Two weeks ago, my baby started kindergarten. I laughed. I cried. I went out with my husband for breakfast. Then I started trying to figure out what to do with my new life. Sort of a “when I grow up I want to be…” moment. I’ve learned by now, thanks to my fearless parents, that it’s a question I’ll likely be asking for the rest of my life.
They (whoever “they” are) say that currently, the average person changes careers about every 7 years, which has held true for me. Seven years ago I was a new mom, had left my previous career in Human Resources Management, and was considering how to return to my first love, the original answer to what I would be when I grew up: an artist. I studied art in school, never had much interest in doing anything else, and when I graduated college, realized I may not have planned very realistically for my future. (Actually I realized this about halfway through my senior year, but it was a little late at that point to change my major.) So I started looking for a “real” job. Through an unexpected chain of events, I landed in the world of HR, which I enjoyed thoroughly for about, well, 7 years. When I left that career to stay at home, I thought I’d go right back once the kids were old enough. However, the wonderful thing about having children is that they change everything. I realized through much introspection while changing diapers and late-night feedings, that I was still missing the creative side of me. More so than ever before, I longed to create something beautiful. Which was ironic, considering the enormous beauty that had taken over my world, in the person of my daughter. Over the years, I slowly eased back into painting, designing, and decorating, growing more creatively fulfilled along the way.
So, back to my point. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but at this stage of my life, I’m enjoying my return to art, design, and all things creative. That’s where this blog comes in. I currently co-own a home design business with my wonderful friend Jana, but have been frustrated at how much beauty is out there, and how little of it can be shared one person (client) at a time. I figured a blog would be a good way to delve into all sorts of inspiring and beautiful concepts, while at the same time, sharing with whomever would like to participate. There is a verse in the Bible that says to think on whatever is good and lovely and true, and it is my hope that this is a place you’ll come to think on beautiful things.