The Shift Creative Baby Shower

Alexis from The Shift Creative is one of the most creative souls I have ever met. She also happens to be an incredible human and beautiful mama. It is no surprise that so many beautifully talented people came together to celebrate her and her adorable family.

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Design: The Shift Creative // Photography: Ally Burnette // Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven // Florals: The Dainty Lion // Furniture Rentals: Wild Heart Rentals + Rad Weld Customs // Pillows + Runners + Mini Mudcloth Banners: Boho Pillows // Cake: Wool and Flax // Desserts: Beverley's Bakery // Acrylic Placecards: Delovely Details

Romantic Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding

Meagan and Jake are just absolutely wonderful people. I adore these two so much. Granted we did meet over wine and talked mostly about San Luis Obispo during our initial meeting which is basically one of my most favorite things to do. Their wedding is one of the most romantic I have ever done and I mean come on, these photos are stunning. Elate Photography did an incredible job. Samantha Louise Moments and Samantha Louise Designs outdid themselves with design, complete with custom artwork throughout the wedding.

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Dreamy. Bohemian. Desert.

Hi. Yeeeah, the absolute most perfect dreamy bohemian desert scene to ever exist. Pow Wow Design Studios, By Amy Lynn Photography, Often Wander, The Ruin Venue = Magical perfection. So thankful to know such amazing people.

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Photography: By Amy Lynn Photography // Design + Rentals: Pow Wow Design Studio // Venue: The Ruin Venue // Flowers: The Dainty Lion // Candles + Jewelry: Often Wander // Jewelry: Hand Meets Sky // Make-up: Amber Silva Make-up Artist // Hair: Melinda Walker // Accomodations: Rock Reach House // Models: Amy Kholt & Liam Johnson 

Pinkapalooza

If you are looking to add a little extra fun to your event Nicole from Pink Pineapple Events might just be your lady. She is as sweet as she is talented and shares cookies- hey this might not seem applicable but I have found that sharing of delectable treats is a solid characteristic. Spending the day with the beautiful Hannah Costello Photography was pretty great as well. 

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I admit it. I love paper flowers. Well not all of them but I do love House of Charley's handmade paper flowers. Swoon!

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Fleur Biz: Restructure

How formal does that sound? Ok fine, maybe just the last word. I know it is very corporate of me.

Alright so here is the deal, clearly I am a small business owner. If we haven't met, hi, I'm Kimberly. I am awful at punctuation and I don't have any plans in the near future to work on this skill so sorry in advance. I take a million and a half awful and awkward photos of myself holding flowers and 99% of the time crop my face out. That's my face below. So there ya go, don't expect to see much of it again. Oh and I am the owner of this weird little floral company called The Dainty Lion. And no there is no special meaning behind the name (more on this topic at a later date). And yes I understand that is a terrible answer. 

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What is up with all this rambling? 

 

The rambling is a direct result of me needing to make my life easier. Being a business owner is hard. Being a florist is not always fun and pretty flowers. Spending every moment of my life being consumed by my business is not healthy. I miiiight look like a 16 year old but I am quickly approaching 29, thinking about babies more than I thought I would and decided I need to get a handle on everything before I have more real life responsibilities. That gives me roughly 1-1.5 years  to get my shit together (/before baby making- not baby birthing- just so we are clear on this mom because you are probably reading this). Anyways, THIS is a way to hold myself accountable. Publicly. On my own website and on my own terms. haha Let's consider it my no bullshit policy on owning my business {instead of it owning me}  and loving it all while having a life and enjoying it. 

I LOOOOOOVE my job. So much so it would probably make people uncomfortable if they really knew how much. Somehow I made it this far without really creating a structured business with schedules and all that jazz. Yay for creative brains! To sum it all up I am going to be mostly thinking out loud about various aspects of my business, creating structure for myself and hopefully growing this thing into what I always wanted it to be. Who knows maybe someone will feel relief that they are in the same boat or MAYBE someone will have figured this all out a help a sista out. jk I got this.

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First up. Going back to basics. 

If you are like me chances are you began your business with all these wonderful ideas and hopes of what it would become. And then as you started booking jobs you lost some of your focus because WHO HAS THE TIME?? Personally, I found it incredibly difficult to juggle e-mails, proposal writing, flower market runs,  managing and creating content for social media, consultations, meetings, event prep, actual design days, actual event days, clean-up, eating regular meals, getting more than 4 hours of sleep a night, trying to keep up with the cool kids ANNNND I haven't even mentioned the business end of things. I focused all my energy on my creative side which led me down this wormhole. So yes, this girl needs to revisit the core of what I want my business to be and that will be first on my list. 

 

Phew. The into is over. More to come soon.