Tim on his Fearless Journey

By April 22, 2015Uncategorized

There have been times in my career where I have questioned what I am doing and the depth of my accomplishments.  It has been a struggle at times to justify my contributions the world and to society.  I understand why a person would look at what I am doing and view it as shallow or materialistic; it is, of course, completely on the surface.  I understand any knock against it, but I have come to be grateful for being able to make a living doing something I love and in turn making others feel confident and comfortable with themselves.  This, after all, is something all humans in every existence can relate to.

The desire to serve and help others is a trait I would like to believe all people have within themselves, some more deeply buried than others.  This was my reasoning for getting into teaching in the first place, to share what I have in the hope that it will help someone else; to plant a seed and watch it grow.  Heather approached me with her idea to take our trade and share it with less fortunate; a group of young women who may not otherwise have an opportunity at higher education.  To give them a skill set they can use and hopefully empower them towards a better quality of life.

I knew immediately that I wanted to be involved on any level and fortunately for me that meant being heavily involved.  I went into it without really asking many questions rather jumping headfirst and figuring everything out as things moved forward.  I had never been to India and admittedly knew very little about the culture but the experience was more than I could have possibly imagined.  My goal going to Rishikesh was to give the students the tools necessary for a self sustaining career in cosmetology but the closer I became with the women it became clear empowerment was also about building confidence and having courage.  It wasn’t until I was leaving that I realized it was me who had learned an incredible amount from the young women at the vocational center.


  • Lisa says:

    Brad, being engaged in the arts – and that is what hair styling is – may on the surface seem to the less thoughtful observer a materialistic endeavor but it far from that. Aristotle and Plato developed philosophies centered on aesthetics where art and beauty can be described as the object of every soul’s yearning for love – and the confidence and comfort you mention is one’s ability to find that love within themselves.

    Nothing about you, hair styling or adorning someone with cutters and brush, is the least bit shallow!

    Thank you for being the person you are and for having the talent and interest to make the world a more beautiful place.

  • Judy Delaine Knight says:

    I find it so special that Heather, Brad and so many others are giving a wonderful opportunity to these precious souls. Empowering them to be their own person and to truly have a life… perhaps of their choosing …just amazing. It is a gift of love, generosity and spirit like no other. I am so very proud of you.

  • Maryana says:

    Tim “Brad”, your spirit of care, love and respect in all that you do and most importantly the way you carry yourself on this place we call Earth is greatly appreciated. We need more people like you and the idea that you left your home, comfort zone, your job, your beautiful partner and went to extend a hand in offering education, knowledge, respect and care to these young women just means that many more of us need to get involved. Thank you for being in my life and I am proud to call you friend! Great respect! Big hug!

  • Carol Wandrey Squires says:

    I’m very proud of you, Tim!

  • Kelsey jensen says:

    You are amazing. So very proud of you!

  • Maureen woodburn says:

    It’s so refreshing to know that there are still young adults who risk their comfort zone to go to a very distant land to share your profession with people who may never gotten that opportunity. Thanks to you , they now have goals which will help them earn a living ! GOOD FOR YOU !!!

  • Grandma Anne says:

    Tim, I’m so proud of you! It’s so good to know you “get it” about our call to care for our brothers and sisters! Continue to be one of the good guys!
    Love, Grandma Anne

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