I was born in England, but then when I was about 5 or 6 I moved to the north of Scotland. I spent about 10 or 11 years in Scotland. I actually spent three years in the Shetland Islands — Viking country. That was pretty miserable up there. There wasn’t a single tree on the whole island because it was so windy. Then I was back down in Scotland for a bit and when I was the equivalent of high school, I was 15, my parents moved to the south of England. By the time I finally got there I was on my 12th school.
Arriving in America
So then after that, work-wise, I was an accountant and then I was doing hair as well. When I was 28 years old I had my oldest kiddo and then when he was 2 years old we moved. Actually moved to Tucson, Arizona. I was there for three years and had two more kids. I couldn’t work, I didn’t have a work visa, which is really hard to get. While we were there we applied for a green card and it came in. I wasn’t really liking Tucson too much. So we moved here. We started off in Franktown. I was working a little bit part-time, and homeschooling the kids. Then unfortunately in 2006 got divorced. So, moved to Castle Rock.
Becoming the Brady Bunch
In 2006 I met my current husband and he had four kids and I had three so that makes seven. They always say you’re like the Brady Bunch plus one. So here we are then trying to run a household with nine people in it and I thought I’m going to see if we can open a hair salon. We did and that was in 2007.
The hair industry is difficult. You do it because you love it. It’s very difficult to make a living at it. We had people asking, ‘Are you ever going to think about doing nails,’ but we just didn’t have the space. I love to coach and I love to mentor. So I thought, if we could move into a bigger space, maybe we could think of having a cosmetology school. I’m working on the licensing for the school. And we’ll just be small. No more than 12 students. One thing I’ve learned over the years is it’s super hard to learn your trade without having a good coach.
For me, I create my own fulfillment, my own happiness. I’m the author of my own book. If didn’t like a particular chapter I write a new one.