Starting a new arm of my business, because there is a need is really only part of the equation.
Here's the real reason: after really considering it, and weighing the failure/success possibilities it felt like it was exactly what I was supposed to be doing right now - challenging myself and continuing this journey of reinventing myself as I step closer to being an empty-nester. Geez, I hate that term.
Courage. Investing your time and money. Putting yourself out there. Deciding to thrive, even if it means failing. It all takes courage.
Enter the fear, the nay-sayers and the static, of which my internal voices are the loudest. So, here's what I did: I started by getting really quiet and asked myself what was I really afraid of? Rather than allow that fear to freeze out my passion, I went back to this basic belief: If I am doing what I love, doing what makes me feel alive, it is worth the risk.
So, let me introduce you to Floral Design Solutions, where I design, manufacturer and wholesale products that help make floral and event professional's lives easier. I have a number of products in development, but the flagship product is a glass candle chimney/hurricane that provides a cover for taper and pillar candles with live flames. (An open flame in a public venue does not fly with the fire marshall in most cities.) Floral Design Solutions' Taper Candle Hurricanes and Pillar Candle Hurricanes give designers the ability to provide clients with real clandlelight at their weddings and events. In addition, the hurricanes can be a great source of rental revenue and offer some serious up-sale possibilities.
So, that's what I've been starting. A new company. A new opportunity. A new way to exercise my courage muscle called Floral Design Solutions. Hop over and take a look. I would love to know what you think!