Deciding to become a Florist, whilst I was supposed to be seeking out a career in Acting, really didn't go down well with my family...
They just couldn't fathom why I'd suddenly decided to drop everything I learnt and studied for, to start all over again in a polar opposite industry. I still love singing and dancing around like a loon, but to make a career out of it always gave me the fear. No one likes the fear. But with Floristry, I never really had that. Don't get me wrong, Floristry is no walk in the park, and there are certainly times when you put blood, sweat and tears into a job but I found a deeper connection with Floristry and everything else that goes with it.
I've always been creative, and I come from a very creative family, with two sisters both in creative industries. Lydia is an Artist and Zoe is a Pastry Chef, and they're both so amazing at what they do! I love being a Florist for many reasons but the biggest reason is how much Floristry challenges me creatively. For me, having such a creative job, it's very important to me to think and plan creatively, and to always be striving towards more innovate and unique ideas. Otherwise, what's the point in having a one of the most creative jobs on the planet?! The better known we become, the bigger the creative challenge our clients seem to be asking of us - AND WE LOVE THAT.
When I started Olive Owl in January 2015, I never expected it to be where it is now. I've very much enjoyed learning and developing our style which took many years of hard work. In July 2018 I decided the time had come to quit my day job, take the plunge and finally do it full time. That was most definitely THE BEST decision I had ever made! Going full time meant that I could focus all my energy into creating the business I'd always dreamt of.
We are now into your second year of the business and I couldn't be happier. At first I went 'all round the houses' trying everything and anything, and for a good while we did Artisan Markets which after 6 months, I realised this wasn't the direction I wanted Olive Owl to go in. As of Jan 2019 I decided to have 3 main elements of the business - Wedding & Events Floristry, Workshops and Flower Preservation. With the ball now rolling and all systems in place, I'm just so excited to see where the future takes us, but also loving every single day, (nearly).
I just want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for the love and support that I've received from clients, local businesses, suppliers, friends, and yes, family (they came round in the end), has been amazing! I really wouldn't be where I am now without being surrounded by such inspiring people.
Here's to the next 2 years!