I am on the plane returning home from Portland to VA. and I felt this overwhelming need to write a letter of thanks.

I am feeling so incredibly blessed right now and I wanted to document this feeling. Perhaps I will be able to come back to this and draw strength. I of course am not a Doctor or a lawyer. I don’t get the opportunity to save lives or even greatly impact peoples lives. I am a florist, which really is not that big of a deal. In truth it can often feel very belittling or insignificant. I hate when I feel like that, or even think like that, but in all honestly it’s often how I feel. Thankfully right now I am feeling incredibly talented, successful, and even needed. I feel grateful!! It’s really nice to be listening to the positive voices in my head. My gratitude right now is coming from this, first I have a career that I love, it has given me and Evan an opportunity to be home with our children, it gives us a roof over our heads, and food on the table. Daily I get to make a difference in other peoples lives. I do this by providing florals to brides and their families. That is in all truth an honor. I have been a part of countless peoples lives. My work is documented and treasured for years to come in the wedding albums of my clients. I have continuously helped to make many brides wedding days special, memorable, and even magical. To my knowledge I have never let one of my brides or clients down. I am a good memory and that is pretty cool!!! Next I am being offered the opportunity to mentor, teach, and train others in my chosen career. This is a huge honor and its high praise. Impacting my industry is a very good thing, nope, its not open heart surgery but I am definitely handling matters of the heart. I am inspiring other designers to keep designing, moms to keep mommying, and brides to keep dreaming. My day to day work has a new added value and importance, when I consider all of these accomplishments. I fully believe that whatever our career choice is, we all have the opportunity to change lives, inspire others, and support others.

I want to first thank Evan and the kids because they often get the short end of the stick. I hope they all know how much I love them. I am grateful they let me continue to design and chase this passion which quite frankly often feels like an addiction. My desire to learn new design styles, find unique elements, and meet new industry friends is an insatiable thirst, one that I hopefully will never be able to quench.

Amy from Botanical Brouhaha, finding you has been one of the greatest highlights in my career. I am so touched, moved, changed, and I am a better person for knowing you. You have introduced me to countless pieces of art, and designers, that I now adore and can call friends. You have helped me to gauge and understand so much of my business and even who I am personally.

Alicia and Chuck, (of Flirty Fleurs) we have had a ton of fun together. The good things that we have accomplished together and the amazing opportunities we have had ,were unimaginable to us just a few short years ago. We have been in some amazing places together, one of which shall remain nameless.
I will never forget cutting jasmine vine with you both. We were a hysterical site pulling gorgeous strands of pink blossoms from the fence of a private estate. Alicia will forever be imbedded in my mind with jasmine vine wrapped around her neck.  Because of your blog my dream of seeing Holland and designing in Europe became a reality. Because of you I found Laura from Faith Flowers. My European Flower tour would have never happened if I had not seen Laura’s trip on Flirty Fleurs. Laura you gave me the trip and a gift of a life time. You also gave me the chance to teach at your flower school in Atlanta. In Atlanta I became certain of my desire to teach. In Atlanta not only did I teach, I gathered new friends. Friends that are sticking.

To Francoise, Oh boy, I don’t even know what to say about you. All I know is something big is happening and you and I were meant to be together. I owe Amy (from Botanical Brouhaha) for making me connect with you. I will cherish the time I had with you and the impact that you had on me will most certainly be limitless. A million doors and windows opened when I met you. Not only will you take me to new heights as a designer, because of you I will be a better teacher, and because of you, other career ideas are being processed and considered. My mind has done nothing but race since I met you and my heart continues to long to be with you.

Lastly (but most importantly) of the many things I am grateful for is the group I started called, The Chapel Designers. Every day, all day long, I am so thankful for each of you. You all had faith in me, faith in our chosen career path, and together we created something spectacular. For those of us who are designers in this group, we will never have to stand alone in fear and uncertainty in our flower shops again. We will never have to wonder what to do next. We can instantly reach out to another member and find the missing element or mechanic we need, we can instantly hear a strong and supportive voice. Starting this gathering of floral designers is most certainly one of the finest things I have done in my career. Together we are becoming better designers, we are setting trend and industry standards. I see a great future on the horizon for us. Nope we won’t be saving lives but we will be making an impact in our field. We are making a difference every day!!

I am also really grateful that it’s almost spring, I can feel my flowers waking up and coming back to me. Talk about gratitude!!

  • Peggy Sherwood Design and Events Says: (02.25.2013 | 01:58)

    Holly….I may be shedding a few tears reading your precious words. You are one in a million and I am so blessed God has put you in my life. XOXOXOXOX

  • Jessica Jones Says: (02.25.2013 | 04:21)

    Holly— Right back at ya babe! I’m blessed to have you in my life as well! I can’t thank you enough for helping me…little ‘ol me. Your encouragment, guiding words, and FAITH in me as a small town girl has helped propel my business and find my design style. For that, I am forever grateful for you Holly! 🙂

  • Francoise Weeks Says: (02.25.2013 | 05:22)

    You are extraordinary: your wonderful creativity, your contagious excitement and enthusiasm, your fantastic skill of connecting with people and mentoring them makes you a gem in my book! *You* are a treasure my friend!

  • Sue Prutting Says: (02.25.2013 | 06:20)

    What a gift you are to this community, Holly. You are a fearless and a pioneer changing the face of this industry and how we relate to one another. I am already a better business woman and designer for knowing you. Thank you, Holly. Really.

  • Alicia Jayne Florals Says: (02.25.2013 | 07:57)

    A BIG thanks to you as well ! Your strength, guidance and encouragement are such an inspiration to so many of us and we are forever grateful!

  • Courtenay Lambert Says: (02.25.2013 | 10:57)

    Amen Holly, and right back at you! You have given me a new outlook on my career….one that I think includes teaching/consulting somewhere in my future. And meeting you and the people in Chapel Designers has been the gift that keeps on giving. 🙂

  • lisa sommer Says: (02.25.2013 | 11:07)

    I am so honored to be one of those you mentor ….Being a part of this industry and the Chapel Designers has added such a wonderful dimension to my life…xxoo

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