AIP 1201 Paula Clancy



CELEBRATING 12 YEARS OF
POSSIBILITY. PILOT FLYING J AND HALLERIN HIL. TODAY’S GUEST.
PAULA CLANCY
HALLERIN: WELCOME TO ANOTHER
EDITION OF ANYTHING IS
POSSIBLE. I’M HALLERIN HILTON H. AND THESE ARE GREAT STORIES
ABOUT GREAT PEOPLE WHO PROVE
WITH THEIR LIVES THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. AND FIRST OF ALL.
TAKE A LOOK AT OUR SET. NOW
YOU’LL NOTICE THERE’S NO TABLE. NO BLUE
DRAPES. WE ACTUALLY HAVE A SET. AND WE HAVE TO THANK FOR THAT.
PAULA CLANCY FROM NOUVEAU
CLASSICS. THANK YOU THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK
YOU, THANK YOU. THANK YOU,
THANK YOU. TIMES TIME 10 TO THE
10TH POWER. AND THEN MULTIPLY THAT BT WAS A GREAT THANK YOU. WELL IT .
HALLERIN: THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. I
ASKED HER I SAID I WANT TO
CREATE A SPACE. WHERE PEOPLE ARE
COMFORTABLE IN TELLING THEIR
STORIES. I SAID I DON’T KNOW
WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. I DON’T KNOW HOW IT WILL COME TT SO. SO THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL .
PAULA: WELL THIS IS A CONTEMPORARY OBVIOUSLY. BUT
I’VE WARMED IT UP BY USING SOME
ORGANIC MATERIALS. LOTS OF WOOD. AND. YOU KNOW ACCESSORIES THAT
YOU KNOW JUST MAKE YOU FEEL
KIND OF COZY AND COMFORTABLE. THE SET.
HALLERIN: CAN I ASK FOR THE
SALE. PAULA LET ME START HERE. WHY DO YOU DO THIS. CAUSE THIS
ISN’T JUST ABOUT THE FURNITURE. PAULA: RIGHT.
HALLERIN: MAYBE AS A WINDOW
BACK INTO YOUR STORY OF
POSSIBILITY. YOUR ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION
WILL HELP ME. WHY DO YOU DO
THIS. WHY WHEN I SAID HERE’S WHAT MY
DREAM IS. WHY DID YOU GRAB THAT
DREAM AND JUST RUN WITH IT AND YOU WERE JUST DELIGHTED..
PAULA: YEAH.
HALLERIN: AND THE BELLS GOING
OFF IN YOUR HEAD. WHAT IS THAT ABOU.
PAULA: YOU KNOW IT’S ABOUT
CREATING SPACE FOR PEOPLE THAT
YOU KNOW GIVES THEM UM. A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN FEEL
SAFE. COMFORTABLE. HAPPY. YOU KNOW AND UM. IT’S JUST SO
IMPORTANT TO BE IN AN
ENVIRONMENT WHERE EVERYTHING COMES TOGETHERS GREAT FEELINGS.
HALLERIN: NO, NO, NO, NO, NO
SEE I. OKAY I’LL TAKE THE FIRST
PASS ON THAT. BUT YOU SAID SAFE, COMFORTABLE, HAPPY. BUT
THERE’S SOMETHING THAT TELLS ME
THERE’S MORE TO THAT. FOR YOU. THAN JUST CREATING
SAFE, COMFORTABLE, HAPPY. THAT
IS HAS A DEEPER RESONANCE FOR
YOU PAULA: WELL. I MEAN. FIRST OF A.
HALLERIN: YES.
PAULA: I GET TO WORK WITH GREAT PEOPLE. CREATE SPACE WITH GREAT
PEOPLE. LEARN THEIR STORIES.
WORK WITH THEM. TAKE THEM TO A
DIFFERENT LEVEL THAT MAYBE COULDN’T GET TO ON THEIR OWN. T.
