Meet the Posse: Paige
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My name is Paige Young. I have been studying floral design for the past 8 years. I’ve always had a passion for design and I ended up getting my associates degree in Interior Design. What I didn’t realise was how much I would fall in love with floral design.
I got my start right out of high school. I was lucky enough to get a part time job with a small local floral business called The Master’s Touch Flower Studio. She specialised in weddings and events. Initially I did all of the grunt work. This meant scrubbing buckets, cleaning glassware, and prepping the flowers when they arrived. Throughout my first year I worked my way up to creating bouquets and centerpieces. I was lucky enough to work for The Master’s Touch until the owner decided to close that chapter of her life in order to raise her kids.
I eventually found myself working for another flower shop called House of Flowers. Since I had years of experience doing weddings that was my main focus while I was there. I also assisted with every day orders, funeral work, and making arrangements for the front cooler. There was never a shortage of things to do there. I got burnt out very quickly. My burn out increased when Covid hit. Everything else around us seemed to come to a halt… everything except the floral industry. We had a record amount of orders come through for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and even our every day orders. So much so that we couldn’t seem to get enough flowers in for us to fill all of these orders. I had never felt so drained in my entire life.
When my husband and I decided to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma and I closed my chapter with House of Flowers I swore I would ever do anything with floral ever again. But my passion for it resurfaced very quickly. I knew I could never fully give it up. So I sat down and really thought about all of the things in the floral industry that I loved and hated. Once I had that list I knew that I could create my own business that focuses on all of the things that I was passionate about.
So here I am six months later building my business as a floral designer. I still have a lot to figure out but I’m loving every minute of it.
1. What is your business?
Bella Blooms is a specialised floral company that specialises in the following categories:
Commercial and Residential Floral Subscriptions
Flower Arranging Workshops
Florals for corporate and other private parties
2. What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I think what inspired me the most was looking back on my years with The Master’s Touch and House of Flowers and seeing how much creative freedom you have when you’re the boss. I wanted to be the one calling all of the shots and finally be able to do things the way that works best for me. I have always dreamed of building a business that I can be proud of and call my own.
3. Why do you resonate with being an Unapologetic Entrepreneur?
I have always felt deep down that I wasn’t cut out for a corporate job. I don’t like being tied down to someone else’s rules. I actually tried it for a little while and only lasted three months! Too many rules, too many opinions, and too much pressure. While I still experience a lot of pressure being a business owner it feels different. It doesn’t feel like a burden. This experience so far has been both terrifying and exciting and I’m definitely up for the challenge.
4. Why did you join the posse?
I joined the posse because I knew if I was going to make this happen that I would need help from someone who actually knew what they were doing. I trusted Bri, her experiences, and her knowledge right away. And when she told me about the posse I immediately jumped at this opportunity to learn the proper, healthy mindset you need to succeed and the building blocks every business owner should set in place if they’re serious about making their dream of being a successful entrepreneur come true.
It has also been incredible being surrounded by other amazing entrepreneurs who are so supportive and willing to give advice and cheer on your successes.
5. What is your favorite part of being a member?
My favorite part of being a member are the monthly drops from Bri. Her lessons are so enlightening and have definitely helped with my mindset. Her lessons have kept me going when I have started to doubt my abilities and myself. You can tell that she wants you to succeed and will make sure you have everything you need to do so. She has given me a sense of confidence in my business that I never thought I could attain.
6. What are you most proud of in your business so far this year?
I’m most proud of the connections I’ve been able to make despite the pandemic. And because of these connections I am now starting to book and teach floral workshops in the area. I know it’s only a matter of time before I have more bookings than I can handle and I can’t wait!
7. What do you have coming up in your business that is exciting you?
One thing that I have going on in my business that I’m especially excited about are my workshops. I’m excited about them because I know that I’ll be able to meet some amazing people and make some great connections with the community here in Tulsa. I also love being able to share the art of floral design with people who are just as in love with it as I am.
I am also excited about creating more of a presence for Bella Blooms on social media. I am going to be putting some weekly posts and videos in place that will hopefully speak to anyone that has a passion for design. I am also aiming to inspire anyone who has always wanted to be a floral designer but lacks the know how. I hope to be a source that they can go to for designing tips and support within the industry.
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