Person of the Week

Lina Chergibayeva

Beauty Industry Specialist

What made me successful is that I had to become creative  by developing better and new techniques.  

1.  What led you to the mission of being a beauty industry specialist?

When I was a young girl in Russia, my mom, sister and I lived together and we didn’t have a lot of money.  Mama wasn’t able to buy beautiful store made clothes.  We did have a magazine that showed us the latest fashion.  Mama learned how to sew and knit and made beautiful things for us to wear.  I started pretending dress up and put on high heels and makeup with what little we had at the time.  I went to some salons in Russia, but couldn’t afford to buy anything.

My feet were always painful and I was suffering.  Mama found a high-end hotel in Kiev and paid a pedicurist to help me.  I moved to Vienna and Italy and started trimming my own nails.  When I came to America, I already had a helping passion because of my own pain and suffering.  I went to school, stepped up to a higher level, got a license, and started taking clients needing pedicure procedures to get them get out of their pain. I could help others by cutting their nails and making it easier for them to walk and even hike.  People started coming from out of town to get help from me.  What made me successful is that I had to become creative, by developing better and new techniques.  Helping people is a gift and one that I developed because of my own pain and suffering.  That was twenty-eight years ago.

2.  What does this mission mean to you?

At the end of the day this mission makes me so happy because it is a success story.  When my clients hug, kiss, and thank me for helping them, I say, “Thank you for coming in to see me.”  There is a joy and satisfaction knowing that I have helped people out of pain. People have told me that after getting their pedicure, they have been able to go back and do the things they love like hiking and dancing.

You can help people in so many ways – opening doors, picking up groceries, and going to the laundry.  I feel so happy because I can help people and bring good to the world.  One way to do this is to be sweet and kind to people.  Sometimes clients give me a “high five”.  I’m so happy to help them.

3.  What was your best day being a beauty industry specialist?

For many years I suffered abuse from my father and then from my husband.  I still feel scared today because it was traumatic – thirty years of abuse.  Fifteen years ago, a client saw me and said, “You are going to cancel your appointments and we are going outside.”  She told me how to get help and I did.  She helped me get the courage and strength to get out of my bad situations.

I went from being a woman who was fragile and lacking self-esteem — to a strong, self-confident person.  This is what is called being positive.  I would say to people today, “Celebrate small successes every day.  Learn how to celebrate every day, embrace yourself, and cherish what you do no matter how small.  Love yourself in that day, no matter what happens.”

4.  What was your worst day being a beauty industry specialist and how did you survive?

Some people are nice and some are not. There are people who believe that money is power and because they have a lot of money, they can be disrespectful and look down on people in the service industry.  They might even look at me as a second-class citizen.

One day a woman came in with an attitude and told me her husband didn’t give her an expensive bracelet she wanted, but rather a necklace.  She came back, threw a fit, and yelled at me.  I did not feel appreciated or respected.  When things like this happened, I used to go home and cry.  My heart would break because someone showed no respect for my job, my dedication, or my life.

I decided that there would be a lot of people in my life – those who were good, those who were bad; those who had a conscience, those who did not; those who help others, those who do not.  I found that I am a loving, respecting person who loves — even if someone is not kind to me.

I read a book called, The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie.  I learned how to let go of unhappiness and anger.  I know some people may not appreciate me, but I can let them go and not be sad.  I visualize that I am like a baby in the womb.  There is an invisible fence or wall around me – my territory, Lina’s space.  No one can get in my space.  If I have some nasty person who wants to provoke me, I do not give any reaction and do not invite this person into my space.

Bad people are not allowed in my space.  I do not invite them in by engaging in conversation. If something negative happens, I get up, take a big breath and remember I am protected.  I believe in my self and think that if I hadn’t been strong in the past, I never would have survived to this day.  This nasty person will allow me to be even stronger.  I am strong, positive, and focused.  I pray to God to take everything heavy out of my life – to just take it up.  I ask God to clean up all the clutter of the day.

I wrote a recipe for healing:  Love, Light, Peace and Being Strong, Focused, Positive, and Balanced.  Without this recipe, I cannot help other people.

 

9 Comments

  1. You have learned the energy lesson……we only have so much of it , so we must decide how to use it- ina negative way, or a positive way. You have chosen the positive road, the one worth travelling.

    Congratulations.

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  2. You have developed such great strategies for feeling calm and protected. I love the baby in the womb thought. Your skill with feet is so important for helping people. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  3. Nice work!

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  4. I love this quote, “Celebrate small successes every day. Learn how to celebrate every day, embrace yourself, and cherish what you do no matter how small. Love yourself in that day, no matter what happens.” It is so true.

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  5. I love your example of letting go and not allowing bad in your space. This is very helpful advice. You have shared so many positive ways to turn away from unhappy situations. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  6. Your eyes are so confident and loving. One would never know the hardships you have had to work through to get to get where you are inside; and your ability to disconnect from those who are unkind. You are true to yourself and it shows. The coolest thing is that you have clients who rejoice in you! I am smiling as I write this because I am sure that these women know the soul within you and are happy celebrating you.

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  7. Lina you are truly an inspiration for all on their mission to make a difference.

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  8. This article was heart breaking and very moving. You are truly a gifted young lady who wrote this wonderful article from her heart. Lina, with what you went through you deserve the Medal of Honor.. I commend you for this unbelievable story about your passion about helping people with their pain.

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  9. Your article was very moving and wonderful.. You are truly a gifted young lady with a beautiful heart. With what you have accomplished you deserve a Medal of Honor. Lina, you deserve the best.

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