It’s sometimes difficult and very disappointing when things don’t turn out the way you want them to…but some things aren’t meant to be.
Now, you may be wondering what’s prompted me today, of all days, to write a much more personal blog post than I’d normally write? And when you carry on reading this post, you may ask what it’s got to do with flowers?
Well, please read on…
I’ve been umming and ahhing for a little while about being brave enough to open up more on Flowerona….purely with the hope that if I share my story, some of you may relate to it and others may find it helpful.
I’ve always believed in fate. So, on Wednesday this week, when I had to postpone a special birthday treat to go for afternoon tea at Claridges…I put it down to ‘some things aren’t meant to be’.
Even though I was very disappointed, I tried to look on the bright side of the situation and find the cup half full, rather than half empty. (By the way, I’m a reformed character after receiving feedback in appraisals back in the corporate world years ago…and have read a lot of books on the subject!)
So, the positives of not going to Claridges were:
- I didn’t have to rush off the phone to get ready to come into London when speaking to my Mum, who was laid up in bed recovering from a slipped disc.
- It gave me more time to do my Flowerona work and answer all my emails, knowing I was going to be out of the office for most of Thursday and Friday.
- I was around to take an impromptu video call from my two little nephews, wishing me a ‘Happy Birthday’. They were so sweet and really made me chuckle!
And now we move on to the floral element in today’s blog post…
Back in 2004, I’d finally been diagnosed with labrynthitis (an inner ear problem), after two years of not feeling well. It had really drained me…the ‘not knowing’. But now I was slowly on the road to recovery.
Shortly after my diagnosis, my husband Matt asked me a life-changing question.
We were walking to our local train station one winter’s morning. My eyes were streaming with tears as the wind was so cold…perhaps he thought I was crying!
What he did know though was that I really wasn’t enjoying my corporate job. Added to this, children hadn’t come into our lives and I was finding it very difficult to accept.
He asked me: ‘What do you really love?’ And without hesitation, I said: ‘Flowers…’
He replied: ‘Well, why don’t you do something about it then?’ I did and booked myself on to a floristry evening class. That was the start of my floral journey…
Why I’m sharing this with you is to illustrate that even when you sometimes may feel down in the dumps and things aren’t going the way you’d hoped them to…sometimes you just need to be there, so that you know when you’re climbing up the other side.
If I’d not been ill and unhappy, then I may not have developed my passion for floristry…and Flowerona wouldn’t exist!
And when people ask how I manage to fit everything into my day….write blog posts, answer emails, use social media such as Twitter and Facebook…well, that’s because it’s my sole focus.
In the land of ‘some things aren’t meant to be’, not having children is something I’ve just about got my head around.
I’ve realised that I simply need to get on with my life….and one aspect is focusing on Flowerona. I’ve loved every minute of my journey so far.
So the next time that something doesn’t go the way you want it to, perhaps remember that ‘some things aren’t meant to be’.
I’m a little apprehensive about being so open today, but I hope that my blog post may help you in the future. Or perhaps you can or will be able to relate to it…
I’d love to read any comments you’d like to make below about how you’ve made the best of a situation and turned things around…
P.S. Remember, when one door closes, another one opens…