Some time ago, as I was searching for something on the Internet, I came across a Facebook page of Marta Wieclaw, an interior designer – and later on, also her blog. From the first minutes I knew that was is a person whose work is also one of her greatest passions. She’s a perfect example of a woman who achieves a joyful success… every day :) I couldn’t help but ask Marta about her recipe for success – and you can read our conversation below!
Marta Więcław – an architect, interior designer both by profession and by passion. Down-to-earth, crazy and courageous. She’s recently become a happy wife and mom, who fulfills her dreams every day, searching for new sensations and adventures
- How did your beginnings as an interior designer look like?
I’ve always been interested in architecture and interior design. There was never any other plan in my head. It may sound cliché, but I think I was born with the love for design. Architecture is my profession, not only my passion, and the road to becoming a designer is really difficult. It includes preparing for the studies, then studying really hard, saying no to a lot of things, many consequences and finally a change in a lifestyle which turns out to be pretty particular.
Being an architect is a tough job to do – you give it your all from the very beginning – while you study. It’s not a job you do from 9 to 5, because you’re always at work – everywhere you are, you look for inspiration. You talk to your customers even during basic everyday actions.
Basically, life of a whole family is adjusted to an architect’s busy lifestyle. Meetings, stocktaking, projects, coordination, trips to events, workshops and training, catching all the latest news and interesting things about art and design, working late hours – this is what being an architect looks like.
The flexible working hours allow me to spend more time with my family who is now the most important value in my life. I always try to schedule my day around it so I can spend as much time with them as possible.
A very wise person once told me, as I was still studying, that architecture isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life that you either love with whole your heart, or you come to hate after a few years of work. I love it and it is the only way for me to work everyday with a smile on my face.
2. Do you have a particular passion in your life – or maybe your work is one? How do you take care of your passion?
My passion is my work – I can honestly say that I’m one of few happy people, who actually smile in the morning at the thought of going to work, and every challenge I come across during working – I joyfully accept.
I love travelling and any kind of hikes etc. I try to spent every spare moment discovering new places. I love Mazury and mountain trips. My dream is to have a small cabin in one of those places – I even thought about running an agricultural resort – but it’s still just a dream.
I’ve also been blogging for the past 2 years – I think I’m just a beginner but I feel better and better about it – so I can definitely call it my passion. I have a million ideas how to develop my website but for now, time is my limit – 24 hours are often not enough :)
3. What is your philosophy of success?
Most of all, success is doing what you love and what you’re good at. Being consistent, precise and honest in all that you do. If you do all that, you will be able to connect your work and your passion. I would also say that courage is important – from my know experience I know that the hardest part is to decide to finally take matters in your hands and invest in yourself.
4. How would you advise women to staying true to their passions and being driven to achieve self-development?
Dear girls, we only have one life and a thousand dreams. We aren’t able to turn all of them into reality – but we are able to pick the ones which may get us somewhere, bring us self-realization and fulfillment. So analyse all your options and goals, confront them with your everyday life, be courageous and consistent. With even the smallest steps you can get closer to your goal and fulfill your dreams. I believe that “if a man really wants something, they can achieve anything”…
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