My good friend Melissa of Flying Bear Farm recently reminded me of something so important: taking the time to just enjoy the beauty that we create. I often get so caught up in the tasks and to-do lists of running a business that I forget what business I am in (growing and designing flowers) and just how friggin' lucky I am to be doing such an amazingly joyous and beautiful thing with my life! Sure there are up's and down's (just as there are with anything else) but the truth is that I just LOVE what I do: the flowers, the weddings, the farmers, the clients, the creativity, the watching things grow, the being outside, the design process... I just love it all. Today I lay down in one of the paths in the Cutting Garden (feeling super glad that I made those babies a roomy 3 ft. across!) looked up and saw this: Nigella and Larkspur blowing softly in the breeze, with a gorgeous, perfect summer sky in the background. And (I KID YOU NOT) a swallowtail butterfly and a hummingbird both showed up and did their respective flying around, drinking nectar, etc. WOW. Life is pretty darn good.