2015 rolled in quietly after the whirl that was 2014, it was a welcome lull after the inertia settled. A delicious supper, a film and all snuggled up on the sofa in our PJ's before seeing the new year in with the chimes of Big Ben and those epic London fireworks. No fizz, no fuss, just me, my husband and our youngest. Perfect. Not everyone's idea of a banging New Year's Eve I grant you, not mine ordinarily either (I'm a bit of a party girl truth be told) but after the most successful working year to date, I needed to slow things down. So I gathered those I love most close, we ate, drank and I was as happy as I think I've ever been.
New year resolutions are not my style ordinarily but given that there's a natural pause in work between Christmas and New Year I decided to make a few tweaks to the way I work as of now (January 2015).
I've learnt so much about myself this past year; I am way more resourceful than I give myself credit for, I feel confident in my own opinions and have the courage of my convictions; I genuinely do not worry about what others think of me. I've also learnt that it doesn't have to be just me in the work shop toiling every hour until I drop. Having florists I really like, respect and who's company I thoroughly enjoy, they improve the quality of my working day no end, so this is the way I will move forward this year. Essentially it's still going to be me for the most part but me 'with wings' in the form of additional florists during those crazy weekends when one wedding rolls into the next. Thus allowing me time off to be with my family and friends and to do the other things I love besides flowers.
I've learnt that I can say the word no (admittedly I still wince when I say it). Having been a yes person all my life I'm learning to stop, think and consider the options before replying in the negative rather than gush 'yes yes yes' every time someone asks something of me.
Stop. Think. Reply.
It's funny that at the ripe old age of 47 (I'm still aged 27 in my head), I actually feel in control of every aspect of my life and it's a life I absolutely love. Honestly, I wouldn't change a single thing. I wonder how many can say that? This is not in any way meant to be a smug remark rather a realisation that what I have is actually enough. Yes, I am one of those glass half full and rose tinted spectacle wearers but even so, being satisfied with ones lot is to be highly recommended let me tell you. Do not covet thy neighbour because they're probably secretly coveting you; the grass may appear greener on the other side but it's probably just an illusion.
So what's this got to do with the flowers? Absolutely nothing and yet absolutely everything. Because my work as a florist is intertwined with my everyday life, so it has everything to do with well, everything! I now realise that when couples book The White Horse Flower Company, they book me Lindsey Kitchin. In return I give them a little piece of me through my flowers, it's what most creative people do and I think it's probably what makes us successful.
However there are facets to one's life that need to be balanced in order to create a more harmonious existence. Quality over quantity you might say so I'm looking to fine tune.
So that's it. My New Year resolutions.
- To be a touch more gentle on myself by trying to be a wee bit more assertive.
- To continue my floral adventure, sharing my absolute love of flowers.
- To live life to the full and to laugh (a lot) along the way.
Easy? We will see.
Bring on 2015 I'm ready.
Photo Credit: nealejames.com, simonkempweddings.co.uk & guycollierphotography.com