We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Finks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I grew up in a low-income household by my father who raised my brother and I by himself. Success was not something that was easily recognized by our family. At the age of 14, I became pregnant with my daughter. Life was no longer about me. I did not want to be a statistic destined to fail. Being a teenage mother fueled my desire to escape from the cycle of deprivation generations of my family had faced before me. It was a tangible motivation coupled with an innate entrepreneurial spirit that drove me to start my own company at the age of 22.
That was just the beginning of my career as a small business owner here in Fort Worth. From there, I continued my college education, eventually earning my masters in Nursing with a 4.0 GPA from UTA. Today, I am an Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner and owner of House of Beauty Fort Worth.
House of Beauty Fort Worth was established in 2015 with the intent to provide non-surgical aesthetic treatments with a natural-beauty driven focus. It is our own unique features in combination with inner beauty that truly make us beautiful. My mission is to empower women and men through my conservative aesthetic approach in advanced aesthetic techniques.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner, I feel very much like an artist where the syringes are my paints and the client’s face, my canvas. I learned early on of the societal pressures people face to meet a level of perfectionism that simply does not exist. I strive to instill confidence by highlighting the unique features individuals already have to define their beauty. Aging is a privilege that should not be covered up. With aesthetic treatments, clients should feel like the best versions of themselves possible at the age they are. I set myself apart by keeping them refreshed and never overdone or unnatural. I am committed to always learning the most up to date techniques in order to achieve this.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you’ve been around me long enough, you know I love my city. Fort Worth is known for its southern hospitality and always having something fun to do. One of my favorite spots to take guests to is Wishbone and Flynt in Southside. Chef Stefan Rishel outdid himself with his globally inspired menu, but what really sets this place apart from others is the adjoining speakeasy, The Amber Room.
For the evening, you can’t beat going to the Stockyards on the Northside of Fort Worth. Head up to the rooftop at Atico to enjoy cocktails while watching the sunset before heading out for a night of fun on Exchange Avenue.
Other staple places to visit while in Fort Worth are Rahr Brewery, Sidesaddle Saloon, The Botanical Gardens, Joe T. Garcia’s, The Water Gardens, and the Kimbell Art Museum.
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?
This person probably doesn’t know the impact she had on me, but she deserves credit and more. My elementary school nurse was an absolute angel and mentor in my life. When she learned of the hardships my brother and I faced at home, she immediately took us under her wings. She brought us to her home after school each year where I remember several meaningful talks of life and love. She spent time teaching us recipes and generally just made us feel like we had the family we were always searching for. Before every school year, she would organize a fundraiser to collect gently used clothing for us to wear, which was presented to us before the first day. Because of her, we never felt like we were left without anything. Her selflessness offered me hope in a difficult stage of life. I still think about her to this day and am reminded how impactful simple acts of kindness can be to others.
Photographer: Madeline Edwards; Eric Garcia