February 9, 2016
La’ James International College Cosmetology student Tabitha Stille is hearing footsteps… And it’s lighting her heart on fire.
Why try? The answer to this question is a little different for each of us. But for each individual success story, there is always a unique answer.
Meet Tabitha Stille a Cosmetology student at La’ James International College.
The motivation behind Tabitha’s success is simple: She’s hearing footsteps.
It’s not always easy going to school while raising two kids – Tabitha has an 8-year-old daughter named Natalyee and a 4-year-old son named Jensyn – but for Tabitha, it always made sense.
“They’re my motivation,” she says. “I’ve seen my parents struggle. I want to get up and love my job. You should always try to give your kids more than you had. That’s what I’m trying to do here.”
But what does any of this have to do with footsteps?
Tabitha says that she will graduate from LJIC in May and looks forward to being a licensed Cosmetologist. She’ll have a career she loves and as a result, her daughter Natalyee is thinking she might one day follow in her mom’s footsteps. Natalyee practices on Tabitha’s old hairstyling mannequin named Barbara and recently dressed up as a hairstylist for career day at her school.
“That made me feel good.” Tabitha jokes, “I’m pretty cool.”
And Tabitha hears dance steps too. Her daughter is an exceptional dancer and when her dance team earned the opportunity to perform during halftime of the Kansas City Chiefs game, all the girls wanted the mom that’s earning a degree in Cosmetology to do their makeup. Tabitha was more than happy to put the skills she learned at La’ James International College into action and the girls shined while putting on their show in front of nearly 80,000 people.
“I’m happy I chose LJIC for my education. From day 1 all of my instructors knew what they were talking about and were there to help,” says Tabitha.
Some say that inspiration is excitement of the heart. Others will tell you it’s the stimulation of the intellect and emotions for creativity. No one knows exactly what inspiration looks like, but Tabitha Stille knows exactly what it sounds like: Footsteps.
P.S. Tabitha hears the footsteps of her 4-year-old boy Jensyn too, but despite his sister Natalyee’s vehement protestations, Jensyn isn’t into dance and he simply will not style the mannequin’s hair either. Instead, the footsteps that Tabitha hears from Jensyn are on the baseball diamond, he will play T-Ball this season for the first time.