I get it… I totally get it… Like you, I haven’t bought anything frivolous in years. Why should I? I have either been pregnant or carrying babies for the last 7 years. The new beautiful jumper I crazily bought a few months after James (my first baby who today is 7 years old!) was born to congratulate myself on losing the baby weight? It lasted a few weeks before it got spat on, and puked on so often that I had to throw it away.
Those beautiful earrings I saw in the shop a few weeks ago… yes pretty- but they will have to wait… Louise is at the age where she grabs anything off me (and grabbing earrings hurts!) Same with bracelets, necklaces, expensive shoes that my kids constantly walk over with their muddy shoes. Besides, only in films can a mum run after her toddler in 7 inch heels.
And if you are like me and living on a bit of a budget, any spare cash is used to buy stuff for the kids. I say stuff beccause they probably didn’t need another Playmobil or Lego set but they were so happy when they got it.
Women in general and mums in particular have a tendency to forget about themselves. We want everyone around us to be happy, well-provided for and taken care off. It’s in our nature. Even before I had kids I didn’t really spend as much on myself as I did on my partner or friends.
I’m guilty of it and I bet you are too. But the reality is, we shouldn’t forget about ourselves either. To make people around us happy, we should be happy ourselves because otherwise we might reach a breaking point and that, is never good for anyone.
So what makes me happy (that doesn’t involve my hubby and kids)? Flowers, gardens, sun, beaches and reading. Preferably all together! Now I can’t write a book and I live in a cold climate far away from beaches so that’s not possible either. But having beautiful flowers in my house makes me happy, even when it’s winter and outside is dark and gloomy.
Sadly, nothing really took my fancy; whether online or in shops, I never seemed to find what I really wanted, quirky, wild looking, and original yet luxurious flowers. I teamed up with Megan, a finalist at the 2013 Florist of the Year Awards at the Chelsea Flower Show and created 89 Petals. The result has been beyond my wildest dreams.
Our aim is to deliver one original bouquet every two weeks, straight to your door, full of crazy, wild and quirky looking flowers. Simply because you deserve to treat yourself…
Now whether it’s flowers that take your fancy or it’s a massage or a 30 minutes run, it doesn’t matter as long as you do one thing for yourself, totally for yourself, once a week; it can make all the difference. My treat are flowers.
I would love to hear how you like to treat yourself!
- Clio Elliott, 89 Petals Founder