I wanted to share some of my personal story with you. You never know who might draw inspiration from others life challenges. My name is Cescily Thomas-McKoy, I am a divorced mother of two and as many of you know, raising two daughters is challenging in itself, whether its a two parent household or not, especially in this cray cray world.
Many of us have to perform many jobs and duties to provide for our families. I’m mom, worked full-time, acted as Hazel (housekeeper), house manager, co-owned a successful dance studio in Leimert Park, CA (Los Angeles), nurtured those around me.
In the past 8 years, I was involved in a fatal bus accident, suffered a broken neck and a compressed fracture in my spine. Initially bed ridden for well over 9 months with intensive therapy for months and years after, the accident ended my dance career that I had worked so very hard at mastering since I was 4 years old and I had lost my longtime friend and partner Anthony Spisak. I closed the studio and my heart was broken into little pieces, for a minute.
Once I picked myself up with God’s guidance of course, I had to ask, what’s next? What do I do? My life was in a transition. Yes, I still had a full-time career in the legal industry, but I wasn’t passionate about that. I knew I was destined for something else where I could stretch my mind, use my ideas, set my goals and dreams in motion. I saw a commercial that changed my life from Mount St. Mary’s University and like a bolt of lightning, a voice said, “time for you to return to school and obtain your degree.” And so I did.
I attended MSMU from August 2009 – Dec. 2014 and in that time, I sent one daughter off to college, another graduated from high school, my mother became ill in July 2013 and passed that August, my father became ill October 2014 and passed that November. After this I truly didn’t think I could handle anymore. It was the most challenging and sorrowful time in my life, losing my mom and dad, but push forward I did and I graduated with my degree in Business Administration in May 2015, then I lost my job after 16 1/2 years in Nov. 2015. Are you tired? Wrong. . .
I developed Hair Kinetics3 in 2013, but unfortunately life’s other challenges continued to interfere, but I continued rounds of product testing and had established the legal protocols to operate it as a business. After losing my job, it was the only logical next step for me and that was to take the learned skills, abilities, gifts, talents that I already possessed and put it to work.
God led me exactly to where I need to be and I strive everyday to continue to stretch myself, learn, listen and remain intensely motivated.
I put the same effort, tenacity and forward thinking into this Company, Hair Kinetics3! I’m not saying that it has nor will it be easy, but my heart is in for the long haul and remain intensely optimistic. I want to say finally, if you have an idea, put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and begin to formulate and put things into action. We only get one life and we owe it to ourselves to explore all opportunities that this life has to offer us.