Studio Tour with Photoflood, and Staying Zen

Back in December, I moved in to a glorious space that I now call home to Amanda Vidmar Design. The space is a former auto body shop, it's old and quirky, but I absolutely love it for all of its eccentricities. A huge bonus is that there are giant windows that flood in heavenly natural light, and if you're lucky enough to be there during the early afternoon, the sun hits the work spot and you are left with a warm blanket and a suntan after a few arrangements. We are now located in Daly City, which I was told was just foggy and unpleasant all of the time, but I have yet to experience this. All I know thus far is free parking and lots of it, sunshine, and some happy flowers (and a happy florist, too.)

My friend Courtney of Photoflood Studio came by to enjoy the afternoon with me. We talked about weddings (she's planning her own!), businesses, inspirations, and designer shoes, which, it appears that both of us value a good pair of shoes over anything else. I was gracious that she was able to capture a few snaps of the new studio for me, I'm finding that more than ever, these big steps we take in our businesses and in our life require good documentation. 

Speaking of big steps. These past few months, I have learned the power of community, and how it can bring you so much higher than you ever thought. I am learning that owning a business is not always easy, there are moments where your thoughts will get the best of you and that's a downward spiral you shouldn't go down alone. I've been meeting with an awesome group of women entrepreneurs once a month and it's truly been fueling me to keep it positive, keep it moving, and out of my own head.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
— Marcus Aurelius

I've been truly trying to take to heart the thoughts that pass through my head, exhaling any negative thoughts or insecurities, and filling my mind with inspiration and fuel for the next projects. Flowers require a whole load of energy and perseverance (usually in the form of caffeine) and not only is it a completely physical process, it's the thoughts that go through your head that will keep you going in the right direction. So, here's to turning a new leaf, to commit to positive thinking. It's important to acknowledge the negative thoughts, of course, but not to dwell on them for too long.