1st Blog post, this is me!
29 April 2020
Hi, I'm Lorna, owner of A Room in Bloom floral design.
I have wanted to blog for ages but I never had the time….I have lots of time at the moment, so I am going to dive in and go for it!
For my first blog, I would like to share my flower journey.
I hadn't always wanted to be a florist, I started out in college studying Archeology (I didn't like it) I ended up with an Arts degree and business postgrad. After college, I worked for a few years,
Then, I packed it all in to travel the world for a year. We kept a blog throughout - check it out https://www.tangatanga.com/gealain/. (God I was young then.) Travelling the world, creating memories with the best people was an unforgettable experience. I learned a lot about who I was, what I wanted out of life and most importantly what makes me happy.
On returning home, with all of my epiphanies in mind, I decided I didn't want to work in an office anymore and I was eager to get my creative juices flowing but hadn’t figured out how. With all of my money spent, I needed to start working, an opportunity to work in a local garden centre came up and I went for it. Initially, for what was to be a few weeks, turned into a few years. This is where my enthusiasm and love for horticulture and floristry began. I studied Horticulture and floristry part-time while there which eventually led me to pursue floristry full time. I worked for various shops and event designers, gaining as much valuable experience as possible before going out on my own in 2011. Transitioning from working full-time to taking a risk and going out on my own was one of the scariest things I have chosen to do….but I felt the fear and did it anyway!!
Eight years ago, I set up A Room in Bloom with the opening of my flower shop in the heart of Athlone, my home town. I loved having a shop, dealing with customers, working with flowers, making designs. The business grew and I fell in love with wedding flowers over the years. The customers were the integral part of A Room in Bloom. Asking me to be a part of their wedding gifted me with so many wonderful memories and opportunities to explore and develop my floristry skills and love for flowers. I am forever grateful for that.
Last year I took the leap to close my retail space and focus on weddings, events and teaching.
That brings you up to date on my flower journey. In this unusual situation the world is in, it has given me time to stop and look at my business and life. Like most of you, priorities have changed, trying to take this time to do the things I haven’t been able to do so here I am, blogging!!!
Will do a bit of mixed content over the coming weeks, if there is anything you would like to read about please let me know?