HALLERIN: ALRIGHT SO IT GIVES
YOU JOY. BUT DOES IT RESONATE WITH YOUR .
PAULA: UM. YEAH I THINK IT DOES
TO YOU KNOW TO AN EXTENT. I MEAN
IT GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO UM.
I GUESS BEING A LITTLE KID AND
PLAYING WITH BARBIES. YOU KNOW AND INSTEAD
OF DRESSING THEM UP IN THEIR
CLOTHES. I WAS ABOUT CREATING THEIR HOUSES. AND
BUILDING THEIR HOUSES. AND
DECORATING THEIR HOUSES. AND
ONCE I WAS FINISHED I’D RIP IT APART
AND DO IT AGAIN. CAUSE I LIKE
IT SO MUCH. DOES THAT MAKE
SENSE TO YOU. HALLERIN: MAKES. I MEAN IT
MAKES A LOT OF SENSE TO ME
BECAUSE. AS I’VE TALKED TO
PEOPLE THROUGH THE YEARS. UM. I AM NOTICING THIS OVER AND
OVER, MORE AND MORE THAT. JOY
IS CREATED BY CREATING JOY FOR OTHER PEOPLE.
RIGHT. WHEN YOU MAKE CAUSE AND
CREATE JOY FOR SOMEBODY ELSE
IT’S CREATES JOY FOR YOU. BUT IN ALL THESE INTERVIEWS
I’VE DONE I’VE ALSO TALKED TO
PEOPLE AND THE THINGS THAT HELP THEM. LIKE WANTING TO FEEL
SAFE, COMFORTABLE, AND HAPPY. BECOMES A PRIME DRIVER. AND I
KNOW JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
YOUR STORY. AND I KNOW YOU’VE HAD TO.
PAULA: UH-HUH.
HALLERIN: TO BE IN A BEAUTIFUL
SPACE LIKE THIS.
PAULA: YEAH. I MEAN UM. YEAH I
MEAN I GREW UP WITH BASICALLY
NOTHING YOU KNOW UM. IN A PRETTY POOR FAMILY
SETTING. AND UM. I GUESS I YOU
KNOW ALWAYS WANTED MORE. FOR MYSELF. AND
UM. IN ORDER TO GET THERE I, I HAD TO WORK REALLY HARD. WHICH
I’M TOTALLY GOOD WITH AND FINE
WITH. I THINK YOU SHOULD WORK
HARD. UM. AND UM. I WANTED TO SURROUND
MYSELF WITH BEAUTIFUL THINGS.
AND COOL PEOPLE. AND I FEEL LIKE I’VE
ACCOMPLISHED THAT THROUGH MY
WORK. I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER.
YOU KNOW. WITH WHAT I DO. WITH THE PEOPLE
I MEET. WITH THE. WITH THE
OPPORTUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN
GIVEN TO ME THROUGH MY WORK. GIVES ME. GREAT HAPPINESS.
HALLERIN: WELL YOU’VE GIVEN US
GREAT HAPPINESS HERE AS WELL. I
WANT TAKE A BREAK. WHEN WE COME BACKE COMFORTABLE AND HOW YOU CREATED
A SAFE SPACE FOR YOURSELF AND
HOW YOU FOUND HAPPINESS. THIS
IS ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. MY GUEST IS PAULA CLANCY WE’LL .
POSSIBILITY POWERED BY, PILOT
FLYING J, COVENANT HEALTH, HOME FEDERAL, AND THE KNOXVILLE
NEWS SENTINEL. COMING UP. PAULA: I JUST WANTED MORE. I
WANTED TO DO SOMETHING WITH MY
LIFE. YOU KNOW AND I WASN’T
GOING TO BE TOLD I COULDN’T. I GUESS. YOU KNOW I NEVER, EVER
BELIEVED THAT I COULDN’T DO
WHAT I SET OUT TO DO. EVER. WELCOME BACK TO ANYTHING
POSSIBLE. AND YOU ARE ON THE
NOUVEAU CLASSIC SET THAT WAS
CREATED BY MY GUEST PAULA CLANCY. WHO IS THE CEO
AND THE GRAND POOBAH. AND THE
UH. SUPERSTAR. THE WONDER WOMAN OF NOUVEAU
CLASSICS. THANK YOU FOR JOINING
US ON THE BROADCAST. PAULA: THANK YOU.
