All week, I've been thinking about this post. How to make it catchy and exciting, because today we got to share our first donated flowers from two awesome partners in flowering kindess! Niki, who owns Flourish Flower Farm and Libby, who owns The Gardener's Cottage in Biltmore Village were so gracious to share some of their beautiful flowers. I wanted to make their first mentioning something SPECIAL. But truth be told, I've had some challenging moments in my brain this week and my creative mind hasn't been feeling very extroverted. Yesterday, in the thick of the muck, I knew I hadn't prepared for the Pop-Up like I had wanted or started on this post and all I wanted to do was call it quits because whatever I did wouldn't hold a candle to the awesomeness that is connecting with Niki and Libby and having them WANT to be a part of this process.
I texted Jeremy and told him I wanted to call off the Pop-Up and as he responded with his calm words of wisdom, I recognized that I was trying too hard to SHOULD this process and make it "look" the right way. I was worried that if I didn't do it perfectly our partners would realize I don't know exactly what I'm doing and be embarrassed to be connected to Power Flower Project. Ummmmm, yeah, then the quiet voice inside asked me the question..."Aren't these fears and worries part of the reason you started doing this whole thing?" Ding, ding, ding! Power Flowering is about showing up and BEING REAL. I'm not sure how long it will take for that lesson to sink into the depths of my brain, but hopefully it will be sooner than later.
So, I showed up. We had our Pop-Up at Habitat Brewing, with kids running around and the adults cutting and coloring flowers. It wasn't relaxing at all, but it was a gathering and energy towards building community which is exactly what the PFP is striving towards. AND if I had canceled that experience I wouldn't have been able to see my friend ,who has been a supporter from day one, who came with her two boys and brought the awesome gift of the first ever Power Flower Pen! You never know what will happen when you show up!
This morning, while my kids did their kid thing I got to arrange the flowers from Niki and Libby into not one but FOUR vases (which were also donations from my lovely neighbor!) We headed out to run errands and act randomly in kindness with our beautifully community contributed Power Flowers.
We gave them to a woman in the Aldi parking lot as she walked by and commented on how beautiful the flower drawing was. At the bank, we shared them with the bank teller. And tonight, when I get to go on a long-overdue date with my husband, we will pass along the remaining two bouquets.
Once again, as I drop into the process of the PFP, my system is settled and my brain is reminded what my heart already knows...cultivating kindness and compassion AND actively sharing it rewires my brain and allows me to be the REAL ME! Onward I grow...ever grateful for all the people who are a part of the process.