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Today is dedicated to why I chose interior design as a profession, what led me to this point in my career and how I came to the decision to branch out on my own. It's time to take a look back in history!
As a child I set two goals for myself, to become an interior designer and to be registered by the time I was 30. My interests fueled these decisions; crafts, reading, art classes and dreaming of designing homes filled my time. I selected my university based on the quality of the interior design program and got involved in a sorority, where I learned the importance of networking. My journey from epiphany to education was a sweet time of growth.
After graduation I spent five and a half years working for an architecture firm. This was another season of growth, I learned that I’m not always in control and there is only so much school can teach you. The work I was doing as a draftsman provided an excellent foundation of knowledge. I was also fortunate enough to gain the experience needed to sit for the certification exam.
Now that both goals had been checked off my list, I found myself asking the question, “Now what?” I knew I wanted to work directly with clients so I made the career move to a kitchen design showroom. This company taught me a great deal about project management and business practices.
Early in the Fall of 2015 a friend who’d noticed I’d been doing a bunch of freelance work asked me if I’d ever thought about making it a full time thing. I told her I had but didn’t know if it was the right move. Her response was, “What’s keeping you from opening your own company?” I knew exactly what it was, Fear! I was scared of failure.
After much deliberation and prayer I felt that stepping out on my own was the right move. It’s a scary feeling to resign your steady position and begin each day with the unknown but I am enjoying the challenge. I’ve found a great deal of joy in beginning this new chapter in my life and the lives of my clients. I want to build relationships and spaces for them to love and be loved in. Design is personal and I want to create spaces that are unique to my clients.