Today I speak to POP alum Patti Lindsay about her experience starting an entirely new career in her sixties!
She shares her winding career path, the push her daughter gave her and how POP empowered her to take the next step in her life and business. She discusses the most important lesson she took from the course, the mistakes she’s since corrected and the exciting new venture she is creating within this new career.
Patti Lindsay is 61 years old, and studied Interior Design at Dawson College in Montreal from 1980-83. She worked part time for an architectural firm that closed, then for Jeff Brown Fabrics for a while. She left Quebec shortly after and moved to Toronto Ontario. There she married, and worked at the Bay buying offices in Linens, Bedding, Staples. She had 3 children, moved back to Montreal and became a single mom. She studied phys ed and began working in the Fitness Industry for the YMCA but continued to do Design and renovated and sold several houses.
She taught an Interior Decorating course at John Abbott College at night as a moonlighting job for a few semesters when her children were young but continued as Director of Health, Fitness and Aquatics at the West Island YMCA for a steady income until they were through university. Before the pandemic, she moved to Ottawa and during the pandemic began doing design consultations by zoom for friends and family. That’s when she decided that it was time to get back to her first love, Interior Design and took a business course, started her company and began staging with a real estate agent in Ottawa. Then she found Rebecca, Vera and the amazing RHD team through social media! She recently started a new part time side job with a new Design Centre that is opening in Ottawa as she grows her own business and is in the process of creating an online course for new home buyers.
- Check out Patti’s website Peacock Blu Living
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