How a Stanford Research Assistant Turned Her Hobby Into a Career

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.

Most of us don’t know what we want to do for the rest of our lives when we’re 18, so jumping right into a forever job is unlikely, and having to pick a major at a university that will prepare us for our hypothetical career path is a lot of pressure. Though Kiana Underwood decided to study pre-law, she decided to pivot and pursue a graduate degree in international relations and diplomacy instead of going to law school. Because of a geographical move, she pivoted again.

Fast-forward a few years, and she now runs a successful business in the floral industry, Tulipina, while raising three young children. Somehow she’s managed to fuse all her talents and points of interest into one thriving business—and as the founder of Tulipina, she stretches her creative muscle daily while also being able to dip into her passion for international relations and diplomacy. Read on to learn how Kiana Underwood turned her hobby into a thriving business.