Alright, This is my first actual blog post ever! I know, super exciting. I've wanted to start blogging for a long time now and have a lot to get writing about. But now that I'm here, I think I'm having a bit of a writers block. So, I have lots of ideas for posts. I am going to start you off with what I am currently doing in the floral world.
As a lover and promoter of education. I happened upon the wonderful AIFD. American Institute of Floral Design. I was deeply moved by how they vow to educate and promote not only floral designers, but the floral industry. I have made the decision to practice, practice and practice for the testing for membership in Chicago this year.
I have never been to a symposium, but I've heard it's the "rapture" for florists. I am most likely going to be a puddle of mess by the time I have to test. But hopefully I will do well. This sort of testing is totally design based. It is likened to Iron Chef for the floral industry. You get 4 hours to complete 5 designs. They give you a list of your supplies and what specifically you will be creating in the 5 designs a few minutes before you are thrown in a room with 150 other super talented florists in the same boat. Within the 5 designs there are options in each. The 5 designs being duplication (based on a picture), sympathy (could be any type of sympathy arrangement), an everyday arrangement (or holiday/or based on a specific place for flowers ie. a coffee table), flowers to wear (corsages/boutonnieres/floral jewelry), and wedding (any part ranging from bridal bouquet to flower girl). Kind of makes my heart rate speed up a bit...I'm so nervous.
I have also chosen to make this journey a public one. I did apply for a grant, fingers crossed, to make this journey social. Meaning I will be making study guides, videos, posts, and many more helpful things to do my part in promoting knowledge. Because I believe that you're never done learning. I know that sounds cliche. But seriously, how can you really ever hope to better yourself and move forward without learning from other people's experiences. I find it humbling. How easily I am impressed when I learn a new trick or see something used in a creative way is astounding. I probably just stand there with my jaw open muttering wow! lol.
So this is my goal for the year. I am going to work hard and do the best I can do under this crazy pressure! But most who know me know pressure is my fire. I will be keeping you updated with the latest on this subject, since it is all I can dream about lately. Thanks for reading my 1st ever post. :-)