guest post: a blog post and a phone bill


Hey guys! It’s Caitlin from Reverie to Reality, and while I normally bring you guys a Design Your Life interview on Wednesdays, we’re changing things up a little this week.

A few days ago I was reflecting on the summer with Jess, and how much has happened since June. A few examples? She and Scott eloped to Paris (!!), and I decided to move to Chicago and started offering interior decorating services. I know. Things have been busy around here.  Jess asked if I would consider sharing my story with you guys about how this new development in my life came about, and I (obviously) agreed without hesitation.

Offering interior decorating services was something I had thought about for a long time, but always had an excuse for why it wouldn’t work. Either I didn’t have the time, the resources, the expertise…you name it. When money stresses would get to me because my part-time job in Cincinnati wasn’t enough to live off of after I paid my bills, my friends and family constantly suggested that I put my passion and talents to good use and start offering decorating services. I would immediately brush off the idea, for fear that I would look silly and fail.

Months later, I received my AT&T bill in the mail and realized that I couldn’t afford to pay it. A couple of hours later, I wrote a post on my blog announcing that I was now offering design services. Just like that. It was an impulsive decision, yet one that I had been wrestling with and contemplating for months. The doubts and concerns I had were all still very present, but the reality of my financial situation took charge and allowed me to stop dwelling on them. That was almost three months ago now, and I haven’t looked back.

I used to think that if you wanted to make a change or take a leap of faith in your life, that you needed to have all the details squared away. What I’ve realized is that the point of taking a leap of faith is that you aren’t sure how it’s going to work, but you move forward anyway. Suddenly, I’m living out a dream that I’ve had for years, and all it took to get there was a blog post and a phone bill.


This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Absolutely love and adore this post. I feel like I am in the same situation! I look at my bills and wonder if my bank account is going to be overdrawn. I need to really take initiative and start the event planning business I’ve been thinking about doing for months.

  2. Jessica

    Thank you for the reminder to not be afraid to take a leap of faith — seeing your design business grow has made me think a lot about what I want to do with my own endeavors. You’re a great role model and I’m so happy you’re doing what you love!

  3. Kimberly

    Thank you for your story! A perfect illustration of how simple life can be, and how complicated we tend to make it 🙂 Good luck on your new path!

  4. Rocio Vallejo

    Caitlin, inspiration at such an opportune time. Thank you and congrats on taking the leap!

  5. rita

    i love this, and congratulations! such a great reminder that we can do our best when we have no other choice as long as we keep an open mind.

  6. Congrats on taking the leap! I had a similar “launch” story, where I got laid off, and figured I had nothing to lose by putting my artwork for sale online. A very exciting career awaits you, and I’m looking forward to watching it grow!

  7. Sage

    Wow, I love it! I often hold off on taking action because I feel like I have to get all my ducks in a row first. But then I never end up doing anything! My life and the situations I’m in will never be perfect, so I should take a leap and do something anyway. Great post!

  8. THANK YOU for this post – for your courage, and sharing that just diving in and doing it is the best thing!

  9. This post came at the PERFECT time in my life. I think it took a lot of guts to do what you did – and I think you set a great example! I’m feeling inspired now to jump off my own cliff and do what I want to do on the side, which is write. Thanks for sharing!

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