When you’re deep in the grind, chugging through the workload, and running headfirst towards deadlines, it can be a little hard to come up for air and give yourself a pat on the back.
I’m walking into 2023 in a reflective state of mind, both professionally and personally, and it’s been a validating and reinvigorating process to flip through the calendar pages and see all that has been accomplished in 2022!
Bouquet Bootcamp® Hands-On
My Bouquet Bootcamp® workshop flourished in 2022. I taught several hands-on workshops at the lovely Floral Bar in Dallas, TX. The new, two-day extended curriculum allowed me to dig deeper into color theory and design principles and resulted in some of the best student work I’ve ever seen. Shout out to Mayesh, our workshop partner, who provided all the juicy blooms so we could create the most drool-worthy flower bar, (organized by color of course!). This allowed students to really experiment and apply what they learned in color theory like never before.
We also received our best feedback yet. From design theory, mechanics, bouquet techniques, mindset, and more, the students elevated their work to new levels and I’ve never been more proud. Want a sneak peek at the content? Check it out here.
Bouquet Bootcamp® Online
We also celebrated BIG for the one year anniversary of my Bouquet Bootcamp® Online Course! The development of this course was a huge investment and undertaking, and in 2022 we really got to see all that hard work pay off with the most remarkable reviews of student success. To date, the course has impacted over 1000 students, from beginners to experienced designers, retail florists, wedding designers, farmer florists and even hobbyists!
We see reviews weekly about how the course has helped designers make more money, grow their businesses, understand “the why” behind great design, and build major confidence in their design work. It’s why I started teaching in the first place so it makes me emotional to see how far-reaching and impactful this course has been.
(P.S. We have a new, speedy, cost-effective, and approachable version of this content over called Bouquet Essentials!)
It’s such an honor to be invited to teach and last year brought some incredible teaching opportunities. In no particular order:
Private Team Trainings
One of my passions is team training! Each training is different and completely customized to what the team needs. Last year, I had the privilege of leading a few private team trainings and look forward to more in 2023! I love the challenge of teaching a mix of new and seasoned designers, shop help, and even delivery drivers. It keeps me on my toes, keeps me fresh, and allows me to delve into topics such as vase arranging, production, palette building for retail, and daily design work.
Features and Events
I was fortunate to be featured in a handful of podcasts, magazines, and more and was the first designer to help bring a design show to life for the annual Mayesh Japanese Flower Festival!
Networking & Conferences
Every year I attend industry events, because staying connected and up to date is key to business growth. I like to share all that I learn at these events with my community, explore new vendor offerings, see colleagues, and make new connections.
In 2022, I not only attended the AIFD Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada but also had the pleasure of assisting and speaking! The week leading up to the main event, I supported my friend Susan McLeary of Passionflower Sue in the design room to help her prepare for her incredible main stage presentation.
I was also asked to present on behalf of the Society of American Florists on the main stage (what an honor!) to share my experience over Covid in a program called “No Guts, No Glory.” It was a moving and emotional panel of florists of all kinds, presenting on overcoming and succeeding, despite the challenges of the pandemic.
I also attended the SAF Convention in Orlando, Florida and was asked to be involved in a Flower Clique presentation as a performer! I got to see new products and flower varieties and meet up with several industry friends and cheered them on while they were awarded AAF and PFCI.
It’s so important to not overlook small wins as well. Not the splashy or money-making, but the strides you’ve made with your business that will affect the day to day. For instance, in 2022:
I’m so proud.
And what’s it all worth if it’s not balanced by personal wins? It was a year of hard work in this department. Prioritizing my family, my mental, and my physical health has been a challenge but I’m excited to keep this front and center in 2023.
As you can see, there is a lot to celebrate from 2022 and looking back is a gift of reflection, it allows for celebration, and honors all that was created, experienced, and even endured.
I encourage you to spend some time this week looking at your year, your growth, and your accomplishments. And I encourage you to spend some time feeling proud of yourself. After all, we made it, we are still here to live another day and bring beauty to the world through our work!
Cheers to a New Year and all that is to come.