You see, when I graduated from school I interviewed for several interior design internships where they basically wanted me to work for free for 6 months and at the end of that there would be no guarantee that I would be offered a full-time position. Seriously? I have a B.S. in Finance, 5 years work experience and an A.A.S in Interior Design and you want me to work for free? I know that the experience is invaluable but I'm 27, my parents do not/will not financially support me and I have rent and bills to pay! So how do you step away from a full-time job that pays extremely well, matches your 401k and has amazing benefit? I still don't know.
So when Sara posted this quote on Instagram a few weeks ago it immediately struck a chord with me and got me thinking. Over the past year I have been my own worst enemy. I have held myself back from experiencing amazing opportunities because I'm a perfectionist. Several major websites have asked to feature my apartment but for some odd reason I continually put it off because I fear it won't be good enough. Ah, seriously Kristin, wtf. I know if I had the time I could do great things and grow my business but I'm risk averse (catch that finance lingo?) and fear not knowing the future.
I'm telling you this because I constantly receive emails from people asking for career advice and telling me that they're inspired by my story (read my About section). I don't feel qualified to give advice but I hope that by sharing my story and struggles in this new year I can continue to carve my own path because, honestly, I need to stop waiting and start doing!