Superwoman Has Nothing On You

Superwoman is a powerful, beautiful superhero with a rocking body. I am not superwoman. I do not have super powers or the ability to fight bad guys while wearing heels. Where am I going with this?

Haven’t you heard people say things like “you do so much you are like superwoman!” I have. It’s a playful term for someone to say when they notice how much another woman juggles in her day to day. I’ve said it to others too in admiration of what ‘appears’ to be someone that has it all together. Let’s be truthful. No one feels like superwoman when they are going in ten different directions each day. How together does this sound? Unfolded laundry, a to-do list that’s never done, and that workout you promised yourself you would squeeze in, you bought your children their dinner from a gas station (yep)…and this goes on and on.

Add being a mom to a woman’s role and your even less likely to feel like superwoman. I don’t make the best dinners. I don’t force the veggies (these little people can break you down!). I’m not so sure my youngest has clean clothes on today and I’m so tired of cleaning around the toilets. Here’s the big thing I know about myself- I’m not good at the very hard job of being a stay at home mom. I’ve done it and I have plenty of days and breaks when I’m home BUT ongoing is not for me. I like working and doing what fills me up creatively. I add working mom outside the home to my list and I’m closer to wearing underoos than a superwoman cape.

I’ve always been goal oriented and very driven and I like that my boys see that part in me with my design work. It’s also my desire to contribute financially to the household and it gives me a sense of independence and confidence. It’s just my thing. I’m still at the bus stop and I’m driving to soccer practice and I’m checking emails in carpool. It’s a little circus scenario at times but the imperfections are completely fine with me. I also know that my desires or family needs could all change, and they are my priority.

That leads me to this. We all have a daily balancing act as women and likely never feel like superwoman. Let’s mix in those hard life moments we experience into our day to day tasks. These bumps in the road can turn us upside down, inside out, and make regular daily tasks seem out of control. This is where the superhero comes in. The daily task and juggling can’t stop–well, maybe they can be altered, delayed, or passed on to someone else. Sometimes the superhero is you, and sometimes we need a superhero.

I’ve had many life moments that changed my direction, my thoughts, my desires, and my needs. I shared just one directional shift here My Journey Began with Fear.  Bumps can sure feel like mountains. I know how it feels when you’ve got momentum going and the chain falls off your bike and you’ve got to shift gears. One year ago I had a leg cramp that wouldn’t go away. My inner voice (speaks beautiful Italian btw) was loud and I knew I needed to go to the doctor. They found a blood clot in my leg and put the fear in me about the seriousness of this. I administered shots in my stomach and took blood thinners and tried to not get injured. I had to wear a beautiful compression sock for one year. It’s been a year. During that same time my son had some intestinal pain and my fears briefly went back to his previous health history. He’s good, I’m good. Bumps can be the future driver of new things, good things.

Here’s a little thought I shared on Facebook:

Open permission to reinvent or restart at any time! We’re not boxed in. Whether it’s choices we control or those life moments we can’t control – we sure learn, evolve, and become our better-best self. All in time. Dancing and a little laughter are musts too.

So, to all perfectly imperfect women with juggling acts and wearing many hats you are superheroes. Superwoman has nothing on you.

I live a beautiful life. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a good friend. I’m so grateful.

Enjoy your Mother’s Day!

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Business of Design

Did you know that a design business is a business? It’s a creative business but it’s a business. Businesses take work to succeed. No light bulb revelation I’m sharing but….

80% of the time for many business owners in a creative field is spent on business management. The fun stuff!! (said no on ever). That would be office, organizing, accounting, ordering, paper work, system development, calls… you get the picture.

That leaves 20% for creatives to do what they are passionate about-creating! Today, I’m working on the 80% and thought I’d share.

As a business owner I have goals and am always making sure that the actions I am taking, those that I serve, and how I am feeling, all align with my goals and my professional mission:

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Service valued clientele with experience, expertise, and impeccable integrity, while following procedures that are structured, orderly, and clear. Always remain current, innovative, and imaginative producing distinctive designs and pleasing results for the clients I serve.

