10 May 2013

words of wisdom week 1: the peak of tres chic

10 May 2013
it's my birthday today - yay! i am with my bff today and going to mexico tomorrow with james to celebrate our 1 year anniversary (officially may 18)!

but without further ado, i give you the super talented sam...

Hi there, ANC fans.  Sam here, from The Peak of Tres Chic, subbing in for Ashley today!  When Ashley asked me to participate in her "Words of Wisdom" week, I felt a little daunted.  What can I possibly share with you that you don't already know?  However, I have gone through a few big changes in the last few years, so I thought I'd share the lessons I've learned along the way with you.

Last April I made the difficult decision to leave my career in the energy industry and go back to school for interior design.   The decision was not an impulsive one, but something I had thought about and analyzed over for months.  

I originally went to college and pursued a business degree with an energy focus.  
When I was choosing a major, I felt a lot of pressure.  I had always heard that you were supposed to pick something "you were passionate about."  I am supposed to know what to do for the rest of my life at age 18?!  I was clueless.  Nonetheless, I decided to go with Energy Management, a business degree.

I loved my classes, my teachers, the friends I made and the doors my degree opened up.  I was hired by an oil and gas company in Houston, TX straight out of college and went to work immediately.  It wasn't until I was decorating my first apartment that I learned I truly loved interiors!  I poured over floor plans and decor ideas, websites and shelter magazines for hours.  I didn't think too much about it until a year went by in my new career and I was still feeling a subtle, strange pull towards designing.  My creative juices were overflowing and I had no place to put them!  It's hard to go to work when you don't enjoy what you're doing.  I needed a creative outlet.

I was regularly reading design blogs and had played with the idea of creating one myself.   Finally, I just went for it and signed up for Blogger in August of 2011.
Almost immediately, everything changed for me.  I became utterly obsessed with design and loved spending every free moment at night or before work putting together blog posts.  I also got to know many other bloggers who were working towards an interior design degree or who had switched their profession, and I began to think-  "Is it too late for me to start over and pursue a new career?"

I went and toured the Houston Art Institute, mostly out of curiosity. I began to research interior design programs and reached out to other bloggers who had made similar transitions.  Finally, in April of 2012, I decided to enroll in the Art Institute's interior design program.  To help during the transition, I got a part time position assisting a residential interior designer here in Houston.  The transition was a bit of an adjustment, but overall it has been an incredible learning process.  I finally feel like I have found my calling, and am on the right path for me.

To conclude, I would just encourage anyone out there who may be unhappy in their job that it is never too late to start over.  And if you are in a place where you don't even know WHAT you are passionate about, give it time!  If you are confused about your future, give it time.  Explore.  Travel.  See new places.  But most of all, continue searching for what you love.  Don't let a fear of failing or a need for security keep you for going after your dreams.  It may sound cliche, but it's true!  As Rumi says in the quote above- 

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.  It will not lead you astray."


Alyssa said...

This is an amazing quote–I think we all have that little part of us that is afraid to follow our gut, especially if it's leading us towards something we're not sure is "right" for us. Sam proves we should always take that leap!

Annie said...

Gorgeous post and happy birthday ANC!!!!!

Giedre Krulikas said...

So true! Now just to get through the hard part of actually establishing our crazy dreams. :) Also - Happy birthday!!

Taylor O'Shaughnessy said...

happy birthday and happy anniversary!!! have a wonderful trip!

Janice Hassel said...


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