BRAINSTORM SESSION: ANOTHER INTERIOR DESIGN DEGREE

From a glance at my blog, it clearly shows that there has not been any activity for a while now. As an Interior Designer, every once in a while I do a simple brainstorm session, especially when I need to make an essential decision that deals with my life on a personal or business level. I always brainstorm because I prefer to make the right choice, then deal with a mistake that will waste my valuable time.

With so much going on in my life daily, one of the most critical aspects of whom I am as an interior designer is put by the waste-side, which is blogging.

I’m human, and I do tend to get frustrated, but I do understand why I could not blog for an extended period. If I took blogging out of the equation, and took a look at my interior design studio, as well as how long I have been designing, I feel accomplished with my life. Moreover, I asked myself, is what I have already achieved good enough for Kimberly A. Carter - Lyons?

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I would love to know where this image originated from because it reminds me of when I was a little girl. Raised as a beyond spoiled rotten brat, I look back as a small child, and even going into my adult years when my parents spoke highly about the essential aspects that should serve as a solid foundation throughout my life, which I have firmly stayed true regardless of what is going on in my life.

  • Education

  • Love me unconditionally

  • Never sell out

  • Be a leader and never a follower.

  • Never sacrifice my morals and values.

  • It is okay to dream, but make sure that it becomes a reality.

  • Stay original

  • Reach beyond the stars, but if I choose to soar past the stars, then so be it.

But the most crucial aspect and the core of my life, and before anything or anyone, always keep God first. (I saved the Best for Last) :)

However, the question that I stated earlier, I struggled with it for a while, and then along came a little bit of procrastination. Yes ma’am, procrastination. As I have said, even though I have been designing for years, I felt that there was not a need to reach higher with my education, and at other times I would ponder because my parents always spoke about how education does not have a limit or time-frame. So, I do know and understand the importance of knowledge and how essential it is as an interior designer to continually achieve at a more significant level regardless of the credentials already accomplished. Moreover, about four-and-a-half years ago while I was at a particular phase in my life, I felt that it was mandatory to make a life-changing decision.

At that time, I didn’t post about it because I realized then that it was not the appropriate time, but today it is because I reached another milestone in my life, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow has indeed been a blessing. I always felt the need to dig deeper into the world of commercial, hospitality, and global design. So, I decided to acquire another degree. It was not easy because I found a couple of reasons why I should ignore my thoughts, but at the same time, several reasons for not becoming comfortably content help me make an accurate decision. I will say that running an interior design studio (projects, meetings, clients, deadlines, and all other aspects of business), along with my personal life such as family, traveling national and international, studying, abstract artist, finding me time and trying to balance everything out is no joke. It became a real-life struggle.

However, with dedication, a strong will, determination to succeed, and my favorite word of all, perseverance, I was about to accomplish yet another milestone in my life. At times, I felt as if I was depriving myself of sleep, but for some reason through it all, I felt incredibly energized. I think my body was going in one direction as far as yelling, "Slow down Girl," but my brain was telling me, “You Got This,” and I knew what the result would be once I get passed the silver-lining in the sky. It has been beyond crazy hard work but earning another degree for different areas of design has changed my life, business, and also has put me on an entirely different level as a designer.

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Here at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta is where I did my sexy proud walk to receive another one of my blessed accomplishments, which is below. And Yes, another degree: Interior Design, Bachelors of Science. Oh, and that is me being overly excited. . .

I officially walked in June of this year, which was June 18, 2018, and I must say that I am so beyond proud of myself for achieving another degree, along with walking with amazing people, and also earning a high GPA with honors (Magna Cum Laude). Moreover, I am proud to be a member of The National Technical Honor Society and Kappa Pi Honor Society because I am that nerd chick – Yes Baby!

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Look at me in the middle. Yelp, that’s me. I met these two amazing ladies at my graduation. I love meeting people.

So, yes, my beyond-glamorous-styled pot of gold shined brightly at the end of my bold and beautiful rainbow.

I now understand that there are too many facets of interior design to be stuck on one level. I am after my own heart because I love me some me. I have now opened another chapter in my life that will never close because designing will be my passion, as well as a part of my life forever. God already had everything planned; I just needed to follow through and listen to my heart, which is what I did. I did just that, and now it is time to explore all my unlimited assets in the ever-changing world of interior design!

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Principal Interior Designer and founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Company), Kimberly has been slaying interiors since forever. She refuses to partake of what is known as ordinary when it comes to designing interior or exterior spaces. Kimberly already acknowledges that she is considered a rare breed when it comes to splashing her signature touch within a space. She loves designing fabulous interiors & exteriors. She is obsessed with super bold color, the phrase I dare you, and lives for going outside the box when creating a unique and powerful wow factor. Kimberly is definitely not afraid to break some major design rules!