Hi there! My name is Callie brown and I am a stylist at Design one salon and spa in the heart of Midlothian, Virginia. I began doing hair in 2013. I trained under a master stylist first and have been behind the chair now for a total of about 3 years. I love what I do so that, in itself is a blessing.
When I was a little girl I would travel with my dad from salon to salon meeting these amazing, successful women who did hair for a living. My dad was a beauty distributor and was very successful in his career. He was so passionate about the business. His passion made my eyes light up and I knew from the age of 8 years old what I wanted to do with my life. I knew it was going to take hard work and determination to get me to the place I wanted to be. As I was traveling with my dad I saw so much diversity with stylists. I saw some that struggled to make a living, some that supported a family of four behind the chair, and I wanted to be able to do whatever I wanted and still live my dream. As I began doing hair I met so many amazing people and some that helped me find God. I always had God in my life but never had the relationship I have today.
One day I was at work and I had an old friend from high school sit in my chair. It was like a high school reunion seeing her. She came in for a haircut and as I started doing her hair I could feel that she was lost. I adored this young woman from the day I met her. She was always smiling, super positive, and God was the center of her life. Unfortunately she took her own life 20 days after I did her hair. I was devastated and it took me to a very dark area in my life. I realized then that there was only one way out for me. I prayed like never before and one night my life changed. I cried out to God asking “why would you take her away from this world, but not take me?” She was so full of life and had so much more to give this world. Why?” To be honest, I was so angry with God during this time. The night after I was weeping and asked God for a sign. To some, the next thing I’m about to say will sound crazy, but this was the night my life changed because for the first time I felt the power of God. I felt his love and grace and that’s something I will never forget. After I asked for a sign I wiped my tears and turned on the radio and it was Delilah and she said these words: “God loves you, he is always working for you and manifesting. He is always trying to find ways to communicate to you whether it’s thru a grocery store clerk or the radio talk show host.”
Writing this today still gives me goosebumps all over. After I heard that I weeped again and knew my destiny that moment. During a dark time I decided to find the light in the situation that seemed there was no way. I praised him for his glory and overwhelming grace he placed on my life.
I am blessed behind the chair for so many reasons but the main reason is because I’m here today. I’m alive and well and God is beside me, and guiding me towards greatness every day. I am honored to be living my 8-year-old dream and able to support myself. Not only have I found God but I have literally been living a dream for the last 5 months. I am living on my own and I took a leap of faith right when I found God, and he has blessed me with more than I would’ve ever imagined.
I am so blessed and thankful for the relationship I have with God and how he has used me for his goodness. Thank you for taking the time to read what being “Blessed behind the chair” means to me!
What has blessed you behind the chair?
Xoxo Callie <3