As the days roll by, forever gone, do you ever ask yourself, “What am I doing with my life?” I started asking myself this question a couple of years ago.

When I was younger, people would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up. Around 4th grade, my response was to be a paleontologist—I loved studying the mystery of dinosaurs! Later my response became “happy.” If I’m not happy, what is the point?

I revisited this question after a decade in the corporate world. It is an interesting environment. There can be a lot of good in the corporate world. There can also be a lot of mixed messages. Corporate culture plays a large role in the messages they send their employees. And leaders, through their actions or inactions, can make or break an authentic environment.

I am thankful for this time where I could gain experience not only in my industry, but in understanding environments and how they can create a place of inspiration and empowerment or a place of chaos, confusion, and disillusionment.

I am also thankful for the financial opportunity working full time allowed:  After 7 years of saving my income, we purchased our first house. I began looking at interior decorating magazines for the first time. I had no idea what my style was! I grew fascinated by color and how an environment can create an emotion to connect with. I would spend hours dreaming up a room, and when we couldn’t find what we were looking for in stores, we’d make it. We’d do house projects on weekends before returning to work Monday morning.

It wasn’t long before I became overwhelmed with the amount of time it took to get my house decorated, and with the shopping (and returning) that went along with that.

After five years, I began to run out of steam. I couldn’t do it all. I realized this might be the American Dream, but it was not my dream.

I wanted to create a more intentional, purposeful, and happy life. Although I liked my field of work, the environment I was in did not enable me to thrive—to live my life in a way that was meaningful to me. I decided to start a new chapter in my life. We paid off the house and I quit my job (omg, you did what??). Yes, I quit my soul-sucking job.

I’ve learned that sometimes the most meaningful things are the simple things. Life can be complicated, but if we can push away the spoken and unspoken messages that do not contribute to a better life, we can come closer to creating a life and home we love. With my blog, I hope to share ideas and tips on work, life, and decorating that I’ve learned along the way and that I continue to learn. I want to inspire you to create a home and life that is beautiful and meaningful. I hope you will join me on this journey.