I met a beautiful woman of a certain age (Karen Fleming) by chance while working an employment fair. While talking with her I learned that she was a retired Master Sergeant, and had recently finished interior design school. She is one of those artsy people who see the big picture where I just see a chair.
Her story is one that shows that we as women can make our dreams come true no matter the obstacles or the little bumps in the world. Karen worked full time while going to school. She was determined that interior design would be in her future. We talked about our dreams, and how we had prepared for them.
Karen’s story is one where you prepare and then you go for it. You make your own opportunities. Karen’s good friend, Tracy took her to lunch to celebrate her birthday and to have girl talk–they are both interior designers and former military. They had talked of starting a business together–decorating business. Her friend mention Decorating Den and Lisa Landry who is the franchise owner in Arlington, Texas. Tracy had been following Lisa’s work, and was very impressed and wanted to meet her, but she could never get in touch with her.
Karen, being the go getter she is decided they should just go to Decorating Den and knock on the door (Opportunity), which they did–under a sign that stated “By Appointments Only”. As Opportunity would have it, everyone was at lunch except you guessed it Lisa Landry, who let them in, and talked with them about Decorating Den and the opportunities there were in franchising.
Soon after meeting with Ms. Landry, they begin the process of interviewing to become franchise owners, even presenting a project to Lisa. After hearing the ins and outs, the commitment, the financing and everything else that it takes to obtain a franchise they decided this was not for them, but design and decorating were still their goals.
A few days later, as Opportunity would have it, Ms. Landry called and offered them both positions as decorators with her franchise–they had made the best of being prepared and able to answer when Opportunity opens the door. Karen’s passion is being creative. They were both hired, and the rest is going to be history.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Always be prepared, you never know when Opportunity will open the door. Notice how much brighter Karen’s smile is in the photos from Decorating Den. When you do what you love, you love what you do.