What is “Everyday Inspirers”?

There are so many people that inspire me…From Steve Jobs who put a ding in the universe, to everyday peeps who [by living the life they were born to live] are creating ripples or waves in this wonderful world we live in! I get really inspired when I read about what people are doing, and maybe even more inspired when I hear where they came from [or how they started], their tips, tricks and life hacks… and other inspirational bits of info. That’s what sparked this new section! I want to share some of the stories behind the awesome everyday peeps like you and me, who are doing really great things!

 


Let’s meet Alex…

Alex is a creative who is exploring her love of plants.

I first came across her work, when I saw that she’d paired up with another everyday inspirer: Sera Holland [from handmade by me], for the Kamersvolgeskenke this last year.

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…and whilst I wasn’t able to pop by Kamers, I was pretty intrigued by what she was doing, so I decided it was time to get to know her a little better.

 


 

Q. How are you serving the world?

A. I am a Cape Town based horticulturalist with a small business called Windowsill Plants and FIowers.

Windowsill is a reference to the lack of space we have in urban environments and I offer whatever you need from a gardening point of view regardless of whether you have 1m of balcony or something the size of a sports field.

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I have my retail range as well, and worked as florist for a few years so I do flowers too. Basically anything to do with plants and flowers!

Makes for an incredibly varied week which I love. 

 

Q. A quick recap of life before you found your calling

A. I jumped into a film and media honours degree at UCT, with the idea that my career would lie in the film industry

 

Q. What was that Tipping point for you – that led you to make the change?

A. I finished and things seemed promising but something didn’t feel right.

I kept wanting to make it work for me but it wasn’t making me happy, despite the good start.

My mother had a friend who had a small boutique nursery and florist and needed help one afternoon in an emergency.

I only left the shop a year later to study horticulture at Cape Tech. 

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Q. Tell us about the transition and what that moment [or moments] feel like?

A. Suddenly work felt like a form of therapy, it didn’t feel like work.

It felt really good!

Q. Can you tell us about the little things you do, to keep inspired/creative?

A. I like to chat to people, take five mins and see what people have to say – sometimes the most arbitrary conversations can spark a brilliant idea.

Taking time to see how other people see the world can lead to ideas that you may  have never considered.

I also try and take time to play with new concepts and to find new suppliers – I like to call those my treasure hunting days. 

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Q. Who are your favourite everyday inspirers?

A. I think it’s people with disadvantaged backgrounds who haven’t been fortunate in life in terms of education or opportunity and yet they are proud of their jobs or dont complain.

I am no Donald Trump but I do recognize how extremely lucky I am to be doing this!

That also pulls me through the tough times.

Also all the bosses I’ve ever had, I have been mentored and guided by some incredible people.

And my dad, who has worked for over 50 years!

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Q. What is the single biggest life hack [that has saved your butt/given you your life back – over and over again !]?

A.  Definitely being nice to people.

Be polite, respect people, treat everybody the same way – If you find yourself in a pickle people are far more prepared to help you and go the extra mile to assist you.

Likewise, be consistent with people as this leads to trust; and this is invaluable.

And lists, if it’s on the list you can’t forget it!

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Q. When times get tough, how do you overcome fear and self doubt?

A. I talk to my friends – the ones who are also running their own businesses and it really helps to hear that others experience the same ups and downs.

I also try and remember that I am the power source for my business. It’s your baby and it feeds off you!

I find the moment I start to doubt myself – I have less work.

If I keep positive – it’s a different story.  

Q. If you met yourself in 5 [or even 10] years from now… what would your life look like? what would you be doing?

A. I would love a shop!

Or a big nursery – it will happen!

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Q. The quote I live by:

A. keep it simple

 

Want to connect with Alex?

 Check our her Facebook page for more info!

Did you have any aha moments whilst reading this interview?

I was reminded that consistency is critical… and that I don’t need to over complicate things… just keep it simple 😉 I personally enjoyed the fact that Alex brings greenery [and a little life] back into people’s lives… and it’s inspired me to add a little to my own 😉

What stood out for you?

Em

 

Ps… Want to get to know some of our other everyday inspirers?