Week 26: Feeling Torn By My Encroaching Graduation

It can be difficult to juggle work (resturant serving), nail school, and being a wife and mother, but I try to do it with a smile on my face.
<p>It can be difficult to juggle work (resturant serving), nail school, and being a wife and mother, but I try to do it with a smile on my face.</p>

As I watch a lot of these girls clock out for the last time, I get a little emotional. I’m realizing that my time is coming soon. With only 110 hours left, I started to think about state board. At Euphoria Institute, we're allowed to take our state board, practical portion, at 500 hours (I'm only 10 hours shy of this). So when I got there on Monday evening I spoke to the person in charge of scheduling the state board practical and signed up for January 8! I think this is when it hit me, I’m literally almost finished. I have mixed emotions about that realization.

Here, I used magnetic polish by IBD.
<p>Here, I used magnetic polish by IBD.</p>

On one hand I’m like, “Yes! Thank you Jesus for getting me through this difficult journey!”

But on the other hand I’m like, “Oh no, what’s next?! I won’t see these girls that I’ve developed such great relationships with, I won’t be coming to the same school I’ve been coming to for the past 26 weeks. What am I going to do with myself?”

I’m not going to lie, it brings a bit of anxiety but I’m sort of ready for the next chapter of my life. I just don’t know exactly where it’s going but I guess the point is to enjoy the ride.

This has been a long journey but it’s almost over, but soon enough I won't have to be a food server by day and a nail tech student by night.

This exciting week started off with a sculpted full set of Christmas nails on a returning client. Previously I’ve given her a full set with tips. I had tried to convince her before to let me do sculpted but she declined. So when she came back this time with no nails on, I gave it another shot. I told her sculpted nails give more of a natural look that I thought she may like. She agreed to it, surprisingly also let me do whatever I wanted on her nails as long as we used her favorite pink colors. I say surprisingly because she is normally one of those clients that knows exactly what she wants. It’s nice to see that after a few visits with me, she now trust me to get creative on her nails! They came out just how she wanted and were so beautiful.

I gave my client a sculpted full set with mood changing polish by KiaraSky.
<p>I gave my client a sculpted full set with mood changing polish by KiaraSky.</p>

On Tuesday, I had a no show, but it was no problem. I grabbed one of my favorite cosmo students that I started school with. She has been following my work and has been dying for me to give her a set. Fortunately for her, we both had free time. One thing that I have to work on is being creative on the spot because when someone tells me to “do what  I want,” I never know what I want to do. So many ideas come to mind and I can’t make a decision. Thank goodness for my husband. He’s always giving ideas and when I can’t figure out what to do. I just hear him in the back of my mind and voila, there’s a masterpiece (or at least an attempt of one). I absolutely loved this set and so did she.

I loved this color Bubble Bath by OPI. Glitter is always a good idea!
<p>I loved this color Bubble Bath by OPI. Glitter is always a good idea!</p>

During the last day on the floor this week and I was super excited because one of my coworkers was coming in for a pedicure and a sculpted full set. It’s always awesome when a friend comes in, not only is it less stressful because I know them, but it feels good to have that moral support. It was awesome because during the services we got to catch up, she got to enjoy a wonderful foot rub, and after the services, I got to enjoy the appreciation in her face and her actions! Surround yourself with good people guys, and good things will come to you.

Feet aren't so bad!
<p>Feet aren't so bad!</p>

We ended the school with practicing for state board yet again. While it’s repetitive, it is very much needed. Especially since I’ll be taking it in less than a month. Stay strong my friends, stay focused and driven. We’re almost finished and all of this will be worth it!!

I'm practicing for the State Board.
<p>I'm practicing for the State Board.</p>

Until next time guys, keep SpreadJoLove and try to make this world a better place!

Jojo

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