Today I walked away from a great paying job to take a chance on a hunch. I’ve wanted to change careers for such a long time, but had no idea what I wanted to do instead. After a decade in advertising and marketing I know that I love the industry dearly, but have been climbing the wrong ladder.
The reality is, my heart has been telling me for a while that this was coming. Even still, I’m sure it won’t surprise you that it’s been scary as hell to contemplate such a big change – especially when I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Over the years I had thought about changing lanes – going to law school, becoming a realtor, – but none of these paths seemed authentic to me.
Just Keep Swimming
So, like any driven #girlboss, I’ve been working very hard on the career I’ve had. A few months before taking the job I just left I started talking to my then boyfriend now fiancé about wanting to leave my current career path and he asked me what I enjoy doing the most. I didn’t even have to think about it: “if I hadn’t done this I would have been an interior designer.” I’d said it before, many times over my life in fact, but had never taken the idea too seriously.
My love for interior design really started when I was around eight and started learning about color theory and textiles on a design show on Lifetime. I’m not making this up guys. Obviously I was the coolest kid ever. And now, all grown up and ready to take a new road, I looked around my fabulously decorated living room and asked myself honestly: Why not do this for a living?
Instead I took the job for more money and a higher rung up the ladder I was climbing. It was clear quickly that the company was not a fit for me but I enjoyed what I was doing at first and really wanted to help mentor the girls that reported to me. As they say, somethings just aren’t meant to be and I found myself between wanting to leave my job and knowing that I couldn’t go into another similar job to fix it.
Time to Go
Eventually I became so miserable that the ONLY choice was to walk away. So I did.
In a strange way, this self-imposed removal of the safety blanket has mobilized me to follow the hunch that I can do more, I can be more. I’m so thankful for the whole experience because it’s taught me what I don’t want and what and that I can be brave and try something different.
My Ragin’ Cajun dad recently told me: “baby girl, you gotta risk it to get the biscuit.” And in a weird and random Southern way – he’s right. I’ve worked hard and been successful but I’ve been completely broke on time and getting what I thought I wanted left me drained and unhappy. So, with pride in myself and gratitude for those that love and support me, I’m taking my time back and adjusting where I lend it.
So What Now?
I’ve heard it said that when looking for your calling, the best place to start is by asking yourself what you already love to do.
So, I’m doing this. I’m going to follow my love of interior decorating and help other people create homes and spaces that they love too. Gardens and outdoor spaces are just an extension of our homes if you ask me, so you know I’ll be incorporating them.
I’m starting this blog to help document the process of this next most exciting evolution. I’ll be sharing home decor tips, DIY projects that I’ve used to save major money and the ups and downs that undoubtedly go along with starting a career as an interior designer.
Here we go!