HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
This is my first post of 2015, and I'm very excited about it.
I am just coming up to breathe from the mad dash of Thanksgiving to Christmas and all the stress, I mean blessings, that come with it.
I am ready to start fresh with NEW goals, NEW projects and most of all, a focus on, "Am I doing what I LOVE?"
A year ago, I heard a speaker at an ASID conference about this very topic. I have thought about it daily. What is the first thing a person asks you when you meet them at a cocktail party: "What do you do??" Hmmmm. For us mothers, we could defensively rattle off "what we do" as we tick them off in our head - what don't we do?
And for those of us working an additional job, it's even more stressful to pack it all in and find that balance each day. So, am I doing what I love?
Aside from not wanting to miss anything with my children while they are young, which is a daily struggle, the main thing that weighs on my heart and mind is finding more time for painting and studio design. I am a trained interior designer with many years of work under my belt, and I love creating rooms and homes that are beautiful and make my clients feel beautiful in them, but I also need to carve out some time this year for creating what I want to create.
Let me clarify, I am not a designer who woke up and decided to paint one day. As my husband and friends reminded me when I was feeling a little unsure about the topic, I have taken more art classes throughout my life than I can possibly count. As a young girl, I carried a sketch pad and pencil with me everywhere I went. I have it in my blood from my grandmother, who was an incredible artist. I studied at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) in graphic design and figure drawing in Florence, Italy and as many art classes as they would allow me take in high school and college.
I want to get back in the studio.
I found myself channeling this creativity into a career, and I chose interior design. I love it, and I have never looked back. I am certainly not hanging up my hat (quite the opposite), but rather making a little more room for what I love and what fulfills me so that I can be a better interior designer.
Are YOU doing what you Love?