Why I Decided To Go Back To School

Posted by Kathryn Harris-Lowe on

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!

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  • Thank you everyone for your support!

    Kathryn Harris-Lowe on
  • Congrats and good luck!!! You will do amazing and everything will work out !

    Amy on
  • Thanks for being so brave to shared your health struggles. Not fun, but amazing that you are turning it into something positive- following your dreams. Very proud of you and can you cone to Cambodia to help to interior design my apartment 😂?

    Jennifer on
  • Kathryn,
    You will make an amazing interior designer. For as long as I can remember you’ve always had a flair for fashion and design… think back to those Hilary Duff days :) best of luck in your new pursuit and can’t wait to see what’s next from you.

    Emily on
  • You will be an excellent Interior Decorator Kathryn!

    Janine Ernst on

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