LIMA — After a whirlwind of challenges, Susan is still making it work.
“I’m here today by the grace of God. There’s good days. There’s bad days. There’s everything in between, but I’m still standing,” she said.
Some of her hardest days, however, have been recent ones.
Back in 2018, her dad came down with pancreatic cancer, and she spent six months helping her father while putting her career on hold in the process. After he died, it was her grandma’s turn to battle with cancer.
“It was the darkest time in my life for me. It took everything to pick myself up,” she said.
Since that time, it’s been uphill for her as she tries to expand her client base and bring in an income to support her three children as a single mother, she said. This year, the coronavirus pandemic only made that climb steeper.
The spring’s shutdown wiped her income completely as a cosmetologist, and the state’s requirements since have only increased the costs of doing business as she has worked to eliminate a two-month backlog of bills.
“There’s a ton of costs that went into place that immensely changed my outcomes. Some clients, their financial situations have changed. Some of my clients have retired.” she said. “All these different factors have affected me in different ways. Some can’t come in. Some are in and out of quarantining. There’s all these grey areas, and I’m spending more and more expense-wise.”
Luckily, she’s been able to bring in enough money for the children’s needs, but with the holidays coming, she wouldn’t mind a little help.
Clothing, she said, is probably the biggest issue. Since the kids are hitting their growth spurts, they constantly need new, bigger sizes. Her 13-year-old son wears boys size 16-18. Her 12-year-old daughter is size 14-16, and her 7-year-old daughter wears size 8. If people are looking to give gifts, she said her daughters like arts, crafts and board games, and her son likes to play football and basketball.
In the meantime, she said she’ll keep on working to make her cosmetology business bring in what they need in order to show them that sometimes you might need to fight through the hard times to create the life you want.
“I felt like that was a more important point to show my children to follow what they want to do instead of giving up when the going gets tough,” she said.
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