My car, which is actually an SUV, is where I've caught up on daily events with friends and family, laughed out loud from a funny story, where I've taken many orders for a flower delivery, and maybe even a few heated conversations along the way. My car hears everything.
Inside my car, I can truly be myself and say what I want. Something, I don't say enough is how grateful I am to be where I am right now.
If you are reading this blog, this post is for YOU. I cannot say how unbelievably grateful I am for you. You have likely gotten here by clicking on my Instagram profile or a Facebook link. You might know me personally or through a friend. Perhaps you have been a customer or we've worked on a project together.
So much of our world is measured by clicks, likes, and follows. Please believe me when I say, I fight really hard to keep those unfair and unreal perceptions out of my head. First & Bloom is definitely not a measure of that, but sometimes that doubt creeps its way in. I have studied certain posts closely, at times. So often I scratch my head, try to crack the code, and get frustrated. Ultimately, what matters is YOU. Some of you have been there since the beginning. Some of you might may have only just discovered First & Bloom. It makes no difference, I am so thankful for EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. YOU. I see the patterns and consistency, I know who my followers are and can't thank you enough for having faith in me and helping this business to grow.
I admit, my car has witnessed a fair amount of tears. I used to think tears equated to weakness. I felt within the walls of my car, no one would know. If I let it all out here, no one would see my flaws. No one would see how weak I was. Thank goodness for time because it makes a person older and wiser. Now, I know that is the biggest load of crap I've ever heard. (Relatively speaking.... we are still in the Trump presidency.)
In the last year, I have shed many tears of joy, strength, and above all gratitude in my car. Crossing paths with such amazing people and opportunities brings such joy. This year is quickly coming to an end, and I want you to know I feel your support. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Here are a few photos and videos from the past year. Some are behind-the-scene photos and videos never seen before. Some I wish I could do over, especially that one of me on the tire swing. Every moment, every flower, every experience, every memory. It all matters. This is just a fraction of those memories. I hope you enjoy.