We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Brouwer and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Angela, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first started my business, Sprig & Spring, I felt like I had to be working traditional 9-5 hours any time I wasn’t working an event. It caused me to burn out quickly and produce some subpar work. I think when starting a business you really want to prove to other people- family, friends, colleagues that leaving your last career wasn’t a mistake. I feel like once I let that go, and leaned into the fabulous reality that I own my own business- I set my hours and if I’m done with work early one day or I want to grab a long lunch with a friend I can do that. I’d also say that balance looks different at different times- working in the events industry in a post lockdown world has really taught me that. I’ll have weeks where I don’t have any events, and I feel fine taking it slow and relaxing because I know in a few weeks I’ll be working around the clock on a busy wedding weekend. It took me a long time (and a year of cancelled and postponed events) to realize time spent doesn’t always mean a higher level of success.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a floral designer who focuses on colorful and texture filled designs. I’m self trained and it’s really cool for me to see how my style has evolved over the last three years. I feel like people are reaching out to me because not just because they need a florist but because they like my style which is an awesome feeling. Sprig & Spring started as my passion project after graduating from college. I was applying to a million jobs and needed something to do while I waited to hear back. One thing led to another and after a few different jobs I’ve ended up in floristry full time! I think along the way I’ve learned that if you just keep showing up, it will work out. At the beginning of covid I didn’t think I would still be a florist but a year later- I’ve found more of my niche and am set to have a great 2021 and 2022.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Like most people in San Diego, I love the beach and I love food so the entire week would revolve around those activities.

Pick up breakfast burritos and grab mimosa supplies and head to Kellogg beach to watch the boats and paddleboarders. Drinks at Tahona in old town or False Idol- who doesn’t love a tiki bar. My other favorite thing to do in the summer is tandem bike or walk at mission beach on a Friday and watch all of the tourists getting settled in for their beach vacations. There’s something so cool about living in a place where people come to vacation- I’ll never get over that.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To my parents, my family, my friends- who have lived through the last year with me. There were times when I didn’t think I’d still be a florist or own a business but they encouraged me and pushed me to keep going. Reminding me that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel and how it doesn’t matter how much I stress or complain- they’ll still be there.

Website: sprigandspring.com

Instagram: @sprig.and.spring

Linkedin: Angela Brouwer

Image Credits
Alexa Lena Photography

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