…. who re-enrolled. Yep. You read that correctly. I’ve already dropped out once, but the second time is the charm, right? Here are the reasons I dropped out, what I’ve learned since then, and why I’ve decided to start all over. (And I think it will really be worth it!) Beware: this post is looong!
Way back in the day, when I was 25 or so, I was already on my second career. My college degree is in Elementary Education and as much as I loved teaching, I just couldn’t handle the system. I didn’t like watching my class bored to tears because my job was on the line based on their test scores and I HAD to make sure they passed that test! I didn’t like administrators watching me teach from behind one way mirrors or while hiding in the hallway just to make sure I wasn’t straying from the state mandated lesson plans. I also didn’t get any sick days (even when I had the flu) or decent health insurance. It was excruciating for such little pay. I decided to stop teaching after just one year.
The summer after I left teaching I kind of stumbled into a new career: real estate. I met someone who had a firm that handled on site sales for small builders. I went to work as an assistant there and got my real estate license. About a year in, I was bored. I sat in an empty, decorated house all day hoping that someone would come in and buy it. Yuck. So I decided to go into regular old, general brokerage, helping people buy and sell their own homes. It was tough getting started, but as long as I made more money than I did teaching, I was happy. As I went with more and more buyers in and out of more and more houses, I realized that I was decorating every house in my head. Then it hit me, why don’t I really decorate these houses? So I enrolled in community college in the interior design program at night and still worked during the day.
2 semesters in to the program, I was exhausted. My real estate career had really picked up and I was struggling to stay awake in design school. I found it boring. The first two semesters focused solely on architecture and drawing. That’s not what I thought interior design was! Where was the furniture and fabric and paint? I had to drop out. I had lost the passion and I had to keep making money. Real estate won.
Then I had 2 babies. Then the real estate market tanked. Then we had to sell our house. Then I realized how much having a home to decorate meant to me. So I started this blog. And I threw myself back into the world of fabric, furniture and food. 2 1/2 years later, I want to make this my life. I want other people to make their house a dream come true, no matter what their budget is. But I also feel that the proper credentials are very important. So I am now enrolled in the distance education program at the New York Institute of Art and Design. It is a self paced course that fits well with my life. I can do it in between blog posts and projects while the kids are at school. Or if I can’t sleep at night. And the passion is still there. This is what I am meant to do.
And considering that I have 2 semesters of architectural vocabulary and drawing skills under my belt, I know what to expect. I am loving this!