Florist friends, if you’re interested in learning how to create large scale installations without foam (I’m talking arbours, backdrops, free standing/lush arrangements) DM me! I’ve just put together a tutorial. . By the way, I’m not TOTALLY opposed to floral foam because Oasis now makes theirs biodegradable - lab tests are showing they break down 100% in 567 days! This is a huge win for the floral industry...so hats off to those who have took a stand against using foam because this has caused significant action in this space. If you do use foam, make sure you’re using the new Oasis foam that has been enhanced to biodegrade very fast! 🥳 (can get this from Koch and Co or Amazon) . Creating arrangements without foam is still a bigger win. If we can reduce the use of foam, we can reduce the amount that is going into landfill - yay! Almost 2 years is still a significant amount of time for it to biodegrade. . A couple more notes on this...when you don’t use foam, I tend to use wire and cable ties. Cable ties have to be just as bad as floral foam (in my humble opinion). I can use 3 packets of these in one wedding - easily! So I’m trying to find ways to reduce that too. This installation tutorial shows a reduced rate of cable ties too. I have used a few in it. Note: cable ties are recyclable! Just remember to collect them at the end of an event (nearly impossible) and put them in your recycling bin or to a recycling center nearby. . On this environmental stuff. Who else is over EVERY SINGLE bunch of flowers from suppliers being wrapped in plastic? Any tips on how to cause change in this space? There really isn’t options at the markets??? Would love your tips 👇🏻 . (By the way, I’m SOOOOO FAR from perfect when it comes to this stuff. So please don’t feel any judgement here. It’s really crazy and it’s hard to be mindful of this stuff all the time. I do believe that every little big counts)
There are some new faces around here, so I thought I should say hi... hi!👋🏻 . My name is Emma Lemke, I am a florist turned Creative Business mentor, coach, consultant & educator (haven’t settled on a title yet)! I love talking to creative women about growing (or rescuing) their business. My main topics of love are - 1. how to get on top of your business finances (because this brings SO MUCH freedom), 2. how to put in place strategies, systems and workflows in order to spend less time on work and more time on the stuff that matters, and 3. How to implement sales strategies in your client onboarding process that make sure you secure your ideal client at a price you deserve to be paid for your work. (Who am I kidding, these are my main biz topics but I also LOVE talking about so many other things too - my faith, incorporating rest into your life, creating meaning, priorities, boundaries & general life stuff too)! . I have a podcast - “Make it - The Creative Business Podcast”. You can find it on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or any of your fav platforms. It’s on a Christmas/new Year break and will be back up with some excited episodes in Feb! Yay! . I have an ebook for Florists on how to run a profitable floristry business and in May I am launching a comprehensive course for all creative business owners. So excited about that! It’s going to be awesome so watch this space! 🥳🙌🏻 . I love helping business owners succeed, but most importantly, I love watching them build businesses that give them time for a meaningful, happy & impactful life. . I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to DM at anytime! I’m here for you! 😘 . 📷 @brookeartstudio
Nature lives with rhythm and pattern. There are seasons. A rhythmic cycle. There is a tidal ebb and flow. There is day and night. There is the female monthly cycle. There is the life cycle of a plant. There is time for planting, growing and harvesting. There is a time for rest . Life has rhythm. Life has a pattern. . The best thing for my life has been having a rhythm of rest. Not just at the end of a day, but at the end of a week. A weekly Sabbath. A day of rest. To me, this looks like these 4 practical things: 1. No work - on Saturday I do no work- zero. No emails, no client calls, no social media. No thinking about work (if I can help it). Nothing at all to do with work. 2. Rest - I try to have all housework done before this day so my attention isn’t drawn to the “work” that needs to be done and I can really just enjoy REST. I also love to extend rest to others on this day. That means I will cook my own food and/or cook for other people the day before (if I’m organised) and then avoid eating out. I believe that this rest day shouldn’t be a selfish day, but a day to extend the blessing of rest to others too. For example, If we’re in a hotel room, we turn over the “do not disturb” sign to give cleaners a rest...there are other ways I do this on the Sabbath, but I won’t list them all here. :) 3. Delight - I try to do activities on this day that bring me joy and delight in the simple things God has created. A walk in nature. A swim at the beach. Special time with community, friends or family. 4. Remember - I use this time to count my blessings and remember what God has done for me and continues to do for me. I go to church & spend time chatting with others who uplift me, encourage me & pray for me. . This idea of “Sabbath” might be new and strange to some of you, but for me it’s a rhythm and a pattern of joy & blissful rest. I love the Sabbath. I think the Sabbath has to be THE MOST BEAUTIFUL pattern in my life. Maybe you’re not too sure about my Sabbath idea. That’s ok. But what’s your pattern? What’s your rhythm? Does it include stopping, resting and a time to realign your values? I encourage you to find your rhythm😘
