What is “Everyday Inspirers”?
Let’s meet Alex…
Alex is a creative who is exploring her love of plants.
…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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Q. The quote I live by:
A. keep it simple
Want to connect with Alex?
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?
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