Edwina Muriel, 29, of Harker Heights is a beautician and assistant manager at Great Clips in Belton.

What do you like about living in Harker Heights?

I enjoy the atmosphere. I like the fact that Harker Heights is a very clean and safe place to raise children. I really like the different activities that you can do here and the festivities that they have in the parks.

Tell me about your family.

I am a single mother with two beautiful daughters. Celeste is 10 and Enycia is 6. My tomboy is Enycia and Celeste is my girly-girl. Celeste is in Girl Scouts and Enycia plays soccer. My brother lives in Round Rock and my mother lives in Mississippi. I am originally from East Orange, N.J. I moved to the Fort Hood area with my brother who was in the military back in 2000.

Are you involved in any community activities, organizations or clubs?

I currently go to the nursing homes and help the ladies with their hair, make-up and nails. My job does different fundraisers and things for cancer patients, low-income families and teachers.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?

While being at work and seeing my managers go through the struggles they go through, it made me want to go back to school. I want to have a better position in my field and not just sit behind a chair. I want, when I get older, to be financially stable and not have to go through the struggles I see them go through because they did not attend college or (receive) some sort of higher learning.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?

If I could change one thing about my life it would be for me to be further along in my career than I am now. I should have gone to college right after high school instead of waiting as long as I did. I am currently in school now, working on my bachelor’s degree in science and administration at the University of Phoenix.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

The best advice I was ever given was by my former cosmetology instructor. She said, “Do not wear your heart on your shoulder.” This means, don’t let things get to you. I attended cosmetology school here in Killeen at College of Cosmetology before it closed its doors. I was one of the last students of the College of Cosmetology.

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