We had the good fortune of connecting with Grace Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grace, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Sometimes it can be defeating when you feel like you put so much effort and care into your product, and then they don’t come out well or you don’t make a sale in a week or two. When this happens it is easy to feel defeated and want to give up. But then the excitement of a sale or someone reaches out about making a bridal bouquet for their wedding and the fun starts all over again! There is nothing better than sending off a handmade piece or seeing photos of the wedding you flowered! It is always worth it to keep charting new territory and trying your best to come up with better ideas to get better and better. As much as those defeating moments may take over at times, there is nothing better than to keep striving for success and seeking those moments of bliss and achievement.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
A lot of things led me to where I am today. I earned a Hospitality & Tourism Management Degree from San Diego State which led me to an event job and flower design! Three years each at two different flower shops in San Diego really heightened my love of flowers, especially flowering for weddings. Part of my business is an online shop of pressed flower art and jewelry. It has been a tedious process of things like learning the best ways to work with resin, what flowers press best, or what jewelry chain won’t tarnish. The first few months I had more unsuccessful pieces than successful. Trials after trials finally ended up in beautiful pieces that I love to make! I am still learning so much! I very recently launched my website which I feel like is my baby and what I am most proud of as of late. I am excited to see how it does for my little business.
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?
Great question! I currently live in Ocean Beach and it is so easy to walk to all of our favorites. If my best friend were to visit we would start their trip with black tea lattes from Better Buzz or smoothies at Tiki Port, a walk to dog beach to wear out my pup, happy hour at Wonderland, and California burritos from Nico’s before walking back to my place. I love taking visitors to Liberty Station Public Market – coffee at Moniker, shopping at Pigment, and appetizers at Stone. An afternoon at Balboa Park is a blast too! My mom loved the Spanish Village since she is a huge art lover. My husband and I are huge outdoor people so we have take visitors to camp in Anza Borrego, mountain bike around the meadow in Mount Laguna, or on a run up Iron Mountain! Anything to wear out our high energy dog is a plus.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are honestly so many people I owe some of my success to! From past coworkers and professors in college to my mom and sisters. But my main shoutout goes to my husband, Robert. He is my constant support system! If he’s not complimenting my new designs or assisting me in setting up a wedding he is texting me encouraging texts while at work as a fireman. I love the support I receive from him!
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