"I Decided to Throw Caution to the Wind"—a Woman on Ditching Her Traditional Job

You spent your 20s working toward building your dream career, but now that you're in your 30s, what do you do when you've, well, changed your mind? Or maybe you never quite figured it out, and you're now ready to commit to something you're passionate about, whether it's a job, a city, or just a new way of life. To celebrate the career changes that can come at any age, we're debuting a new series, Second Life. Each week, we'll hear from women who got over their doubts and fears and made the biggest changes of their lives.

Career paths don't follow the linear trajectories they once did—and Christiana Coop's résumé is proof of that. The former lawyer-turned-tastemaker is now at the helm of the wildly popular home décor brand Hygge & West alongside her co-founder Aimee Lagos. Although she always had a passion for interior design, she didn't consider a career in home décor until she realised that her work at the firm wasn't as fulfilling as she'd originally envisioned.

"With my law career, I got to a point where I realised the only two things motivating me were fear and money. That's no way live," the entrepreneur told MyDomaine. "Every day after this realisation, I told myself it would be a waste of time if I continued along at my law firm," she explained. "At that point, I really opened myself up to any and all new opportunities, and shortly after that, I was able to make the switch."

In this instalment of Second Life, the co-founder of Hygge & West shares her best career advice, including the mistakes she's made along the way that ended up contributing to her success, how she deals with self-doubt, and why she has absolutely no regrets when she looks back and reflects on her previous career as a lawyer.

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