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Caroline, 33 YEARS OLD, furniture designER 

What started it? A wooden table that I found in the street and that I felt like reupholstering. For seven years, I’d been working like crazy in a big advertising agency. I hardly had time to catch my breath. At the time, I didn’t even know that I liked DIY! In 2012, I finally mustered up the courage to leave my job, because I’d had enough, without knowing what I was going to do. It took me close to two years to create my furniture company.

Any regret? Right off the bat, no — nothing! Maybe I do miss the company of colleagues a bit. But I’ve since started to work in a shared workshop. And by the way, many of my former colleagues became my first clients. I’m very proud of myself for daring to go towards a life that suits me better and that makes much more sense in my eyes.

Any advice? I’ll never advise someone to leave their job. Leaving your job is something that should be obvious to you, you don’t need anyone telling you what you need to do. My advice? You’ve got to tell yourself that if you go for it and it doesn’t work, it’s okay. You can always do something else or go back to your old job! To me, changing career is like uprooting a plant: You can thrive anywhere! This has been such a great experience … I’ve never learned so much in my life.

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