We had the good fortune of connecting with Sydney Holliday and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sydney, how do you think about risk?
After graduating college, the freedom to decide what to do with my life felt paralyzing to me, and stopped me from taking action in my career path and personal growth. As someone who has struggled with severe anxiety; risk, uncertainty, and ‘putting myself out there’ were terrifying to me. I was so afraid of all the unknowns in my life. I felt extremely stuck in my comfort zone; living back in my hometown, serving and bartending to pay my bills, feeling debilitating anxiety about what my next steps should be. Yet, all of the best things in my life have happened as a result of embracing uncertainty, taking action despite feeling afraid, and stepping outside of my comfort zone. Taking risks is scary because it means we are voluntarily putting ourselves into new, uncertain, or uncomfortable situations. Our brains don’t like uncertainty or discomfort because they’re conditioned to keep us safe and comfortable. But comfort and growth can’t coexist; risk is a necessary tool for growth! We literally have to train ourselves to override our brain’s fear responses if we want to pursue our dreams.
In the past 2 years I’ve chosen not to go to grad school (even though it was what felt ‘safe’ and ‘easy’ to me), changed my entire career path, moved to a new city I had only visited on one occasion, quit my job with a stable income to be self-employed, invested in therapy to start healing my trauma and anxiety, and started my own business. All of these things were terrifying to me, but I chose to feel the fear and do it anyway. Overcoming my fear about all of life’s unknowns has allowed me to challenge my limiting beliefs and self-doubt, and feel drastically happier knowing that I am in the driver’s seat of my life and my future. Taking risks has taught me that stepping out of our comfort zones and doing what scares us is the only way we are ever going to progress in life and level up in our personal growth to create the life that we want for ourselves.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I had decided over a year ago that my dream was to start my own interior design business. It wasn’t until the past few months that I’ve gained the confidence to take action and really start working toward that dream. I always held the limiting beliefs that I wasn’t cut out for entrepreneurship, that I wouldn’t be capable of success in this field, that I needed to wait until later in life, that my portfolio wasn’t good enough yet to market myself to any potential clients. But the past few months have shown me how rewarding it is to take risks and put yourself out there! I finally decided to start marketing my previous interior design and styling work on social media and network with people in the area. I have been overwhelmed by how many people have reached out to meet with me, foster a business relationship with me, help me promote my services to potential clients and real estate investors, and potentially work with me on future projects. By taking action, I now have multiple projects in the works and so many things to look forward to in my career over the next few years! My goal is to grow my experience from just light renovations and interior styling projects, all the way to designing the custom homes of my clients’ dreams. I believe that everyone deserves to live in a space that brings them tranquility, comfort, warmth, relaxation, and joy. Everyone deserves to fall in love with the space they call home! It feels so good to finally be in a career that I feel so energized and passionate about.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My top choices for outdoor activities would be floating the rivers in Boulder or Golden, hiking the flatirons, hiking a 14er, showing them Garden of the Gods, or taking them to ski in Breckenridge. Around Denver, you definitely have to get bottomless mimosas in LoHi, have a picnic in Confluence or Cheesman Park, happy hour at Improper City, bar-hop throughout Blake Street and RiNo, and get gyros or tacos at one of the food trucks downtown!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Stewart Sonneland has been a valuable mentor to me, not only in business, but in life. He continuously pushes me to view myself in a more positive light, be more self-confident, expand my horizons, and believe that I’m capable of achieving success. He deserves all the recognition in the world! I also know for a fact that I would not currently be a business owner and pursuing my dream career without my boyfriend, Jake Tucker. Or at least, it would’ve taken me a whole lot longer to get to this point. He is always teaching me the value of hard work, risk-taking, a never-ending pursuit of self-improvement and personal growth, the desire to be successful for all the right reasons, and working to be an authentically kind person; just by being who he is.
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