Last week I found myself facing some difficult realizations/ decisions. It all started when I was turned down for the health coverage plan that I wanted. Being an entrepreneur, I don't have health coverage options from a company I work for (my other job is so part time that I also can't buy into their coverage). For some people, this may not be that big of a deal, but for me it is.
For those of you who aren't aware, I have colitis. I am on two different medications to control my symptoms and allow for a more comfortable life. Unfortunately, these prescriptions aren't cheap. In fact, the health plan the company countered with had a maximum that wouldn't even last four months of the year (which means the majority of the year I'd be paying the costs completely out of pocket.
So, after an emotional/panicky evening, I came up with a new five year plan for my life, something I didn't think I'd be thinking about until Kat's Print Boutique celebrated its first anniversary. I have decided to pursue a career in interior design!
As any of you loyal blog readers will know, I love interior design. It is something that I honestly wished I had considered when I was looking into universities in high school (I do think my business background is worth it though!). I looked into what it took to become an interior designer and have now started the process. At the end of last week, I started an interior design course with the Interior Design Institute.
This course takes place online and will take me 6 months to 1 year to complete. It is nice because it allows me to work at my own pace, allowing me to still work on Kat's Print Boutique! Once I finish this course, I will have to take a test to become a certified Interior Decorator.
Once I'm a certified Interior Decorator, and assuming I still enjoy the interior design pursuit, I will start a three year program to become an Interior Designer!
Along with starting my interior design education, I am also looking for a job in the field (hopefully one that comes with benefits). This will help me learn more about the field I want to get into, while also allowing me to figure out if I enjoy working in it as much as I think I will. And don't worry, Kat's Print Boutique isn't going anywhere! You may not see as many new designs or products coming out as often, but I will do the best I can (and will still continue with social media posts, weekly email updates, and blogs).
So far, I am really enjoying my interior design course and am excited for my future in the industry! Wish me luck on my job hunt!