CHARLES MICHAEL

February 11, 2016

“If money were no longer a concern I would teach my craft to people who have been victims of trafficking and abuse. It’s actually one of my career goals to find ways to use my trade to show people their God given worth and beauty.”

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1. Where are you from originally and where do you live now? How old are you?

I grew up in Arlington TX, now I live with my wife Ginger and kids Ruby and Enzo in Denton TX. 33 years old.

2. What do you spend most days doing and how do you feel it promotes love in the world?

I am a hairdresser so I spend lots of time in the salon. When I’m not behind the chair I spend most of my time with my family.

One of the things about my work that brings me joy is getting to know people from every imaginable background. I get to hear their stories and in a small way become a part of their lives.

The world can be so impersonal but the salon is still a place where people come expecting personal connection. So I try to create a safe place for people to express themselves. I do my best to listen and understand and to show them they are accepted in the way I treat them. My goal is always for them to leave looking and feeling more like their true self.

However, raising kids is the real work. At home we try to teach our kids love and respect for others and for themselves. I figure that’s probably the best thing I can do to promote love.

3. If money weren’t an option what would you doing? What is your biggest passion in life?

If money were no longer a concern I would teach my craft to people who have been victims of trafficking and abuse. It’s actually one of my career goals to find ways to use my trade to show people their God given worth and beauty.

4. Do you often talk to strangers and share stories? I know that is how we met and it was meant to be that we are lifelong friends. 

Of course my work requires it but I do my best to get to know people I meet. I think the only thing that really stands between people is the willingness to listen. Lots of the world’s problems could be solved by listening.

5. Tell me about some of your adventures/trips either by yourself or with your family.

I worked in the electronics industry for about 8 years and had the opportunity to visit Europe and Asia as well as travel all over the US. These were almost always solo trips and at the beginning they were kind of lonely. Pretty quickly though I traded sleeplessly sitting in my hotel room to get over jet lag for adventuring out into my host cities.

My strategy involved going into the first pub or cafe I could find and trying to get to know a waiter, bartender or patron. I met so many cool people, had laughs and deep conversations. People never failed to be hospitable, they were always eager to share their favorite parts of their cities or drop their plans to show me a cool place or share a meal. These adventures took me off the beaten path into people’s living rooms and lives. I still keep in touch with some.

6. What is one thing you want to leave behind when you die? Tell me about the legacy you want to leave.

I want my family and the people I invest my life in to be anchored in their faith and that they know that in word and deed I loved them.

7. If you could sit down with your your 16 year old self for 5 minutes what would you say?

First –  Blaze your own trail, don’t follow anyone else’s path for your life.

Second – don’t hold a grudge, we all need forgiveness.

Third – take vacations, spend time on yourself

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