A Leap Of Faith…

Yesterday was perhaps one of the biggest days of my life as I’ve made a huge change. Yesterday I turned off the lights and walked out the door of Bella Fiori Studio for the last time.

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It’s been an amazing, exhilarating and exhausting 10 year journey. To say that I’ve poured blood, sweat and tears into this business is an understatement. Truly, for 10 plus years all I’ve wanted was my Bella Fiori Studio. Ok, maybe not all I wanted, but a very big part of what I wanted in my life. Honestly, a year ago I did not see this coming. A year ago on Flirty Fleurs I shared my {Making Changes} story.
I was happy and thrilled with an amazing wedding season, I had accomplished so much of what I had wished for.

Sometime around, oh let’s say – Christmas Day 2011, I felt a huge and slightly painful need to change. I shared my feelings with my husband, making sure we would be on the same page. The past few months have been intense; I resolved myself to not force anything to happen, just letting it fall into place.

I continued on with a full schedule of weddings and events on the books for the 2012 season, all the meanwhile selling off my large inventory. I kept it quiet, not wanting to ruffle any feathers and most importantly, NOT worry any of my clients. By mid-September Chad and I had finished off all our Bella Rents events, I was down to my last six weeks of weddings for Bella Fiori. Here’s the crazy thing, I have not been sad watching all my belongings go out the door. I have thoroughly enjoyed shredding a ridiculous amount of paperwork and purging through old files. If anything, it feels quite liberating.

To tell you the truth, I don’t know what’s next. In the words of my friend, Robyn: Leap and the net will appear – I sure hope she is right!!

This is what I know right now, (and quite a few people are starting to ask..):
1) I will be taking events for the holidays (month of December). I already have a good amount booked and am looking forward to those. I love CHRISTMAS and making big, poofy, green, red and white arrangements.
2) I will not be taking 2013 weddings in Colorado.
3) I do have one wedding on the books for 2013, it’s in Palo Alto, California. It’s my first “family wedding” – my cousin’s son is getting married! Fourteen years in the business and finally have a family wedding to design!! I’m excited to design a modern style look, it’ll be a change from aspen containers and mason jars. (gah, mason jars – enough already).
4) Flirty Fleurs will absolutely carry on! If anything, it’s about to become even bigger and stronger as I devote more time to it!!! I love this blog and I love getting to know all of you out there!

By the time you read this I will be in Holland. It’s funny, when I told my friend, Kaye, that October 31 would be my last day at the shop she replied with – where will you be on November 1st? She knows me so well!

I am absolutely beyond excited to be visiting Holland with Florabundance Wholesale – can you just imagine all the behind-the-scenes access I will get to experience?? SO EXCITED!! Of course, I will be blogging about all these experiences and what I see on Flirty Fleurs! After a week in Holland I will be catching a flight to London, England. OMG, I LOVE LONDON! Can’t wait to see my darling friend, Emma, and her lovely family. Plus, I have quite a few visits & adventures lined up with florists and flower shops – which, I will happily share here on Flirty Fleurs!!

A trip to Europe will do my soul good; time re-focus and re-energize… and absorb the changes that are taking place.

Thank you to my parents, who have been amazing pillars of strength and remain my biggest cheerleaders. I’ll be home soon. 🙂

Thank you to the few friends who saw this coming, who have watched me over the past few months come to accept the changes already taking shape in my life, who were there for me when the freak-outs would flare up – I love you beyond words.

Thank you to Chad, who keeps telling me it’ll all be ok.

When one door closes, another one opens…. Right?!

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  1. Congratulations, Alicia! And all the best to you! Looking forward to all the wonderful posts from Europe, and the expanded Flirty Fleurs. May I add another quote to your books? “All good things come to me, in abundance, under grace and in a perfect way.”

  2. Alicia, I’m sending you a big hug. The net will appear…follow your heart and do what makes you happy

  3. Beautiful post Alicia! I know it’s been a roller coaster of emotions…. But you’ll do great with your next journey. Be thankful that you are in a position to “leap”.
    Have a great trip! See you when you get back! Cheers to my friend!!!!

  4. Alicia to Alicia! I can’t wait to see where your next adventure takes you! Enjoy your trip to Holland and London! See you in March!

  5. Out of one journey and into another, sounds like a perfect way to transition to a new way. it will be fun to follow along on your European flower adventure. Best wishes in all you do. Thank you for sharing your journey.

  6. Wow! May God bless you abundantly on your new road !

  7. So happy for you, Alicia! Seems like it was only a few months ago we chatted about this and now the adventure begins! I hope we’ll have more chances to meet up in California in the future. Now go enjoy every moment in Europe. You deserve it!

  8. Nancy Teasley says:

    Wow!! Good luck and I’m so excited to see what’s next. Enjoy your amazing trip and just relax and recharge. After 2 years of insane change, not at all planned, I can tell you things always have a way of working out. Most times, better than you ever expected. I can’t wait to see your posts from Europe!! xoxo

  9. Alicia – the next phase of your life will be amazing I’m sure! Take time to envision the life you want to have and go for it sister! I’m behind you all the way! Have a great trip! Love you!

  10. This is such a great post Alicia and so heartfelt. I’m not even sure this is appropriate to say but I am incredibly proud of you for doing what you need to. I can’t wait to see what you do next. Big hugs!

  11. Best of luck! Sending hugs from KY!

  12. Congratulations my dear friend. I am so excited for you and certain this next phase of your life will be the best. How can an endeavor be bad, when it starts with a trip to Europe. As long as you are surrounded by flowers and creative people you will always be happy and fulfilled. I am thrilled that you will have more time for Flirty Fleurs and new design opportunities. Lots of love, H

  13. Alicia, I arrived here from BYW…and I hope I didn’t arrive too late 🙂 Seriously, this is a great, heartfelt post – make the leap! I’m going to sign up and see where your adventures take you next, besides which, I love flowers – Good Luck!

    Ginger (BYW) x

  14. What a delightful image. The flowers are so pretty and the dresses are amazing!

  15. Fantastic and totally terrifying. Bravo!

    Absolutely inspiring!!!