Katja Rimmi of Katja Rimmi Interiors
After a formal art education, I found my way into the world of software design at a very exciting time in the industry. After a dozen years of designing products, I found myself overseeing the design team at Adobe. It was a whirlwind of travel, constant learning, and wonderful friendships with my colleagues. But I reached a critical point of burnout after my son was born and I just couldn't juggle it all. This forced me to face my inner doubts about my career which had become more about PowerPoint presentations to executives and less about design. My need to spend more time with my son and my desire to return to hands-on design coalesced into a new vision for my life.
I hired a coach and developed a strategy for exiting the corporate world gracefully and starting my own consulting business as a designer. I felt I had done all I wanted to do in software design. I had always loved interior design and the time felt right to indulge that passion. Three years ago, I launched my business and never looked back. I have been blessed to have had a steady stream of interesting and challenging client projects. I have also been fortunate enough to have a second child, a baby girl. Life is full now.
What is your top tip for balancing it all?
I used to try to achieve a sense of balance on a daily basis and I found it so discouraging. I always felt as though I was coming up short. Now, I've come to realize that it's fine for me to have some weeks that are focused more on work and others that are focused more on the kids. This is a more forgiving approach that acknowledges the reality of my life. It allows me to dive into my work at times and at other times to indulge my desire to spend quality time with my children. I just try to tune in to how I am feeling (and how the children are feeling). The one thing that I try to be consistent about is exercise. I have two Labradors who are my personal fitness trainers ;-) They force me to get onto the coastal trail at dawn everyday and this has become valuable "me" time.
How has being a mom impacted your success?
It has sharpened my focus. If I am going to spend time away from my children, it had better be for something I am really passionate about!
What is your best mommy moment?
When I was expecting our daughter, I was in the midst of several large remodel projects with my clients. Things were really hectic but I had carefully planned the tasks I would complete in the weeks leading to her birth. I envisioned my client work being complete and being able to take time away to focus on the baby. Well, you can guess what happened next. My daughter arrived early. There I was in labor, still desperately trying to tie up loose ends with my projects. I was actually placing calls to my contractors between contractions! Well, that was just my baby's way of mocking my attempt to control the universe ;-)
P.S. Life has been hectic so my website is sadly out of date. If you would like to see current work, just check by by end of November. It will be updated before Thanksgiving.