“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso
I was fortunate to find my gift in interior design in 1996. While I have always had a passion for interiors for as long as I can remember, 1996 was the year I returned to school to attain a degree in interior design. This was the first time that I was studying a topic that I was actually excited about. I knew I had found my calling. Over the years, I have designed for millionaires and some billionaires, but my work with KidSanctuary (Link) and St. Vincent’s (link) has proven to be my most impactful. Many of us struggle, at one point in our lives or another, to find meaning and purpose. I was looking for a way to combine my passion for design with my quest to leave my mark on humanity. Designing spaces for at risk children proved to be the perfect way to accomplish this. Changing one’s environment is a sure way to change one’s life. Showing children that someone cares enough to design a safe place for them to heal is the best way I know how to make positive change in the lives of others. I have found that by utilizing my gift to help others is my greatest triumph.