HALLERIN: UM. SO WE WERE
STARTING TO DIVE INTO YOU STORY.
PAULA: YEAH. HALLERIN: AND AS WE STARTED TO
DIVE INTO YOUR STORY. WHEN WE
WENT TO BREAK YOU WERE LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT.
PAULA: I DID THIS.
HALLERIN: YEAH, YEAH YOU WERE. PAULA: RIGHT.
HALLERIN: YOU KNOW WHAT I WANT
YOU TO KNOW THAT I GET THAT.
PAULA: YEAH. HALLERIN: UM, UM. I DON’T KNOW . TOO MUCH.
HALLERIN: WHY. WHAT DOES THAT
GET YOU.
PAULA: WELL YOU KNOW I MEAN I GUESS YOU KNOW PEOPLE, SOME P.
HALLERIN: RIGHT. PAULA: OTHER CAN LOOK AT YOU
LIKE. WHAT DO YOU MEAN SHE
DIDN’T GROW UP IN SOME WEALTHY
FAMILY. AND YOU KNOW AND SO THEY LOOK A
HALLERIN: SEEING YOU I SEE THIS. I SEE THIS PERSON OF
GREAT POSSIBILITY. I SEE A
BRIGHT TOUGH SMART LADY. THAT IS IN THE
BUSINESS OF TAKING NOTHING AND
MAKING SOMETHING. OUT OF IT. LIKE YOU WALK INTO
AN EMPTY ROOM AND YOU SEE HALLERIN: FIRST OF ALL YOU SEE .
PAULA: YEAH. AND YOU HAVE GREAT FACILITY
WITH DESIGN AND YOU KNOW HOW TO
MATCH THEIR ENERGY. WITH A SPACE THAT
MATCHES THEIR ENERGY SO THAT
THEY CAN FEEL SAFE. AND COMFORTABLE AND HAPPY.
PAULA: RIGHT.
HALLERIN: I MEAN THAT’S A VERY
POWERFUL THING TO DO. AND I WOULD IMAGINE TOO. BEING ABLE
TO PUT A ROOM TOGETHER IS KIND OF METAPHORICAL FOR BEING IT IS.
HALLERIN: SO YOU GO FROM
BARTENDER THOUGH.
PAULA: YEAH. HALLERIN: TO CEO OF A COMPANY.
PAULA: RIGHT.
HALLERIN: AND TAKE ME ON THE
ARCH OF THAT STORY. BECAUSE THAY POWERFUL STORY.
PAULA: WELL I. YOU KNOW I
STARTED OUT BY PUTTING MYSELF
THROUGH SCHOOL. UM. YOU KNOW BARTENDING
PAID THE BILLS. I MEAN YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE A GOOD BARTENDER YOU . PAULA: AND YOU MEET. YOU
TOTALLY LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT
PEOPLE. I MEAN IT’S GREAT.
BECAUSE WHEN YOU’RE A BARTENDERU KNOW YOU’VE GOT SO MANY PEOPLE
THAT SIT AT A BAR. AND SO
YOU’RE CHANGING YOU KNOW THE
WAY THAT YOU INTERACT WITH EACH SINGLE BASED
ON HOW THEY ACT WITH YOU. YOU KNOW SO IT’S GREAT TRAINING
GROUND. JUST YOU KNOW FOR LIFE
I THINK. UM. AND UM. YOU KNOW I WORKED
MY WAY THROUGH COLLEGE. AND. WORKED AS A BARTENDER THE FIRST
3 YEARS THAT I OPENED MY. MY
BUSINESS. SO THAT I COULD LIVE. UM. I DIDN’T PAY
MYSELF. AND I STARTED OUT BY
BUYING OLD FURNITURE AND. REFURBISHING, PAINTING IT,
REUPHOLSTERING IT. DOING
WHATEVER I HAD TO DO. HALLERIN: NOW WHERE WOULD YOU F AND YOU KNOW UM. LOOK FOR GREAT
DESIGN. AND UM. THEN I WOULD CHANGE IT AND MAKE IT MORE
FUNKY, ARTSY, WHATEVER. AND
THEN UM. I STARTED BUYING NEW FURNITURE.
