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Starting over

Updated: Jul 11, 2018

So two years after opening my retail shop, I'm starting over as a studio florist. How do I feel about that? Well, I feel a bit sad, but it's the right way to move forward. Floristry is a tough gig to survive. I have so much respect for those who own a successful shop. The hours are long, getting up at 4am on market days and then working till close of the day. It's physical, not a lot of 'playing around with flowers', as the perception goes. But, I loved every bloody minute of it.


So after two years in retail, I pulled up stumps and am starting over, trying to carve a piece of the pie, in what is a very crowded market in the wedding industry.

Creating natural organic gathered bridal bouquets
In my happy place creating wedding flowers. Photo by Abbie Melle Photography.

I'm living by this quote below, so stay tuned, as I'm not giving up yet!


“For what it's worth... it's never too late.........to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you've never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you're not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.” Quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald.




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Jul 09, 2018

This is so true, I am a florist and it’s bloody hard work, long hours, messy, heavy buckets etc and we are so undervalued! I liken it to a restaurant or cafe, you are paying not just for the food but the labour that goes into producing it and labour in Australia is EXPENSIVE good for you Catherine for letting everyone know the reality of it!

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