Ashley Marie Floral Design

Notes

My Small Portion of the Internet..

I've toyed with the idea of a journal portion of my website for awhile and this is my first true attempt! Writing is one of my hobbies and I occasionally write small, semi-fictional vignettes here and there, but I've been a little nervous about starting to layout my thoughts on this platform. Many small businesses today are all about staying authentic  and letting the world in on the "behind the scenes" work (or "BTS"..I just recently figured out what that means..no judgment please). I want to share all things flowers with you as well as some of the thoughts that roll around in my brain concerning owning a business and staying inspired. 

In light of keeping things honest and authentic, you might have noticed I have been a little MIA from Instagram lately. There is a reason for this! I've been running my business full time since early Spring 2017 and I am grateful for the months I was able to spend building my brand, networking with other event creatives, and freelancing for talented designers. Towards the end of the season, I decided to return to my full time office job and although it was a difficult decision, it was for the best personally and for Ashley Marie Floral! I have been adjusting to this semi-new lifestyle for a few months now and it has taken me away from my social media activity a bit, so I apologize for any confusion this may have caused!

This does not mean AMF is gone. HELL NO. I am returning her to "sidegig" status for the time being because my current lifestyle and mindset need this. Instagram does not show you what it's like to be self-employed AND make sure your business is generating enough money to sustain itself AND also sustain the person (or team) running it (for all the mothers out there who run their business and take care of children and to those who have a team of people to worry about - I have SO MUCH respect for you. Hell, I am only one person and it was hard enough..).

Going back to my full time office job was hard to accept at first. However, I realize now the importance of being able to financially prioritize things that I want in life down the road. My gut told me to make changes right now but that does not mean I won't do floral design full time again when it's right for me. I am using this time to build a better foundation for a business I want in the future and that is entirely OK with me.

What does all of this mean for future deliveries and events? I am lucky that I went back to a company that appreciates peoples' lives outside of work hours and I am dedicating the same amount of time and energy into all of my events and deliveries. Floral design is my passion. Owning a business is my passion and something I intend to throw myself into full time again one day. I would be a very unhappy person if I could not dedicate myself to floral art and do everything I can to help my business thrive.

THANK YOU FOR READING. I know this was long, but I felt my absence from social media deserved a longer explanation. Please comment or message me if you have any questions or thoughts! I would love to hear from all of you.

xo, Ash

Spent a lot of downtime playing with flowers in all sorts of arrangements. Found most of these bottles at the huge Brimfield Antique show and I love the way delicate blooms look in them! Can't take credit for this photo - my good friend Sarah Willis is an amazing photographer and I am so grateful when she comes over and brings her camera along.

Spent a lot of downtime playing with flowers in all sorts of arrangements. Found most of these bottles at the huge Brimfield Antique show and I love the way delicate blooms look in them! Can't take credit for this photo - my good friend Sarah Willis is an amazing photographer and I am so grateful when she comes over and brings her camera along.

 
 
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
— Georgia O'Keefe
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