Lisa Sivak - Founder and Owner of The Upper Hand Spa Salon
Updated: Oct 30, 2020
In this episode of the Road to Growth podcast, we are pleased to introduce you to Lisa Sivak. Lisa is the founder and owner of the Upper Hand Spa Salon. As a little girl Lisa was always mesmerized by hairstylists and makeup artists. She loved to watch them create. At 17 she enrolled in Cosmetology school through a grant program. Well, the lost little girl she was at the time she didnt last long and dropped out after only a month. Beauty school dropout. Then about a year later and a tiny bit of maturing she decided she wanted to be a make-up artist but couldn’t afford to relocate to LA. So she found that the Esthetician program also taught make-up. So again she enrolled in a Cosmetology school.
This time she finished and got her license for facials, waxing and make-up. She began working as an esthetician. She then found she was drawn to the nail area in the salon. Once again she headed back to Cosmetology school, she graduated from the manicuring program at the top of my class and Manicurist of the month. During this time she married the man that would love and support her through the many crazy phases of being a salon professional and entrepreneur for the last 30 plus years. She emphasis “crazy”. You must be a bit crazy to be self employed! She did not have the most secure childhood. Her parents got pregnant on accident and then married because you know that was the right thing to do. Well surprise surprise that didn’t end well. She experienced the hate and fighting between her parents. The bashing of one another. She lived mainly with her mom that was just a kid herself.
She was bounced between her and my grandparents or left with her friends. She never felt like she belonged anywhere but learned resilience and adaptability. She also lost her voice from the shame and confusion of being repeatedly molested by multiple boys at one of the homes she was left at. Her mom’s friend was a foster parent to teen boys. Not an appropriate place for an innocent 7 or 8-year-old little girl. At 12 she was literally dropped off in my Dad’s driveway with all my stuff, unbeknownst to me in the middle of his 2nd marriage that was falling apart. She was left there by herself to live when he started dating and moved in with his girlfriend (now his wife of 30 something years). She searched for love and acceptance in the wrong places.
She partied, had boyfriends and all the adult stuff she was not ready for. She got pregnant at 14 and had an abortion. I spent years beating myself and searching for everything she didn’t have. She made a lot of choices (She doesn’t call them mistakes)she is not proud of. Hurt a lot of people along the way. It took her until recently, maybe the last 2-3 years before she finally can say “I am proud of who I am”. From those bad choices and experiences she want to empower others especially women that have had adversity in their lives. She want to make a difference in someones life even if it is to take their cares away for an hour of care and pampering.
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