is a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study (classroom work and reading).

So I have been apprenticing for a few weeks now to become a barber. I have to say that it’s a real culture. I have enjoyed it immensely and feel so lucky to have found this place. Everyone there has been top notch and ultra real.

When I think of apprenticing I think not only of learning on the job, but in life as well. I watch my boys all the time and feel that they are in an apprenticeship of sorts but then I see that it is me who is learning from them.

I do not buy into the old way of raising children where they are supposed to respect their parents regardless of what they say or do. I believe that children should be raised as individuals and to be honored for who they are as people.

Children are here to teach us. I learn every day. My favorite thing is to sit down with each of them separately and talk about life. Issues, politics, people, ideals, beliefs. They have so much to say and I love listening.

What is life really but one giant apprenticeship? If we are living right we are always learning, always transcending situations, eliminating  toxic patterns that stifle our greatness and constantly working towards becoming one with who we now are and who we came here to be.

What will you learn today? I’ll probably learn how to fade some hair at the shop on Crosby Street,  but yesterday I learned how to shave a peach with a straight razor. It was so much fun I not only took off the fuzz, I peeled the skin. Not sure if I was supposed to do that but better on the peach then going all Sweeney Todd on a customer.

If it feels good do it, if it doesn’t then don’t.

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Gretchen Allison

I love learning new skills and honing ones I already have. When I'm not trying new things I'm going to auditions, which I never tire of. I am blessed to have representation from some very wonderful agents and recently signed with an amazing manager. I am also an avid supporter of National Mill Dog Rescue and Dogs In Danger and usually have a foster dog or cat around.

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