Many of you may know me as Ladybug Lee, the flower lady. However, for those of you that don’t know – my path in life was not always surrounded by flowers.
After graduating from FIT where I studied buying and merchandising, my life took a windy path: I worked in men’s fashion, got married, worked for a catalog company, briefly tested my skills at a newspaper, became a mother, dabbled with selling Tupperware, worked at a Gymboree, bought my first house, owned an antique shop, and sold office furniture. All of that within 10 years – and then I realized how short life can truly be.
At 31, I lost my father after a long battle with leukemia and my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This became a time of self-reflection. I was ready for a career where the work would be gratifying, creative and make me happy.
After joining a class at the Rockland County Guidance Center for women in “transition” and learning more about myself and what I wanted next out of life, I then broadened my education at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
Although I didn't expect my journey would lead me to floral design, I found that I loved gardening. It was therapeutic. I’d wait for the sun to rise and go out and plant and get lost in the dirt. What that work in the dirt has given me in return is that I am surrounded by nature’s beauty. I was, and continue to be, inspired by the nature and beauty that returns year after year.
I developed my business at home surrounded by the gardens I planted with a focus on embracing life and happiness.
Although it is hard work and there is lots of stress, being on a finite timeline for wedding deadlines, it is always worth it when a client sends a note or calls to express their gratitude.
I do what I do because it brings me joy to work with flowers and with people who are filled with love, ready to embark on the journey of life together.
Life is short, live happy!
I've started this blog to stay in touch and to share information and inspiration. Please feel free to share your comments. I’d love to hear about your journey and why you do what you do! If you have any topics that you would like to see covered on my blog, I would love to hear!