Many years ago, in the month of October, in the year…we’ll leave the year out of this…let’s just say it was a good year, in a small hospital near
Fort Worth, Texas a handsome child was brought into this world by a wonderful couple, born into a great family. That handsome child (in my eyes anyway) was me, Brian R. Whitfield.
As the years progressed I developed into a Southern gentleman raised in the hills and mountains of western North Carolina. The small town life was nice, i
nteresting and full of adventures; however, I could not handle the small town bindings.
Ten days after my high school graduation I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and off I went to the infamous Paris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Two days after my graduation from Paris Island I was married to my high school sweetheart. The Marine Corps decided that I should be as far away from my home as possible, so they issued me orders to the opposite side of this great nation. I packed everything I owned in my one duffle bag (with plenty of room to spare) armed with less than $300 I set off from the east coast to the west coast. To Camp Pendleton, California I went. A few months after my arrival in California my wife packed her duffle bag and joined me. This year we celebrated 15 wonderful years of marriage, 15 years living in beautiful San Diego, California and countless adventures together.
After being honorably discharged from the USMC I continued my education as a full time student and a full time part time worker, I was working three part time jobs seven days a week to help make ends meet, Beth was working two, add that up, five part time jobs between us. I was one year into my MBA program when Beth proposed her dream of HBS to me, soon thereafter Hair Body and Sol was born. Talk about an adventure. I have never been trained in the artistry of hair design (like all the artists of HBS have), I get to work the fun stuff (fun to me anyway) the business side of things. When I'm not at HBS I am a corporate trainer (teaching business and computer application stuff) and I'm a business coach training in business management and development. I am an adjunt professor teaching in the business and computer departments, I am forever a student and a diurnal learner. I have been all of the above for many years and I have loved and I continue to love everything about my career and everything about HBS!
Being happy in this life is important to me; doing what you love and what makes you happy for the short amount of time we have in this life is vital. I know it may sound cliché but it’s so very true that your life is what you make of it and your attitude toward what this life throws at you is key. Only you, no one else, can determine your level of happiness in this life.
Helping others makes me happy. Teaching makes me happy, seeing others succeed makes me happy, growing my business makes me happy, hiring a new employee makes me happy, learning makes me very happy, my pets make me happy, my HBS family make me happy, seeing HBS artists grow and succeed makes me very happy, seeing and chatting all the happy guests who frequent HBS and our regulars or HBS family as I like to call them makes me happy, having a simple conversation makes me happy, reading all the great reviews that we get at HBS makes me happy, simply seeing my wife makes me happy, exercising makes me happy (and tired), drinking a cool glass of chocolate milk makes me happy, reading a good book, watching a good horror movie, typing this is making me happy and the list goes on and on and on…don't forget the little things of this great life, think about it for just a moment… what makes you happy?
I'm willing to bet that coming to HBS will make you happy, come visit us and see.