A couple of months ago, I decided to dive into learning something new: something that scared me and was out of my comfort zone: becoming a florist. Wow, florist sounds very serious and professional. Let’s start with floral apprentice for the time being. Now, I have learned that unless you put your all into what you are doing, you are kind of wasting your time. Phebe Robinson, my mentor, created pop up shops before there was any information out there about pop up shops and has a business around teaching other floral creatives. I have had the biggest opportunity and blessing of learning from her. I had a kind-of-crazy idea that I pitched to Phebe, and I was fully prepared to be shut down immediately. I wanted to host my own pop up shop on Mother’s Day. She was so sweet not to shut me down and said, “If you feel ready, I will not let you fail.” Then I contacted the pastor of my home church and pitched the idea of a Fundraiser Pop Up Shop, and thankfully they let me run with it.
For the next weeks, I spent time learning with Phebe through FaceTime calls, and to be honest, I sucked at first. Let’s just put it this way, the first time I went flower shopping I bought a bunch of flowers that didn’t even go together. The second time, I learned the hard way that once you cut too short you can never go back. I needed this to succeed because Phebe had put so much time into helping me I did not want to let her down. I am a firm believer in that you decide how successful you are by how hard you work. I decided I was going to work.
We spent Friday working on prepping the flowers. Saturday, we spent all afternoon working on making arrangements. It was hard work and thankfully, my sister in law and best friend came to the rescue and helped us make 100+ arrangements. The next morning, my husband’s family and I got up EARLY to set up and, honestly, I feel like it came together exactly as I pictured it and was a complete SUCCESS. I could not have done it without the guidance of Phebe and the support of my family. I learned so much in those three days, and I wanted to share some of those things I learned with you.
1. Believe in yourself
We are capable of so much more than we can ever imagine. Our potential is unlimited, but to be successful in anything you have to believe you can do it. I believe you can do it! Actually, I KNOW you can do it.
2. Work your butt off
Believing is huge, but you need to work your butt off. If I, a florally illiterate person, can successfully plan and run a beautiful pop up shop, then you can do ANYTHING you decide. If you want to learn calligraphy, practice practice practice. If you want to get a degree, study study study. If you want to be the best employee at your job, work work work. Nothing worthwhile comes easy. You will look back at all the work and it will all feel worth it, I promise.
3. You do not have to have natural talent to be successful
People always say, “I wish I could write like that, I’m just not talented.” I want to show you that you don’t have to be a natural talent to get good at something. When I started Calligraphy, I SUCKED (yes, capital letter sucked). Somehow, no one believes me, and I want my floral journey to show you that you can choose something, practice a lot, work hard and be successful. I struggled at first, but I stayed with it and in the end all my work paid off. Make hard work your natural talent and you will succeed.
4. Don’t compare yourself to others
Comparison is the thief of joy. We all learn at different paces and growing is a beautiful thing you should enjoy. This was the hardest thing for me to learn over the years. When I see a beautiful flower arrangement or a perfect hand lettered piece I no longer think, “I wish I could be that good” or “why isn’t my work good enough.” I have taught myself to think, “I cannot wait until I am that good.” Understand that we ALL sucked at something at first and don’t let that defeat you.
5. Find your people
Learning from others is a great way to grow. We, as humans, were created for relationships and in my opinion, we work best together. Find people in your life who support you and stick with them. Find a person or two that inspire you, and reach out. Learn as much as you can and then return the favor by being there for someone else. I have been blessed to have amazing people in my life who have taught me and mentored me to become the person I am today. Ysela, my calligraphy mentor, forced me to create an Instagram account because she believed that I was good enough to show my work when I didn’t believe so. People like this are hard to find but when you do, keep them close. They will change your life.
6. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
Things go wrong, and you have to be prepared for that. Something I have learned from Phebe is you always have a plan b, plan c, and plan d. When you plan for an event, pop up shop, or anything you are setting yourself up for less stress and for success. I promise not everything will go as planned but it will all work out if you’re prepared.
7. DREAM BIG
We rise to the expectations we set for ourselves. If you don’t think you can be great, how can others think this! I doubted everything I did for so long-thinking I was not good enough, that I didn’t have whatever special power made people successful, and that because my upbringing I was not set up for success. After learning from Phebe, I have learn that the only limitations we have are the ones we set for ourselves and we decide who we become.
I hope you enjoyed reading my first blog. I spent weeks trying to think about what I wanted to share and I just had to sit down and do it. I hope what you take away is that you can do anything you set your mind to and surround yourself with people that help you grow and learn.
Phebe, thank you for all of your support, advice, and guidance. This pop up shop would not have been successful without your knowledge and guidance. Whoever is reading this, thank you for taking the time to support me by commenting, liking, sharing my work. Your support truly means so much to me and I wish I could reach through the screen and give you a huge hug!
Our Calligraphy workshops are still open for registration. Click below for more information and to register!