To Your Success


As I sat in the registrars office, my heart was filled with so much hope and anticipation. 

I was finally going to have a career and see all of the dreams of a wistful teenage girl come true. 

This was my chance. 

"Don't blow this again, Christine" I said to myself.  (I had dropped out several months prior to pursue a dead end relationship...stupid.  But hey, love...right?)  

Fast forward 1 year later and I pulled that yellow braided rope over my head and laid it gently on my shoulders and let both ends drop down the front of my blue satin graduation gown. 

This was a big deal.

Graduating college with honors? Wow. I can't believe I did it. (I barely walked the isle in high school - I think largely in part due to the being a dreamy teenage girl).  Sufficed to say there I was. Graduated and on my way to be a HUGE success in life. 


Right? Well....that was 1997 and this December I will be celebrating 20 years since acquiring my degree in interior design from Montana State University.  Wow.


So let's talk about that word. Success. What does it mean to be successful? Do you have an answer?  I really don't.

Here's the deal.  Everyone's definition of success is different. 

I spent the last 20 years refining my craft and have had many ups and downs in the field of interior design. There were times in my career where I didn't feel very successful.  For much of the first part of those 20 years I was barely getting by as a single mom of two boys. 

However, I would say that those years were VERY successful in that they caused me to grow, learn and get good at what I do.

The last 10 years I have focused on different aspects of success in my life.  I have been married to a wonderful man. We have a sweet daughter together and have a fantastic marriage. 

I call that success!   

Not only that, he supports me pursing my lifelong dream of being a successful business owner. 

And that is where I am today. Having 20 years of design experience, a sweet family and OWING MY OWN BUSINESS!  

So where do my clients land on this 'success' continuum? 

What I love most about my business, REI Design Solutions, is that I get to help others be SUCCESSFUL!!  My whole goal with REI is to see my clients make huge strides in their real estate investing business with or without my help.  It makes me so happy when I see them excel.


This blurry old picture is one of my fondest memories. 


It was from an article in 2007 a local online publication about a family owned business in Portland OR.  (That's me in the green shirt in front) I was in sales; essentially whole house remodeling. 

I was responsible for every aspect of the job.  From working with the client, interior space planning and design, estimating, and project management. 

Truth be told, until I started my own business, I considered this my dream job.  I still have fond memories of working for and with this wonderful team of people. 

That "dream job" was the culmination of all of the stepping stone jobs prior.  Without those, I would not have been able to do my job at City Home Improvement or even now as the Owner and Principle Designer for REI Design Solutions!  

My humble beginnings were in furniture sales and then I moved into being an office manager for a cabinet shop. I told him I would file for him, if he taught me everything he knew about designing kitchens and bathrooms. 

He did. 

And so I filed.

But not forever because I spent the next several years getting good at kitchen and bathroom design until I could do the job of a contractor in full service remodeling.


After my husband and I had been married a few years, I finally convinced him to let me start flipping houses. 

He did. 

And I loved it.

But not as much as I love design so I decided to pivot back to what I know and love.

And now here I am.  Doing kitchen design, bathroom design, space planning, finish selections, staging and project management for real estate investors! It doesn't get much better than that!


Why does my success path matter to you, you ask?


Because, I bring my experience in Real Estate Investing and couple it with my 20 years of remodeling and design and you have the PERFECT recipe for success!  YOUR SUCCESS!!!!

I would love to hear about your success journey.  Please feel free to comment below and share!

To your success,


Christine HeartsillComment