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Retirement just wasn’t for Diane McGuire. Working for 10 years as a secretary at her daughters’ school and at General Electric in Saratoga Springs, New York, for the next 23, McGuire spent most of that time also being a single parent. But shortly after meeting her soul mate, Jon, at work and marrying him, she retired at 65 and, in 2002, the couple moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
“We took golf lessons when we first moved to the Cape, and that is how I met Tricia Howard. She was a local day spa owner, and we began talking, becoming immediate friends,” McGuire explains of her initial contact with esthetics. Howard became her hairstylist, and McGuire also began to work as a receptionist at Howard’s spa—Bellisimo Hair, Skin and Nails in Hyannis, Massachusetts—exposing her further to the world of skin care and beauty.
So when Howard told her she was taking a trip, McGuire decided to tag along. “She told me she was going to a skin care and hair convention at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, and I told her I would go along—I didn’t want her going by herself,” McGuire says.
Upon arriving, McGuire was entranced. “In the skin care section of the show, I was just mesmerized by everything,” she says. “Exhibitors were doing demos, and I saw them massaging people’s faces and shoulders and making people feel so, so special. As a nurturer, I knew that’s what I wanted to be doing.”
On the ride home, McGuire told Howard she wanted to become an esthetician, and Howard promised her a position in her spa when she graduated. With that, in August 2005, McGuire enrolled in esthetic school. “I went back to school to learn about skin care, and there were only eight other people in my class, all young,” she says. “Of course, I became ‘Mom’—that’s what they started calling me—and we had a wonderful time.”