By Renée Biery

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Add-on’s, renovations, and new construction homes can seem intimidating to take on. How do you even get started? How do you find and manage contractors? What surprises should you anticipate coming up? How long do these things take?

In this podcast, you will learn all that and so much more!

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What you will learn in this episode: 

  • How to plan ahead to avoid overwhelm

  • Making decisions that support both your business and the lifestyle you desire

  • How to step into a CEO mindset

Designers, if you are ready to tackle the last quarter of the year without overcommitting and feeling stressed out while making decisions that support your business AND the lifestyle you want to live, then this episode is for you!!

My guest today is Desi Creswell, a Certified Life and Business Coach who helps interior designers stop feeling overwhelmed so they can intentionally build profitable, fulfilling businesses that enrich and support their lives as a whole. 

An award-winning interior designer, Desi worked for world-renowned design and architecture firms prior to establishing her own design practice. After experiencing burnout from an endless to-do list and the competing interests of work and home, she was disheartened by the feeling that she wasn’t showing up as her best in any area of life. Desi sought to find solutions within the industry for time management, work-life balance, and creating success that is truly self-defined.

In her quest to find a better way and get her big questions about work and life answered, Desi became committed to personal development and growth. This led Desi to blend mindset with strategy to transform her own experience and thus realize that there was a need for this type of support within the design community. Her training as a life coach, paired with her industry-specific expertise, helps her to empower clients to thrive both personally and professionally. 

This is the perfect time of year – when your kids are going back to school to do a reset in your life and business.

Start going over that to-do list and that wish list, and decide how you want to finish out the year.

Being in indecision is such a time and energy drain! We don’t ever take the time to look at that list and say, “What am I actually going to do, and what am I going to let go of?” 

In today’s episode, Desi is sharing what she does for her clients to make this process simple yet allow you to understand your capacity and not overcommit. 

We also talk about how doing this allows you to start looking ahead – for your clients as well as yourself in order to not feel overwhelmed. 

This can include planning for the time you will be taking off. Maybe it’s around the holidays or days you know your kids will be out of school. When will you need to take time off? Now is the time to be blocking that out on your calendar so you aren’t doing it last minute and causing more stress in your life!

So many new designers struggle with having the confidence to do renovation management, or even new designers experience the angst or lack of knowledge of even doing new decorating projects.

But as Desi says, “You have to be willing to get it wrong in order to get it right.” 

If you were to be wrong or miss something, what are you making that mean about you or your future career? The first part of overcoming this is allowing there to be space for the uncertainty you feel. Or being comfortable with the discomfort.

The second part is to take a look at what skill sets you actually think you’re missing. We can have this feeling of “I need to know everything. I’ve got to be an expert.” Let’s get clear on what this skill actually is that we could take the time to learn as opposed to having this overarching umbrella of I don’t know, or I don’t have enough information.

Being a designer can cause you to expand on what you’re willing to do, able to do, and how much you are willing to stretch yourself, which is a CEO mindset. 

Often times we have to play both the role of the doer as well as the vision holder. We want to make sure we are delivering at a high level to our clients, but we also want to make sure we are ensuring that our business is headed in the direction that we want it to go in versus running on default. 

Being a CEO can feel really far away, but you can be the CEO today, no matter where you are in your business, and take those steps to expand your business, no matter what that looks like.

So much of being a CEO is how you view yourself. 

We also get into how important mindset is, celebrating the wins – no matter how small, and more! I hope you enjoy this conversation!

If you’d like to book a FREE 20-minute consultation don’t forget to leave a rating and review, screenshot it and email me at I can’t wait to chat with you!

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