Last week I had an opportunity to speak to a group of Interior Design students in the Business Practices class at Gwinnett Technical College. This talk was extra special for me not only because it's my first of 2016, but it was only 5 short years ago that I sat in that very same classroom, trying to determine if I really had what it took to become an Interior Designer. To look up & find myself standing in front of them on Wednesday speaking about the trajectory of my career was so full circle. A reminder that I actually came to those classes with everything I needed. I had it all along.
I was there to talk about my career & how I use social media in my business but of course I ended up covering a wide swath of info! Talks like that are always fun because they're informal and there's a lot of interaction with people who are so passionate about creating a career they love. One of the things I shared with the students was to be mindful that throughout their journey, their goals will shift, expand and quite possibly completely change shape. What they think they want to do right now may be the exact thing they don't want to do in just a few years. And then I shared how when I was sitting in that very class, my dream was to have my own brick & mortar retail store. I wanted my own studio where I could meet with design clients and sell the vintage furniture pieces that I was custom finishing by hand. I wanted to spend my days surrounded by beautiful furniture that customers could customize to suit their own needs and taking meetings with clients in my private office. I imagined a young, diverse staff and even visualized myself running around the shop with a cordless phone attached to my hip while the sounds of T.I. played over the sound system. OMG, when I tell you I wanted that SO bad???? I tell you no lie. I even picked out the building I wanted and captured a picture of myself sitting on the steps so I could hang it on the walls when my shop opened--I had it all planned out.
2011: Old times. Old dreams. Old weight.
And then I started experiencing things I never imagined I'd be a part of and my prayers changed. Fast forward to today and, as I was sharing with the students, the last thing I could imagine having now is my own retail shop & refinishing furniture for resale. I'd seriously be miserable. As I drove home it made me start thinking about unanswered prayers and alllllllllllllllllllll of the things and men (oh dear God, the men!!) that I once wanted sooo bad, only to turn the corner and find myself so grateful & thankful that I didn't get what I thought I once really needed. Do you ever think about that?? All of the things that you used to hope/pray/wish for, only to get a little farther down the road and realize how grateful you are that you didn't get the very thing you'd once thought you might die without? Yikes. My life is littered with them. Being back at the school to share my story was such an honor and yet more than anything, it made me really mindful of how much is waiting for me beyond what I can currently imagine. Garth Brooks truly said it best: "Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers."
So I'd really LOVE to hear about the some of the things you once hoped & wished for...and how glad you are that they didn't happen for you after all! Please share your unanswered prayers below! Let's chat....
(thanks for the pics, Shannon!)