It’s 1998 and I have graduated from college with an AA degree in Fashion Merchandising. So now what do I do? I have no idea and I’m feeling lost. What I do know is that I need a job, immediately. But what everyone failed to tell me is that just because I have an education and a degree, doesn't mean I will automatically be hired. What you need is this really annoying thing called “experience” and no ones wants to give you a job without it.
So here I am, jobless and no experience and this is when I stumbled upon the job that would eventually change my life. But for the moment, I have no idea that walking into The Flower Dome to answer the HELP WANTED sign in the window will result in me discovering my true passion – flowers. Here I am introduced to the joys of cleaning flowers, carrying heavy buckets of water, working in a very cold fridge and pumping out FTD and Teleflora arrangements all while working for minimum wage. I loved every second of it. I was fortunate enough to have a manager who saw my potential and took the time to teach me a few basics and tricks of the trade.
Unfortunately, I did not truly understand the gift that had been given to me and was stuck on continuing my fashion career in the corporate world. Fast forward almost 20 years and 5 major fashion companies later and here is where you will find me finally being able to begin the life that I left behind in that tiny little flower shop. I am a florist and I own my own flower business, specializing in weddings and special events. I waited a very long time to live this dream and I am grateful for the journey that brought me to this place…at long last.