GOING FULL TIME...
Updated: Jan 22, 2020
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Transitioning from part time to full time-
For many years Pinnacle Interior Designs was a side hustle. My main "job" was a Men's Gymnastics Coach, and I took on clients and projects I could handle in my "free time."
I knew I was good at Interior Design, I knew I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t ready to leave coaching, and I wanted to be there for my kids during their younger years since my husband worked nights coaching.
When my youngest went into kindergarten I decided to actually use my degree and go full time with Interior Design and my business.
I recall that I stood outside the school on that first day, surrounded by crying moms and dads as the kids went into the school with their teacher. All I felt was an overwhelming weight lifted. I could work without guilt. I could focus without distraction, I know could be ”present” when they came home!
I love my kids...but working with them at home is nearly impossible and I had been trying to do it for about two years while I transitioned from 10% design to 50% design. Now I could be 100% design and I was both scared and elated!
-First professional photoshoot after going full time Photo credit- Lynsey Tjaden Photography.
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The first year of full time was a blur of taking on more than I could handle to ensure a future, building a brand, and so.much.learning.
I made mistakes, I missed out on a lot of family things... but I grew as a business owner and designer.
Going into year two of full time this past September brought an intern into my life (Hailey), consistent work, and the courage (and time) to network and find my tribe.
Now as I enter 2020 I hired Hailey, started a blog, am creating E-Design division of Pinnacle Interior Designs, and am so grateful I took a leap of faith to go full time.
-Hailey and I at BizComm Summit 2019
-Still have times where I have to still work and am on mom shift! Good thing he loves being my assistant!
It’s not perfect. I have trouble setting boundaries with clients, I struggle to get work done within all the hours I never had before. I have had a lot clients, which mean a few that I (or anyone) will make happy. I have had great leads and promising projects go nowhere.
BUT- I am so lucky to do a job I love. I am thankful for the wonderful support team I have: my husband, kids, family, friends, contractors/sub contractors, client’s who give me humbling reviews and referral, vendors, trade manager, and colleagues!
-Creating Mood Boards
Thank you for joining in and reading! I hope you got an insight into what we do, who we work with, the reality behind making old spaces new, and how awesome are clients are!