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Ever since I was young, designing stuff has been a passion of mine. I would spend my time in school making sketches and daydreaming about what it would be like to live my dream in life.

In school, they don’t necessarily teach you much about real-life applicable skills and are only there to teach you certain viewpoint and set of beliefs that are instilled upon you. My life growing up in wasn’t that great and I had trouble following along in school because of the fact that the stuff they taught was not really relevant to me at all. I can’t count the number of times my teachers found me scribbling on a notebook.

Fortunately though, in 9th grade, our school started teaching arts and craft. The teacher was nice and welcoming. From him I learned a lot of the principles I have about art and design. He noticed my interest and talent in the arts and encouraged me to keep on making my designs and sketches.

It wasn’t until 11th grade, that I finally had the courage to enter a local competition. We were supposed to come up with a design for a local park in a community, and the winner was set to work with the planners and the developers of the project.

I spent almost all of my time coming up with different variations before I finally settled on one. If I could go back and redo it again, I would not have wasted so much time starting over again and again. It is better to be confident in one particular plan and stick with it, but alas, I did finish my design.

It was a hot and humid day during the summer, and as I presented my work in front of what I can remember as 100 or so people, I barely could utter a whisper on stage as my tongue felt like it was shoved to the back of my throat. Picture Elon Musk’s first presentation… that was basically how things went.

But despite my poor presentation performance, I actually won the competition and that set the precedence for my career in actually becoming an interior designer. After finishing school, I went on to study at an Arts program at our local community college, thinking I could make it as a painter, but life is funny.

We don’t usually start off with something that we 100% exactly want but over time it kind of morphs and shapes into what you want it to be. You learn new things, you gain new insights and learn more about what you like and don’t like.

Which is why, over the years, I came to settle on interior design. There is just something about creating spectacular looking rooms and spaces, and seeing the joy or the amazement in someone’s eyes. It has been over 15 years since I started professionally decorating other people’s homes, and coming up with designs.

Feel free to take a look at my portfolio and if you ever need a personalized solution, reach out to me anytime! Or read my most recent ramblings.