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Work Break Permission Granted

You’re a busy flower business owner feeling like you can barely keep up. Your clients depend on you to deliver your artistry in a way that will convey the heart of the emotions surrounding their important day — whether it’s a wedding, a birthday, a funeral, or an anniversary. You’re exhausted. Need permission to take a work break? Here it is. I’m sure you’re aware there’s no creativity where there’s no headspace. Which means when you’re fighting to keep your head above water constantly, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. There’s just a never-ending To Do List. 

This week reminded me what can happen when I give my cortisol a break and step away from the daily flower business tasks for an hour or two. Sure the emails keep coming and the work continues to pile up, BUT several life-giving moments helped to remind me…it’s ok. 

flowers sitting on a wood desk with a hat hanging on the back of an empty office chair during a work break

Work Break Wins

While shopping the local farm stand for produce (in the middle of the work day! And yes, our health as flower business owners is a topic that’s on my mind lately), I ran into a local wedding professional. We’ve known “of one another” for a while, but never had the chance to visit.  We ended up talking next to the watermelon stand about the possibilities of using our professional skills and businesses in collaboration with one another to better serve our community and stand for what we believe in. That felt like a win.

I tarried for an extra hour at the conclusion of our Bloom Trust Co monthly meetup and had a conversation that will likely bring new opportunities and meaningful conversations to our BB Podcast listeners and BB community. And it reminded me again that my place in the floral profession is a unique one that I often wrestle with and wonder if it’s even valuable. But, this conversation gave me the encouragement I needed to stay the course. That felt like another win.

And, finally, I jumped on a call with a Bloom Trust Co member to talk about the possibility of staying with her on the way to visit family this summer. Y’all we have flower friends (nope, they’re really FAMILY) everywhere. I love this profession for that! If you’re still looking for those connections, I hope we can help you make them through the community we’re building at BB and BTCO. If I can make flower friends as a sometimes-painfully-shy introvert, believe me…you can too. That’s a big win!

 

Treat Yourself to Some Self Care

So…put down the sheers or the computer for an hour. 

  1. Go to the store and buy some healthy snacks. 
  2. Run to Target, grab Starbucks on your way in the door, and browse the aisles for an hour for no reason! 
  3. Go for a walk and listen to nature (mixed with city noises if you’re like me). 
  4. Jump in the car, open the windows, put on your favorite music, and run a couple of those errands you’ve been putting off. 
  5. Call a friend you haven’t heard from in a while. 
  6. Write a note to someone you appreciate (you’ll probably need to refer back to No.4 for this one because I bet you don’t have any stamps lol)

We need your creativity, so I’m counting on you to take a break, free up some space in that creative mind of yours, and get inspired. Happy Work-Break Taking!

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  1. Kelly Gregory says:

    Thank you Amy for all you do. You are such an inspiration!

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