Q:What was your primary motivation to become an Interior Designer

 I grew up in a small town in Montana, and wanted to move. At first I wanted to be an architect.  I was always driven by the creative process and the desire to create cozy and warm environments for people to enjoy, which was very much influenced by my father who built the house I grew up in.  However when I was in high school I worked for someone who did interior design and I realized that was far more my passion than structure. And there was a great college in Colorado do study design and so a great way make the move out of Montana.

Q:What is a habit you have changed or developed since staying at home?

 My big habit since COVID is Self-care.  It’s a different type of self-care now, whereas before I would have gotten a massage, now I work out in my living room, listen to a ton of mediations and hike to find peace with everything that is happening right now, that I confess was a struggle for me for a while. One of my favorite meditations to listen to are by Louise Hay.

Q:What’s your tip for staying connected with family and friends?

 It’s really challenging to keep in touch with friends and family especially in times of COVID.  However, because we’ve not been running around doing things with the kids, it’s given me a little time back that I’ve used to keep in touch with friends mostly via text and email.  I’ve focused my efforts on those people who matter the most to me.

 Q:Tell me about a novel you would recommend I read?

 I’ve not read much since having children, and I really miss reading. However, one book that really resonates with me is “The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling” by Stephen Cope.  It profiles different famous people who don’t think they are doing the right thing in their moment, but of course it turns out they really were working towards where they were supposed to be in life.  It’s very inspiring.

 Q:What is the best piece of advice you have received?

 My mother always encouraged me by saying “you do anything you want to, just have to put your mind to it”.  I think this is a great message for children and growing up in a small rural town where few people left, I internalized this message and was the first to go to college and I was the one who left and moved to Colorado.

 Q:What do you love about your Lisbeth Joe shoes?

 As I said in my review, they are so incredibly comfortable, but of course being a designer, the style is great.  You can wear them with jeans or a dress, I just love them.

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