November 6, 2013

New Chapter New Brand New Blog!

It's been a super long time coming but the migration is almost complete! I'm launching a new brand for all the events, dessert tables and styling work that I have already been doing this past year over at Carpenter & Cook, so that I can focus on developing this part of the current business and expand our scope and services! On top of what we already do, we will add Vintage Rentals to share our beautiful props with everyone (and as an excuse to shop more!), plus more to come.

Heaven In A Wild Flower (surprise surprise) is now live and all new blog entries will now be over here although the site is still kinda Work In Progress. Please hop on over to follow me on my new exciting adventure! The blog will take on a new direction, with less emphasis on my personal life and thoughts, and more on my experience as a stylist slash entrepreneur and sharing tips and inspiration on how to make your life and special occasions pretty. Oh, and I do hope to get back to sharing recipes and beautiful food as well :)

So much happening... can't wait!

July 19, 2013

Small Steps

It's been more than a month since my last post. Not intentional, but not entirely unintentional either. I had been waiting for things to fall in place before I start blogging regularly again. Things like - deciding on a name for the revamped blog & business, choosing a new platform (or not), blog/website redesign, and being sure I had the resolve blog regularly.

However, I have come to realise that, if I were to wait for abc to happen before doing xyz I will probably never get round to it. I was reminded that I should start small, take small steps, and be glad that I have at least started on this journey instead of waiting for everything to be in place before I dare take the next step. How often in life do we tell ourselves we need to wait for the perfect conditions before we commit to something? If I can't ensure that there's the job waiting for me/$X in the bank/acquire certain skills/have sufficient business, I won't take the plunge. Too often.

The reality is that things will never stop being in flux or be in the ideal conditions that you so wish for. So stop worrying, and just start somewhere. It's about having FAITH in your abilities, that things will fall into place, and most importantly that God will be there to provide and guide.

This will not be the prettiest of blogs, have many readers, nor have structured or regular posts or even a fancy new logo. Not yet anyway. But it will be a record of this phase of my journey that I will slowly unveil and share. And you're invited to join me :)

June 5, 2013

What Do I Want In My Life?

*peek*

Is anyone out there?

It's been a while. A very LONG while.

A lot of thoughts have been going through my mind lately, and a friend encouraged me to share them (Thanks dear, you know who you are). Indeed, so much has happened in the past year or so since this blog took a backseat. Those of you who have followed our progress over on Carpenter & Cook will know what an amazing journey it has been though! I'm not going to go through it here and now but I am thankful for all the blessings God has shown me in this past year. For those who've been along the journey thus far with me, thank you :)

Starting a business isn't easy and maintaining and growing it is even more challenging. Recently, I've taken to thinking about what it is that I truly want to do with my life. Yeah, big question with an elusive answer, I know. I still don't have the answers, but I feel it is this blog would be an appropriate place to share and document the process. Coming back full circle. Speaking of which, I think this year is the 10th year milestone since I started blogging (though I did take a long break last year hah).

Blogging doesn't come to me naturally. Words don't flow easily for me. I'm neither a witty or engaging writer most of the time, unless inspiration strikes. I enjoy letting my pictures do the talking. Over the years, I've also learnt to edit my words on this public platform, choosing to share the lighthearted and beautiful moments of my life, especially as the blog and my persona became more and more in the public domain.

I want to become more authentic in this new phase, to engage and connect with people, and most of all, through sharing my experiences and thoughts here, I hope to touch or impact someone's life out there, even in the teensiest of ways.

I leave you with an interesting article that I came across today on Understanding How to Frame Your Creative Expertise. I have been struggling with the lack of formal qualifications or years of experience in the areas that I wish to develop, and this really helped me to feel more secure about using skills and talents in achieving what I want to. This may seem quite a no-brainer to some of you, but to someone who's always been struggling with confidence issues and external affirmation, it spoke volumes. I think I'm somewhere between a "Survivor" and "Called" - what about you?


(The quote was made using a free chalkboard background from Foolish Fire and you can find all sorts of chalkboard fonts by here or simply google 'chalkboard fonts' )
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