We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah k Levesque and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah k, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I don’t think I would have the career I have if it hadn’t been for taking risks.
I view taking risks more as taking a leap of faith, they are necessary to facilitate growth. I can look back at my career over the last 13years and every time I a grew or took a step up, its been the result of getting uncomfortable and making a decision that scared me just enough to lean in. To be clear, I don’t think taking risks means being reckless- I think it is unwise to take risks that are not well thought out or planned. Especially when it comes to finances or leveraging personal relationships in an unhealthy or self serving way.
While I think fear can be deceiving I think it can also be a form of protection. We have a “gut” feeling for a reason, it keeps us safe but sometimes fear can keep us stuck… Stuck in a toxic work environment, stuck building someone else’s business instead of building your own business, etc.
No one is going to invest in you like you’ll invest in yourself, or care more about your goals than you do. That can be really scary but it is the motivation we need sometimes! I started my business after a random opportunity doing makeup at the W hotel one night, I was terrified and had never really done an application that I charged for. It was uncomfortable but it lead to building confidence and the belief in my self that I could infact do it, I could figure this out pro MUA & stylist thing. It lead to working on friends weddings and to taking classes to learn and invest in myself.
13 years later I’ve managed salons, been a training stylist for an international company, worked with bridal teams and many brides, and just recently I decided to freelance full time! Right at the start of the pandemic, talk about timing, but I’m so happy that I took the risk, made the jump and get to do what I love because of it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I originally went to Cosmetology school because I didn’t want to go to college, I didn’t feel prepared, I was really burnt out on traditional education and studies and it seemed super overwhelming not really having a direct plan or path.
One of my friends recommended cosmetology school and my mom was really supportive, even telling me that I should do makeup, to which I responded “no, I don’t like to breath in peoples faces!”. looking back on that, the irony of everything is hilarious!
its taken a lot of trial and error, and just plain getting out there and doing the things that I wasn’t super excited about or very confident in, but its lead to so much peace of knowing I’m doing what Ii truly feel gifted!
I’m most proud of that, using my gift to love and serve others where I can! its really easy to look around and get lost in comparing where I’m at to where others my age are. its so Dangerous to any motivation, confidence and creativity we have, and its rampant in this age of social media.
You just have to push through all that and its really important to have a solid support system of people who are cheering you on, going through it with you, supporting you instead of competing with you. That has been paramount to my career and growth as an individual stylist+ Makeup artist. I think its so easy to forget that investing in yourself is necessary, I tend to put off classes for a later time or to look for something more affordable but every time I have bit the bullet and invested in my continuing education it has benefitted me in so many ways and help refine my skills and boost my confidence.
If there were any major lessons that I have learned over the years its been that you always going to have to work at something, there is no “easy way”.
Jennie Allen, a Christian author local to the Dallas area, once posted about work and it has always stuck with me since.
She said that “As a generation, we are desperate to find jobs we adore and are perfectly in our sweet spots. but its not a realistic view of work. so whether its mothering, medicine , CEO, sales teaching, ministry, writing or so on…. it is important that to remember toil in the work was a part of the curse and it is difficult and you do the things that you don’t like because it is right and obedient and holy.”
It has helped me to refocus and remember that good, fulfilling, impactful work is often hard and tiresome and not always fun. That’s just part of life!
Something that I hope sets me apart from others is that I’m honest and truly want the best for my clients. I want them to really benefit from my services, that they aren’t just throwing money in the trash, it truly doesn’t benefit me if they don’t like their services. I want to educate my clients and find a solution/ process that the enjoy and that works for them!
My faith and outlook on life I think sets me apart as well, I want to encourage people, be there to listen and hear my clients, celebrate with them on the peaks and hug them in the valleys.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I lOVE hot pot!!! My go to place is Yoshi Shabu Shabu, there are a couple locations in the DFW! I also super love Monta Ramen that is a tiny whole in the wall spot in Richardson but they are a must. I definitely recommend trying their Takoyaki!!
The great outdoors and firehouse subs are my go to sandwhich shops, Id hit up communion coffee in Richardson or filtered in mckinney! For a nice dinner Id say Harvest in mckinney for sure, and then head to the Celt afterward for drinks and live music!
For breakfast I’d say lets go to snooze for their eggs benny duo or a local fav Eggsuisite Cafe in Mckinney for waffles and crepes!?
For outdoor activities we could go to the Spring Creek Nature area for some walking and creek exploring, or we would take a little day trip up to Broken bow state park for some hiking, the friends trail is one of my favorites, and possibly go to Turner falls up that way and explore some hideout caves and swim in the falls!
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?
My family! My mom has always been super supportive and so have my siblings- from making sure i was fed, talking through life decisions to building my first website for me, their support has been unreal! My husband is amazing and always reminds me that I have options, even the ones I may not want but that are good. The real MVP is God though, I have freedom in my choices because he is the true provider, I know he’s going to provide exactly what I need and that gives me confidence to keep pushing forward.
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