Thursday, August 27, 2009

FIDM - Say Hello to Your New Fashion Designer!!!

Well it's Thursday evening and my future has been determined...FINALLY!!  I just had my final interview with FIDM and am pleased to announce that I just got accepted into their Fashion Design program.  I will start classes the first part of October, so wish me luck!  I want to thank everyone who has supported me in this pursuit.  You guys are the ones that help motivate me and keep me strong to go after my dreams.  When I got the news I wanted to cry but opted to keep my composure and just smile.  All I can say right now is that I am very content and extremely happy.  I will follow this post with more description of my plans as well as a picture of the newest design I have created (a cute denim dress).

It's moments like these that make the struggles in life worth it!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Start of the Journey

I recently drove my little Mini Cooper all over the United States - twice!  I think a shorter list for me to compile would be "states I have not traveled through in the past three months"!  My destination was the nation's capital - the District of Columbia - what an amazing city with great people, some who I will never forget.

How it all started...

I have spent the past seven years working in the financial world.  This world as many of you know, is very challenging and can be quite rewarding from a monetary sense.  However, there comes a time in your life, where no matter how much "dinero" you make and how good you are at your job, living life in a cubicle just doesn't make sense anymore.  This time had come for me.  I quit my somewhat high profile banking career at the time when the economy started to head on the downward slope of the roller coaster ride.  I had no solid job prospects, but that didn't matter to me, I had other aspects of my life that I wanted to explore and expand.  By doing so, I have grown immensely in other areas outside of the so called "Pursuit of the American Dream".  While in DC, I picked up a job as a server working at a fun little waterfront restaurant.  I had a great time while I worked and was able to fully express my personality and enjoy working with people again.  In some aspects I had the best and worst times in DC from a short term life perspective.  The best parts were the friendships I developed, the culture that I was able to fall in love with, and amazing sights just at my fingertips.  The worst parts or I should just say part (singular) because there was really only one...  was that of experiencing poor judgment of "love".  Because my judgment was so poor, this item doesn't really need to be discussed at this time... [chuckle for myself].  However, that one item of poor judgment sent me back to the west coast sooner than later, to finally, finally pursue one of my dreams in life - fashion design.

So here I am, satisfied with most of the choices I have made thus far in the past few months.  There are always things I wished I could do different, but what I can do now is learn from those experiences.  What I did when I arrived back home was bust my little butt in getting my entire design portfolio ready in just a week.  Success was achieved there and now the waiting game begins for me.  What will happen??  I will know this Thursday evening if I am accepted when I have my final interview with FIDM (one of the top fashion design programs in the nation - new home of Project Runway).  If I am accepted I will be able to go after something I have always wanted to do.  Even during my seven years in the finance world there wasn't a day that I didn't think about what it would really be like to pursue the fashion industry, something more "my style".

So the journey has begun.  Because I have no idea when it will end or how it will end, I cannot say for sure what part of the journey I am actually in.  However, I would like to think of this as the start of a new journey in life for me, at least from my perspective.