When the thought about taking some time off from designing popped into my head a few weeks ago, it caught me by surprise. For the past four years that’s been one of my biggest sources of income, so logically, taking a break seemed crazy. But somewhere deep down in me, I kept hearing this little voice telling me that this was just what I needed right now. Hmm, what to do….
For days I pondered this thought, turning it over and over in my head, weighing the pros and cons of my decision. Will I make enough money this month? Maybe not. Will I still be able to pay the bills and eat? Yes. Would potential clients hate me? Hopefully not.
Ultimately, my gut feeling won out. It might not have been the best business decision, but in the end, I decided that my personal health is far more important than a few extra design projects this year.
It reminded me of how powerful our body can be in the process of making a decision and even when all logic and structure points to one thing, your gut (or heart) can still point you in another direction and sometimes it’s the better one — even if you can’t see it yet.
Last week was my first week on my ‘designing break’ (okay, still finishing up a few projects from last year) and seriously, I feel like a new person. Creative, inspired, happy and so much more energetic than I’ve been in months.
I spent last Wednesday shooting new looks for the blog like this one. Sweater dresses might be my favorite thing right now. They’re cozy, comfortable and so chic! Pairing them with my over the knee boots (more options below) keeps my legs plenty warm for chilly winter days. I’m looking forward to more and more days like this!
I’ve made a lot of major decisions in my life based off a gut feeling — moving to Chicago, starting Leap, starting a blog, changing the name of my blog — and I haven’t regretted a single one of them. I like to think I’m a rational person, but ultimately, passion is the deciding factor in a lot of my decisions.
So tell me, how do you make major decisions? Is your gut feeling usually the right one?