Sarah Fadl Talks To Us About The Importance of Never Settling
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.
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!
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!
3. Write everything down!
5. Get an accountability partner!
Rapid Fire Questions:
“manifest big + your dreams will config” – actually created by me.
What are you currently reading?
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.