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Conversations with Alexandria Colston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandria Colston.

Hi Alexandria, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I always loved the idea of being my own boss growing up. When I started working, I went into healthcare, working with disabled children, adults and elderly adults. I Loved the profession, but I found myself always having a problem with how management operated. I would constantly try to do things a different way or find solutions to make the work environment better for employees and the people we were serving (totally not in my job description). And if you don’t know (which I didn’t) not all management is fond of their employee coming to them telling them they could do better (haha). I was working at a behavioral school in 2019 when I decided I Loved what I did but I also wanted to become my own boss. I took a lash course and planned to build clientele and my skills on weekends while I worked the 8-4p on weekdays. Not even two weeks after the lash course, I was terminated. During that time period, I was learning more about positive thinking so I took my last paycheck, stayed optimistic and started my lash business. The start-up of my business was better than I expected. Now, two years later I took two more jobs in healthcare, wanting to have a plan B for income when I finally understood that being my own boss and healing others brings me true fulfillment. Taking a risk but having all faith and knowing that I am on the right path.

SN: healthcare helped me a lot on my journey. I learned true empathy, patience, how to connect with many different types of people and most of all, it helped me come to the realization that healing is a gift and there are different ways to help heal yourself or another.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Becoming an entrepreneur when you’ve never been shown an example of someone who has traveled that road is not at all easy but rewarding in many areas nonetheless. I had to take a leap of faith and become fully committed to my business, wholeheartedly and with faith that things would/ will work in my favor even through adversity. At the start of my business I lacked the confidence and FAITH needed to take that risk, so I would continue working jobs I knew I wasn’t fulfilled in and putting my business to the side because of fear. My greatest takeaway from this road thus far has been: “Do it, and do it afraid.”

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a lash artist! I specialize in eyelash extensions. Enhancing beauty a set of eyes at a time. I also dabble in other creative endeavors, I love writing, modeling, and acting. I have a blog (lovelexc.com) and I enjoy creating poems. I’m most proud of myself right now for continuing on my career path even when the future of what’s in store next is unknown. I feel like what sets me apart from others is my authenticity.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
My advice to the beautiful Souls who are starting out would be to keep going. Keep posting, keep creating, keep working on your business or idea no matter what it looks like in the present moment. What you are doing now is setting you up for the success you desire in the future. How you think, how you feel, and whatever action you are putting in is paving the way for the next level.

Stay optimistic. Set your intention. (to inspire, to heal, to help…), Have faith. And truly KNOW you will get to where you want and need to be.

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Photo of self: @Vonnierasta -instagram

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