Finally Finding my Career

Finally Finding My Career (via you've been reading my blog for a while, you might already know that I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in sustainability last December. It felt really good to be done with school (no more homework!), but it felt really stressful to not know what I wanted to do with that degree. Sustainability is great, because it's so important and so flexible. There are so many topics to focus on and so many different type of companies looking for people with this background. However, if you don't know what you want to do, it's hard to know where to look for a job.

For the past couple of months, I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do for a career. I have this weird fear of being trapped at a job (mainly when looking at the schedule, vacations, and creativity), so I want to work for myself. I want the freedom to choice when, where, and how I work. I've known that I want my own business for a long time, but I still had no idea what type of business I wanted.

I really have a passion for reading blogs. I love that there are so many creative people out in the world managing their own business. I also love having my own blog to write about what I love and to connect with new friends all over the world. It's been great having this site, so I know I want to continue with this. But, finding the connection between the degree I've invested so much into and my passion for blogs, creating, and owning my own business has been hard.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an interior designer. I remember having a notebook (I'm pretty sure it was covered in Lisa Frank stickers) where I would draw my ideas for building and designing rooms. I shared a room with my sister until high school, so when I was younger all I wanted was my own room. I remember drawing a bunch of designs to try to convince my parents to let me build a room in the backyard. The plans were for a ridiculously small space that I would build myself out of plywood. Of course, they said no as it was super unsafe to let a 10 year old live in a plywood box in the Phoenix heat. I don't remember what stopped me from creating like this, but I think I just didn't realize I could have a job like this.

I'm happy to say that I've realized there are tons of jobs like this! I'm so thankful for the blogging world and HGTV for showing me that following your passion and continuing to create can lead you to your career. My biggest inspirations have been blogs that focus on design and home decor (like A Beautiful Mess) and HGTV's show Rehab Addict. If you haven't seen it, a woman, Nicole Curtis, saves old home in the mid-west from being torn down. She tries to save as many original pieces of the home that she can and tries to reuse or recycle as many resources as possible. All of this has lead me to finally figuring out what I want to do!

I want save old homes and building by reusing resources and incorporating sustainability into each project. I don't like the like term "flipping houses," but essential this is what I want to do. I want to renovate and design old spaces into beautiful homes for people to love. I'm planning on getting an associates in interior design and a real estate license. I love this plan, because I'll be able to design, renovate, and buy and sell my own homes. This plan also works for me, because I'll be able to focus on many different areas. I'll be able to continue this blog by showing d.i.y. projects (and my regular types of posts). I'll be able to build and design, which can be on a project for me to "flip" or accept clients to work on their homes. And I'll be able to focus on selling real estate, if I need a change of pace. That all may sound confusing, but basically I'll have the flexibility I was searching for in a career. There will be many areas to focus on, so I won't get bored. I'll have to ability to travel and work when and where ever I'd like. And I'll enjoy the work, because I'm passionate about it. 

The next steps for me are to get my associates in interior design and my real estate license. I'm lucky the local community colleges offer the degree and have a flexible class schedule to help me get it done. Also, I have some connections into the real estate market, so I can learn from some great people. After that, I just have to get started on projects! It's scary and exciting, but I can't wait to get started!

This post was certainly longer that I had expected! Thank you so much for reading and supporting me. This blog has been a lot of fun, so I really appreciate that you stopped by to check it out. Please leave a comment or email mail me to say hello! I'd love to hear what your passionate about and where you live! Also, if you have any advice for me about designing, real estate, owning your own business, or whatever, I'd love it hear it! xo, Laura


  1. April 9, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    It makes me happy to see (or read) how inspiration around us influences our own career choices. This sounds tons of fun, especially interior design. Knowing that you have a clean slate to work on and a variety of styles and colors is super exciting. Im one of those individuals who likes to brainstorm and plan, heck if it involves color, home, style, Im all up for it!

  2. April 9, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Congratulations on discovering what youd like to do with your degree! Im struggling with the same thing, though Im still in college right now. I think the thing about us bloggers is that we often pursue degrees that have little (or little we see) to do with our passion; were very versatile people and tend to see blogging as only a hobby, when it or something similar could be made into career. Super exciting to hear! 🙂 Brooke | brookewrote

  3. April 9, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Congratulations! Blogging has that wonderful side of inspiring you to choose important things in life. I myself am struggling with finding my passion after graduating almost a year ago. Im glad youre through with the process. Once again, congrats! ;)Dara | Hola Darla | @DarlaOct

  4. April 9, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    I absolutely love this! I am so excited for you!!

  5. April 9, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Im a planner too! Since Ive figured out what I wanted to do, I started looking at houses to buy. I had no intentions of purchasing one right away, but I was already dreaming about idea and colors and projects! So fun!

  6. April 9, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    So glad you figured out what you were looking to do! Cant wait to follow along with what you end up doing. I was an environmental science/sustainability major too and I had the absolute worst time finding a job when I graduated last May.I ended up going another rout and ended up in advertising, which Ive ended up loving, but sometimes I still wish I was using my major in the real world. -E @

  7. April 9, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    I love your blog! Your style is amazing!xo,

  8. April 11, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Thank you so much! I cant wait to share projects and what I learn along the way!Im sorry you had a hard time finding a job, but thats great that you found something else that you love! So glad you stopped by!Laura

  9. April 11, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Good for you! Finally realizing what you want to do is so liberating and exciting! Instead of flipping houses maybe you could call it saving houses – that sounds sustainable! How exciting – I cant wait to read more about your journey.

  10. May 3, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Hello Laura :), I stumbled upon your blog today, (actually through a comment you posted on Elise Blahas blog!) and Im lovin this space youve created here. Your blog has officially sucked me in!I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story. What youre talking about here is super familiar to me. Im 19, also a baby blogger (coming up on my 2nd year!) and also on the small business and entrepreneurship adventure train, (currently in the form of gf vegan cupcakes) :b. Alot of the bloggers I follow are older than me by a few years and have alooot more figured out. It feels good to read about/connect with someone closer to where I am in my journey. I will definitely be checking back often Laura, and I absolutely love your bold declaration of what you want! My parents are serial house flippers/designers, so Ive seen a lot of that world, and know its a fun one. Cant wait to become a regular here ;). Enjoy your week, Sincerely, Mickie V.

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