Living that dream, working so hard. / by Bonnie Achariyakosol

 She picked out our looks for our shopping trip. She’s got style for days y’all.

She picked out our looks for our shopping trip. She’s got style for days y’all.

Life is so crazy… Am I RIGHT? This awesome design career is really enough to keep two people busy and if you throw in three super cute kids under 4, a fun marriage and great friends there is never a dull moment. This social media life sometimes gets totally pushed to the side in order to live that REAL life that I’ve worked so hard to pull together. I’m fortunate though. I’m living my dream life balancing a career that gives me life and hanging out with the coolest kids in the whole world. (I’m biased but seriously they are the best…). It’s totally crazy and every day looks different.

Growing up I watched my dad hustle every day as an entrepreneur, figuring out how to keep it all moving and growing. Never afraid to make a change and definitely never afraid of a late night working. I also noticed something important: if you KILL it for your current customers it will never go unnoticed and soon you’ll have your next…. and your next.. because not everyone in your field is taking care of business. Some days we would go with my dad to visit clients (he fixes sewing machines by the way!) or we would do homework at our shop/store or we would wipe down the machines after he serviced them. It was a family endeavor and it shaped the way I looked at work. Sure you have to work super hard, but you can do it with your family in tow and in the process shape the way THEY look at their future career.

 Quick break for a bottle in the car… and a cuddly selfie with momma.

Quick break for a bottle in the car… and a cuddly selfie with momma.

I’ve always had my own clients as I worked through the years at other design firms with the goal of owning my own design studio. I worked ALL THE TIME and honestly still do but in 2011 I took the big leap and started working on my dream full time. The biggest challenge was to step outside of my introverted comfort zone and talk about MYSELF (**cringe/shiver**) but if people don’t know what you are doing… they don’t know that they should hire you! So I went out there with the goal of telling every single person in Dallas “Hi, I’m Bonnie and I am an Interior Designer!” The more I did it, the less awkward I was and I did everything I could to make those new clients happy. Fast forward to now and the work has paid off. I never actually met everyone in Dallas but that’s ok… I don’t actually have enough time to work for everyone anyway. I do have time to dive deep into the handful of projects I take at a time and do the very best.

 This guy loves to measure… and the answer is always “Six”

This guy loves to measure… and the answer is always “Six”

So now you’ll find me around the design center with my youngest in a Baby Bjorn, with my toddler jotting down “notes” on his own clipboard or with my oldest sourcing antique books for an accessorizing day. Or I’m straight hunkered down during nap times or early morning banging out the invoices or any other computer work in my home office. It’s busy and a total balancing act but I couldn’t imagine life any other way.