At the #BeautifulYearretreat I spoke about many things, but more than anything, I want you to know that it’s ok to rest. It’s ok to work hard and it’s ok to rest hard. I believe the compassionate God of the universe is telling you the same. Rest was such an important part of the pattern that God created for the world. In the Bible it says that He created the world in 6 days and on the 7th day He rested. He demonstrates this beautiful rhythm for us right from the beginning of time - work, work, work, work, work, work, then rest. He celebrates His work and says it was “good” & then He rests. This to me says two things - He loves that we work hard and work is a good thing, but He also thinks we deserve to rest. To me, this is such a beautiful picture of God. I see a fear in women in business to hustle hard and not stop until they’ve gotten what they want. This mentality is killing you as a female business owner and I want you to give yourself permission to REST. I want to give MYSELF permission to rest. Even better, God is giving us permission to rest. And for those wanting complete, holistic, true rest - I truly believe that comes from God. He says “come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. Not just sleep, not just a moment of stopping, but a deep rest for your weary soul. He says “come”. But regardless of your worldview, I’d love to see you, as a business owner, adopt a resting rhythm in your business and see how that will change your life. 📷 @brookeartstudio | @brookeartstudiophotography
Like always, I try to pack way too much into one day. Even at the Beautiful Year Retreat, my over zealous self decided to save the world in 1 day. I wanted to impart every single bit of knowledge I had in regards to planning, goal setting and achieving success. It was an impossible feat, that I unsurprisingly failed. We got through a lot (too much) and there was still so much that I wanted to share that I had to hold back🤣 I had a giant list of information and points that I wanted to get through... Hmmm this sounds familiar! This is so much like my everyday life! And maybe yours too? We try and fit WAY too much into one day, one week or one month? But what I’m realising again and again and again, is LESS is MORE. When we do less, we do those things BETTER. When we do less, we actually achieve more. When we do less, we have more clarity and energy. When we do less, we we can concentrate more on what matters. This is the same with our daily to-do list. We find it so tempting to pile upon ourselves a giant to do list. Because wouldn’t it be awesome if we got THAT MUCH done! Yes, it would. But at what expense? The expense of sanity, the expense of energy, the expense of clarity, the expense of quality, the expense of discouragement every day and the expense of our priorities. That’s why I’ve started the habit of giving myself only 3 significant things to do each day. This has been a game changer for me!!! Not only do I get more done this way, but I get the right things done. So often we spend SOOO much time ticking off things from our to do list that just don’t matter to our significant goals and what we really want to achieve. So my 3 things each day are all tasks associated with my goals. For those of you at the #beautifulyearretreat you would have received this “life admin” journal. It prompts you to write down these 3 things! And then it also has space for you to write all those other little things you have to do during the day. If you use this journal, I want you to write down those big 3 priorities for the day and get them done FIRST! When you have more time, than you can start working through the rest of your list.
#thebeautifulyearretreat was only possible with the help of so many amazing people and I want to take the time to acknowledge everyone! A huge thank you to those who contributed to the goodie bags - @thelittleflowerbud (the gorgeous dried flower bunches were divine) @wildflowerapothecary_au (everything you do is beautiful and done with love. Thanks for your generosity) and @straightup_bookkeeping (thanks for your tips on how we can tidy up our finances in 2020) A big thanks to those who made the space look beautiful @annieeveringham and @modehire for the wonderful venue and artwork! @ywcproductions for the gorgeous tablecloths and chairs and for directing me in the right direction for other elements of the day. Thank you to @camiskafwellness and @seedsnewcastle for catering the most delicious and wholesome food! And to @strewthrewth and deanne for running around and helping here, there & everywhere! A big thanks to @bonnielassfilms and @brookeartstudio for capturing the day! Also a huge thank you to @ellaneephotography for capturing some interviews with the guests. An event like this doesn’t just happen overnight - there is so much time, sweat, tears that is poured into something as big as this and I’m so grateful to those who helped in small or big ways to lighten the load. Should I do it again?! Gorgeous photo by @brookeartstudio , beautiful art by @annieeveringham