Today we’d like to introduce you to Divanna Suarez.
Divanna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The road to finding my passion began when I was 12 years old in the 8th grade when my friends came to my house to request hair styles for prom. One of the best feelings I ever had was enhancing their beauty. As I started talking about my passion for hair, my mother, a hard-working Cuban mother who came en el mariel in 1980 working as a manicurist warned me away with her best intentions. She told me about the wear and tear on her body and the long hours. Yet, with my father’s whispers of “put every sweat into your passion,” I went on looking for every opportunity to do a hairstyle here and there. Thankfully, I went to Miami High which has a vocational program that provided Cosmetology class and immediately I took advantage of the course. Cosmetology was my favorite part of my day and I fell more and more in love.
As soon as I graduated with all my services and hours, I started working at a salon in Brickell. My mother insisted I went to college so I did, part-time, while working full time at the salon. It was a difficult year juggling my full-time passion for hair and part-time college but turned out to be one of the best when my mother got to see what I had seen in myself as a little girl and that was my true life calling for hair. I was able to gain invaluable hair care experience quickly. The salon kept giving me more opportunities and I grew into my best talents. Now, I am providing color, extensions, haircuts, keratin, treatments services and I specialize in color and hair extensions. With all of my experience, I’ve grown to a business I adore. I am fortunate enough to work with some amazing women and I thank God for blessing me with the strength to venture off on my own while still being able to give time to beautiful four year old daughter Life, for my parents support, for Rikrak and for Ellie believing in me and to Voyage Miami for today.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Sometimes I come home from work and its hard to take my shoes and clothes off because I know I am going to be getting up 4-5 later. I feel exhausted but not depleted. Do the work that comes from the soul of you. When you do that you win. The greatest advice I’ve ever received is that the key to success and happiness is when you align your personality with what your soul actually came to do. That’s why I feel so authentic
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m focused on enhancing the beauty of others which I believe to my core is my calling.I am most proud of the mother I am today because of all the work I’ve done, and I am also proud to be happy. Most people I’ve met don’t even know what makes them happyI can sit on my porch, take it all in and I can just be.
So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
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