We had the good fortune of connecting with Nene Brooks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nene, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work life balance amongst beauty professionals like myself is actually imperative to sustainable success. Because most of us are also entrepreneurs within a service industry, its soooo easy to get burned out. once we get burned out, business begins to lack, home, children, and relationships .To avoid burnout and career resentment work life balance is the key. I know because I’ve been there. things I currently do now to avoid this in my life are; I set a realistic work schedule for myself that I won’t regret later. learning to decline or say “NO” without regret take practice and should be exercised often, lol. Secondly, organization & preparation are two things that are important when prioritizing work life balance. I have always struggled with organization and that part of the reason I have experience burnout in the pass. Next, be intentional about selfceare time, family time, spouse time, etc. all these things are important and making time for things that matter are the biggest part of a healthy work life balance. Although I’m in the beginning stages of growing a haircare business and it takes hard work, I’m the most balanced I’ve ever been in my career and daily life. We live , learn, and adjust for a better quality of life. I learn that life is a marathon and not a sprint.
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.
My career as a hair care professional has allot me the opportunity for growth. I also have a online academy (HHG BEAUTY ACADEMY) where I teach professional stylist how to perfect their techniques and maximize their revenue within the niche of PRESSnCURLS on Natural hair. Along with this academy we have a hair care brand (HHG PRODUCTS LLC) featuring The Press Kit which is a silk press system, that supports the education that is taught via Hhg academy. I once heard the saying SUCCESS occurs when opportunity meets preparation. The things that I’ve been able to accomplishment thus far are because of preparation, discipline and determination. it has not been easy and the farther you desire to climb the ladder of personal/professional success it gets even more challenging. I have to remind myself that business/success is reoccurring and that I will always be evolving. And most of all not to get caught up in thinking success is a destination. And when this is understood, we accept that life and the pursuit of our personal/professional desires are obtained during the marathon of life, not a sprint.
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 journey towards success & purpose has definitely included some people that have helped me along my journey. The first person comes to mind is my father. He has been an entrepreneur/business man most of his life. I have watched and learn so much from him. He instilled the important of skill set, critical thinking, prayer, morals and ethics when it comes to business. My mother has always been an example of hard work, sacrifice, feminity & grace as a woman in business. I’m so thankful for mentorship from my first assistant job as a teen from (stylist) Octavia Mitchell. Then from Robin Groovy (Too Groovy Salon) giving me an example of success with the niche’ of natural hair. Shout to Ming Lee (EAP HEAT Brand), Byron Reese (Advance Coloration), Peymac Consultants, & Richard Dunn (Commerce Strategist) just to name a few, for being apart of my HHG journey and helping me grow the business. My business bestie Nicole King for always challenging me to be a better woman in business. For those I didn’t mention, I’m thankful. I strive to always be a student & never be afraid to ask for help and learn from someone that has been where you’re trying to go.