I cannot tell you how long I have dreamt of owning my own shop. When I was younger, it was a gift shop, and now it is a flower shop. Two weekends ago, I was able to make my dream a reality…if only for a day. I learned so much in just one day and those leading up to it. It was a big success. I went into the day with the thought that no matter what happened, it would be a success…because I had done it. I had actually put myself, my designs, and my vision out there for people to see, so that was my success even if I didn’t sell a single flower. However, it didn’t stop the butterflies in my stomach on Saturday morning. I couldn’t wait to get to the shop to confirm that the flowers hadn’t died since I left them just five short hours before and that there hadn’t been an earthquake that toppled all my displays. Once I had seen all that, I could finally breathe. Of course, it also helped that I still had a lot to do before the doors opened.
Lessons Learned: First and foremost, trust in yourself. You must trust that this is really what you want (what you really really want…sorry..I had to go there) and that you have the talent and knowledge to go about doing it.
Secondly, trust in others. Do not hesitate to ask for help or volunteers. Honestly, the day wouldn’t have been the same without the help from my parents. My father, for weeks leading up to the event, would build me partitions, bring things to the shop in his truck, or go buy materials for me. And when the day ended, he loaded it all back up to bring it home. He has always been my rock and I can’t thank him enough. My mom is always my sounding board, my voice of reason, the one to say “do you really need to do that?” Then when I say “yes”, she just supports my decision. At times she made me rethink things and move into a different direction that turned out better. She worked the whole day with me speaking with customers and being my cashier. Again, at the end of the day they both helped me clean up and put everything away.
“Have a good time.”
Friends were also a huge help. Of course, my bosses, Wayne and Amy, who lent me the space to hold the shop, but who also came to help set up and do a little selling. Wayne also went with me to the flower market at 4:30am. He schlepped flowers around like a pro. Carolina, a friend that I met in my very first floral class, came the day before to help do some design work.
Thirdly: have a good time. Enjoy the whole process from start to finish. It’s a lot of work…hard work. You are exhausted and your back hurts, but underneath all that, is your dream. There was a moment during the event, where there was a little lull in the action, and so I picked up my broom and started sweeping the foyer. I had this moment of calm and just this thought that “this is mine.” Just for that day, it was mine.
I dipped my toe in the water and now I just want to dive straight into the pool. Unfortunately, responsibilities prevent me from diving, but not from wading. I’m saying it now…there will be a Marmalade Sky Floral Design Store opening…you’ll just have to have a little patience (just like me!!)