You Gotta Be Bad To Be Good
I'm one of those people who has about a million different interests. And at 24 years old, I'm still not totally sure what I want to be when I grow up. So my plan has been to just try everything and see what sticks. I was a wedding and event planner for a few years where I learned how to manage lots of moving parts (and personalities) and be on my feet for 14 hours a day. Now I work for a blog where I get to create content and produce photo shoots for big-time clients. But recently my mind has been wandering towards interior design. I've always been the girl that my friends (and even random acquaintances) call when they need to decorate their apartment or bedroom, and I absolutely love figuring out someone's personal style and helping them design a space that they love to come home to every day.
One of my friends just moved into a new townhouse and asked me to help him redesign the space. This will be the first time I've ever worked on a project that includes renovations (new floors, new cabinets, new tiles). I'm a perfectionist and I want this project to reflect my skills so I'm kinda nervous about executing this project when I have no real experience with renovations. A million questions came to mind -- none of which I knew the answer to. Do we need a contractor? What makes a good contractor? How much is all of this going to cost? What if we want something custom made? What exactly is a load bearing wall?
I felt like the only way I would be good at interior design is if I went to school for it. And that opened up another can of worms. Should I go back to school for this? Would I get an undergraduate or graduate degree? How much does that cost? Do I really even have to go to school for this? I'm still unsure of the answer to most of these questions, but in the meantime, I've decided to learn by doing. My first project probably won't be perfect, but I will learn a lot, and then my next project will be better. The hardest part is getting started.
As I was reading "In The Company Of Women," the newest cool girl coffee table book by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge, I stumbled upon the quote, "You have to be willing to be bad at it in order to get good at it." I'm really going to try to embrace this idea while working on this project (and hope that my perfectionist side doesn't get the best of me). It's okay to make mistakes, it's okay to have learning moments, because they all help you get to where you want to be.