I'M COMING CLEAN: THE TRUTH ABOUT MY WORK.

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I’ve been hiding something I need to be honest about.

For the past 10 months I haven’t really been telling the full, unadulterated truth.

Partly because I thought I needed to ease myself into it.

Partly because I was waiting for more answers.

Mostly because it’s another turning point in my life…and turning points can feel scary.

It’s just so much easier to keep going forward when you think you know exactly what the road ahead holds.

But of course, that's some straight up bullshit 'cause

we NEVER really know about the journey ahead with absolute certainty.

And now I've come to the point where

the thought of

staying still right where I am is more uncomfortable than the thought of just saying what needs to be said.

So here's my truth:

I love interior design.

I believe the real impact of design is much deeper than beautiful drapery & rich pillows & imported rugs & handmade tiles...

but I love those aspects of it too.

I love how it feels to create spaces that make people say,

"This is exactly what I wanted, I just didn't know how to tell you."

I love that I've made a space for myself out of thin air. I didn't fill someone's job description and what I'm doing--

who I am + HOW I'm doing it

-

-didn't exist until I was born.

I'm pretty damn proud of that.

Hear me again: MY BUSINESS LITERALLY DIDN'T EXIST UNTIL I CREATED IT.

I love that I've been able to make a name for myself as a designer--that

people have found value in the service I provide and that I've created work I can take pride in.

I've designed amazing things with great companies and been exposed to some opportunities that I never, ever imagined myself having.

I like design a lot. I'll even say that I love design. 

But I'm not obsessed with it. 

I don't think about the blind spots to my design approach while I'm driving around.

I don't obsessively read every design book by every famous designer that's ever been published because I don't even own most of them.

Matter of fact, I really 

couldn't 

care less.

My design magazines come in the mail and pile up for months because I don't immediately devour them to make style notebooks like I used to in the early days.

I no longer aim to fill my calendar with every 

single design event

 in Atlanta.

I don't stay 

in the know

 on all of the design blogger news and professional industry "scuttlebutt".

Something indeed, has shifted.

I like design. I even love design. But I'm just not 

there

 anymore.

I've grown.

I know without a doubt that my greatest work is 

the work that is yet ahead of me

--the work that's been waiting ever so patiently to be created. It revolves around

Personal Empowerment, Personal Responsibility, Honesty, Authenticity and specifically, the Empowerment of Women

(it's some serious work--it needs to be capitalized).

I think about it all of the time. 

I read about it all of the time.

I talk about it all of the time.

 (if you've ever had more than a 30 minute conversation with me, you can vouch for this!)

I write about it.

I post on social media about it.

I unpack it endlessly with my closest friends.

We could be talking about a combination of

your medical history, a 1964 Mustang, the weather in Istanbul & the benefits of Kale as a super green

and I promise you--somehow, someway, I will bring that conversation back to

Personal Empowerment.

It's just how my mind makes sense of the world.

Telling the truth. Owning your own shit. Self care. Making empowering decisions. Personal responsibility. THESE are the things I want to spend my life working on.

I want to speak to groups, conferences & students to remind them that Personal Power is a Personal Job.

Coach women on uncovering & staying in alignment with their deepest values.

Write books on how & the why.

Host retreats for women fostering authentic connections & empowered living.

Author articles.

And boldly explore the corners of this world both on my own & with groups of courageous women.

 Annnnnndddddd....you know what??

I want to design some beautiful spaces here & there, too.

A few super cool projects every year for

wonderful, bad ass clients with great budgets who love me, love my approach and TRUST me to do my thing.

Wait--did you expect me to say I was quitting design?? 

No--that's not exactly where I was going with this.

It's more about

being radically honest with myself AND with you.

And to serve as your personal reminder that

life WILL change...and when it does it's so much easier to go where it is taking you than to fight against it.

Nine times out of ten it will lead you to the place you most want to be anyhow, you just don't know it in this moment. 

So just relax & go with the flow.

Trust me on this.

Yes, I still want to take on some design projects, but I'm looking for

the RIGHT people

and

the RIGHT projects.

Cool projects, good budgets, funny, fun, quirky, interesting people...

the kind of folks that carry their own pixie dust and know it.

The kind I wrote about in this post.

And since I'm being so honest, let me just keep it 1000:

It takes courage to turn business away when a glance at your bank statement reminds you that the easy way out is to betray yourself & just take the money anyway.

It's one thing to 

talk

 about taking a stand for yourself & ONLY doing work you really love with people you really want to work with but....

actually doing it??

This is a completely different ballgame, my friends.

It's scary and empowering. Crazy and commendable. The kinda work that will put a bit of hair on your chest.

There's no husband, partner, or sugar daddy over here to share the load--just me by myself (and God!) doing the very best I can to make it happen. Every.single.day.

Me & my

ballsy self.

Getting clear about your values, about who you are and then living in a way that conveys 

personal integrity

 is at the very core of sharing this publicly.

Showing up for MYSELF. Making sure that

who I ACTUALLY AM and who I SAY I AM are the exact same woman.

This is some boss work, my friends, and while it may not be for everybody.....

IT IS FOR ME.

THIS IS MY JOURNEY.

So here's what I'm looking for:

If you're in need of design services--residential design, commercial design or brand -- you've got a few dollars to spend and *you're super cool, I'd love to hear from you.

It could be a small project, a big project, a production project--but it must be interesting. Let's do something bold and have fun! Y

ou should be ready & willing to hire a designer and most importantly, you should want to work with ME, specifically.

If you fit the bill, send me an email at

dayka@daykarobinsondesigns.com

or leave your info below and let's see how we can create magic together.

If you are a woman who could use a little bit of my Personal Empowerment pixie dust--who's ready to evolve to the next level but isn't quite sure how to do it, who knows you've got some blind spots & you're ready face them head on, I'd LOVE to hear from you.

I'd love to work with you and help you learn how to empower YOURSELF in a way that feels right for you.

No more stories about him.

About her.

About what happened. About why it sucked. About why the business isn't working. About why you can't do whatever it is that you know you're supposed to be doing right now.

Just you

--

right where you are, right here & right now

--

and me together, working together to move you forward into who you KNOW you're destined to be.

If I'm talking to you, please drop me a line.

Or if you're comfortable, leave your info below & I'll send you an email.

I would LOVE to work with you.

L.O.V.E. And if you're not sure that I'm talking to you, here's how to know:

if you're reading this and getting a tingle then yeah, I'm talking to you.

When you know that you know, you KNOW.

In the meantime,

thank you for your support.

For reading my words & sharing them with your friends, for hiring me to design your most intimate spaces & for always, aways ALWAYS cheering me on.

It means more than I could ever adequately express.

Trust me when I say this is only the beginning.

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And FYI, you cannot vouch for your own cool factor--someone must have actually TOLD YOU that you were cool. Folk need to be vetted!! ;-) 

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