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Christine Vroom: An Honest Conversation about Mental Health and the Interior Design Industry

Episode 940 of A Well-Designed Business®
940: Christine Vroom: An Honest Conversation about Mental Health and the Interior Design Industry

Today With Christine Vroom:

Today on A Well-Designed Business I am joined by Christine Vroom of Christine Vroom Interiors in Los Angeles, California. Christine spaces focus on enhancing mental health, along with physical and spiritual well-being, and that’s by design. Through her own mental health journey, Christine has learned how to better take care of herself, surrounded herself with a supportive team, and translated her own difficult times into compassion and understanding toward her clients.  Just as our systems and processes play a role in our business, so does our mental and physical health. Christine has put a lot of time, thought, and effort into finding the best ways to care for herself in order to show up better as a business owner. But it’s a journey. Today, she is sharing her story and some of the wisdom she has learned along the way.

Pick It Apart

[2:34] Christine and LuAnn discuss the importance of open, honest conversations about mental health, especially as it pertains to the interior design industry.

[5:18] Christine expands on the pressure of perfectionism in this industry and shares her strategies on how to take care of ourselves and our mental health within those expectations.

[10:10] Christine tells the story of her struggle to recover from an eating disorder—which is actually an anxiety disorder. 

[19:06] LuAnn asks Christine what triggers her now and how she puts safeguards up to protect her mental health.

[26:12] Christine speaks about evolving with her mental health and why she considers it a blessing in disguise.

[39:21] Christine and LuAnn chat about how taking care of our own mental health can give us more compassion toward others and how that can especially serve us in our businesses.

LuAnn Nigara and Christine Vroom’s Ah-Ha Moments

 “We do have to have that level of perfectionism [in the interior design industry]. But the question is, how do we take care of ourselves?” – Christine Vroom   “We’re beyond that. We’re beyond the ruminating. We’re beyond the mental obsessions. We’re beyond really caring if somebody thinks that you didn’t do what you know you did. We gotta let it go.” – Christine Vroom   “I don’t need to ride on your roller coaster.” – Christine Vroom   “When you’re evolved, and you do know yourself well enough to know that you have anxiety or ‘fill in the blank’ then the tactic now is to actively protect your own psyche through that roller coaster ride.” – LuAnn Nigara   “If we picked out our best, best, best trait, it is also our Achilles heel.” – LuAnn Nigara

More About Christine Vroom

Christine Vroom Interiors is a full service interior and exterior design firm in Los Angeles, California, founded by senior designer Christine Vroom. Bringing together her love of timeless design with a fashion-forward attention to detail, Christine has made an impression on homeowners, developers, architects, and business owners alike. Guided by the philosophy of ‘beauty meets function,’ Christine creates liveable luxury through inviting, well designed spaces that directly enhance mental health, physical and spiritual well-being.

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