I toured the Aveda Institute in Nashville today. Making plans for the future sometimes starts with teeny tiny baby steps. I’ve been thinking about attending cosmetology school since I moved to Tennessee, but hadn’t put anything into motion.
Earlier this week, on a whim, I decided to look at the Aveda Institute website. Browsing around, I put in a request for more information. Then they contacted me about a tour. And I thought, “What could it hurt?” So here I am. The tour’s done. And I have a million decisions to make.
Do I go to the school? Will I need to move to Nashville for the next year to save money by not having to commute an hour twice a day? Or should I find somewhere halfway between? Can I get enough financial aid to make it possible for me to attend school? Will I need to find a different job? There are so many things I have to think about now!!
And it all started with such a small decision: let’s look at Aveda. I’ve already submitted an updated FAFSA application. Probably won’t know the results from that for a week or so. Between now and then I have to research apartments, housing in general, estimate gas/car usage costs, talk with my sister about her future plans, and really just decide if this is what I actually, truly want to do.
Aveda has a high standard. If I am going to be a cosmetologist, I’m going to be the best darn cosmetologist you’ve ever seen. It’s either all the way or nothing. Mediocrity is a word I am attempting to eliminate from my life vocabulary. It’s a work in progress. . .
I’m excited for the future. Isn’t that crazy?!?!? I haven’t been this contented with living life in years. I am actually glad to get up in the morning, go to work, interact with people, and generally just live. I’m making plans! It’s utterly brilliant.
It’s still crazy and stressful and overwhelming but I am finding that I’m not so crippled by the difficulties presented these days. I can think much more logically and usually remind myself that the dark moments are just that: moments. Here and gone. Something else is just around the corner.
It’s been thunderstorming all day. But it has calmed and there is a gorgeous rainbow peeking at me through the window. I’m going to get a closer look.