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Patience and perseverance pay off for salon owner turned author

Posted at 5:21 PM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 17:21:47-04

Turning your dream, into reality. When it comes to doing something you love, finding ways to succeed can be both daunting, and rewarding. 

Amber's Big Day is a book about a girl learning to love her natural hair. But it's also a story of a woman's persistence to make her dreams come true.

"I didn't think I could write a book it just happened," says Denver author and salon owner Courtney Phason-Martinez.

Phason-Martinez has worked at Sereniti Hair for the last 9 years. And in that time she noticed coming to the salon wasn't always easy for her youngest clients. 

"That little girl coming in for the first time," Phason-Martinez says. "Excited, being nervous, scared, impatient."

That experience, and being stuck at home pregnant with twins, gave birth to a dream she had long forgotten about. Writing.

"It just kind of clicked again," Phason-Martinez says. "Like when I was in middle school I wrote poems and stuff and they got published and then I was kind of like I remember I used to do this."

She started writing again, and her book, Amber's Big Day, was the result. But becoming a published author wasn't so straightforward for the business owner, wife, and mother of four.

"There's always going to be bumps in the road," Phason-Martinez says.

Her secret? Patience and persistence.

"There is no end time," Phason-Martinez says. "Just take your time to do it."

For Phason-Martinez, that meant squeezing in writing when she could.

"The kids, I just asked them with the little ones just to play with them for a little bit mama needs 30 minutes you know?" Phason-Martinez says. "Just because I know something is on my mind and I've got to write it down."

Small sacrifices she says were well worth it.

Phason-Martinez says, "I never finish anything that I start so this was like what! You know like for me you did it!"

Just as Amber discovers the beauty in her hair, with a little persistence, Phason-Martinez says women can find the beauty in their dream.

"You beat your own self up because it didn't work out the first time or the second time," Phason-Martinez says. "I mean if it takes 10 tries it just takes 10 tries and so I would just stay encouraged and never give up."