I am a teacher at heart… I really enjoy helping people learn new things.
Actually, I enjoy helping people learn how to DO things. For themselves.
I believe this approach was something I learned from my dad. He never told us what to do. He always asked us “what do you think you should do?” and “what is the worst thing that could happen if you decide to do ‘that thing’?”
This approach fostered a curiosity and a level of confidence that has helped me accomplish many things. I was taught to think critically and formulate a number of scenarios that would help me figure out what to do in any given situation.
Have I made mistakes? Absolutely! Have I learned from my experiences? NO DOUBT!
When I am interested in a topic, I learn everything I can about it. Once I have a background knowledge in place, I work to apply that knowledge, usually through trial and error, so that I have a practical application and actual experience “doing” whatever it is I am trying to do.
I spent over 20 years in the healthcare industry. I had so many initials after my name with my various degrees, licensure and certifications that I needed two business cards to hold them all. My resume was 12 pages long and listed many accomplishments and awards… Yet I felt hollow. In the beginning it was exciting, I felt like I had a purpose. But, the industry changed and it came down to tasks and numbers and objectives that I could no longer buy into. I could literally feel the life being sucked out of me.
That knowledge and experience helped me start a new career as a college professor. Teaching all aspects of business administration. It was awesome seeing students develop their skills and to see them apply what they were learning. I did not see myself as the “all-knowing” professor imparting knowledge upon my students. I viewed myself as a partner and guide on their journey.
The main lesson I learned from those experiences is that I am not suited to the corporate life. It was depressing and oppressive. All of those things that were once important and critical for career advancement no longer matter to me.
I am creative and fluid and perform at a higher level when I am able to define my work and work space.
Now I am taking all of that experience and applying it to my new life, in horticulture. I am a sponge. Fortunately, everything that I am learning, I am able to apply every day in my position in the retail nursery and also with our business.
Going from management to worker bee has been the easiest transition I have ever made. Yes, I manage things in my own business, but I do not manage people…
People have asked why I still work for someone else when I have my own business. Quite frankly, I enjoy the connection to people whom I have been privileged to meet by working for someone else. It keeps me up to date with the industry and trends. I have other professionals to bounce ideas off of and none of us are threatened by each others skills and dreams.
We have been very busy with our business, Every Bit Handcrafted. So much so that we are actually booked up a few weeks to a month in advance. We are now getting referrals and repeat customers.
I am certain that if I devoted myself full-time to our business that it would grow enough to support us completely… I just don’t want to lose the connections and interactions that I have right now.
My next goal is to create and offer monthly “gardening tips” and to expand out the blog to answer landscaping and gardening questions via blog posts on specific topics. Those will be featured on the “In The Garden” section of the blog.
My hope is to engage our readers and to help you learn about horticulture and creating your outdoor space. Of course I will continue with my own lessons that I am learning with regard to permaculture and cooking, DIY, crafting and any other things that I find interesting.
The Blog continues to evolve and hopefully the new menu on the page will help you find what you are looking for.
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~Molly & Fred