HALLERIN: NOW WHERE DID YOU GET
THE IDEA TO DO THIS TO BEGIN
WITH. PAULA: TO START MY STORY.
HALLERIN: YEAH.
PAULA: UM WELL I WAS FURNISHING
MY OWN APARTMENT. I HAD NO MONE. SO, SO I HAD TO THRIFT SHOP FOR
STUFF AND SO I WOULD FIX THINGS
UP AND MY FRIENDS WOULD COME OVER AND THEY’D BE LIKE. WHERE
DID YOU GET THAT. I WANT THAT.
WELL I FOUND IT, I MADE DO YOU
WANT ONE I’LL SELL YOU ONE. AND UH. AND SO
THAT’S KIND OF HOW IT STARTED.
SO ONE DAY I WAS LIKE I THINK
I’LL OPEN A STORE. YOU KNOW. I HAD LIKE
NO YOU KNOW BANK ACCOUNT THAT
REALLY COULD JUSTIFY ME DOING THAT.
BUT UM. I STARTED COLLECTING
THINGS AND. ABOUT 6 MONTHS DOWN THE ROAD I
FOUND A LITTLE SPACE DOWN IN
OLD CITY AND CONVINCED THE PEOPLE TO YOU KNOW RENT IT TO
ME. AND I HAD ENOUGH MONEY TO
PAY THE RENT THE FIRST BUT NOT
THE SECOND MONTH. PAY YOUR WAY THROUGH COLLEGE.
PAULA: WELL. MY FATHER DIED WHEN I WAS 17. AND
UM. HE RAISED ME. I WAS PRETTY
MUCH ON MY OWN. AND SO. UM. WANTED TO GO TO
COLLEGE AND UH. SO IF WANTED GO TO COLLEGE. THERE WAS NOBODYE TO GO INSTEAD OF STOP. AFTER YO.
PAULA: WELL FIRST OF ALL MY
FATHER ALWAYS TOLD ME I COULD DO ANYTHING I SET MY MIND
TO. AND I TOTALLY BELIEVED HIM.
UM. HE WAS HUGE INSPIRATION FOR ME. UM. I
RESPECTED HIM. SO MUCH WITH JUST THE WAY THAT
HE LIVED HIS LIFE. HE WAS A
HARD WORKING MAN. HE RAISED ME AND MY HALF BROTHERS AND
SISTER ON HIS OWN. MY. HE AND
MY MOTHER DIVORCED WHEN I WAS 3. AND HE
RAISED US. SO I GREW UP WITHOUT
A MOTHER. WHICH YOU KNOW MADE ME VERY
SELF SUFFICIENT AND INDEPENDENT
AT A VERY YOUNG AGE. MY HALF BROTHERS AND SISTERS
WERE ALL QUITE A LOT OLDER THAN
SO THEY WERE KIND OF OFF GOING TO SCHOOL, GETTING
MARRIED DOING WHATEVER AND IT
WAS JUST HE AND I FOR A LONG
TIME. YOU KNOW WHILE I WAS GROWING
UP. UM, UNTIL I WAS ABOUT 12 OR
13 WHEN I WE. MOVED IN WITH MY SISTER.
BUT ANYWAY SO WHAT THAT MEANT
IS THAT. YOU KNOW I GREW UP REALLY
QUICKLY AS A LITTLE KID. UM.
