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When this year began, I couldn’t imagine the life experiences I would be faced with. I think this goes to say for every living person.

As Director of a well-established salon in Uptown Phoenix, my co-workers at The Root Salon have become what I am most grateful for. I am in awe of what they have taught me about myself. My interactions with this amazing group of stylists have caused me to do a lot of self-reflection. This has forced me to learn how to process and react to people and situations – something that I continue to work on daily.

This summer I lost my best friend unexpectedly. This has hit me hard and it was only through my “Root Family” that I kept waking up and showing up for my life. My best friend previously worked at this salon, so my team all knew my best friend and because of this I was able to talk with them about my friend and help process what I was experiencing. Through their willingness to accept me during this difficult time, it taught me to accept people for who they are and understand that everyone is just doing the best they can at any given moment.

This is why I remain grateful for this crazy bunch of people that I get to work with and call my “Root Family.”

Blog by Steven

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