December 18, 2022


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Needless to say 2020 has not been the best year by a longshot. But despite all the crap that was thrown at us this year, I find that there is still so much to be grateful for.

First of all, I am extremely grateful for all the support and for all of you who continued to order flowers and plants that has kept Botanica up and running during this pandemic. With the loss of most of our weddings and events and with many of our corporate accounts being put on hold, I was not sure how we were going to survive but you all stepped up and helped us keep the doors open. I am also extremely grateful for many of our weekly corporate accounts, that despite their offices being closed, kept on supporting us.

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I am usually a very optimistic person. Still there have been many times this year when I have felt moments of despair and worry but even when things are darkest I have found that there is always something to be grateful for, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem. And that helps to keep me going and to stay positive.

For the past year I have been working with a success coach and one of the first things she had me do was to start out each morning writing in a gratitude journal. I list at least 10 things that I am grateful for 5things in my life that I currently have and 5 that are yet to be. When you really start to think about this, it is amazing how much we have to be grateful for.  Go ahead and give it a try. You won’t be sorry.  

By starting my day by being grateful, it puts me in a positive mindset to carry me through the day.

Those of you who follow me on social media may already know this but I recently suffered a profound loss with the passing of my beloved dog and Botanica’s CFO, Beasley.

He turned 17 back in September and for the past two years had been dealing with kidney disease. It recently got to the point where he could hardly stand up and move around anymore and though he was in good spirits and very happy to just be in my arms, I could no longer see him struggle so.

He had a fantastic life. Not only did he fill my heart and life with joy he brought joy and to so many other people as well. People couldn’t help but smile when they saw him. He was the best gift I have ever received.

 He went peacefully in my arms here at home after we spent a gorgeous fall day in the park enjoying the warmth of the sunshine and eating hamburgers, his favorite.

 While my heart is broken it is also so full of JOY and eternal GRATITUDE to have had this amazing little guy in my life for the past 17years.