If you follow my IG, you saw my #fbf of my bridal bouquet I designed at the FlowerWild workshop I attended last January. I wanted to share a little more about my eye opening experience and some things I’ve learned from this…
I was way out of my comfort zone going to this workshop! If you’ve seen Kate Holt’s work then you can see why I was a little intimidate and nervous about going. She’s amazing!! This was also my first ever flower workshop and a game changer! I had no idea the impact this one day would have on me. It’s so crazy to think only eight or so hours can totally flip your world! I expected to gain design tips and techniques, but was surprised when I learned so much more. There was this sense of community, understanding and acceptance that wowed me! Everyone was so encouraging to design how you wanted. This was all new to me and wonderful! It was the best thing ever to be able to design from my heart. Also the first time I felt completely able to do this. There was this sense of joy and contentment that at the time I didn’t really know what that was (looking back now I know, but at the time- clueless). I was just so excited to create like this at my shop. These designs were a part of me. I felt like I found my design style!
I wanted to share this with everyone. Share this joy I found. But actually being able to do that was a little harder than I thought. I felt very unsettled, lost and scared when I got back. Lost because I couldn’t be myself with the fear of not making others happy with my designs and scared that I would never be able to just be me. Before the workshop, I have no clue how I was designing but I know it wasn’t the designer I wanted to be. So things had to change and change is hard. But it’s also worth it! I don’t ever want to be at the place I was last winter again! So change had to happen. Slowly. I love this quote from Lara Casey’s MTH conference because it’s so good and true, “change means letting go of something to get something better”.
Now a year out from the workshop I can truly say how very thankful I am for this time even though it was super tough. It lead me to the start of something that will last. I’m still working on defining my brand. It’s not something that happens over night or needs to be rushed. Good things take time! It’s all still a work in progress, but now progress in the right direction. I just want to encourage anyone who’s feeling not at the right place to do something about it! For me the start was signing up for this super scary workshop, but it has lead me to so many amazing things over this last year. And not just things, but amazing people! That was really the best part! All my pretty flower friends have had such an impact on me, so thanks with all my heart!
photos- my IG account, @accentsfloraldesign
the other three are from the FlowerWild workshop taken by Jose Villa