We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jennifer, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking was something that I usually stayed clear from when I was younger. I always played it safe and worked jobs that were seen as responsible and steady. I always had a great interest in art, beauty and health but never saw it as a tangible career. My goal was to always be self efficient and I thought I could only do that with traditional careers. I worked hard and wanted to be the best possible as well as dependable but I saw a different perspective of life as I got older. My values never changed but my perception of value did. What I valued changed. Living a life on my terms and actually living life. Not letting it just go on day by day. Straight after college I pursued a career in education. I taught in elementary school then moved on to College Admissions. 10 years later I found myself moving up the ladder as an Admissions Director. I gave my all, I had no boundaries and worked all hours of the day till night because I had started so young I thought that’s what I had to do. I was on call and felt like I was on a constant course of hitting budget goals daily, weekly to monthly. It consumed me. My family suffered as well as my relationships around me. I was consumed in a job that left me feeling stressed and unhappy. The environment became so drowning that I had no choice but to make a change. So, I took a risk, I left the career that most would strive to have. I left a steady pay check to take a bet on myself. I told myself, if I am capable of running a school and making them very rich who’s not to say I cannot make my own happiness and take a chance on myself. Luckily, with the support of my husband he never doubted me. Or at least he never told me or made me feel any less capable. I told myself and my family that I am willing to risk it for a better quality of life. I knew I would never let my family drown. During my re awakening I had to really think hard at what direction I wanted to go in. All I knew was that I wanted to have the flexibility to be there for my two daughter’s, Mia and Ava. At the time Mia was only about 5 years old and Ava was 2. My mom suggested I go to school for Esthetics. To be able to make my own schedule and never miss another important moment again. I enrolled back in school and never looked back. I became a Licensed Esthetician and created Slay Babe Beauty.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a Licensed Esthetician that specializes in Eye lash extensions, Facials and Waxing. My priority is my clients health , safety and looking their best. I love boosting a persons confidence as well as taking care of there overall well being. What sets me apart I would say would be my patience , attention to detail and making sure my clients feel like they are number one. Communication is so important. Understanding there goals for there service and doing my best to get them there as well as provide them with an understanding of what is best for them. What having a business means to me is having quality and longevity. I would put myself in the clients shoes and ask myself if this is the experience that I would look for. Having a background in education and Admissions has taught me a lot actually. Regardless of the redirection I believe that we should always learn from our past and take the good and learn what serves us and what does not. I  provide quality but besides that its an experience. I can’t forget that I am in the business or beauty and wellness. I want to make sure that each person I help leaves feeling great. Whether they had there lashes done and feel beautiful, to getting a facial and seeing how refreshed and glowing they look naturally, it brings me joy. Sometimes the simplest things like a brow wax can make a persons day. I am here for it. I love making people feel beautiful. I create client experiences and even friendships. I have been blessed to have had many clients for years during my whole journey.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I were to have a friend staying with me, I would probably start off by taking them to dinner here locally in Whittier to my favorite Sushi spot E Sushi. Everything is always so fresh and flavorful. For some drinks and some brick oven pizza we could go to Whittier Brewing Company. For a great cute brunch Aunties Bakery and Cafe. They offer outdoor patio style dining. There is also the Greenleaf Promenade which has tons of restaurants and bar options as well as cute shops. What I love about Whittier is that it is very community based. It is a city full of entrepreneurs and small business. It is a city that definitely takes pride in its community.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There were many people on the process of growing into my career were my mother Josie, husband Jose and my mother in law Alicia.  My mom has always been such a strong factor of love and encouragement in my life. She always made me feel capable of doing anything. She always told me that I had an artistic eye with much patience. She was the one who suggested I became an Esthetician. She said that I was good at making people feel and look beautiful.

My husband never flinched, he supported and continues to support me. He knows that it takes money to make money. He held it down while I was getting on my feet. He believed in me so much. Even if there were times that I was scared I knew I had to push through. I strived to make my husband and kids proud and to balance life and work for the first time. They family let me practice all and new treatments on them first. My mom was the first person I ever did a full set of eyelashes on. And always let me practice on her with no hesitation.  She was my best client during my process of growing a business.

My mother in law Alicia was also a huge factor in me being able to go to go back to school. Going back to school as an adult with two kids was difficult. I was working in the day and going to school in the evening. My husband was working days and I needed help with my girls. I remember asking her if it was to much for her and I would wait and she told me to go for it. She said that it would go by fast and that this was the best thing for my family. For about 1 year she helped me 5 days a week. I would drop them off before I would go to school and she always made sure my girls were well taken care of. My husband would pick them up after work and my girls were always happy and loved with there grandparents. I am forever appreciative of them. It really does take a village to raise a family but with all the challenges we endured we are all happier and stronger.

Website: www.slaybabebeauty.com

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