I particularly love organizing and flea market editions. Oh, and the food magazines… it’s no wonder I need to drop a few pounds before the holidays just so I can try some of these recipes and do it all over again!
Flowers bring life to all the snapshots of our lives.
There’s something about flowers that make life better.
I remember one time on a particularly stressful day, I was driving on a popular scenic drive between Redmond and Issaquah, East Lake Sammamish Parkway. I’ve driven this road a hundred times. Just when I thought I knew every corner and curve and completely consumed in my thoughts, I looked up at the trees. The fall colored leaves were vivid and almost waving at me. I said, “Wow, those trees are so beautiful!”
It was like Mother Nature slapped me in the face and said snap out of it.
Here’s one for the ladies. How many of you can recall where the nicest ladies room’s are in town? Aside from being clean and comfortable, if a public restroom can even be that, I tend to choose locations where the restrooms are pleasant. And I totally remember the bathrooms with a fresh vase of flowers on the counter.
Ok… ummm, did I just share a private detail I should have kept to myself? No way! The ladies know what I’m talking about. When I walk into a very nice bathroom and see a small fresh vase of flowers on the counter, I feel better. I look at the flowers, think how pretty they are, and take an extra look in the mirror and smile.
These are little details that have a huge impact on a customer’s perspective on a business.
Quickly before I ran out the door, I gathered a small bouquet of variegated roses, scented geranium, and lamb’s ear (a pale white greenery that is soft like a lamb’s ear). It is a wonderful feeling to deliver flowers to someone who is totally surprised! In their eyes, they express gratitude, joy, and bewilderment. Yet, just like when I receive a gift, I feel special.
I feel special knowing that someone thinks I’m special.
It feels amazing to know I’ve made someone feel that way.
Giving flowers or even receiving them, isn’t really about the flowers at all. The flowers are simply a package; a tangible thing that occupies space in the room. The real gift is the message behind the flowers. The message could say many things, but behind it all, every message expresses one single thing.
Our country… I should say, our world, has and is experiencing tragedy every time we turn on the television or check our Facebook feed. I’m not an expert, politician, or even a psychologist, but don’t we all just want to matter?
Somewhere along the way, what really matters got lost.
Over the next several weeks, I’d like for you to find a reason to make someone feel special. Make them feel like they matter. Whether you are buying flowers or writing a few kind words on your Facebook feed, I’d like you to fill your social networks with pictures and words with kindness.
Of course, I’d love for you to buy flowers from First & Bloom, but if you aren’t in the Seattle area look for American grown flowers. Whether it’s a single bloom or a massive vase of roses, the important thing is we are showing others that they matter. Make sure to tag firstandbloom, and include the hashtag #giveabloom.
Let’s see this spread across the country and give a bloom!
5 easy steps to participate in Give a Bloom!
- Buy American grown flowers. (First & Bloom would be awesome but not mandatory!)
- Give the flowers to someone special.
- Post a picture or story on Facebook and/or Instagram about the experience.
- Tag firstandbloom
- Add #giveabloom to the message