Belive it or not, I had to google what an esthetician even was in 2016, and man, have we come a long way. After nearly eight years in the medical industry, I had fallen into the medical aesthetics industry. Tbh, I just wanted a part-time job and to be closer to home because I was tired of commuting on the bus and train for hours each day. I felt like I was missing out on life with my son and just life in general. This decision was pivotal even though I didn't know it yet. I credit my med-spa job for pushing me to become an esthetician. They invested a lot in me and even though it did not work out between us in the end, I still am thankful for them every day.
After the med-spa, I then found work in a prestigious plastic surgeon's office and I thought I had "made it". Well, that didn't last long because I was fired less than a year later. I was completely blindsided by this because I had been working so hard to prove I was worthy of being in this industry. After a couple meltdowns, my bff reminded me of who the f**k I am and told me to put my esthetics license to use. I had no idea what I was doing and I just knew that I needed something until I found another job. Thus began my several hours of YouTube university to learn some facial protocols and find out about what products were good to use, because again, I did not know what I was doing haha.
I'I will forever be grateful for my sister who let me share a studio with her to take my first couple clients. We were literally squished in there with two beds in a small ass room. Good times haha! From there, I began to grow my confidence and skills, which then led to renting my own space right next door to the original Michael Myers' house in South Pasadena, Ca. Talk about the perfect location, right? I worked in side of a popular art gallery (Sugarmynt Gallery) and launched what would become Skin by Winnie, and now, Winnie Skin Co.
So many locations, challenges, good and bad times, have led me here and I am so grateful for the journey. As I'm writing this in 2022, I reflect on how damn hard the last couple years have been, but am now coming to terms that it won't be hard forever. I am still more than capable of even moree success for myself, my business, and my family. So thank you for being here, and especially if you read all of this in its entirety.