WHICH I THINK IS TOTALLY TO MY ADVANTAGE. I
MEAN IT MADE ME WHO I AM TODAY.
AS FAR AS BEING RESOURCEFUL. AND HARDWORKING AND ETHICAL. UM.
HALLERIN: SO YOU DIDN’T FEEL
SORRY FOR YOURSELF.
PAULA: NO WHY WOULD I.
ABSOLUTELY NOT. I MEAN IT WAS
JUST THE WAY THAT IT WAS. YOU KNOW I DID.
HALLERIN: YOU, BUT, BUT. BUT YOU DO REALIZE AND THAT’S
THE BEAUTIFUL THING I LOVE
ABOUT STORIES OF POSSIBILITY.
IS I TOLD YOU THIS BEFORE WE CAME ON
THE AIR. THAT THE PROBABLY THE
CORNERSTONE OF ALL POSSIBILITY IS FAITH. IT IS
BELIEVING. AND THIS IS WHAT YOU JUST TOLD ME. YOU LOST YOUR
FATHER. I KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LOSE MY FATHER.
PAULA: YEAH. YEAH.
HALLERIN: YOU LOST YOUR FATHER
AND YOU SAID THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS.
PAULA: YEAH I.
HALLERIN: YOU JUST. YOU DO
REALIZE THAT, THAT NOT JUST HOW MOST PEOPLE.
THERE’S SOMETHING ELSE THERE.
THERE’S. YOU’VE GOT SOME FAITH FROM SOME WHERE AND
THERE’S. IT’S ALMOST. IF, IF
I’M JUST DOING MY GENERAL READ FROM
RIGHT HERE. IT’S ALMOST LIKE
YOU KNOW WHAT DAD. THIS IS THE WAY I WILL MAKE GOOS WHAT YOU WOULD DO. DOES THAT MAT THAT WAY. I’VE ALWAYS FELT KIND
OF SPECIAL. I GUESS AND I
THINK. I THINK THAT CAME FROM
HIM. I’M SURE UM. BUT YEAH I MEAN I JUST
WANTED MORE. I WANTED TO DO
SOMETHING WITH MY LIFE YOU KNOW AND I
WASN’T GOING TO BE TOLD I
COULDN’T I GUESS. YOU KNOW I’D
NEVER EVER BELIEVED THAT I COULDN’T DO WHA. I BELIEVED HIM. HE WAS RIGHT.
YOU TOTALLY CAN DO ANYTHING
THAT YOU SET YOUR MIND TO. HALLERIN: WHAT, WHAT. WHAT,
WOULD HE SAY. WHAT WORDS WOULD
HE USE. CAN YOU REMEMBER A CONVERSATION YOU HAD WITH
HIM. CAN YOU REMEMBER AN ACTUAL PHRASE THAT HE SAID TO. PAULA DT YOU CAN DO ANYTHING THAT YOU
SET YOUR MIND TO. THAT STICKS
OUT IN MY. IN MY MEMORY. SO
MUCH. UM. YOU KNOW MY. ONE OF BIGGEST
REGRETS THAT I DIDN’T GET TO
KNOW HIM AS AN ADULT PERSON. YOU KNOW HE DIED MUCH TO YOUNG.
I MEAN YOU KNOW. I WAS. I WAS
A. I WAS A KID. YOU KNOW AND THERE’S SO MUCH THAT I
DON’T REMEMBER ABOUT HIM. BUT
YOU KNOW ONE THING THAT REALLY UM. I REMEMBER THE MOST ABOUT
HIM. IS HOW HE NEVER SPOKE
BADLY ABOUT ANYONE. EVER. I MEAN EVER. YOU
KNOW. AND. I’VE TRIED TO LIVE MY LIFE THAT
WAY TOO. AND I. I KNOW THAT
I’VE MESSED UP. I’VE SAID A BAD THING HERE AND THERE. I’M
SURE A LOT OF THE WAY. YOU KNOW
BUT YOU KNOW REALLY I MEAN THAT HAS REALLY STUCK WITH ME.
