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Focus on a Tribe Boss: Gillian - Leeds
We’re back with another of our monthly spotlights on our incredible tribe bosses. This month we’re taking a peek into what life is like for Gillian, who works full time alongside a wedding florist side hustle and is co-Tribe Boss at our amazing Leeds tribe.
We caught up with her to ask her about what life is like as a female business owner and her thoughts on life as part of Girl Tribe Gang…
1. What’s the name and nature of your business?
This year I launched Where Bees Meet my wedding florist side hustle. I’m passionate about creating stunning, contemporary floral work for my clients and providing the best possible customer service.
Being around flowers gets me very giddy!
2. Why did you decide to become a Girl Tribe Gang Tribe Boss?
I realised I needed to gather the courage to get out and talk about my plans and dreams for the future with others who had amazing plans and dreams too.
Being Co-Tribe Boss with the brilliant Hayley Richardson has meant we can shape each session and create a friendly, open and encouraging environment. We’ve been co-bosses less than a year but we’re really getting somewhere fabulous now and believe the Leeds Tribe is a welcoming, purposeful place for our members and guests.
3. What’s your advice for anyone thinking of joining Girl Tribe Gang?
Give it a go, you’ve nothing to lose and lots to gain. Really!
I’m super shy so if I can get through it, anyone can! I’ve made so many new friends and met such inspiring ladies; I always get home from a meet-up and I’m buzzing.
If you’re thinking of coming to the Leeds Tribe you’ll probably find me waiting at the door (or bar!), grinning like a goon – after that, it gets (even) better!
4. Share a moment you’re most proud of in life or business
I just won a floristry award at Harrogate Spring Flower Show.
It’s the biggest and highest rated flower show in the UK. It’s bigger than Chelsea Flower Show – and I had no idea! I just blithely put my entry together (which I was super proud of) and then something amazing happened which I can’t currently comprehend!
It’s also great to write this and reflect on my current life demands.
At the moment I work my busy ‘day job’, squishing 5 days / 37.5 hours into 4 days so I can go to flower school one day a week to further develop my skills. I fit in client appointments, weddings, wedding fairs, flower blogging, web and social media management into evenings and weekends – as well as 6am flower market visits before a full ‘day job’ day.
I don’t often consider what I’m fitting into my life right now and it feels like a slog sometimes, so this is a nice moment to think, ‘hey, keep going, you’re doing good!’.
I am blessed with a mega supportive fiance and wonderful parents – and fellow GTG-ers!
5. What’s your favourite thing to do to relax when you’re not working?
I do love flowers, so pottering around my garden or tending to my 60+ houseplants makes me very happy (I dream of having a few acres to grow flowers!).
Music is a major passion and I play bassoon in Harrogate Symphony Orchestra. It’s a totally different discipline and it’s impossible to think about anything else when I have the music to concentrate on.
My fiance and I also love films so Friday night is often popcorn and movie night on the sofa. I’m easily pleased!
6. Who is someone you really admire and why?
I admire anyone who is true to themselves; gives new stuff a go; and follows their passion. I thrive on being around positive people.
7. What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?
I’d love to create some large floral installations; the challenge of flowering bigger spaces or creating designs on a giant scale is fascinating to me. It’s a bit geeky, but I’d also like to use less floral foam too as it’s not great for the environment – but not using it comes with construction challenges.
Having more self-confidence and self belief is also something I need to invest more time in too – as well as making time for more self-care.
Being part of GTG has given me lots of think about in this regard – in a positive way.
If you’re a woman running your own business, or who aspires to work for herself in the Leeds area and would like to join Gillian at a Tribe meet up, check out all the information on the TRIBE pages of the website.