multiple good things happened yesterday amidst the crazy in connecticut:
1. i discovered how much support i have in jessica – the director of the school. i have a student, n., who is a pretty gruff character. she’s had a tough life and you know it when you meet her. of course, she’s one of my dear ones. n. was incredibly nervous to cut hair and to leave the safety of ms. cheryl’s classroom for the salon floor. ms. cheryl, if i haven’t told you about her, is one of the best educators i’ve ever met. she, herself, has crawled out of an incredibly tough life to do what she calls her dream job. she loves these students fiercely and they love her. n. loved ms. cheryl and last week she came into my office, crying, not feeling like she had the confidence to do a short hair cut. i said, “i’ll be your model! chop off my mullet!” she said that would make her feel better and she went back confidently to the salon floor to let her instructor know that she’d found a model she was comfortable with in me. the instructor called me saying “she’s not ready to do your hair – she has other stuff to do”. I said okay, then checked back a couple days later to see if n. could cut my hair yet. the instructor said “you don’t want her to do that, her skills aren’t where they need to be”. of course, i protested and said “she’s a student! let her learn on me. i know it won’t be perfect but she’s got to learn somehow”. i was still met with resistance so i gave up. this was saturday. n. hasn’t been in school this entire week. no one could reach her. yesterday i rallied together ms. cheryl and jessica, told them what was going on. then, n. finally called me back. we talked for 25 minutes, i took a ton of notes, and due to the magic of coaching, she’ll be back in school on tuesday. after i sent the notes to jessica and ms. cheryl, jessica came into my office, high fived me, and told me what an incredible job i’d done. she sees the dysfunction on the salon floor and says she’s taking calculated steps to change things. that was a conversation i’d never had with her before and it gives me hope that real change may be coming for our students.
2. i’ve been hounding one of our retail guys about finishing up the ONE semester he has left until he gets his BA in business. he’s a sweet guy – spent 7 years in the army and was always told to get a business degree so that’s what he decided to do, but it’s not his passion. he told me that he intended to leave the BA (again, ONE semester before finishing) and start a BA in astronomy. needless to say i’ve been on his ass about it since he told me of his plans a few weeks ago. there have been several pro/con lists made under my watchful eye. yesterday he told me that he bought back his books and is going to finish his BA in business before deciding what his next step will be. bam. coaching, yo.
3. my student who brought her husband in to meet me told me on my way to the car last night that i am the only reason she’s made it this far in school.
4. s., one of my other dearest students, had her first walk in client yesterday. she did so well and was so proud of herself!
5. i was offered another consulting gig. this time with another former colleague from insidetrack who is in the proposal stages of a project with the north carolina community colleges. it would be a little less money, but not much. it feels pretty incredible to have options as i swing to my next branch in this career.
so, yes, good things happened yesterday, and i hugged meghan a little tighter when i got home.