I’m starting a blog introducing truly inspirational women, who I’ve met through my work with Blossoms either as Client’s or supporting my Client’s in some way. These women are living lives that they love. Some are owning and running their own businesses, others are working in fields that they have a genuine passion for. This first post is introducing the lovely Nicole Cooper from Stem Design.
Q1: Tell us a bit about your job/business?
Stem design is a full floral styling business. We work on weddings, events and help decorate unique parties with flowers.
I started the business five years ago, as a hobby, and three years ago, decided to try and make something more of it.
I also have a secondary business called the botanist, which is a retail florist and plant shop. It also stocks small pieces of furniture, vases, homewares and treats. We are just about to have our first birthday.
I am the creative director of Stem design. I also oversee the administration side of both businesses and dabble in the financials from time to time, when I need to.
I am the head florist at Stem and silent support for the florists at our secondary business. They are so wonderful, I don’t need to do much over there at all.
Q2: What does a typical day look like for you?
A 6am start. Off to my flower suppliers until about 8am most days. Then onto the computer for half of the day, sending quotes out, updating details in clients folders and planning flower orders and logistics for any work we have the following week. I then help create and set up and flowers installations that may be on for that particular day, with my staff. Late afternoons and into the evening, I usually meet with couples and corporate clients to talk about their upcoming events. Then I trundle home and either think about cooking or switch on the box to turn my brain off for the day! I am very lucky and have an incredibly hard working and supportive partner that often cooks for me, when I have a late day, so after catching up with each other and eating, we will squish a movie in and head to bed. The bonus of working for myself though, is that I can switch my days around to suit what I have on both at work and at home. It makes for very full days but enjoyable ones.
Q3: If you got to choose, who would you select as a Mentor either in life or professionally and why do they inspire you?
I look to my friends as life mentors. They are all wonderful parents and hardworking fun loving people. They constantly remind me that life is not just about work and that the simple things are always the best things.
Professionally I would love a mentor that has the work/life balance down pat, whilst maintaining a profitable business at the same time. I admire woman that have families and work towards their professional goals as well.
Q4: Do you routinely take time out (for yourself) to rejuvenate or practice some kind of self-care?
To be honest, not really. My monthly pregnancy massage, since being pregnant has been the most wonderful self time. I had to force myself to schedule it in but I am so glad that I have done that.
It is definitely something I need to do. I thought I would not have time to fit in time out during the working week and when people told me that you have to make time, I thought that was a load of rubbish. How can you make time, when you have no extra time in a week? But I know now, that you can make time.
Q5: If the opportunity presented, what advice would you give to your younger self?
To make more of an effort with friends and family, even when work can be crazy and life is busy. Those things can come and go but your friends and family are eternal and those relationships need nourishing.
Q6: What was the last Google search you did?
My baby at 35 weeks.
Q7: Favourite eats (either at home or out-and-about)?
At home – My husbands ham and lentil cassoulet.
Out and about favourite eats would have to be any authentic Italian I can get my hands on!
Q8: Next holiday or dream destination?
A long weekend on the Sunshine Coast in June. Seaside in Winter is the best! Moody waters and skies, whilst being wrapped up in soft fluffy clothes and eating fish and chips on the beach. I can’t think of anything better!
Q9: Book or music recommendation?
Music recommendation would have to be Dave Matthews Band. Absolutely amazing and worth venturing through all of their albums.
Q10: Any exciting plans in store for 2016?
Becoming a mummy! April will bring a new little angel into my life. I think that will definitely keep me busy!
Stem Design, Florist
168 Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley
m: 0404 634 205