Episode 117 - Trying New Things to Find Your Why
Learn more about how trying many different things will focus your purpose and bring you happiness on your paper flower journey. Understand the reasons behind your why.
What will bring you happiness and fulfillment as a paper florist?
You won’t know until you try it!
In our latest episode of Paper Talk, we discussed the importance of trying new things in order to find your why.
Finding your why is the entire focus of Season 5, and we’ll be helping you better understand the purpose in life and paper flowers that will make you the happiest. We highly recommend our Why Worksheet to get you started.
Be sure to listen to this episode as we dive deeper into ways you can hone in on your why. In the meantime, here are three tips on exploring new avenues on your journey to finding purpose and contentment.
Here’s what you’ll learn when you listen to our conversation:
► How to dive even deeper into the reasons behind your why and better understand it.
► Why trying new things is so important to finding fulfillment.
► More about Quynh’s journey refocusing on her why.
► Why talking with someone else is essential to self-reflection.
► How long it takes to find your why.
Explore Our Industry
The paper flower industry is as varied and wide ranging as the people in it. We have paper florists who only work on big events. Some start teaching and love it. Others move in the fine art direction, or prefer to scale up into selling kits through retail stores.
“I really couldn’t have done this without practically talking to Quynh on a weekly basis.” - Jessie
We explored many of these outlets in our Paper to Profits course. If you haven’t had the chance yet to join us for that course, you can get a good idea of the many different directions you can go by talking with other paper florists. Dig through the podcast archives and listen to what others are doing. Follow them on Instagram. Join our Facebook group to chat with others.
And then try something new! If you haven’t made flowers for a wedding, try it! Never made a big installation? Try it! Teach a class. Partner with a store. You don’t have to commit to doing it forever, but you should dip your toes into different areas. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much you enjoy it.
Try Other Creative Outlets
Over the course of four seasons of Paper Talk, we’ve asked many paper florists and other creatives about their journeys. A very common story is starting in one creative field and finding your way into crepe paper flowers. And sometimes paper florists find their way from crepe to other things, as well. You don’t have to be just one thing!
Quynh shared on the podcast about her long journey to focusing back on her why. One important aspect is that her why threads through her entire life. Cooking, marketing, and running a podcast all tap into something that energizes her. On the surface those things don’t look connected, but they all feed Quynh’s creativity and her need to help others.
Listen to the episode to hear even more about Quynh’s journey and how she’s pivoted to her marketing work more recently.
Lean Into Community
Building a community is essential as you branch out and explore. You can bounce ideas off trusted colleagues. You can collaborate on big projects that would be impossible to do on your own (like this podcast!). Your friends can cheer you on and help you when you hit a bump in the road and have to slow down for a bit.
“What drives me is knowing the responsibility I have to [Jessie], the Paper Talk community, and the people who we’ve mentored.” - Quynh
As Quynh said, “What drives me is knowing the responsibility I have to [Jessie], the Paper Talk community, and the people who we’ve mentored.”
Our entire reason for building Paper Talk is to help our community grow and flourish. That work is incredibly satisfying because of the relationships we’ve been able to build with listeners like you.
Also, here's the PDF format for THE WHY WORKSHEET that you can download for free.
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