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Get fresh tips from the budget decorating guru, Betsy Helmuth. Each episode is packed with secrets the other pros don't want you to know. 

Betsy is an NYC-based designer, owner of Affordable Interior Design, and has been featured on DIY Network, NBC's "Today Show", HGTV, Lifetime, and more. She is the author of the best-selling book, Big Design, Small Budget. Get a signed copy of Betsy's book here


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Feb 9, 2023

I am so excited to share something with you. This will come as no surprise to some of you who've been listening for a while and know that every quarter I go to Chicago for a business workshop. I love interior design, but equally, I love entrepreneurship. I love becoming a better business owner. I love determining how I spend my days.


I love that the more I work on myself, the more I become a better human, more efficient, more compassionate, more plugged in, a better listener, that I'm able to use those skills, that sort of personal development to turn it into profit, right? Because the business you own or run is only as evolved and only as successful as you personally are.


That's really my biggest takeaway from my recent trip to Chicago, I realized that if I would've told Betsy, 25 year old Betsy who started her own business just as a hobby, was still, you know, dancing on the bar and waiting tables that she'd own her own business and she'd have a husband, she'd have the two kids, she'd have the dog, she'd have the house. Sometimes you just keep reaching and just keep striving and just keep thinking outside yourself versus saying, Hey, I'm at the top of the mountain.


I've arrived where I would want to have been at 25, and for all intents and purposes, I'm feeling really good where I am. I rarely stop and celebrate my wins. I rarely stop and look at my vantage point from the mountain and say, you know what? I'm already at the peak here, and any choices I make from here, while there's still a lot to do and there's a lot of logistics, and it's not easy running a business, any choices I make from here, I'm either choosing to move away from my dreams or towards them.


So how many of you are in that place where now you are not making a dream come true is on you? Maybe you're avoiding it, right? Maybe it's just inconvenient to change your life around. 


My choice is preventing me from reaching goals versus me not being able to reach goals because of outside circumstances, which was so the case when I was 25. This was the case four years ago but now I'm in a different place and if I wanna realize things I've been thinking about, it's just about changing my schedule or saying this is a priority for me, I'm not gonna push it to the side anymore and that's kinda liberating.


So without further ado, let’s dive into the mailbag and start answering your questions. 

In this episode we discuss…

[9:33] Home Gym Design (Kara)

[16:29] Eco Friendly Furniture (Kara) 








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