Welcome! I’m Teresa. I’ve always preferred to get to know a little about people before I even consider trusting them, so here I’d like to give you that same opportunity to know who I am and what my background is.
I was pretty much raised on a horse’s back and loved every minute. I still have horses today and can’t seem to be without them. Horse blood runs through my veins! I loved sports as a kid. I played basketball and volleyball and have been accused of being too competitive. I still love a good game!
I grew up with my mom and dad, 2 older brothers and a twin sister. I had an especially good relationship with my dad to which I’m grateful. We spent every Wednesday and Sunday team roping with him as well as many rodeos and jackpots. My sister and I were my dad’s headers for a very long time so we got to also have a lot of influence from other great men.
I love cars! Yes, I know that’s odd for a girl, but I just can’t help myself! I have always been a bit of a fast car fanatic, so I admit I was a bit of a wild adrenaline junky in high school and into my early 20’s. Even as I’ve gotten older, I still drive a fast car. 🙂
I am a mom of 2 beautiful teenage girls. I am divorced from their dad and unfortunately have great wisdom about nightmare men which I so freely pass on to you!
I became a Christian in 2003 and give God all the credit for who I am today. If you are spiritually unresolved, I hope you find this to be a safe place to ask questions. It took me a long time to see God for who He really is because of self-righteous ‘religious’ people. I don’t want to be that person….ever!
The last thing our world needs is another hypocritical, judgmental Christian. Yes, I screw up all the time. Period. I do, however, really try to be a real person with real problems just like you. I hope you never, ever feel like we are on an uneven playing field. We’re just here doing life together.
I am a CrossFit junky, so you will often find me at a CrossFit gym. I have a black belt in a mixed martial art. My day job is, of course, is as a hairstylist. I have been doing hair longer than I have not been doing hair! I’m getting old!:) I still love horses and can never spend enough time with a particular one I love very much.
I fell in love with teenagers long before I had my own as a busy hairstylist. A fair amount of my clients were teenagers and young women and, wow, did we have fun together! I started doing hair when I was just 18, so we pretty much grew up together back in those days before the age gap started setting in! 🙂 We lived life together sharing our successes and excitements, mistakes and heartaches along the way so we grew as close as family.
I’m a naturally very curious person so I asked a lot of questions and spent a lot of time observing the decisions and ramifications of those decision with my clients, many of whom stayed with me for over a decade. Watching how things worked out in all of their lives is really what gave me insight into seeing the patterns emerge, the why behind the decisions, the perspective many of us miss and the layers of pain we may not understand in a person’s life that lead down particular paths.
I loved my career and still do, but I was not prepared for how hard it is. It is hard to see people you care about fall apart, to make disastrous decisions, to be the on the receiving end of another’s disastrous decisions, to choose to be with people who are not good for them simply because they didn’t know any better.
I did all these things too. I walk with a limp just like many of you. I learned from mine. I learned from the limp many of my clients now walk with. They shared the good, the bad, and the ugly…mostly the ugly. Now I see much more clearly!
My LOVE for these kids is what inspired me to try to help them see what many of us didn’t way back in the day. With some insight from friends I decided to shift my focus from them to you as parents and influencers of teenagers. The reason is simply the ripple effect you can have in the life of your child is massive where my ripple effect in your child’s life would be much smaller.
I also know parenting is hard work. I have two of my own and I am a single, working parent. I walk in these trenches with you and have great empathy for you and the difficulties you may be facing. If I can help you see life from their perspective and you have the courage to make some changes we can impact an entire generation together. Now THAT is worth doing!
In addition to being a cosmetologist, I have a nutrition education from Cornell University that is centered around disease. On occasion I will use some of my knowledge to offer help to you. I have struggled with my health due to many factors, one of them being Celiac Disease. I have a vast array of knowledge that may give you help in areas you didn’t know you needed! 🙂
The way our kids take care of themselves…or don’t take care of themselves can greatly effect their mood. Who wants moody people in their house? Not me! They have enough problems with a brain under massive construction and out of control hormones! They don’t need anymore things working against them! LOL 🙂
I also majored in Finance is college, but as much as I love it, I will leave that advice to people far more qualified than me! I may give you some resources to look into, but that’s about it! 🙂
I hope that helps you get to know me a little better. Welcome and ask whatever questions you’d like on this super fun interactive blog! 🙂
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