I realized this week that I’ve spent 8 summers in the flower shop, and this June marked the fifth anniversary of C and I taking over ownership from his parents and restarting the business in a new location. Those early days were incredibly stressful, but also really sweet because we were in it together. We jumped in with both feet and didn’t know a thing about flowers, accounting or being employers, and it’s crazy to look back on how much we learned and how far we’ve come! It’s still stressful — small business ownership is a rollercoaster of emotional ups and downs — but I’m so grateful for our little shop, our loyal team, and most of all, my husband, who always has my back, trusts all my crazy ideas, comforts me through the breakdowns I don’t let anyone else see, and teaches me about the value of integrity by his example every day. (He also makes sure all my various taxes are paid, and there are so many, so God bless him for that.)
Sometimes I wish we could rewind to those hard days six years ago and tell ourselves, “It’s all going to be okay! Just keep working hard, and things are going to turn out better than you can even imagine.”
And with all that mush, on to this week’s five things!
For everyone out there who’s counting down to fall and posting Pumpkin recipes to Facebook, stahhhp it!! We still have plenty of sweet summertime left, as evidenced by this giant display of summer peaches and plums at the grocery store yesterday. I think I’ll make a peach cobbler this weekend!
It’s the summer of succulents at the flower shop since we discovered we can have them shipped to us in bulk from Florida Cactus. If you’re new to succulents or need help keeping them alive, check out this old post for tips on potting and maintenance!
We have an awesome open flower truck that comes to the shop three days a week, and every time they visit it’s a test of my willpower: buy only what we need. Sometimes I just can’t resist the temptation to splurge on something special, like these ‘peach sorbet’ roses, which have a lovely big bloom and lots of ruffled petals. (If you follow me on Instagram, you know I adore a ruffly rose!)
Last week, I received a surprise letter in the mail from a dear friend, and it reminded me how special it is to open a thoughtful, handwritten letter in this age of texts and emails. So instead of shooting her a thank you text, I sat down yesterday with a box of Rifle Paper stationery and wrote her back. It felt so nice to slow down for a minute, with a good pen and pretty paper, and now I feel like I need a pen pal! :)