Months ago, I saw a hashtag floating around the interspace that was #communityovercompetition. It was basically spreading and celebrating the ethos of business owners helping each other with love, support and skills. I am ever so grateful for so many people in my life that have supported me and who live out this sort of ethos every day and I think they should be celebrated. In honour of some of these gorgeous beings, I planned this little blog series and thought Thanksgiving would be the perfect time to say 'thank you'.
First up, is my beautiful, darling friend Sarah Richardson. She is the amazingly talented florist behind Leafy Couture. But from the moment I met Sarah, I felt that her passion for her work was infectious. I only have to spend a few minutes with Sarah and somehow I feel encouraged, confident and positive about things ahead. I know that she is always just a phone call (or cake date) away to give me whatever is it that I need, whether that is some crucial advice about business decisions or just a grounding talk when life's waves feel like they are crashing down on me. It ain't no secret that running a business and being a mother is difficult and trying at times! Sarah, like many of us, is both of those yet keeps smiling, continues to grow her business, is there for her friends and loves her family deeply. I am so grateful to have Sarah as wedding industry 'colleague' but am truly blessed to call her a friend.
Now, all of my 'greats' had to fill out this little questionnaire, just to get a little bit of insight into their minds and lives.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the past year in your business?
That its good to stop and really focus on what you want to do. We can get swept along just saying yes to things but to stop and really focus on what you want is liberating. Its OK to say no. It is also scary as makes you really think and then once you have your focus you need to work to get it. It becomes more real when written down!
Pick 2 things (product, service, etc) that you can’t live without.
Earl grey tea.. it flows through my veins...
The internet... I can keep in touch with my family and clients all over the world and its my shop front.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
As I have two young children that don't sleep, it's work out which bed and room I am in. Second, check Instagram, terribly addicted, but trying to keep my phone out of the bedroom as its too easy to waste time on the internet!
What is one thing you are looking forward to in the next year?
I am not good at choosing one thing! Workwise- we have some incredible weddings booked in, so really looking forward to those, new premises for our flower school for florists and flower lovers and homelife- we are doing major renovations and knocking walls down for a new kitchen, can't wait to get planning it pinterest- tastic!
If you could learn one new skill or talent, what would it be?
Hmm I would like to be better at baking... I am more creative than accurate! I would love to perfect biscuit making, going for a big gingerbread house this year love doing that with the kids.
Thanks to Sarah for taking the time to let me be super nosy! Here's a few images of Sarah's work and please do go follow her and how her some lovin' on Instagram and Facebook.
Look at her gorgeous work, some of which was created during her flower school courses, so budding florists, get in touch!