I've been inspired by a Fiddle Leaf Fig this evening, so I'm going to break the fourth wall of small business ownership and let you in on a secret: plants can be difficult to care for sometimes, and running a plant business is tough. Really tough. When your merchandise requires constant attention, water, humidity, food, sunlight, and love- and each individual plants wants a different amount of those things- it can be incredibly stressful. And it's demoralizing when you lose a plant or you make one unhappy because, as the business owner, you're supposed to be the perfect plant caretaker. It's easy to let each fallen leaf convince you you're a fraud and have no right to sell plants. But there are also a ton of bright sides! The first is all of you wonderful people who bring so much joy and excitement into my tiny shop. I love answering your questions and helping you find your newest plant friend, and am so happy when you come in with stories of success with your plants. Another bright side is my own constant joy in being surrounded by unique plants that, for the most part, thrive under our care. As I'm staring at the Fiddle Leaf Figs I'm about to bring into the store in the next few days, I am feeling much more at peace about the trials of plant ownership. These are a particularly finicky plant, and they tend to drop a lot of their leaves when they change environments. I've kept one for a few months at home so I could test out the advice I give my customers (because, hey, I haven't owned every plant on the planet, so I have to give untested internet advice to customers sometimes!). And I had to watch this beautiful plant drop so many leaves as it adjusted to the dry air of my home. But I did what I could to keep it humid, and I also took a deep breath and accepted the fact that it was okay for it to drop leaves as it adjusted. And you know what? It's fine now. And I have proven to myself that some fallen leaves are not a sign of failure, but rather a sign of adjusting to the conditions of life. So, from the bottom of my plant loving heart, thank you for supporting my business and giving me the opportunity to share plants and plant knowledge with our community!
April 20th (an international holiday known as #420
, and a day where people young and old, from all races, colors, creeds, and religions have been meeting on a specific hill in Golden Gate Park at a specific time [4:20pm] for about over half a century now)
So I spent the morning give away lunches to as many needy people in the TL as I could. It was cool as shit, not gonna lie. Everyone I gave food and water to was super grateful and a bunch of strangers that were passing by were saying positive things the whole time which was unexpected but also, appreciated. My biggest hope is that at least one of them thought to themselves “hmmm... maybe I can do that” because that’s exactly how it happened with me.
After I lent a hand to my people’s, I hopped on a @bird
scooter and hit Haight-Ashbury to see what this years 420 celebrations looked like and maannnn things have changed ! So much so that I started comparing and contrasting the historical, spontaneous event to the now modern, organized event. I got a bunch of great pics and footage that I’m going to edit this weekend but now ... I’ve got an itch to write. Might throw up a blog section on my website to write about my adventures around the Bay.. I’ll keep you all posted. 🙂
Check my story out to get a sneak peak of the Legendary @420hippiehill