HALLERIN: WHY DO YOU THINK HE
DID THAT.
PAULA: THAT’S JUST WHO HE WAS. HE WAS JUST A GOOD PERSON. AND,
AND HE WAS TRYING TO SET A
GREAT EXAMPLE FOR HIS KIDS. AND FOR OTHER PEOPLE.
HALLERIN: ALRIGHT I WANT TO GO
BUSINESS SCHOOL WHEN WE COME
BACK. I WANT TO TAKE A BREAK. CAUSE YOU START. YOU
KNOW PAY YOUR WAY THROUGH
COLLEGE. UM. YOU BARTEND. YOU FIX
FURNITURE AND SELL IT. YOU OPEN
A STORE FRONT WITH ONLY ONE
MONTH’S LEASE IN YOUR BACK
POCKET. SO YOU HAD TO SELL THINGS.
PAULA: YEAH.
HALLERIN: YEAH TAKE ME TO BUSINESS SCHOOL. I WANT YOU . THIS IS ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
YOU ARE SITTING. OR YOU ARE
LOOKING AT THE PAULA CLANCY
DESIGNED SET. FOR ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
BECAUSE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
SEE. WE’LL BE BACK.
COMING UP.
THANKS ALWAYS MY GOAL. IS TO
GIVE THEM WAY MORE THAN THEY EXPECTED. AND UM.
HOPEFULLY IT MAKES A
DIFFERENCE. IN THEIR LIFE. IT MAKES THINGS>THIS WEEK OUR HOME FEDERAL COMMUNITY IS SPOTLIGHT. IS ON
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HALLERIN: WELCOME BACK TO
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. MY GUEST A CLANCY. AND THIS SET THAT YOU
SEE THAT’S DIFFERENT THAN WHERE
WE NORMALLY BROADCAST IS A. THANKS TO PAULA CLANCY
AND NOUVEAU CLASSICS. I CAME TO
YOU WITH A DREAM AND YOU CAME TO ME WITH A REALI.
PAULA: YOU’RE WELCOME. HALLERIN: SO UM. DURING THE
BREAK. YOU SAID SOMETHING AND
IT JUST RESONATED WITH ME. YOU
SAID YOU HAD A. A PROFESSOR TELL YOU.
PAULA: YEAH. HE SAID I’D NEVER MAKE ANYTHING
OUT OF MY LIFE. I THINK IT WAS
BECAUSE YOU KNOW I WAS
BARTENDING AND, AND WORKING FULL-TIME
BASICALLY THROUGH COLLEGE. SO
I. I WAS A LITTLE GUILTY OF
SKIPPING CLASS SOMETIMES. YOU KNOW. NOT A LOT BUT I DID
GRADUATE BUT. ANYWAY. UM. I GUESS I SKIPPED HIS CLASS
MORE THAN HE THOUGHT I SHOULD.
AND SO HE. HE TOLD ME ONE TIME
I WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING WITH MY LIFE. NEVER
MAKE ANYTHING OUT OF MYSELF.
AND I WAS LIKE REALLY. SOUNDS LIKE A CHALLENGE TO ME.
HALLERIN: AND THAT. THAT FITS
RIGHT IN WITH WITH WHO YOU ARE RIGHT.
PAULA: YEAH, YEAH. WITH WHO YOU ARE RIGHT.
PAULA: YEAH, YEAH.
HALLERIN: SO, SO. LETS, LETS
TALK ABOUT THAT. CAUSE I WANT TT WHAT YOU LEARNED IN BUSINESS.
