We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Dickens and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Katie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what it was that would make me happy. I really began figuring this out by pinpointing what made me unhappy. I spent so many years of my life married to the time clock – punching in for hours upon hours at a job that wasn’t fulfilling (quite the opposite of fulfilling, really) to try and make the money I needed to enjoy my life. And in turn not having any time leftover for my “life” because I was always at work. Once the pandemic hit and I spent a lot of days at home, I realized there was one thing I was in search of: autonomy. That’s what I wanted. That’s what I thought would make me happy… and it has. I knew there was more to all of this than just making money at a job I hated. I had an intense passion for interior design and always had this strong inkling that I wanted to start a YouTube channel. Ultimately, I wanted to combine the two, but I was always too afraid of putting myself out there. I finally got the gumption to do it and realized that I can be part of this cyclical process… doing something I enjoy & have the skill to do, while making money doing it, embracing my creativity in multiple ways, while being my own boss. That brought me immense satisfaction. When I think about success, I think about the ability to help people less fortunate than I am. There were years of my life that were very dark, and I needed the help of others but wasn’t able to seek it out. I want any success I achieve to also be used as a gift to others. As a designer, I realize how your home and dwelling contributes to the quality of your life and mental state, and the peace it can bring. The foundation of my business is to use the success I achieve to help the homeless. In a way, it’s a means for all of us cumulatively (myself, my clients, & my viewers) to be a part of something greater, and to help those that are struggling.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
A lot of my “art” and creativity is based on the idea that I want it to be attainable for everyone. My design is targeted to city dwellers and those living in small apartments, or don’t have a lot of space to work with. Getting to where I am now was not easy, my biggest struggle was knowing how to start. I didn’t have any sort of budget to work with, and tried to cram in classes at school while I was working full time. I overcame a lot of these challenges by reaching out for help and advice. Even to strangers on social media. Once I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to return to the job I hated, I started seeking out people who’s business and creativity looked like what I aspired to achieve. It’s really amazing how willing people are to help and be of service. Once I started asking for help I was mind blown at how many people were willing to be there for me. Thats the beauty of social media, it has a lot of negative aspects, but you really can build and uplifting community there. I want the world to know that it’s possible to enjoy your life and do what you love. I wouldn’t be able to count on a million hands how many times I heard that when I was still stuck in my old job. I wanted to believe it, but I couldn’t because achieving it didn’t feel real. It’s all about putting one foot in front of the other, and in my opinion, asking others for advice & help.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite neighborhood in San Diego is definitely Hillcrest. I love the energy and diversity here. I would definitely take a friend on my favorite trail, Maple Canyon Trail, which runs from Hillcrest into Mission Hills. I would want to walk around Little Italy, eat some delicious food, and end the evening at Sunset in Coronado. Oh and of course lots of coffee – I love Copper Top Coffee in Hillcrest.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
An artist and my brother, Terry Dickens, who recently started a YouTube channel and Etsy shop. He encouraged and validated me throughout the process and provided me with so much honesty!

Website: https://www.katiedickensinteriors.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hurricanekate/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGH7W_rmrdiOLJdFa4qT2Kg
Other: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/500-square-foot-san-diego-studio-apartment-photos-36770441

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