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I am now blogging on here! Hope you can join me!

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coming home

My absence from the blog can be explained!

My guy and I are moving back home to Australia and this means, busy! busy! busy!

I am a little anxious about moving back after living in the big TO! (toronto) But it looks like my little conservative town has some interesting things bubbling under the surface…I came across this blog the other day and it makes me so happy to see people in my home town noticing the little things and promoting what is unique about the place…..it has given me hope!!

http://lovefreo.wordpress.com/

(hopefully they will be blogging about a new little flower shop in the not too distant future! You heard it here first…. I have been devising plans to start my own!)

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I found a lovely little post on Inspired floral.

As someone who is entering her second wedding season as a florist, I can see so many truths in this post and really enjoyed reading it! So here it is…

I’m not dead. It could easily be said that’s a reference to the 12+ months I’ve taken off from blogging, or the fact that I worked so many crazy hours in 2010 that my family may have forgotten who I am. Nope. That’s a cry out to myself that I’m still in here…. me – Katie.

I don’t know that it’s possible to sum up the entire year and all that’s happened without utterly boring you to death. Perhaps in quick summation I can tell you that I designed some of the largest and most creative weddings and events yet. I brought in new hands to help with designing and in July said goodbye to the privilege of working with my dear friend Anne every week as she returned to finishing her degree (go girl!!).  I moved the design studio out of my tiny basement to an amazing studio space. My preferred local wholesaler closed their doors abruptly and in the process I was forced to quickly learn some major lessons in sourcing and pricing great product. I’ve learned what sheer exhaustion feels like having to break down an event until 4:30 in the morning. I’ve learned the importance of a working GPS system. I’ve learned to always double check that the bride hasn’t changed the ceremony to an hour earlier since the last time we spoke. I’ve learned to strongly encourage a bride to avoid tall centerpieces when the dining tables are on an uneven lawn. I’ve learned that I’m really terrible at keeping up with email in the middle of wedding season. I’ve learned that I have a lot to learn when it comes to letting go and not trying to control every little thing. I’ve learned that when the power is out in a venue with no windows, my cell phone makes a great flashlight to setup by. I’ve learned the importance of water-proof shoes when setting up in a torrential rain. I’ve learned the importance of managing client expectations of exactly what they are (and are not) getting for their money. I’ve learned the importance of really loving this job… because when the novelty wears off, it takes a lot of passion and determination to work so hard and stay committed to doing the very best job I can for my clients and myself.

2010 was a year of LOTS of growing pains and great successes. But most importantly it was a year of learning the value of me and what I bring to the table. I realized that I had gotten lost in trying to be everything to everyone… bidding to win the job not to be the right designer for the job. A little bit of the soul of what made my business special was suffering. Any florist in the city can sell you flowers and plop them in a vase. The value of what I offer is my time, my creativity and my desire to truly use my talents to love all over my client’s wedding day. If I lose sight of that, I need to close the doors and go back to my 9-5 job. Not only do my clients deserve my best, I deserve my best. So expect great things from me. I do.

2011 will be a year of taking back the reigns on this machine. I will be taking fewer weddings to allow for more time with each client and more balance in my personal life. I will be charging a reasonable rate for my products and services without apologizing for it. I will be giving this business it’s voice back by continuing to blog not only the work I’m producing but offering my insights on the industry and sharing creative ideas for taking a design from concept to completion. I will be seeking out education and mentoring from talented designers both locally and from around the country. And I will find some cuter clothes and shoes to work in, damn it!

Those of you who found me and followed me in 2007/2008 will recognize the old Katie. Those of you who know me from 2009/2010… you’ll like this Katie much better. I’m not dead. In fact, I’m better than ever. I am refocused, re-energized and renewed in my naive belief that I can do and have whatever I want out of myself. I want this business to work and I want to be a great designer. This time, I actually know what I’m getting into!!

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I am new at this business and have listened in on 100’s of floral wedding appointments already.

However, I have never been allowed to do them…nor do I feel ready too! Well thats a lie. Secretly I feel perfectly confident, after hearing the same discussions over and over and my huge learning curve in the past year, I feel relatively confident in my ability. I listen in, taking in all I can and go over in my mind what I would suggest and quietly congratulate myself when i come up with suitable answers and solutions.

Anyway, so today a bride and her mother turn up early for an appointment, the lady taking the consult is not at work for another half hour… and she was stuck in traffic! So, she asks me to start with them.

Dilema– This is not even the first consult. I have taken bride and grooms inital details easily….but never had I thought I would walk a bride and her mother through the final quote of her ‘big day’!!! Freaking out under the surface I agree, trying to latch onto that confidence I secretly hold….

20minutes in and the lady I work with arrives to take over and I am am quietly happy with my efforts in pulling this whole ‘charade’ off!

My first baby steps into a consult. Luckily for me the bride and her mum were happy too and gushed to my boss that I was excellent. So at risk of not being humble, I want to be happy for myself! Today I pat myself on the back! yay!

I know I know…small steps, but hey, gotta celebrate the little things along the way right?!

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I attempted the blog thing on wordpress and after two months have decided that my first blog was not working for me.

I would like to delete the old site and start fresh, this time blogging anonymously. However, I could not figure out how to transfer my upgrade, everything ended up linking (thus destroying the anonymity I was searching for) and I made one big mess with wordpress account.

So I have in the end decided to keep the old sites private, disable the upgrade renewal and just start fresh with this new blog, hoping that their will be no visible links to my old sites so I may remain anonymous and free to write and explore the topics of my choice!

Now, after letting off some steam….

Welcome to the Opera….my opera

I like flowers, I like design and for just under a year I have made the move to bring these two elements together in my life as a career.

I have so much to learn and so many inspirations and achievements to share….

I think that is what I might like to blog about…..

Thanks for joining me

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