The Gift of a Challenge

Contact Author Cathy Christensen February 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
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I recently received the gift of an angel food cake pan ... with a challenge: The only way I got to keep the pan is if I made the giver an angel food cake, a notoriously finicky dessert. I took her up on this challenge and, using my grandma’s recipe, I learned a few things along the way. The first lesson: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure ... that is, if there is a cure, which there isn’t when yolks invaded the egg whites I had so carefully separated. I adapted, and started separating each egg over a different bowl, then poured the whites into the measuring cup. Another lesson: Life is a journey. Instead of feeling let down, I felt uplifted. I wasn’t going to let a failed egg-separation attempt keep me from meeting this challenge, expanding my abilities and giving back to a friend.

And this leads me to ask you: When was the last time you accepted the gift of a challenge? You learned a lot (or, for some, a little) in esthetics school, then branched out into your career and learned a lot about the realities of the field of professional skin care. Where are you in your journey now? Are you taking the time to embrace your profession and learn as much as you can to continue to make your career a viable one?

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