When I graduated High School in 2008 I was sure that becoming a teacher was exactly what I wanted to do. My grandma was a teacher and I wanted to be just like her. In my whole life I always strive to be just like someone. In middle school I wanted to play trumpet because that’s what my cousin played. In high school I was very involved in music and gave up learning spanish because I felt like music would take me farther, because that’s what I was told.
After I started my freshman year at Kirkwood Community College, studying elementary education, I realized this wasn’t for me. I hated school. I didn’t like my college teachers. I was living with my Dad at the time and things weren’t going so well anyways. So at this point a friend had told me to check out Rosedale Bible College. They had a 6 week term they call their “J” term. They suggested I go there, get away for a while. Figure out what I wanted. So I went.
I ended up staying at Rosedale for “J” term and the spring semester. This was probably one of the big “milestones” in my life. Rosedale allowed me to figure out who I was. I didn’t really know anyone, which forced me to make friends and find out where I was in my life. I had to fully rely on God at this point. I was living 8 hours away from my parents, no job, no friends. The schooling was hard. Harder than I had ever been pushed to do. And I was not there for the schooling at all. I was really only at this school to figure out my life. I’ll be honest I don’t think I really did find out who I wanted to be but I do believe that that school shaped me to where I am today.
So, I left after graduation at Rosedale. I came home and moved in with my mom. My mom said as long as I wasn’t going to school I had to work and pay rent. YEP!! I payed rent to my mom. I worked at the local diner in town but hated it. I knew this wasn’t what I was going to do forever. So I found a job at the Iowa Mennonite School as a custodian. This job was something to give me more time to decide what I wanted to do. I was also engaged at this time so I needed a job to build up some money. Working at the school allowed me move out and live on my own. They had a house for staff on campus so I could walk to work every day! After working there for a year I, I was married and needed a job that I enjoyed.
I had a friend at that time who was working in Iowa City at a day hab. facility for mentally handicapped people and she said I should apply. So I did. I got the job and started in June right after I got back from my honeymoon. I loved this job. I got to color, swim, and have fun during the day. I fell in love with the individuals there.
After working there two years Craig and I decided one of us needed to go to school and figure out what we were going to do with our lives. I was becoming mentally drained with my job and Craig was having a hard time getting payed full time pay. During this time I was also pregnant and knew we needed a change. Little did we know God was steering our pot and we were in for a huge change.
I decided I was going to go to cosmetology school. This career would allow me to be flexible with my kids schedule. I could have an easier time getting off work if needed. If was a job my parents always told me I would never enjoy. But after lots of prayer I did it.
I attended La James International College. I chose La James because they offered an online program where all your book work was done online. So I only had to go into school 3 days a week. So that meant I only had to have a sitter for 1 day! I fell in love with the work!
I’ve always loved doing hair and make-up. Nails eventually became my “specialty.” I loved the freedom and creativity I was given. It’s really actually hard for me to explain why I love my job so much.
As I got closer to my graduation of school, which only took me 12 months, I started thinking about my business and the name. Silly as it sounds I went to Yahoo to figure it out. I asked yahoo and someone popped up with the business name BIABO. It stood for Beauty Inside and Beauty Outside. I knew immediately that was it. My whole purpose and mission I felt, was and is to help people feel good about themselves inside and out.
So I graduated!!! YAY!!
I started my business in rural town Iowa. Population 1500. Low income families. It’s been tough but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve met so many people and they have changed my life in so many ways. After I worked there for about a year I was offered a job to “run” my own salon just up the street from where I was working. I thought this was a better opportunity for myself and my business. Let’s just say it wasn’t a bad decision but it wasn’t a good one either. My business didn’t grow as much as I had hoped. Long story short, I now work from home.
As I look at the last 4 years and where I was and where I have come. I see God’s plan and his full intentions. I would never have imagined myself being a stay at home/working mom. I had always wanted to end at the point but never thought it’d be so soon. Being a SAHM and working is way harder than any other job in this world. I cry way more now than when I worked a real job. I’m emotionally drained but also on the other end I’m so happy with where I am. I wouldn’t trade this time with my kids and being able to watch them grow and teach them things. I love being a mom!! God has blessed me with two beautiful children that I am able to raise to be amazing people. Yes I love working with people also and doing hair, nails or any other salon treatment someone would like. I love doing it. But being a mom has been the most fulfilling job of my life.
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Have a fabulous weekend! ~Asenath XoXoX…