We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Lujan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsey, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I never truly knew what I wanted to do with my career. I always thought something would come along and my career would just click into place. When asked as a teen, “what do you want to do/what degree to you plan to get?” I never knew the answer. In college, I switched my trajectory numerous times. In the beginning, I was a marketing and business major. I knew I liked the idea of owning my own business. Fear and insecurity drove me away from being an entrepreneur however and I eventually landed in the Health Science program at The University of Missouri. I knew I liked the health field and I’d always been a ‘caretaker’; and to be honest, healthcare felt safe. I knew my job would always be in demand, no matter where I ended up within healthcare. Within my degree program, I was required to have internship experience. I interned at a medical spa in town and fell in love with the work the estheticians in the office did. That’s where my plan was completely altered. After graduating from The University, I enrolled in an Esthetics program. A year of education followed by 4 years at my first esthetics job, led me to burnout. I still loved esthetics, but I didn’t have the passion behind my knowledge anymore. I needed more from my career, I hated the “9 to 5” life. August of 2020 was another turning point. My husband was offered a job in Phoenix. This decision to move, drove me to reflect on what I wanted from my career and what would fulfill me. This is where Ethereal Skin and Beauty was born. Within 3 months, we’d moved cross country and I’d opened my spa suite. It was terrifying, and to be honest, that fear is still with me everyday. Being a small business owner comes with incredible reward, but also incredible risks. My passion for my work is immeasurable and now I get to exhibit that passion to my clients everyday. To get to this point, a year later, is so rewarding. Reflecting on this year, I’m so thankful I took the risks that lead me here. I didn’t know where to start when I decided to open my business, I had to do hours of research and online applications. I had to do a lot of trial and error. Especially coming from out of state, I didn’t know Arizona’s regulations for estheticians, how to apply for an LLC, how to apply for a salon license, how to rent a space, how to do my taxes, etc. I’m still in the learning process too! Now, I am more willing to put myself out there. Taking risks really does lead to great reward.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
At Ethereal Skin and Beauty, I offer skincare services that are tailored to each person’s individual skin needs and concerns. I recently moved into my new suite, and it’s gorgeous! The word “Ethereal” doesn’t quite do it justice. What sets my business apart from other spas? I have a degree is Health Science, this gives me a knowledge base that allows me to make proper judgements on skincare and the intricacies that come with the human body. I also continued my esthetic education after graduating from my program and attained my CIDESCO Diploma. This is the highest level of esthetic education and is recognized worldwide.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Arizona is so beautiful! There are so many fun places to visit, sights to see and places to eat. An ideal itinerary for a week in Arizona would include visiting the numerous ghost towns, driving into the mountains, a day trip to Sedona, shopping at a few of the swap meets and enjoying brunch everyday of the week. I could list dozens of things to add to the list, but a week wouldn’t be long enough!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents, my husband and my sister