Wow… So it’s been rather a long time since my last post! :-O
Life as a wedding florist has been unbelievably hectic for the last 18 months…
Since you last heard from me, I’ve –
gained the ultimate qualification… The NDSF level 5 master florist diploma (honestly the most demanding course I’ve ever done… And that’s really something, coming from a graduate/postgraduate!!) I can officially go no higher in the industry, and am, to coin a phrase, “at the top of my game” [she says, whilst grinning inanely] It feels great to finally have the elite qualification… These extra 4 letters after your name don’t make a massive difference to the average customer, but it most definitely gets you taken more seriously by your peers… and starts to open up doors to new opportunities. Watch this space! … There will be more lecturing/demonstrating/workshops in the future…
lost my partner (well.. Not exactly. I know exactly where he is! And am much happier/less stressed for my change in circumstances) A self employed florist, it would seem, is one of the most difficult people to pair up with someone! … Between the long working hours… mostly at weekends… the early starts, late finishes, the strict deadlines/pressures, the 24/7 customer contact via phone & email, there is no room for anyone who doesn’t have an extremely flexible approach to the work. A career in floristry is not something to be taken lightly… And not something to be even considered by anyone who likes their Friday night social life, followed by a Saturday morning lie-in !! 😉
been poorly. All those long demanding days/nights and relentless periods of self-abuse inflicted whilst operating under my well-established “work hard, play hard” mantra finally caught up with me. Trying to attend, and fulfil the requirements for a full-time postgraduate course…whilst also holding down a more-than-full time career, running a demanding business.. And still trying to have some semblance of a social life.. It would seem that I was trying to juggle with too many balls! I’ve since been forced to make a few changes… To adjust my work/life balance and to finally include a third component… I now have the ‘mars bar mantra’ … Of “work, rest and play” … And am finally learning to take a bit of time out to rest & recuperate in between work. Maybe some of this is also down to me no longer being in my 30’s too! … And the days of being able to burn the candle at both ends are rapidly diminishing.
So.. The woman writing this latest blog is a very different one to the woman who wrote the last Black Cat post. The ‘upgraded’ version has some significant new letters after her surname… One less ‘significant other’ … A renewed social life, with some truly wonderful friends (who I now ensure that I find/make the time to see!) … and a fresh new approach towards my creativity, design ideas etc. after being inspired by the contemporary European designs studied during my NDSF course.
Most notably, I’ve actually noticed that… as a result of a few relatively simple life changes… my passion for what I do for a living, and my overall quality of work have both improved! Take a look at our Facebook page, under ‘Black Cat Floral Design’ (check out our Facebook pages for sister companies, Cheshire Wedding Flowers & Black Cat Bespoke, too!) The 2016 photos which I’ve added so far from this wedding season will no doubt testify this further! 😀
so… I’m finally back, and with a renewed vigour! … Keep an eye out for further posts… I have a few in the pipelines, regarding – wedding planning, timing/scheduling for the big day, the big ‘do’s and dont’s’, to name but a few! **if there’s anything in particular that you’d like to hear more about, drop us a line through WordPress or Facebook, and I’ll be sure to add it to my list! 🙂
It’s great to be back.. x