Sarah Fadl Talks To Us About The Importance of Never Settling

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Sarah Fadl Talks to us about the importance of never settling

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In today’s Millennial Spotlight we chat with the creator of The Defined Home, Sarah Fadl. Growing up, Sarah knew she wanted to go into architecture. However, her fear of rejection from the competitive university architecture programs, ultimately held her back. At 26, Sarah has enrolled into an interior design degree program, while working as an IT Business Analyst, to finally achieve her dreams. Sarah’s inspirational story is a great reminder to never give up on your dreams and passions.

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Name: Sarah Fadl, Founder of The Defined Home

Location: Toronto, Ontario

After completing your degree and working as an IT Business Analyst, you’re currently pursuing a second degree in interior design. Could you tell us about the turning point in your career that led you to change paths?

Actually I never thought I would be an IT Business Analyst. To be honest, I didn’t know what an IT Business Analyst was until I was in university. Interior design and architecture are a path I’ve been interested in since I was 12. Throughout high school, I was the top student in classes related to Technological Design and my favourite channel has always been HGTV.

The reason I didn’t pursue interior design and architecture as a career is because of fear. I was terrified I wouldn’t be accepted to related university programs, because all throughout high school I heard about how competitive these programs are. Now at 26, I’ve established the mindset that I can do anything. With the availability of online studying, I’m now able to pursue my dreams and passion, which will potentially change my career path!

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There are a lot of millennials out there who are beginning to realize that their current role isn’t for them, but they’re afraid of “starting over” by going back to school. What advice would you give to them?

If you wake up every morning and go to work constantly unhappy, something has to be done. “Starting over” is temporary and the outcome is totally worth it. So, go out there and do what you love!

Now I understand that you’re still working as an IT Business Analyst while completing your degree (on top of being a mom and entrepreneur!). How do you balance your time?

Prioritization, organization and time management! Here are some of my favourite time management tips:

1. Calendars, Calendars, Calendars!
I use my calendar to schedule time blocks for literally everything like meetings, reviewing emails, completing tasks, etc. When I block times I know it has to get done at the dedicated time block, which motivates me more.

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2. Create 30 days of content in one day!
I know if seems pretty crazy, but thanks to my mentor and friend, Tessa (instagram handle: @tessaabellaa) I’ve started creating a month’s worth of content in one day. Learning this trick and using her tools have helped me save so much time during the rest of the month. I literally don’t have to worry about creating content because I’m able to do ahead of time with ease, which saves lots of time in the long run!
3. Write everything down!
Every Sunday I use Google Docs to write down all the tasks I need to get done for the week, then I organize them by grouping them from highest priority to lowest priority. My strategy is what has high priority will get completed earlier on in the week. This helps out with making sure everything is organized for each day and that deadlines/goals are met. Then I can ease into the rest of the week with minimal stress.
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4. Focus!
One method I’ve been using for a really long time is the Pomodoro method. I focus on a task for about 20-30 minutes and then take a 5-10 minute break and repeat. You can find tons of timers online for this. Although I don’t follow the exact rules, I’ve established a similar clock inside of my brain that helps me stay productive.
5. Get an accountability partner!
If I’m trying to reach big goals, I like to get an accountability partner who will push me to keep moving forward. Often times, I think about getting lazy, which I know will make me slip off my progress track, so being able to have someone to hold me accountable for what I said I was going to accomplish pushes me to prove to them that I can do it!

Rapid Fire Questions:

Favourite Quote?

“manifest big + your dreams will config” – actually created by me.

What are you currently reading?

Good Vibes, Good Life – How Self-love is the Key to Unlocking your Greatness by Vex King.

Coffee or tea?



Most recent home décor splurge?

Bathroom accessories from Home Sense – completely changed the my neutral toned colour scheme to grey, white and mustard.

Favourite home trend?

Neutrals with a splash of colour.


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