Not many people are lucky enough to do something they love for 50 years and also call it a job.
Jeannie McLennan is one of those lucky people. She has been cutting, colouring, curling and styling hair for her whole working life and, while she still loves her job, she says it’s time to retire.
“I just thought I had the best job in the world,” Jeannie said during her last week of work. “It was just fun. It was fun all the time.”
Jeannie says if it weren’t for the pain in her shoulders and back she wouldn’t be giving it up, even now.
Jeannie’s secret to enjoying every day was to surround herself with people she wanted to spend time with. “All the people I worked with were awesome. I had the absolute best clients in the world. I honestly feel like I have done everything that has made me happy my whole life. It’s just a great job.”
Jeannie says what she is going to miss the most, by far, are the people. “I’ve been really lucky to work with awesome, awesome people. I mean my goodness you couldn’t get better than Pamela (Corrigan) and Wendy (McConnell) and did we have fun. The stuff Wendy and I did. We would have water fights, with whole buckets of water. You name it, we’ve done it. It was a little over the top with Wendy and I. I worked with Charlene Pratt who was awesome. I was lucky enough to work with Karen (Rogers) twice. It doesn’t get better than that. She is fun, fun, fun all the time.”
What Jeannie isn’t going to miss is getting up early and the winter driving. She says retirement will look like ‘whatever the heck’ she wants. “I am just looking forward to not getting up in the morning. I am not a morning person and I have always had to be. Now I stay up late and I can sleep in.”
Jeannie is also looking forward to spending more time with her husband Brian and her family and friends.
“I feel really lucky that I have my family and my husband and the friends that I have because for 25 years I was working all week and gone on weekends and that had to be awful for them. But that is just what I did and I didn’t think about it,” she says.
“Brian has always been really supportive. Whatever I want, he is happy with. I think we got lucky. We were really young when we met. I was 15 when I started going out with him. And I think we were just really lucky because I think people, when they are that young, you are not fully developed yet and you grow apart or you grow together and we were just lucky to grow together. He’s fun and he makes me laugh still, every day.”
As Jeannie would say, This is It! It’s time for her to stay up late, sleep in, decorate Christmas trees, enjoy the sun and the pontoon boat and continue to have a whole lot of fun, each and every day. Happy retirement, Jeannie!
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