Do you ever get unwelcome advice from folks you know? Like, when someone with no kids gives you parenting advice? Maybe it’s just me, but that kind of thing drives me crazy. I’m a mom with three kids and my youngest is just getting to school age. In a few short months the school year will start, and I will be free as a bird! Who am I kidding? When my littlest one goes off to school, it’ll be time for me to find a job. Great. And now my friends and family are starting to give me career advice. Even greater!
Options are like ears
People usually have two and they’ve got holes in them (What? Is that not the expression? I could have swore I read it on biscottisardi’s blog!) When I just started thinking about this, I did have more than two options, but I didn’t think I’d feel much freedom going with any of them. I could:
- Go back to my old job as an RPN at the psych hospital
- Go back to school
- Find a way to get people to pay me to write
- Become an entrepreneur and go into business for myself
All of those were either not lucrative, or just too much pain and suffering for my family. I’ll do anything, and I’ll work hard, but not at the cost of my family’s wellbeing. The last option, entrepreneurship, sounded the best to me.
Now, with a balanced lifestyle, and a successful diet (Keto and mindfulness), I feel like a dynamo who could really run with the right idea. Certainly, the ideas my friends were giving were….unwelcome. I don’t want to get into it. But, my cousin mentioned I should obtain the same credentials as her and get certified to do aesthetic medical procedures, often referred to as “filling” and Botox.
Botox training programs
Botox training programs were a novelty only a few years ago. It seemed like a realm reserved only for highly qualified plastic surgeons and the venal wealthy few who form their client base. Not so, said my cousin Courtney (“Court” for short) recently.
Court’s a nurse like me. And, she’s been a certified medical aesthetician for over a year. What she told me is there are training programs available in most areas to get a recognized, professional accreditation to do small medical aesthetic procedures. The most popular form of this service is doing Botox. Most training programs, like this one, promise to have you “job ready” in a few months. Court says her training program lasted one month.
When she told me what hers cost, I thought: “I can afford that!”
Ethics and aesthetics: only for the anti-ascetic?
Like all hobby writers, on a good day, I can turn a phrase (see that sweet subheading?) I also have some pretty strong beliefs on a whole spectrum of issues. “Strong belief” doesn’t necessarily mean “correct belief”. I’m an intellectually curious and honest individual who can change my beliefs according to new and valid evidence. I used to think things about folks who got “work done”, and they were not necessarily charitable thoughts.
I am a body positive feminist who believes that women are far too often negatively influenced by a culture bent too far by male expectations. Women have done extraordinary, and sometimes harmful things to their bodies because it’s what the culture seemed to expect. So, naturally, I think things like plastic surgery are a symptom of a problem, and not a solution.
Court changed my mind. Quite simply, she informed me that half of her clients are in her care to help resolve some non-oppression-related injury or problem. On top of that, she does a certain percentage of her work pro-bono in support for a local battered women’s center.
Going to Court
Now Court’s helped me choose the program that’s most reputable. It’s not necessarily the least expensive option, but, from what Court has shown me, it’ll be paying for itself soon after my littlest one receives her first report card. I plan to write back on Biscottisardi how things are going, and promise to include the good, bad and especially the ugly. If it doesn’t work out, there always my writing. Right?