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TESTAMENTS OF SHALZMAKEUPGEEK 9- DEFINING YOUR PASSION

DSC_1378Hi Prosper,  how was your week? My biggest struggle this week was beginning my fitness routine again, in fact , the word struggle doesn’t quite describe how tough it was for me. I only managed to crawl to the gym after I had reflected on previous health problems I faced that motivated me in the first place, and stared at old pictures of myself when my weight was just right. This self-struggle taught me a lesson about passion and motivation again to further buttress what I talked about in my last post. Did you miss that somehow? read it here

So have you suddenly discovered that you have a passion for makeup or anything at all? It certainly can be exciting to make such self-discovery, but it can also be confusing especially if you have a lot on your plate already as regards interests, career and even family. So what’s the next move? I’d say Define it!

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Yes, let me put it this way, a newly discovered passion is like a new relationship. Before you begin to create expectations from any relationship, you have the responsibility of first defining it. An undefined relationship is a disaster waiting to happen. I say this because it is possible to be passionate about a lot of things! In fact, an average entrepreneur is multi-passionate. (Of course that’s the entrepreneurial spirit at work) . By defining a passion, you determine what to do with it. I have to mention here, that not everything we’re passionate about is designed for us to commercialize. Ok…that sounded like a brain-twister, I’ll rephrase.

Suppose passion can be likened to physical money- not all the money we have is meant to be invested. (Don’t get me wrong, it’s very important to invest a good  bulk of your money, but you must also cater for yourself with some, so you can be alive and well to reap your investments when they are mature, and then apportion some to others ) Some of the passions we have are for us to turn into a source of income or livelihood, some are for personal fulfillment, recreation ,relaxation and expression, and some are for humanity to use as blessings to others. (A great biblical example is David( he was a shepherd boy – passion utilized as a source of livelihood , a musician-he utilized that passion for personal fulfillment, recreation, expression, and in my own words a security agent because we can recall a lot of instances where David fought to protect others at the detriment of his own safety – a passion utilized for humanity) . Did I deviate a little? But I’m certain you got my point. I saw this interesting post on a friend’s (STEPHANIE OBI) blog some time back about TY BELLO and I’m led to share it with you as it relates practically with what I’m talking about now . See TY BELLO AND HER MANY PASSIONS

Please I’d love to hear from you, your comments and questions reassure me that you’re here. Also if there’s something you need me to share about, please drop a message for me here too. be Prosperous, for surely you are!!

Love Always,

SHALZMAKEUPGEEK

 

 

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TESTAMENTS OF SHALZMAKEUPGEEK Part 6- How he took it.

Hey you Prosper! I’m happy to be alive today and share that life with awesome folks like you. How was your week? Mine was busy and filled with God’s favour.
 So straight to it from last week into some more personal stuff like i promised. How did The Husband take my decision to face Makeup as a business? I can’t begin this without mentioning the kind of person that dude is. Simply put, he likes Book! As in, He’s such an intellectual and a junkie for formal and informal education.
 Before we tied the knot, this my up-and-coming guy had already begun to save for an MBA for me or something of the sort that was going to cost over one million naira. He was willing to invest in me . When he told me about it, I was like…what the??? To say the least,He was shocked and disappointed at the same time at my lack of excitement at his revelation, afterall, he was going to be responsible for the fees. I surely seemed like a ‘serious-minded girl’ , so what serious-minded-21stcentury-ambituous girl wouldn’t be excited at such thoughtfulness? Me- Shalom!

In my head, I was like dude give me that money, Amma start up my beauty business and multiply it in no time. You’d be even prouder brother!  But I did not say any of that, i had that monologue just in my head. Instead of speaking it all up, I cowardly recoiled into a newly fabricated imaginary shell because I was afraid of being a disappointment to this awesome scholarly bobo God had gifted me with my makeup-artist ambition (I mean I didn’t know how lucrative the business could be, I didn’t know how much a good makeup artist could earn, I just loved the idea of expressing my artistic and creative inclination and being paid for it. ) Obviously He had thought too scholarly of me. Scholar dude thought he had found a fellow scholar and he would help me achieve more “schorlastical” milestones and we would have pretty scholar children and live scholarly ever after.(OK shoot me if I use that word one more time)


Basically I had to admit it, I was ashamed to admit to my boyfriend (at the time) that his ambitious girlfriend’s only ambition (at the time) was to become a makeup artist. I didn’t think it was such a hard thing to say but it was . I knew he has very lofty expectations of me and I didn’t want that to change yet, It would be scam to hide anything that sensitive from him till after we got married.
I wasn’t proud of my ambition because it didn’t look as promising as having an MBA  looked. I was wrong. I wasn’t supposed to feel that way!  Why did I? Summary is I hadn’t done my homework. If I had, I’d have been tall and proud.

 So back to the story, I told him. Yes, before we got married. He knew of my interest in makeup but was surprised that I was so keen on it that I considered it for business. He wasn’t disappointed (at least he didn’t express that…lol) But he criticised my idea, I would have been surprised if he didn’t. But he made it obvious he did so because he needed to be sure of what I wanted-basically. This made me go back to my drawing board and do some research (A wise man wants to know that his companion isn’t perpetually confused ladies, have a plan)

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We made a pact that if I was going to do anything, I had to be excellent at it and we were going to begin by finding the best school to have a good start. He promised to support me.  I didn’t need a prophet to tell me I had winner, a quality man. But beyond that, I had learnt something, for anyone to buy your idea, first buy it yourself with full payment. And so my journey as a makeup artist began!
 Be prosperous Prosper, it’s in your DNA.