Barbara, you transitioned from working in banking to interior design. Changing careers is not an easy decision to make... and you managed to transition so well! Can you share your journey with us?
Thank you! It hasn't — and still isn't — always easy sailing, but I can't believe that Make Room will be celebrating a decade soon! It was obviously a huge change, going from working crazy hours for a massive corporation where you're one among thousands, to being my own boss and getting to do something I have a genuine love for. I think I just got to a point in my banking career where there wasn't enough joy and stimulation in my day. That was affecting who I was outside the office, as a mother and wife and friend, if that makes sense.
With interior design, I come in to the office every day with an energy and excitement that then stays with me for the day. I can't fully explain how rewarding it is getting to meet people from all walks of life… to work so closely with them on an aspect of their life that is extremely personal and seeing them smile from ear to ear when the project is completed.