The gorgeous and incredibly talented Christy Lawson ends this weeks portion of the Top Ten Favorite Inspirational Women in the #6 position.
Christy is a pistol. She’s the life of the party and can make me laugh so damn hard. She’s a HUGE energy who makes everyone around her smile (Or laugh until your sides hurt) because her spark is contagious.
Should you show up at a party and Christy is there, you are gonna be in for a ROCKIN fun time. She’s just that kind of energy.
She’s straightforward and no bullshit, but she laces it with such compassion that you can’t help, but love her!
She also plays BIG! She doesn’t do anything half way.
Christy STANDS UP for what she believes in. Her kids. Her family. Her friends. Her business. But most importantly, herself!
She’s extremely strong in who she is. Her ability to move through life with such firm self assurance is truly commendable.
She’s sassy and refreshingly authentic.
I went to high school with Christy, but much like Ginger I never moved in her circle. So of course, when she moved away after high school, we lost touch.
But four years ago, in true Christy fashion she blazed her way back into my world. I had just opened my business as a Psychic Medium and Christy came for a session.
My reading room was nothing special. It consisted of a table and chairs, a book shelf and small “decorative table”. I use the word decorative loosely as truthfully everything in that room were items I pulled from other rooms in my house to make it work for now.
After her session was complete, Christy leans back in the tattered chair and says, “Lana, you rock at your job, but this room sucks”. (There’s that straightforward, no bullshit personality trait I talked about earlier)
Christy had received her degree in Interior Design following high school. As luck would have it, she was now working nights and weekends as a Designer (while still holding down a full time government job.)
I asked for her help to recreate my space ..and after much sources and paint selections and discussions for my input…she rocked my space. She decorated using the colours I wanted (yep, it’s 50 shades of purple and she hates purple. But she did it for me) and she used decorating items that created a space of healing and luxury.
In truth, it’s still my favorite room in the house. I sit in there and hide away from my family sometimes. Clients or not.
Christy’s talents became so sought after that, in 2015, she quit her government job and opened House Envy Interiors full time.
She was nervous about leaving the constant wage and guaranteed pay day that comes with the regular 9-5 employment.
So, she and her husband discussed budgets and game plans and then she took the leap.
And she rocked the hell out of 2015. She was “living the dream”
And then, in 2016, things shifted. Not within her career, but instead in her marriage.
When we get married, we create plans with our partner. We share our dreams and our goals. We discuss and compromise on our personal ethics and beliefs and morals.
And together we forge forward with a life plan that accommodates both partners.
Yet, sometimes one partner forgets the deals you made in the beginning. They start showing up differently than they vowed they would.
They decide to change their lifestyle or habits or the way they move through life and there comes a time when you have to decide how this will affect you.
Christy had to decide:
What will she stand by and watch?
What will she stand beside?
What will she stand up against?
But most importantly, what was she going to continue to build your life around?
The decisions he was making were no longer aligned with what they had agreed upon years earlier.
But most importantly, his decisions were no longer aligned with their, once United, vision of what family meant.
I know she tried to help. She tried to entice change. But one can only sit in that space for so long before you have to take care of everyone else the decisions are affecting as well.
And so 2016 became her moment when Christy had to seperate from her husband. It was not an easy decision. It never is.
Yet, Christy’s decision was more difficult than most. She had a business in the infant stages. The financial risks of a new business can be extremely high.
Many times we as woman stay in a marriage because we don’t know how we can possibly support ourselves. So instead we become complacent and stay put.
OR we would convince ourselves that the responsible thing to do would be to give up our dreams and “get a real job.”
NOT Christy! She kept her new business doors wide open, her head held high and went back to the drawing board.
REcreating budgets and goals and new plans, but this time for only herself and her kids. All the while doing it with such grace and dignity and firmness.
All of us who surrounded her couldn’t help but sit back and smile and cheer her on.
Christy, 2016 was a bitch of a year for you. There’s no doubt about it. But the courage and tenacity you showed this year inspired all of us.
You showed up this year. So damn big. You are an inspiration to any woman who feels powerless in her life.
Any woman who has awoken to a partner or a life that no longer aligns to what they envisioned. You are an inspiration to all of them. You have allowed them to see they are worth it. You taught them this by declaring to the world that YOU are worth it.
But most importantly, you are inspiration to your children. You’ve taught them so many incredible lessons this year, by modelling strength and courage.
By standing up for YOU, you have allowed your children to never accept any less, for themselves, within their futures.
I’m so immeasurably proud of you, Christy. You are doing remarkable things and I’m confident that your 2017 will blow the doors off anything you have created so far.
Christy’s offer to you:
Christy owns House Envy Interiors where she specializes in creating spaces you love. Christy can revamp your current home AND assist you with a new residential home build.
She also has working relationships with reputable contractors in order to bring whatever you envision for your space, to life.
Here’s some before and after pictures of a bedroom revamp she recently completed.
Christy is offering TWO – 8.5 x 11 prints to the first 10 people who like her Facebook Page.
You can frame these motivational messages prints; such a creative way to put an touch of inspiration in any rooms.
*Winners choose the prints of their choice. (Frame not included)