For this edition of #WCW we’re totally crushing on one of our two new apprentices, Kate Waag! She brings determination, humor, and a refreshing bluntness to her journey towards licensure as a nail technician.
Originally from the tiny town of Winthrop, Washington, Kate first chose a career as a Certified Natural Balance Farrier, or in layman’s terms, someone who shoes horses. But after suffering an injury in a car accident, she was unable to continue as a farrier, and subsequently devoted her time to her now 7 year old daughter as a stay at home mom. With her daughter now in the 2nd grade, she recently made the decision that it was time to pursue something that was just for her, in an industry that she loves. Having grown up in close proximity to the beauty industry - her mom was a cosmetologist for 21 years before becoming a nurse - Kate knew this was something she enjoyed, where she could express her creative side, while also helping people look and feel their best. She loves that her new career path gives her another way to spend time with her daughter, practicing skills, and having fun together. When Kate isn’t working, her other interests include hiking, kayaking, and fishing with her husband, as well as reading, crafting, and many other domestic-goddess type pursuits.
Kate’s favorite thing so far about being an apprentice at Beautifully Polished is the feeling of having an extended family and sisterhood with the women she works alongside, and those that visit as guests. She also appreciates that the education she’s receiving is primarily hands on, and that when she’s licensed she’ll have 2,000 hours of training, vs. the 650 hours that’s required at a traditional beauty school. We love that Kate believes there is no limit to one’s education, and that it’s never too late to start doing what you love. It’s inspiring to see women step out and begin something new, and Kate sets a wonderful example to all!