick up the slack for each other. I help take care of the family finances as well as her business finances.

Ryan, on the “secret” to a successful relationship: We have date night once a week. We also try to have lunch once a week to touch base with each other and see how our day is going. It’s important to our relationship to be able to walk away from day-to-day stress and spend quality time with each other.

Next page: Couple 6

Keywords:   Valentine's Day nail art     work life balance  

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