‘A Win Worth Celebrating'

Most of you have known that over the past 2 years I have been taking on big challenges in my career.  I wanted to challenge myself, reach new levels in the beauty industry, and accomplish goals that were set before my girls came along,.  I have had the opportunity to attend the Matrix academy in NYC twice, was able to accomplish the level of Color Master with Matrix, and received a Color Mastery Certification.  Then I attended my first Matrix Educator training event in Orlando, FL.  This event was full of imagination, and totally changed my outlook on why I choose this career path.  I realized how important it is to share my knowledge in the beauty industry with other stylists to elevate the level of our profession and pay it forward.  Then in Chicago I became the first American Board Certified Hair Colorists in York, PA.  These were all amazing opportunities to meet wonderful people who love hair, beauty, and helping others as much as I do.  These are the most recent special moments in my career since taking my cosmetology exams, receiving my barber licenses, and the state approval to open the doors to my own salon.  The most memorable was a recent trip to the mailbox.  There was an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment when I opened a License & Certification as a Barber Teacher in the state of Pennsylvania.  Even though this is not really an award I wanted to celebrate the win, pause and absorb the elated feeling, and thank so many who helped me get to this point . . .

Gina Stauffer, my barber mentor, gave me my very first job in a salon. Without it, I wouldn't of had the opportunity to work hard and prove my dedication to the industry.  I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to learn one on one from someone so talented.  She gave my the chance to offer her cliental my services when she retired and develop my own business.  Thank you for a wonderful place to begin my career and investing the time to share so much wonderful knowledge with me.  I promise to pay it forward.  

Tammy Malek, friend and fellow stylist, continually encouraged me, shared her knowledge, and has been my friend from the very beginning even though I was the baby in the salon.  She showed me how a mother could balance a daughter and hours in the salon.  Her level of professionalism made a lasting impression!

John Fagar, teaching mentor , from the very first day took me under his wing and inspired me to grow more, enjoy learning, share all I have with others, and reach higher in the industry.  He is the most positive person I know, loves art and beauty, and shares with all everything he has to give.  Without the guided support, I wouldn't have had the confidence to facilitate.  Many, many thanks.   

The Team of Matrix Educators, Directors, and Artists are an unbelievable family who have shown more love than imaginable.  Thank you for the knowledge, love, and support to continue growing.  I am extremely proud to be a part of this team!

My Clients who have supported me over the last 18 years.  You have allowed me to share in many special moments in your lives and became your friend.  Thank you for your continued patronage and friendship.  Without all of you, I'd be nowhere.  I am forever grateful for each and everyone of you:)

Idora Eisenhart & Christina Thompson, my aunts, who have shared their love for beautiful interiors and design.  I am so grateful for a family with so many special talents that shared all that they know with their oldest niece.  Aunt Dora took me to my first hair show, showed me how much fun a salon was, and inspired me to be an independent salon owner.  Aunt Tina taught me how to sew, paint, wallpaper, design to scale, and make inexpensive items look fabulous.  There is amazing talent in the generation before me:) 

Dorothy Daneker, my grandmother, teaches me new things all the time, even though she is no longer with us.  As I am getting older I have begun to understand so many things she shared with me.  She gave me more salon material then anyone else.  Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of something she taught me.  I am forever grateful for the priceless gifts she shared.

Kathie Wiley, my grandma, helped with Lilly and Violet from infants until elementary school.  Without her help I would have never been able to work from home and be a stay at home mother.  She helped with all the bottles, diapers, naps, tears, and stories:)  Lilly and Violet would not be the same children without her care. 

Chad Carrozza, the best brother-in-law in the world, never says no when I need the girls watched on a friday night or saturday, even though he has three or four of his own at home to take care of.  I trust him with my girls more than anyone and appreciate all he does to help our family. 

Jamie Carrozza, my amazing sister, who watches the girls, picks them up from school, takes them to the doctors for me, when I have a client, cares for them as her own while I have traveled for education, cleaned my house and salon countless times, folds laundry to help me get caught up, matches baskets of socks because I'd rather buy new ones than attack that task, brings us dinner because I don't have time to cook (or don't feel like it), listen to me complain, organizes my bookwork, develops business plans and marketing tips, and helped me elevate my level of professionalism.  Most of all whenever I'm not feeling my best, I feel like I can't make someone happy or don't do a good enough job, she reminds me how amazing I am.  She always has my back even when she knows her way is better:)  I love you and could never made it to this point without you!

Darlene Wiley, my loving mother, has showed me exactly what hard work can accomplish.  She continues to love and support me unconditionally in all the life decisions I make.  Helps me up when I fall, protects me, reminds me of all the things no one else wants to.  She has spent her entire life working to give it all to the ones she loves and taught me it doesn't matter how much money you make as long as you are doing what you love and surrounded by the ones you love.  And that when you finally make it, share it, spend it, and enjoy it with your family.  

Craig Wiley, my meticulous father, who I inherited my attention to detail, perfectionism, precision, and and meticulousness from.  I learned how to make an honest income, manage my finances, and have a strong work ethic all by his example.  Without my dad's guidance, I don’t think I would have ended up in this industry.  He taught me how to turn one penny into two, make wise investments, that there is no such thing as a sick day, and how to properly maintain equipment and property.  And inadvertently taught me about the person I wanted to be.      

Lillian & Violet McCullough, my two beautiful baby girls, everything past, present, and future has been done for you.  Every decision in my career has made me their mother.  Their love and is the motivation I use to do a little bit more even when I don’t think I can.  I hope that my example will inspire both to accomplish so much more and I promise I will be there every step of the way! 

Isaac McCullough, my husband, there are no words to thank him for everything he does for our family.  It might be my name on the licenses and certificates, but we have done it together every step of the way.  This win is for my best friend, my rock, and my biggest supporter.  Without the opportunity to be a wife and mother, none of this would be worth it:)  His unconditional love and support has given me the wings to fly. Who would have thought?

xoxo, Brandy

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