It's been two months since I jumped into my new gig as a full-time flower slinger in Oakland. I have a tendency to spend a lot of time at work. It becomes a problem when I neglect all of the other things around me that are ebbing and flowing and need my attention and love. I came home the other night and this bush had grown an arm that is probably now over 5 feet long. When I snapped this picture it was the first time I noticed it (We live downstairs). But still - open your eyes dummy!
I took advantage of my Monday off this week and went to see Carra down in Soquel. I think Everett Farm in the Fall might be the most beautiful place on Earth. The air was cool, the sun was shining, and the rolling landscape was saturated in Oranges and yellows from all of the Persimmon trees heavy with fruit.
Carra had saved Dahlia digging for this particular day - it's hard work and definitely a two man job. As we drove our pitchforks into the ground, uprooting her late summer workhorses, we talked about the Winter and the future. My incarnation as a florist started with Carra back when we were sowing seeds on rainy March days listening to public radio in her hoop house. It was a series of big decisions that put us both where we are today and it's easy to question whether we're making the right choices. It's days like these, being outside, working, hashing things out with a friend, that you need in order to figure things out sometimes.
While there's no time to slow down, I am ready to start remembering to live each day with intention, to reflect on all of the universe's gifts that I am so incredibly thankful for. I guess what I'm learning is change is never easy and balance is most certainly a craft.