Graduation Day Is Tomorrow!

Editor’s note: Nikki sent this blog in on January 4 and I was out of town and didn’t get to post it until today. She’s graduating tomorrow from school! We wish her luck.)
Here it is…almost the end...I have a TERRIBLE cold, I feel horrible, and I am completely run down! (I’m writing this at 10:30 p.m.) But I am determined to finish on time! The 600 hours just sneaks up on you!
I just finished a 12-hour day at school. I suppose it’s not too bad right? Preparing me for the “real world”. Ha ha. I am not planning on 12 hour days when I finish school. I went into this industry so I could have flexibility and I know I will make my own hours, so 12 hour days will not be my normal. I want to see my family. Today I left the house before my little one was awake and I got home after she was in bed. At this time I have to get through the hours to graduate, but I will not be away from my family like this every day. (Only some days when I am slammed with clients... J)
I am super excited to finish. I have 45 ½ more hours to go. My graduation is January 10, 2013! 
My teacher Ms. Ortega has really helped me and supported me. She is a great encouragement and has allowed me to be creative and free with my work. I know she has helped me grow as a professional.
I have kept myself busy along the way. I have gotten frustrated, but I have found ways to get through it. I have done holiday nails until I don’t want to see any more glitter, red, or green for a while. I have been keeping a steady stream of regular clients and I am feeling very confident in my work. I still want to pick up speed, but my work is looking good and my nails are staying on for 3 to 4 weeks in between fills. 
I have included some pictures of recent work I have done. Some are full sets and some are backfills. 
I will keep you posted as I get closer and closer.....
Thanks again for the continued support!
— Nikki

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