Hello Ms. Rene:
I am so inspired by your journey both professionally and personally. I am also a former broadcaster now embarking on a new venture and it has been an extremely rewarding experience. After 20 years in radio, I am now a hair stylist with my own mobile hair service (I do protective styling for women transitioning out of relaxed hair to natural www.crochetbraidsbytwana.com).
The most difficult part of my journey is the reaction from former colleagues and family members; someone actually told me that I wasn’t living up to my potential. They treat me as if I’m doing something illegal by doing hair! In one year, I have more than 100 clients, dozens who come to me on a monthly basis. I am able to earn a living while being home with my children (another thing causing debate) and I’m making money.
So how does one reinvent themselves without the support of friends and family? How am I to react when people keep asking me when I’m going to get a “real job”? And since when did having your own business become a negative thing? I am excited about my new purpose, but it’s daunting to have people look down on me in reaction to it.
Signed: Disappointed in Denver