Think I was leading a glamorous life as a designer? (HA!) Not even close.
Time got away from me and I found myself in a rut.
I failed to pay attention to the details and make upgrades along the way.
Before I knew it – I lost my way and was overwhelmed.
For anyone who can relate,
I hope my makeover journey will be your inspiration.
Whoever said it’s not the destination.. it’s the journey… lied!
Last year, I was flipping through Oprah Winfrey’s ‘O’ Magazine and came across their section titled “LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE.” This is Oprah’s way of encouraging us to do our best all the time and to accept ourselves when we do. This article caused me to have an “ah-ha” moment. I realized that I was NOT in fact living my best life.
I immediately found myself on a quest for a major makeover in the main areas of my life. These included: my home, my body, my image, and my business. I put the plan in motion with my 48th birthday (this month) as my target date to complete my new goals. I invested both time and money along the way and looking back, I have no regrets.
I am celebrating and determined that “48 is not too late” to live my best life.
I liked my home but was not “in love” with it. I didn’t feel in sync with the style and architecture despite compliments from friends and family. It was time for a change.
I sold my Floating Home in Portland and my La Quinta home and downsized to a house that’s a better fit. My new house (more photos: Arrow Ranch on Houzz) is fun and a bit quirky. I broke design rules and didnt take the “safe” route. It is DARING and yet comfortable. The process was exhausting and time consuming but now that it is over, I am thrilled with the results.
I now live in a home that nourishes my soul and better represents my style and tastes.
As a workaholic, I was so busy running my design business that I was no longer taking care of myself. Long hours of sitting at my desk and eating on the run (topped off with too much soda and coffee) turned me into someone I barely recognized. They say “sitting is the new smoking” and with this analogy I was sitting about two packs a day!
There happened to be a gym (Next Level Fitness) right next door to my office. I signed up for their ‘Fit in 42’ program, and it was the best investment I could have ever made!
I have lost nearly 30 pounds and I am motivated to live a healthier more active lifestyle.
I always thought I’d rather walk on fire than be subject to a fashion makeover. But then I had a chance meeting with Cat Slater (The Fashion Alchemist) who has changed my life.
Cat gently told me the hard truth – that I needed to dress like I could afford my own services! She was telling me that my business wardrobe was all wrong. I had 700 black skirts and 900 black tops. Ok, so I like black! (Plus it’s sliming, see “body makeover” above for why that was important!) I knew Cat had the talent and expertise to help me, but when she told me her fee, I tried not to gulp. I took a leap of faith and started the process of upgrading my business image and add color and style to my wardrobe.
Hiring a professional in an area where I lacked skills has been worth every penny!
As a creative person in the business of design, I am always striving to improve and reach the top of my field. After 16 years dedicated to Lockwood Interiors and its current business model, I found myself ready for new challenges.
I am excited about adding a new division and brand to Lockwood Interiors called Design Vision Studio. This new division will provide expanded packages for interior design services, while continuing to provide the exceptional customer service that our clients have come to expect.
Stay tuned… Design Vision Studio will be launching soon!
LOCKWOOD INTERIORS Palm Desert, California.
We create REAL HOMES for REAL LIVING for REAL PEOPLE
Patricia Lockwood, Award-Winning Interior Designer & Stager,
Certified Design Psychology Coach, and I.D.S. Professional