New Beginnings

Off Whyte Floral Studio - Roses
Tibet, Madre Perla and Early Grey Roses

January: a month of fresh starts, New Year’s resolutions, new beginnings, commitments, plans set in motion, goals to reach, promises to do better, be better, feel better. Also a month of let downs, broken promises, guilt and denial! Yeah!

One year ago, I made an announcement that I would be closing my retail store and looking for new opportunities – a fresh start! I had no idea, at the time, what that might look like exactly but I was ready for a change. Change is hard at the best of times but during an economic crisis, political upheaval, and personal turmoil there’s nothing like pulling up your very firmly planted roots. To say that 2015 was a difficult year would be a very grand understatement but I’m still here! My business re-bloomed as a web-based, phone order and delivery service. I moved into a small studio space with great neighbours. I “popped up” at a few markets and shops pedaling (so tempted to write “petaling”) my flowers, and produced gorgeous wedding flowers to happy, beautiful brides. I re-bloomed! Like a perennial in spring, I turned my face to the sun and just let things happen as they surely would. Naturally, there were bumps in the road and life isn’t always rosy but I kept moving forward.

365 days later,  I’m about to launch this new website and blog post and start off on another season of wedding planning and business building. It feels good! There have only been a few moments when I’ve missed my shop with the pretty displays and the lovely people that would come to visit but really, I don’t miss much else about it. The freedom that this business model offers me has changed my life and I’m really looking forward to this new year. January is almost over and spring is on it’s way. I know there will be struggles and challenges – I’ve been there before. There will also be triumphs and joys that I can’t yet imagine. Bring it! I’m ready!

2 thoughts on “New Beginnings”

  1. Thank you for your best wishes! It’s been over two years now and it has not been easy but I persist! The floral industry has changed so much in the last 5 years with many people entering the field with little experience but much passion. It has changed how professional florists are able to manage their businesses. Social media and web sites are the biggest changes I’ve seen and it continues to influence the market and perception of floral art and industry. I’m grateful for the ability to work in a beautiful, challenging and ever-changing profession.

  2. I wish you the very best start, to succeed on the flower path. Increasingly more and more services fresh flowers everywhere. Thank you very much for your post.

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