So…. a year ago, I started a training programme with the Lisa Alger Academy (Queen of hair in Essex!) She has been such an inspiration to me since the day I met her, and she has always believed in me, even when I haven’t believed in myself.
When she suggested I entered The Kent Wedding Awards, my immediate reaction was ‘NO WAY! I am no where near ready for that!!’ But with a little encouragement (or push haha) from Lisa, I started preparing my entry.
I started gathering as many pictures of my work, testimonials from my brides I have worked with in 2019 and started working on the entry questions. The questions were the hardest bit for me, as I am the biggest self doubter you will probably ever meet.
So what did I do? I was just honest! I wrote down everything I went through with my brides, and how I want each and every bride I work with to feel on their wedding day….. Like a beautiful princess.
So after months of blood, sweat, and tears going into working on myself as a bridal hairstylist, and my brand, in October, I nervously sent off the Kent Wedding Awards entry.
I didn’t tell many people I had entered the awards, as I didn’t want to have to tell everyone I got nowhere (hello self-doubt!)
So I waited for judging day, hoping I’d get an email letting me know I had done ok, but not ever thinking I would receive one!
As a couple of days after judging days passed, I didn’t hear anything so started to realise I didn’t get anywhere! Told myself I wasn’t good enough, I told the few people I had told I’d entered the awards that I probably haven’t got through…..
16th October arrived, and I was putting my baby down for a nap, an email flashed up;
” CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE A FINALIST!!!!” I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing, I burst into tears and jumped in the air, waking the baby of course haha. I couldn’t believe I had actually gotten through to the finals in one of the biggest, and well-known competitions in the wedding industry!
This is by far the biggest achievement ever for me, and I honestly have worked so hard for it. It has taught me a huge lesson. Actually a couple…..
One – On the days you want to give up – DON’T!
Two – Believe in yourself!
Three – Hard work will always pay off eventually – just keep going!
I say this sitting here writing this just days away from the awards, happily accepting I won’t win as I am up against some amazing hair stylists.
Have I even prepared a winner’s speech?? Nope!
Should I ignore the self-doubt, and listen to everyone who is telling me I need to prepare something, and do one? ~ YES!
Whether I win or not at The Kent Wedding Awards in a couple of days, I am so pleased to have got this far on my very first competition I have entered as Ashleigh Bunting’s hair, and I am so proud of myself for what I have achieved.
Watch this space……