BECAUSE YOU BRING THAT ENERGY
AND THAT PASSION TO THE WORK
THAT YOU DO. AND YOU BUILT A GREAT BUSINESS
HERE IN KNOXVILLE AND IN
NASHVILLE. UM. WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU LEARNED ABOUT
POSSIBILITY IN BUSINESS. WHAT
WAS YOU FIRST BIG BUSINESS
LESSON. PAULA: WELL I THINK YOU KNOW
WHEN I OPENED MY STORE I KIND OF REALIZED THERE WAS A
NICHE IN THE MARKET PLACE. YOU
KNOW THAT I COULD FILL. AND UM. THE WAY THAT I STARTED
MY BUSINESS WITH YOU KNOW OLD
FURNITURE. AND LITTLE MONEY. WAS
CHALLENGING. UM. BUT OVER TIME YOU KNOW I
BUILT IT INTO WHAT IT IS TODAY.
WHICH IS YOU KNOW A HIGH END CONTEMPORARY
FURNITURE STORE. YOU KNOW WHERE
I OFFER INTERIOR DESIGNS SERVICES AS
WELL. SO UM. YOU KNOW I THINK
FIRST OF ALL IT WAS A NICHE. I WAS DOING
SOME THAT I TRULY LOVED TO DO.
WHICH I THINK IS KEY. HALLERIN: RIGHT.
PAULA: YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT
WHAT YOU TRULY LOVE TO DO AND
WHAT YOU’RE GOOD AT. YOU KNOW THEN YOU HAVE TO
EDUCATE YOURSELF. YOU KNOW.
BECAUSE EVEN IF YOU LOVE IT. YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT
IT. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE
SUCCESSFUL. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE
TO BE ABLE TO BACK IT UP. UM. AND I’M A PEOPLE PERSON.
AND I’M CREATIVE AND SO YOU
KNOW IT WAS KIND OF THE BEST OF ALL OF THOSE WORLDS
COMING TOGETHER FOR ME. AND I
LIKE TO MAKE MONEY. AND I LIKE TO SHOP. SO I CAN
SHOP AND SPEND OTHER PEOPLE’S
MONEY. WORK WITH CREATE COOL PEOPLE.
TRAVEL. YOU KNOW I GET TO DO
ALL OF THESE REALLY COOL INTERESTING THINGS. I MEAN I
HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD.
I WORK WITH THE GREATEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.
HALLERIN: BIGGEST CHALLENGE OR
FAILURE YOU’VE HAD. PAULA: WOW. YOU KNOW BEING IN
BUSINESS FOR YOURSELF AS A YOUNG WOMAN. UM. IS CHALLENGING. AND
UM. HAVING A FAMILY AND TRYING TO BALANCE YOU KNOW
YOUR FAMILY AND WORK. UM. IS VERY CHALLENGING. I’M KIND
OF A WORKAHOLIC AND SO I HAVE
TO PULL MYSELF I HAVE A HUSBAND. AND I HAVE 2
STEP CHILDREN. AND UM. MY STEP
DAUGHTER HAS A LITTLE GIRL. AND SO. AND THEN
MY HUSBAND’S FAMILY IS A HUGE
FAMILY HERE IN KNOXVILLE UM. THEN I HAVE FAMILY IN IOWA .
HALLERIN: WOW.
PAULA: SO YEAH. SO I HAVE A. I HAVE A GREAT FAM.
HALLERIN: IF YOU WERE GIVING
ADVICE ABOUT POSSIBILITY BECAUSE YOUR LIFE IS A GREAT
STORY OF POSSIBILITY. YOU SAID
YOU COME FROM VERY HUMBLE BEGINNINGS.
PAULA: UH-HUH.
HALLERIN: BUT YOU’RE THE KIND
OF PERSON THAT DOESN’T EVEN WANO GET STUCK ON THAT.
PAULA: NO.
HALLERIN: THAT’S JUST THE WAY
IT IS. AND IF YOU HAD A YOUNG PAULA
CLANCY-ESK. YOUNG WOMAN. OR YOUNG MAN SITTING HERE. AND
THEY WERE WONDERING. I JUST HAD
A PROFESSOR TELL ME I WASN’T GOING TO MAKE Y WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THEM. I
WOULD FIRST OF ALL SAY UM. WHAT
DO YOU LOVE TO DO. WHERE’S YOUR PASSION. YOU KNOW.
