We had the good fortune of connecting with Carol Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carol, how do you think about risk?
Risk is stepping out of your comfort zone, take that leap of faith even though you are unsure and have mixed emotions. Life is about taking risk and being uncomfortable. In my eyes, if you don’t take a risk in whatever you are doing, you are at a standstill especially achieving a goal which requires courage to face the fear of uncertainty. No human beings like being uncertain, unsure, or uncomfortable. Human beings want to know ahead of time, yet life doesn’t work that way. Life is all about the unknown. It’s only so much we can know and control. No matter the outcome, we grow through what we go through in life, and we become more resilient and confident. Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be a doctor, pediatrician, or OB, to be exact. Things changed after I graduated high school, life hit me. Adulthood hit me. I had two choices, go to college/medical school (half-ass it and fail) or be real and ask myself, can I commit to that long term goal? No, I couldn’t commit to it. I wanted to be someone. I wanted to have a career that I am passionate about. Something I love doing then I ended up getting my Medical Assistant certificate and worked at an internal medicine clinic while going back to school to become an RN. In the mist of all that, I decided I don’t want to be an RN anymore, so I switch over to the side of business. Yes, I stopped in the middle of my RN program to get a degree in business. I overworked myself to go to school and work full-time. Trying to balance life, family, and myself. Trust me, it was hard but… then my blessing in disguise came to me after 3 months trying to find a different job then I found a receptionist job at a lash studio which I will not disclose their name. It started in 2011, my mind was already set on getting a bachelor’s degree in business yet working 40 hours a week. I have always seen the owner of the lash studio and every single time she sees me, she tells me I have potential in the lash industry therefore I should go for it. She offered me to go to cosmetology school. I rejected her, a million times because that is not something I see myself doing and of course, I am mixed with Vietnamese so there is a stereotype of doing nails or hair. I didn’t care for it. Finally, one day… I decided that I will go ahead and do it, so this lady won’t bug me anymore. Guess what!!! I did it and I never stopped since then! That was back in 2012 when I started lashing now here, we are 2021 about to go in 2022 with my small business: Eye Candy Lashes which I am very proud of. All thanks to her, she motivated me and saw something in me that I did not see in myself which I am always thankful for. I stepped out of my comfort zone and taking a risk. I must step outside of my comfort box and see what’s out there for me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love planning even though, plans don’t go accordingly at times but nothing is wrong with setting an agenda for your BFF! It’s only right to show her a good time! I was born and raised in Houston, TX so the question is where not to go?! I will definitely take her to the Galleria area. First things first, catching up over cocktails at Blanco Tacos + Tequila, go to the mall, shop a little bit and have a little snack before dinner at The Oceanaire (we both love seafood.) During the duration of my BFF being here, we love going to City Center, Town Square and let’s not forget Discovery Green, they literally have everything in one spot. This is why I love Houston and will never move. It is very diverse and ethic! Also, in the mist of visiting, it’s a must to visit my family and fur babies as well!