It was my senior year of high school and I was sitting there looking at acceptance letters to colleges. Two predominate schools that stood out to me was Ball State University and a two-year technical school for dental hygiene. I knew the fate of my future lied within these letters and the decision I was about to make.
I’ve always had a creative bone in me and always dreamed of making a living being creative. But I didn’t know how to make a career out of it. Literally two roads in front of me and I didn't know which to take – the predictable, safe path that would lead me straight to a good, solid job two years later? Or the road less traveled that led to a dream job? Well, I’m not a dental hygienist, so you know how that turned out! I decided to go with my gut no matter what I was advised to do and was determined to figure out how to live my life doing what I love every single day even if it meant taking the more challenging road.
After getting a bachelors degree in Interior Design and starting my first full time job as an Interior Designer that following Monday after graduation with a custom wine cellar company, there was something about me that still craved more. That’s when I started moonlighting as Jessica Stout Design, a freelance designer, creating spaces for friends and family. Though designing wine cellars was a big job and a great experience, I quickly grew out of the role and was no longer challenged with the position. I moved on to become a Kitchen and Bath Designer. The freelance work continued to grow and I dipped my toes into the waters of “blogging” for the first time.
Last August, after a fairly short stint of being a Kitchen and Bath Designer, (also on my list of “dream” jobs) I still didn’t find myself happy or inspired! Though I wanted my heart to be fully into being a Kitchen and Bath Designer, my head was elsewhere. So I took a leap of faith and started my own company FULL TIME as in Interior Designer and blogger out of my home. I’m not a spontaneous person. So it took many conversations with God, with my husband, with my family, to fully feel supported and inspired to make this decision. Once I took that first step…I haven’t looked back since!
To me, being an Interior Designer is about being inspired by others to create beautiful spaces. I am passionate about what I do and my work. It's not about the vanity or the materialistic part of the job. It's about creating a functional space for the modern family. It's about creating a warm and inviting family room to gather in at the holidays. It's about creating a beautiful first home for newlyweds who have worked hard to become first time homeowners. It’s the nursery I get to create for your first little bundle of joy. You ask someone what they are most proud of and most people will say their home they've created with their family. Well I'm proud to make that home beautiful for their family. I get to be a part of all of their family memories in that home and all of their holiday gatherings. I get to know lots of different people on a completely different personal level than most. I am happy to help others and to create their inspiring place for their future.
And I hope this INSPIRES you to follow your dreams no matter how big or how crazy they may seem. If you never take that risk or take that first step, you will never know the possibilities of your future. The unknown of not knowing is even harder than the fall of something not working out. So be INSPIRED to follow your dreams by someone who has taken that leap of faith.
Jessica is a wife, a sister, an aunt, and a follower of Jesus. She loves her career as a freelance Interior Designer, blogger, and antique shop owner at Refurbish & Refinish. She is sharing her journey through her professional work, DIY projects, and all of the craziness in between in the life of an Interior Designer. You can read more about Jessica on her blog at jessicastoutdesign.blogspot.com/about.