Every year around Valentine’s Day I am reminded of my maternal Grandmother. She always pruned the roses the week of Valentine’s and taught us the lesson of creating a beautiful garden.
When I began gardening, one of the first things I learned is how necessary pruning is to the beauty of a healthy bush or vine. Taking the dead or old growth and creating a space for new growth to come forth.
I apply the pruning concept to my life too. Everytime I have been “pruned” in my business or my personal life, a great period of growth has followed. I went through a period in my business a few years ago where we went from six employees to one. Talk about pruning! But what followed was a period of amazing clarity and growth in my business, my blog and especially in ME. I look back on that time now and marvel at how what felt like such a painful time ended up being the biggest blessing I could have been given. And I began to truly BLOOM!
When I am working on a deadline sensitive project, it is almost always necessary to “prune” our budget, timeline or both.
Every client starts out with great expectations, but reality sets in and we often need to change course and cut back in certain areas. Everytime this decision time comes around, it is so painful for my clients. But when the project ends, we are always SO happy with the outcome. We stayed within our budget restrictions, finished on time and the results were worth it.
The next time you feel like you are being “pruned” in life or business or on a design project, take it as sign that great growth is on it’s way!