Be Inspired by Ioanna Lennox, Interior Designer

Be Inspired by Ioanna Lennox, Interior Designer


So what I do is I love to create beautiful nurturing functional spaces for people to dwell in, for people to be the best they can be for their spirit to thrive and This is very much the same work that Gisele does She creates that space for you for your spirit to come out for your spirit to dwell in And for you to get in touch with who you are, what your passion is so things that you know I had on my dream board on my dream the biggest dream and write it down and Yes, make it even bigger and and it’s happening and it’s It’s it’s something that I think three years ago as much as you dream the big dream There’s a part of you that still goes really is that really really? Can that really happen to me? And it is it’s happening. Yeah, so for me there were there were two pivotal points in well, they happened in the in the year that I was coaching with with Gisele that that just made everything turn around And and and gave me wings really to believe in myself. The first one was I had met this Australian celebrity six months prior, and she we just hit it off, and she indicated that she wanted some work done on her house But she wasn’t quite ready. There’s now six months down the track and I was in complete knots about contacting her because I have this issue with reaching out to people So I was on a call to Gisele and we were talking about this and I said to her look I woke up this morning, and I made the decision. I’m going to write an email I’m going to send her this email And I’m going to reach out and and and just see if she’s ready to to to do something And I felt good I felt I felt congruent I felt like it was the right thing to do and of course Gisele was you know fully fully supported that she said to me completely resonates you have to do it you have to follow through yet So I got a phone call with Gisele and an hour later I looked at my email and there was an email sitting in my inbox from from her from the celebrity And it was called it was titled ready to start and I had to literally do a double take and go hold on is this in reply to the email that I haven’t yet sent? So that was uncanny, that was amazing that that just Just made me realize how potent my intuition was and how important it is to follow through and to just to back yourself up that was a huge turning point because it did it did turn into a an 18-month project. I ended up doing several rooms for her. It was a wonderful experience, and it just made me realize that I can do this, and it is completely aligned with with my passion and with who I am. The second big turning point was about a year later when again I was going through one of my phases of the works drying up. I don’t have a pipeline I don’t have clients what am I going to do once I finish this handful of clients that I’m working with? Maybe interior design isn’t the right thing after all. I was just going through a real turmoil again and I had a call from a Headhunter just dangling the carrot pulling me back into the finance funds management world I spoke to Gisele about it reluctantly because I thought she’s just going to just shut it down, I just knew and of course she did shut it down and she just said look it doesn’t resonate with me, does it really resonate with you? And I was like yes of course it resonates with me, it completely resonates with me because it’s it’s it’s, you know I can make it work! I guess deep down it didn’t, but I I wanted to believe that it was the right thing to do. And a week later I got a phone call from the company to say look Really sorry But we’ve decided to give it to an internal candidate who just came out of it wood work in the last week because short of a letter of offer I had the job. So it literally went from being in the bag to absolutely not in the bag and for me in that moment I remember it really well. There was a lot of anger I felt really angry. I started crying it was almost an internal rage at myself for letting myself go there again, and and and getting trapped in the in the whole corporate thing and just not well backing myself up and not not believing that what I’m doing Interior design is my path and it’s categorically the right thing to do. Out of that anger, out of that internal range what came out was just an unequivocal decision to never ever go back there again and to shut that door forever. No more contracting, no more one day, no more two days, no more can you do a little bit on the side, no more project management here for two months, more more anything. It was only going to be interior design and the magic and to this day when I told this story, I still I still get goosebumps every time I tell this story is that that afternoon I got a call from a who became a client it was a referral, a friend referral who had happened five months earlier but she was now ready. So it was that afternoon that I got the call to say I’d like you to help me transform my house and within 24 hours I had two other inquiries come through which both turned into clients. So I worked on these three clients for the next 12 months. So it was very lucrative and just again, I just I look back and I go and it all happened within 24 hours and it all happened the minute I closed that door forever. Creation is it’s I think it’s what it’s the result of following your intuition mixing it with with your passion and and backing yourself up. It’s that cocktail of courage again, intuition and passion, and if you put those ingredients together It’s it’s a pretty potent mix. You you yeah, you you leap. But if you can just imagine waking up in the morning and and finding it easy to get out of bed because it’s not a struggle. You’re not going into a job that is a job that’s a means to an end. You are doing something that your love. You are bringing yourself into the world every day and making a difference, whatever your difference is to other peoples’ lives and contributing because at the end of the day we’re all human beings and we long for connection and contribution, and if you can do that every day what more is there really?


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