AND YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW THAT
FIRST. UM. AND THEN I WOULD SAY THEN
GO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THAT.
FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THAT YOUR WORK. YOU KNOW. BECAUSE
THEN IT’S NOT REALLY. IT
DOESN’T FEEL LIKE WORK. WHEN
YOU’RE DOING WHAT YOU LOVE. I MEAN I TOTALLY
LOVE WHAT I DO. I MEAN I THINK
ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. IT NEVER FEELS LIKE WORK TO ME.
BECAUSE IT GIVES ME SO MUCH
ENJOYMENT AND SO MUCH FULFILLMENT.
HALLERIN: YOU KNOW WHAT JUST
HIT ME. YOU ARE POSSIBILITY PERSON.
LIKE ON ANOTHER LEVEL THOUGH. BECAUSE EVERY ROOM YOU WALK
INTO. YOU SEE POSSIBLE. YOU SEE POSSIBILITY.
PAULA: UH-HUH. YEAH.
HALLERIN: THAT’S YOU WHOLE
LIFE. THAT’S YOUR WHOLE DAY. PAULA: YEAH.
HALLERIN: AND SO YOUR IN THE
BUSINESS OF REVELATION. BECAUSE YOU SEE THE
POSSIBILITY. AND THEN A PERSON
GIVES YOU THEIR DREAM AND THEN LIKE US HERE ON THE SET. YOU
GO. IN A SECOND. AND THEN I
WALK IN HERE AND I GO. THAT. OH WOW. AND MAYBE THAT.
IS THAT THE JOY DRIVER IN ALL OF THIS.
PAULA: YEAH. YOU KNOW I GUESS
IT’S. YOU KNOW GETTING TO KNOW
YOU. LIKE WHEN YOU GUYS CAME IN. I
WANTED TO LEARN A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WERE
LOOKING FOR. KIND OF UNDERSTAND YOUR STYLE. .
HALLERIN: RIGHT. PAULA: ON EVERYONE AS MUCH AS I
WOULD LIKE TO. I’M KIDDING. YOU KNOW BUT. SO YOU HAVE TO.
YOU HAVE TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR
CLIENT. UM AND THEN YOU HAVE TO BRING IT
TO LIFE. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO
RESPECT THEIR THEIR WISHES. BUT YOU ALSO WANT
TO TAKE THEM OUT OF THE BOX A
LITTLE BIT. YOU WANT TO PUSH THEM A LITTLE BIT AND TAKE
THEM TO A PLACE THEY CAN’T GET
TO ON THEIR OWN. YOU KNOW AND THEN. HOPEFULLY
THEIR JUST LIKE. WOW. THIS IS. THIS IS TOTALLY
WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. YOU KNOW. THAT’S ALWAYS MY
GOAL. IS TO GIVE THEM. WAY MORE THAN THEY EXPECTED.
AND UM. HOPEFULLY IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
IN THEIR LIFE. IT MAKES THINGS
JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER. HALLERIN: IT DOES MAKE THINGS
BETTER. AND UH. I WANT TO THANK
YOU PERSONALLY. UH, FOR BEING A POSSIBILITY PER

I THINK THE STORY ARCH OF YOUR LIFE IS
A STORY OF POSSIBILITIES. THE STORY OF A WOMAN WHO LOOKED
AT HER AND REARRANGED THE
FURNITURE. AND MAKE IT A COMFORTABLE,
SAFE, HAPPY PLACE. BUT THEN THAT YOU SPEND YOUR LIFE DOING
THAT ON A REGULAR BASIS. AND
THAT YOU LIVE WITH THIS ENERGY OF POSSIBILITY. THAT’S A
BLESSING. GOOD PLUS. THIS IS A BLESSING TO. THANK YO.
PAULA: THANK YOU.

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