A CARNOUSTIE mother and her daughter are determined to show that having disabilities doesn’t mean your career should be put on hold.
Nicola Griffiths and her daughter, Maxine, opened their new beauty salon, Cosmic Beauty, in the High Street on Saturday and have had a steady stream of business ever since.
But the dream of opening their own business had seemed virtually impossible after the pair were both seriously injured in a car accident 10 years ago.
The car they were travelling in was hit by another vehicle between Links Parade and Kinloch Street ploughing them into a brick wall.
Nicola still suffers the effects of the accident and has developed arthritis in her spine, while Maxine has had to undergo a total of 28 surgeries and is still left with pain and problems in her arm.
But despite their difficulties the pair have both taken beauty courses at college and decided to open their own business as a way of ensuring employment and an income.
Nicola explained: “I had to stop working after the accident as I couldn’t do it any more but I always wanted to go back to work as there is nothing wrong with my mind.
“Maxine did work but had to take a lot of time off due to her arm but she always wanted to do beauty and it is something we did together as a way of getting out of the house.
“When we finished our courses at college we then thought why not just employ ourselves and give it a go.”
Since the opening on Saturday the mother and daughter have been delighted with the response to their new venture, which offers all the traditional beauty treatments as well as holistic therapies such as reiki and crystals.
And now they hope their new business will mark a new chapter in their lives.
Nicola added: “It has been absolutely fantastic so far and we had an amazing day on Saturday.
“It has been a long road to recovery for us but having a business like this to focus on helps us with our pain management.
“It has give us a new lease of life and gives us a reason to help us move on.”