I'd like to give a heart felt, shout out to Lydia Kimmerling aka The Happiness Explorer.
Lydia is a great friend and has also been my life coach over the past 5 years, I can honestly say she has turned my life around.
I've had an amazing life so far, I went to Uni and got my photography and styling degree. I lived in London where I worked as a nanny with a fabulous family and also worked as a photographers assistant on styled shoots, it was a blast! I then left to travel the world for three years, leaving my career path in the dust.
Moving back home to Cornwall I started working in the hospitality industry, not really knowing what to do, career wise, or if anything was available to me. I moved from job to job over a few years, feeling unsatisfied. I always had the nagging feeling that I could do so much more but had no idea what to do. I knew I wanted to do something creative but I had so many ideas flying around I didn't know where to start.
Whilst planning my wedding I got so involved in the flowers side, I loved it and didn't want to ever leave the buzz of the wedding day and everything that went with it. There and then I knew I wanted to work with flowers but I was still waitressing and leaving my job and jumping into the unknown felt daunting.
This is where Lydia comes in. I was on a skiing trip (honeymoon) and on the second to last day I broke my wrist. When I got home I had Lydia's name going over and over in my head. I hadn't seen her for years but knew she was living in Ibiza and working as a life coach. I was stuck at home, unable to work. Eventually when I couldn't ignore my inner voice any longer I gave her a call and have never looked back.
Three months after working with Lydia I quit my waitressing job and signed up to an amazing flower school and Ruby Alice was in the making.
It has gone from strength to strength and I am over the moon. a couple of years ago I contacted Lydia to see if I could work with her again and we did a few months of one to one life coaching. This time it was because I felt ready to move my business to the next level, I had so many different ideas but they were all floating around my head and I had a churning in my stomach to be more.
After a few sessions the churning had completely diminished, I was a free again to be creative and love what I was doing.
This year has been crazy, for us all! Who knew Coronavirus would hit us so hard! It's really made me reevaluate what I do. I absolutely love the flowers and I always will, but again I had the thought in my head that there could be more. I felt like I needed to change with the changing times. Will we get back to what we knew before? I really do hope so but I also want to try a new career path, one where I can work online where it doesn't have to be face to face and I can do it from anywhere in the world.
Again I went back to Lydia for some more coaching and from that I realised that's it, 'I'd love to do what she does'... Life Coaching!
I'll never stop the flowers completely, but I am going to start retraining in a few weeks time and this time next year I'll be a fully fledged life coach. I can't wait!
Don't worry though my lovely brides and grooms I'm still here for you 100%.
I'm looking forward to life opening up again and for weddings to be in full swing, I miss the creativity and the buzz, but I have chosen to do this career change so I can keep evolving and moving with the times.
The reason I wanted to write this post is because there is a lot of uncertainty with job and career losses happening at present due to Coronavirus and I just wanted to say that you can change career any time, personally I don't see age as an issue, you are never too old! I'm 46 in May and will be starting on a new career path. I used to feel stuck and not 'know' what I wanted to do or be. Life coaching really helped me and maybe it could help you?
If you're interested in knowing more about life coaching have a look at Lydia on Instagram, link below.
Or wait a year and I can coach you myself!
Life is what you make it, never feel stuck.
Welcome to my blog, thank you for taking the time to have a read, it'll include a few different things. Flowers (of course), I'll give tips on 'how to's', posts about on-trend florals and few other flowery gems as well as the occasional wedding thrown in! I'm also a mum who loves good nutrition, fitness and wellbeing so I might even slip in a few thoughts on lifestyle too. I hope it's useful.