I always evaluate my message to ensure that I’m clearly stating what I want potential clients to learn about me. For example, I’ve got this on my website-slight tweaking needed.

With an eye for design and the professional know-how I see the potential of a home, allowing the true opportunity of a space to unfold. I focus on the details in design that elevate spaces and entire homes. I like to look at what can be and create more than a client has imagined.

It’s not marketing verbiage. A good designer gets an emotional reaction (creative juices in the works) when they connect with a space and visualize its future life.

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Here’s an example: I walked a potential renovation project the other day with a builder team sharing my point of view on elements that were required or desired for the home.  Elements that would elevate the style, function, and flow that this particular home was intended to have. It could be a glorious home- the way it was originally intended to be. Sometimes there are flaws in the initial design/build of a space that can’t change, but many times there are solutions to those flaws or ways to lesson the focus. Not all designers, decorators, or contractors can see true potential, true intent, true investment value, and true opportunity of a home. That is why I  LOVE renovations and changing the feeling of a space with design elements and decor. It can be so much more than a client imagines or assumes possible.

So, 80% business does include task that I truly like; such as, reviewing and reflecting on my mission and clarity in my message.

Did you know?

I’ve been sharing Details in Design on Facebook (Julie Montgomery Interiors) and Instagram (JulieMInteriors) from when I travel, work on projects, and tour showrooms. I’ll continue to do that more because when you notice the details you’ll see why you’re attracted to a space- you’ll see what elevates a designed or decorated room.

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Back to business!

“For more than two decades, Beecham Group has been privileged to work with many of the best Interior Designers in the Atlanta market and we count Julie among the best. Julie brought great ideas to the project and worked seamlessly with our team. We highly recommend Julie and look forward to working with her again on future projects!”

Whether you are needing turnkey service, design guidance, are redecorating a space, or are taking on a home renovation or new build, I provide expertise and use systems that keep your experience positive with pleasing results.

You can contact me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

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My Journey Began With Fear

My Journey Began With Fear. Interesting title choice, but true. Have you ever stopped to think about what Your Story is? Not your history but what brought you to your current place, position, or passion. The reason WHY I began my business back in 2010 really came following a place of fear. The fear that I would lose my son to an illness he had been fighting for months-a parasite. It was a very hard time for me but one I learned from and it transformed me.

Let me back track a bit. My husband and I had moved to many homes and two states within a short amount of time-something like 7 years. I began to feel the desire to be grounded. If you’ve moved a lot then you know it takes time to establish yourself, meet friends, and find your place. It can really bring you down and it can strengthen your drive. I became very good at living streamlined, organized, and chose to be surrounded by the things that gave me joy.

I am a mom of two energetic, young boys and the last move we made was to Memphis, TN. I knew no one. Shortly after our move my eldest son became very ill. He was 3 and my youngest was 1. For months I was alone at home with a son in pain. Alone. During this duration and many visits to doctors and hospitalization I realized I needed a positive motto to focus on for him and myself. BIG-STRONG-BRAVE. That was it. We said only this during the really hard moments. It gave us something to focus on. Courage.

Months later he was kicking karate butt and building his body back. It was time for me to stop the super focused momma fear and turn back towards me. It was necessary for him and the rest of the family. That’s when I began to journal and write about my passion and why I wanted to help people feel peace, calm, and a sense of restoration in their home.

I learned how important a serene space really effects our emotional well being.

We continue our three words to this day- BIG STRONG BRAVE. We moved again to Atlanta and completed our own renovation and during yet another transition and starting a business over I keep these words in my heart and mind always.

I live efficiently and streamlined in my home. Not because I think I’m moving again but because it’s more peaceful that way. I know where things are and I’m surrounded by things that give me joy.

I am a positive, energetic, passionate person and I want you to know my story. I have a lot in my history but my story is about a mom who fought for her son, then fought for herself, and truly knows that YOU deserve to love the space you’re in.

If you are having a personal struggle or fighting an illness or fighting for someone else, use words that give you focus and that you can speak when words are hard to come by. You can use ours.

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Be BIG Be STRONG Be BRAVE.

I’d love to help you in your home. Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

 

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