As I sit on a plane headed to Santa Barbara I am overcome with a complete joy and an amazing awe.  A realization popped into my head that was very powerful and surprising. Flowers have given me everything. Each precious bloom I have touched has been a part of  supporting me so that I could be a good wife, a mother that could stay home with her children, a business owner, flowers have made me a teacher, and flowers have made me a speaker and even an event organizer. Flowers have given me the most remarkable friends, and flowers keep me connected and believing in God. I get to travel now, I get to mentor, and inspire, I even got to design at the White House and its all because of those precious petals. The power of flowers should never be underestimated. I am so happy and excited right now. California here I come!!!!

Holly Chapple
  • Laurie (Fleurie) Says: (01.20.2013 | 06:30)

    My feelings exactly! You have such a way of putting yuor frrlings onto words; that too is a gift. Safe travels, I can’t wait to learn!

  • Laurie (Fleurie) Says: (01.20.2013 | 06:31)

    * your feelings* I need to learn to edit!

  • Holly Rutt Says: (01.20.2013 | 07:38)

    Agreed and I feel this way about St. Therese of Lisieux (The Little Flower) who’s intercession set me on the flower path that has kept me from boring awful desk jobs and provided a way to make money whilst feeling co-creative and one with nature. The business has its stressors how sweet of you to remind me of its graces!

  • Trish Says: (01.20.2013 | 09:17)

    So excited for you and everything you are experiencing. You deserve it all because you are such an inspiration to everyone you touch!

  • Leslie A Says: (01.20.2013 | 09:45)

    What an awesome perspective.I’m exited to meet you this week!!

  • melbourne florist Says: (01.21.2013 | 08:11)

    I solute your such great thinking !!

  • Denise Benda Says: (01.22.2013 | 04:11)

    Can’t wait to meet you tomorrow!!

  • Laura Cogan/ Passion Flowers Says: (01.22.2013 | 05:10)

    It’s true, we are so incredibly blessed to be florists! I, too, count my many blessings every single day, and I am so honored to be a part of the Inspriational Design Days! So looking forward to meeting you tomorrow!

  • Peggy Sherwood Says: (01.22.2013 | 02:09)

    Holly…..you truly are an inspiration…..like a beautiful flower growing in the garden…. God has planted you in so many of our lives….thank you for sharing and keeping all of us excited to be a small part of the floral industry. Can’t wait to hear more about your travels and experiences!!!

  • Amy Says: (01.24.2013 | 03:00)

    Holly,
    You are the real deal. A true artist with a very warm heart and a contagious smile. It was wonderful to meet you and to work with you the past couple of days. Thank you for your honesty and great tips. :) Amy

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