Dream Big (Or At Least Dream)


Many changes have happened in my life in recent months. I moved from Marquette to Auburn Hills, quit my old job, started a new one, reconnected with old friends, and have made some serious changes to how I spend my free time. I’ve learned a few things along the way.

Enjoy your solitude.

I had a lot of time to myself in Marquette, and I loved it. I had more time to sew, bake and catch up on Buffy the Vampire Slayer than I think I will ever have again in this lifetime. Now, the reason I’ve moved to the Metro Detroit area is because this is where I am from. I have many friends and family in this area, and I so dearly missed them while I was in the UP. It is awesome to be able to go hang out with my nine-month-old niece any time I want, with my brother and his family living just ten minutes away, but there is something to be said for having only your significant other to visit with. You learn a lot about each other, and you get to grow together and as an individual. 

Learn from your experiences!

I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand how the general public operates (the word ‘selfishly’ comes to mind), but from my experiences as a salesperson, I’ve learned how to be a decent customer. Indecent customers clearly don’t try to walk in other people’s shoes. This is why I think everyone should have to work for at least a few months in both the food industry and the retail industry. Be kind to the people behind the counter.

Be good to yourself.

I have recently adopted a vegetarian diet, a long time coming change in my life. I have more reasons to be a vegetarian than I have to eat meat, and I’ll just leave it at that. I wish this meant I’d lost weight. Nope, I still have the same sweet tooth I’ve always had. I’ve also been trying and failing at exercise routines, like yoga, walking my dog, and playing dancing games on the Kinect. Diet and exercise are just as important to my health as finding time to sew and watch terrible rom-coms. Find a few things that truly make you feel better, and turn them into habits. This is something I’m still working on.

Dream Big.

I’m a designer at a beautiful furniture store in Metro Detroit, full of awesome furniture and fabrics that get my gears turning. We’re also living in my mom’s basement temporarily while we get our feet under us, trying to save money for an imaginary house full of imaginary furniture. The point is, I know this isn’t it. I know there are bigger and better things waiting for me in my near future. Set a timeline out in front of you with goals along the way, and if something changes, go with it. Stay positive and just think of how far you’ve come already. And get a Chris in your life. Everyone needs a Chris. Chris (my fiance) is awesome at motivating me and not letting me settle for anything.

And if you happen to need furniture or design help, let me know. I love a new project.

Andrea Gardiner

I am an interior designer and crafter living in Marquette, Michigan. To view conceptual renderings, drawings and photographs of my work as an interior designer, please view my portfolio. Contact me if you’re interested in interior design services or custom crafts.

EMAIL: andrea@andreagardiner.com

PHONE: 248-990-0396