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{ this moment } A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. ~Amanda Soule

*inspired by Soule Mama’s beautiful Friday reflections

Letting go and trusting

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It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here. So many good things squeezed into each day but I’m finding it pretty hard to stay grounded and clearly focused. Some mornings I just pace around the fields and through the greenhouses, trying to collect myself but instead see another five hundred things that need to be done and start to panic.

Spring, it’s always an emotional roller coaster for me.

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But this year, more than ever, we have an amazing team surrounding our little family and flower operation. I’m still adjusting to having such great support since my shtick has always been “I’m going it alone”. When the to-do list spills onto pages two and three, I still think I’m the one who has to tackle every little thing.

But now there is a team of caring and highly capable folks, catching the important things before they fall through the cracks. The kids, self care, plus all of the business details that need attention.

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We’ve never had it so good.

But it’s tricky to break old patterns. I still find myself winding up into an anxiety ridden panic, forgetting that there are a dozen hands surrounding me, ready to help. Over the years I’ve trained myself so rigidly to not ask for help, to not be a burden and get it all done “no matter what”.

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While Chris and the kids have settled into this new support system, I’m still thrashing around. Trying to learn how to let go and be supported. Last spring it took four months for me to let our office manager take the reigns. Four months! Once I finally let her step in and work her magic, my life was transformed in ways I couldn’t have imagined.

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So, here’s to finally letting go and trusting. Trusting others, trusting universal timing, trusting that I’m right where I need to be and most of all, trusting myself.

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If you’re battling a similar story, I highly recommend this book. The concept is radically transforming my life, in the best possible way!

New Book: Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers

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As I shared in my most recent e-newsletter (sign up here if you are not yet on the list) when I’m not working in the garden, I’m cranking out new resources for fellow flower fanatics. One of those new resources is a little book focused on utilizing local flowers in wedding designs: Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers

Print versions of Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers came out a few weeks ago and I’m delighted to announce that it is now available as an e-book for the iPad, Kindle and Nook!

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This little gem is loaded with beautiful photos of wedding bouquets made by “farmer florists” and floral designers utilizing local, seasonal flowers.

Both the e-book and the print version of the book include:

  • Photo essays and practical tips for using locally grown flowers for DIY weddings
  • Quick tips on how to grow more than 100 varieties of flowers and foliage used in wedding florals
  • PLUS a bonus disc containing 75-minutes of video tutorials where I demonstrate how to create a classic European hand-tied bouquet, a large altar arrangement, a lush centerpiece and an adorable corsage and boutonniere.

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    I was thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Lynn Byczynski, author of the amazing book The Flower Farmer to create this new resource.

    Lynn and I are both passionate about local flowers and were eager to create a basic design guide to support the growing local flower movement. This resource is specifically geared towards:

  • DIY brides and eco-conscious couples committed to having a greener wedding celebration;
  • Flower farmers and passionate gardeners seeking to develop basic floral design skills in order to
    utilize their flowers in essential wedding elements;

  • Floral designers interested in tapping the locally-grown trend and incorporating more local,
    seasonal blooms in their design work.

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    Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers offers inspiring, yet practical and accessible ways to create beautiful magazine-worthy bouquets using sustainable,seasonalblooms. It is a must-have for your resource library.

    Be sure to connect with Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers on Facebook to get updates, information on book related events and more! We’ll be rolling out some exciting special features related to the book later this spring that you won’t want to miss!

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    Finally, are you a fellow blogger? Want a chance to review the new book on your site? I’m inviting up to 20 bloggers to review the new book on their blogs AND receive an extra copy to give away to readers. Review copies are limited and demand is high, so please Apply today. PLUS one lucky blogger will be invited to be featured in an interview on my blog!

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    { this moment } A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. ~Amanda Soule

    *inspired by Soule Mama’s beautiful Friday reflections

    Workshop Scholarship Winner!

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    First off I want to say THANK YOU for all of the beautiful, heartfelt applications that were submitted. I am still in complete shock over how many we received and also totally humbled by all of the beautiful stories, big dreams and ambitious goals that were shared.

    Choosing a winner was extremely difficult with so many amazing entries but after a lot of thoughtful consideration, we picked Chloe Roy from Canada. You can see her cute, smiling face above.

    We will certainly be offering another scholarship for our fall workshops and are also hard at work on some new in depth resources to help address all of the needs that are going unmet. The first is a virtual course loaded with videos, demos and loads of technical information. Essentially what we’re covering in our on farm workshops but available right in your home (no travel needed) and at a much more affordable price.

    We’ll be doing some polling in the near future to gather more details about what you’d like to see included, so stand by to chime in. My goal is to have it available by the fall so we can dive in over the off season.

    Again, thanks to all who applied and all who nominated someone they love. You guys are AMAZING!!!

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