We had the good fortune of connecting with Winter Wiggins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Winter, how do you think about risk?
Risk-taking is very important, but one of the hardest things a human being can do. A lot of us succumb to fear daily and we aren’t even aware of it. I remember when I had to take the risk of quitting my 9-5 to go all into my business and it was very hard for me to trust the unknown and that everything was just going to work out. Since I didn’t take the initiative and quit, God took over and I got fired. When I got fired it was at a rough time in my life and I didn’t know what else to trust. There were no other jobs I could apply to that interested me, and the little jobs I did find weren’t calling me back. God made me sit and wait and learn patience at that moment. Eventually, an abundance of clientele started coming to me, to the point I wasn’t even prepared for it. The point that I’m trying to make here is that you have to take risks to elevate. Succumbing to fear holds you back and keeps you stagnant. You Don’t have to listen to those thoughts that come into your mind when you’re trying to elevate, because your mind is just trying to keep you safe. Our mind works off of familiarity, which means “familiar reality”, and we want a new reality right? So when you start to take the risk it will never feel right because your mind and body are taking it as a threat, but that’s the hurdle you have to overcome to reach that next peak, and it takes a strong dedicated, knowledgeable person to do that.
  

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 y’all know, my main career is being a lash artist and that’s what I initially started entrepreneurship with. People think being a “lash artist” is just gluing some lashes on people’s eyes and that’s not the case at all. Your eye shape, face shape, eye color, and complexion all matter. You have to understand detail and be able to use different curls, lengths, and colors to be able to make a certain style from scratch. It’s a very tedious job, but gets easy over time. This all started back when I was 17. I was going through a very very rough time in my life and I felt like I hit rock bottom. Dealing with a toxic narcissistic situationship, toxic family, and deaths of close people all at once. It was very hard for me and some days I thought I wasn’t gonna make it. Some days I couldn’t eat, sleep, or even have the energy to take a shower until I realized what I was going through. I was having a spiritual awakening. My whole reality was breaking down right in front of me. I was chosen and the universe was putting me in a position to find myself and step into my divinity. At that moment a whole life-changing journey was happening for me. I started with just healing myself first, and then I started to look into what I wanted to do career-wise. one day I was sitting on the couch and a random thought of lashes just popped up in my head, and in that moment I knew that was the universe giving me clarity on what I needed to do. So I started to look into it, brought a kit off Amazon, and I sucked so bad, I could barely get one lash on. I started to doubt it, and I told myself well let me see if they have any classes. So instead of just going to get certified by a lash tech I just went to get licensed because in the state of Texas, they had a license specifically for lashes. After I finished school in three months, I left and started taking models in my room. I started to see some progress but it still wasn’t good enough and my retention was horrible. Me and my mom would have a toxic relationship, and she didn’t want me lashing in her house anymore so I stopped, because at the time I didn’t officially have my license yet and I didn’t know where I could go to do lashes on clients. I stopped for almost two years, got distracted, started smoking a lot and job hopping, till the point where I was tired and couldn’t take working for anybody anymore. I was so miserable. I would pray every day and cry to god telling him I was ready for change and I didn’t wanna be in that reality anymore. Eventually, I had a realization that I just needed to backtrack and go get my license, so the whole process of getting my license took about 3 months, because of testing dates. I eventually got my license and the day after I got a full-time job at a lash franchise so that I could focus and practice. The job sucked but it played a major role in my career because I was able to take a lot of clients and practice. I ended up getting my lashes done by a lash tech and asked her about her office space because I knew that I was about to take the risk and go independent. She didn’t give me a clear answer, but when she realized I was a lash tech she just asked me where I worked and that was it. About 2 months later, she came to my job and asked me to be on her team, that she would mentor me, give me clientele, and that I had to pay 500 monthly for a room, in a new salon that she was opening up. I was broke at the time, and couldn’t see myself paying 500 for a room, but by her saying the right things to manipulate me, I took the risk. She became intimidated and ended up scamming me because she didn’t live up to those promises, but it caused me to go hard and get my business off the ground. I was hustling day and night. All the money that I was making went back into my business. I didn’t get a luxury car or apartment, my attention is just now going to that. I spent day and night perfecting my craft, educating myself, and investing in expanding my business. I also learned so much, that brought me value, and I’m able to give this knowledge to others. There are a lot more details to my journey but these points are the most important. I came from nothing on my own at a very young age, and I just want people to understand that you can be and have anything you desire in this world. It’s universal law, that if you believe and speak things to existence it has no choice but to come true. The universe works off energy. So what you feel and think every day is what your reality is going to be. So it started with me just reprogramming my mind and healing first before I could do anything business-wise. You can attract all things to you, all you have to do is believe and visualize it happening. The opportunities that will cause you to be successful will come to you. This may sound very cliche, but praying and gratitude is very important. If I didn’t pray the way I do I wouldn’t have come up this fast. I pray during good and bad times. You should always be able to change your perception when bad things happen. Everything happens for a reason. It’s either 2 things, a blessing or a lesson, and lessons always turn into blessings. It’s so much more that I want to accomplish within my business, but I’m very grateful for how far I’ve come, and the empire I’m starting to build.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend is very introverted, so she’s more of a laid back chill person. I’ll take her to Lake with a nice view and do like a mini picnic and probably go fishing. We would go to food places like slutty vegan and other vegan places around the area. Watch a good movie and eat something that’s good and sweet. She really likes nature, so I’ll try to find some fun places that’s outdoors to turn up at.

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?
I wanna shout out to my family, boyfriend, and a spiritual teacher named Kurt, on YouTube known as New World all-star. Each one of these people, has either blessed me, taught me lessons, or made me realize something about myself I couldn’t see in my own.

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