Glasgow Lives: Karen, 37, East Kilbride, owner of Posies and Pots floristry
20:30, 29 JUL 2016
BY ELAINE LIVINGSTONE. See the full interview here.
In tonight’s Glasgow Lives, Karen explains the moment she realised she had to pursue a career, which made her happy.
Not a lot of people would believe I’m an incredibly shy person.
I blush at the drop of a hat or if something embarrassing comes on the TV.
When I was 25 I was offered this brilliant job opportunity working as a PR for a big football club. I decided to put the shyness aside and go for it.
I loved it and it really built my confidence. I met and worked with amazing people. I loved and the highs and lows and that every day was different.
In my late twenties I decided to take a night class in floristry, just for fun really.
I fell in love overnight.
I lived and breathed floristry. I would go every day to the flower market at Blochairn on my lunch breaks and look at and learn about flowers, and to see what was in season. I was totally lost in it .
I decided to get the right qualifications at night classes whilst I was still working full time and volunteered with different florists on my days off to get experience. I still loved my day job.
I was driving back to my office from one of my lunch time visits to the flower market and a car slammed into mine. It wasn’t serious but it gave me a real fright and put things in perspective in a funny way. I knew I had to give floristry a try.
It took all my guts to leave my PR job. It was scary to give up the security. My last day was very emotional, I couldn’t speak to any of my colleagues.
I’ve never looked back. I had my son four years ago, he’s my world and my motivation, and I feel like making the move has given me a better work life balance.
The wedding industry is as competitive as the world of football. There’s an incredibly high standard of florists in this city. I’m very proud to be a Glasgow florist.
I love my job and every day is still different.