Five years ago, seeking a creative outlet, I simultaneously launched a blog and business driven by my desire to create a beautiful home on a modest budget. Things began with friends and associates requesting my help sprucing up their homes and grew from there.
Looking to learn as much as possible in the area, I made the decision to enroll in a well-regarded, local residential design program and began chipping away at the coursework for the 36-credit hour program. You can read more about that decision HERE.
It sounded simple enough but working a full-time career, going to school and managing a business in its infancy was no small feat. I quickly realized that my weekends, evenings and even most weekday lunch breaks were no longer my own. It was a huge sacrifice but the more I worked, the better I became and the more I learned.
I started to consume every little morsel of design info and inspiration I could find; attending conferences, reading designer's blogs, studying the great's work.
|Design Bloggers Conference 2015|
After a little soul searching and prayer, in January 2014 I instituted Project 36. It was my 36-month plan to transition to full-time entrepreneurship; essentially my exit strategy. I knew that putting a time limit to things would slowly make the decision more and more real. It would also hold me accountable to doing what I needed to do to make it possible. Three years sounded like an eternity, that is until it was 24 months and then 12, 10, 8, and 6. Yikes! There's something about setting a goal that makes me work just a little harder and this one was no exception.
With the 3-month mark approaching I began to craft my resignation letter, reviewing the details carefully with my mentor and setting the date for my critical conversation with the boss. I spent the entire week leading up to D-day gorging on motivational videos and podcasts. Here's my favorite playlist if you're interested. By the time the day arrived to submit my resignation, I was more than ready. I was pumped! It all went off without a hitch and I couldn't have been more grateful. I offered to work a three month notice, explaining that my final day would be Friday, December 30th.
It was DONE. I'd actually done it. I QUIT MY JOB! Say what? I thought for sure I'd wake up the next morning in a cold sweat, filled with regret....
I was wrong. I had a strange peace about it; a good sign that I'd done the right thing.
All that was left to do was inform the parents. THIS, I thought, was by far the largest hurdle. I decided to wait until the Thanksgiving holiday to tell them face-to-face. For starters, I knew I needed to wait until there was no turning back or they'd totally influence my decision, even if inadvertently. Secondly, I needed to make sure all of my ducks were in a row so they'd worry just a little bit less. I'm happy to report that the conversation with smoothly and they were super supportive and totally in my corner. And with that, the goal had finally come to fruition.
To say that this has been an amazing journey would be a gross understatement. When I launched my business and blog with this post on January 1, 2012, I never dreamt I would be where I am today. It's kind of crazy to think all of the connections I've made, the people I've met, the opportunities I've had and the fabulous clients I've worked with. It has been an absolute dream come true.
I'm forever grateful to those who have supported and encouraged me along the way. There were many. I'm also beyond grateful to those clients who took a chance on me very early on. They were willing to be my guinea pigs and I appreciate them trusting me in the process. For those that came later, they validated my ability as a new designer and I'm appreciative of them as well. To the folks who read my blog and follow along on social media, they inspire and encourage me to keep sharing my gift with the world. It makes the journey so much more fun when you know you've got people cheering you on.
It's been a long time coming and I'm so elated and proud of what I've been able to accomplish. I stand with tip-toed anticipation of what lies ahead. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the best is yet to come. And for those who might need an interior designer, On January 2, 2017, we are officially FULL ON...
To God be the Glory for the GREAT things He has done.