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!