Amy Nicole, 33 / owner of CHICSTUDIOS
What would your 30 something self tell your 20 something self if you could?
I would tell my 20 something self that the hard work you are about to put in, the long hours and exhausting days, will show it’s success in the years to come. Just be patient.
What do you wish you took more seriously in your 20’s?
Rest. I did not rest, ever, which in my 20s seemed to work out ok, but now in my 30s I literally collapse on the weekends.
What do you wish you took less seriously in your 20’s?
My failures. I felt at the time they were the biggest disappointment ever, but looking back, they are the key to my success today.
Favorite memory from your 20’s?
All my travels. From places like Brazil, Mexico, Paris and Spain, I found such beauty and inspiration that I carry with me today.
In your early 20’s where did you think you would be (work, live etc) by 30?
I manifested what I have today, and I worked hard to make it happen. I love exactly what I do work-wise. I have a beautiful family I adore and cherish. And I live in the place I dreamed to be, right by the ocean but close to a local airport, near by fabulous shopping and dining!
And where were you by 30? What did your life look like?
I am now 33, so three years ago I was living in New York City (I now live in Los Angeles), going to and from my makeup school (CHICSTUDIOS) everyday, expanding the space from the 1 classroom we started with to more than double the space in Manhattan and becoming a (NYSED) school- licensed by the Department of Education.
Were you ever worried that it wouldn’t all fall into place?
The thought crossed my mind now and again, but I never let it consume me. If someone would have told me, when I had the idea or made me say it out-loud ‘I am going to start a makeup school in the heart of New York City’ I would have thought it was unattainable, but because I do not worry much about things like that, I just went for it!
What is the greatest gift about being a woman in your 30’s?
The greatest gift is, the knowledge I have from the last ten years! The learning experience has been invaluable.
When you look out onto the horizon. What do you hope your life looks like at 40?
I see a bright horizon…with more (real!) vacations! And, Several more makeup school locations (next one, is CHICSTUDIOS Los Angeles, Fall 2015).
What’s a quote/ saying you try to live your life by?
My favorite quote, and one I truly live by, is by Deepak Chopra, “You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”
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