Celebrating #WhyWomenRun this week! here is our first blog post ever. Written and posted over one year ago on September 13, 2012…
/ANTHEM/ :: A movement. A beat. A rousing song identified with a particular group, body or cause. A clear and true path to self-realization. An expression of identity.
This journey – the story of Fellow Flowers – is the organic, beautiful and authentic unfolding of an experience. At the time, truthfully, we had no idea what was unfolding before us. It was, quite simply, fourteen women being brave enough to share their journeys and put themselves out there. The space we created – though we’re just now starting to realize the profound nature of its impact – knocked down all sorts of walls that typically prevent such openness. Judgment was literally non-existent. Crushed. Chased away.
We trusted. We shared. We celebrated.
We started the journey of a flower before it had a name.
We embodied our mantra of ‘Believe. Achieve. Bloom. Endure’ before the words were ever spoken.
This blog is called The Anthem for a reason. The very nature of the word represents a forward marching movement toward something greater than oneself. It represents the power of a collective voice – a body of people fiercely united. Always. Unbreakable.
That is who we are. And after months of talking with women from around the country, we know these universal truths exist within all of us. One after another, you have shared your stories with us. They have moved us beyond measure. Your enthusiasm, honesty and resilience have awakened us. Your stories and your passions have ignited a fire within us. Your smiles and friendships have been the warm embrace to remind us that this is a dream worth chasing.
Fellow Flowers – if nothing else – is a vessel. We’ve put words to feelings that women already own. We’ve put colors to meanings that women already feel. And through a simple flower, we’ve encouraged women to embrace the strength and beauty that has always been within them.
This is not about us. This is about you.
And so, with the love of our families, the support of our friends and the army of people who have helped build the foundation of Fellow Flowers, we take the leap.
We chase the dream.
And make no mistake; it has truly taken a village to embark on this dream chasing adventure. Countless people have fueled it in one way or another. Friends, collaborators, supporters – the list is endless.
Thank you to our families for being brave with us. We know you’re scared and excited all at once. And when this dream has demanded us to be away from our children, you have filled their lives with sleepovers, trips to the park, ice cream and lots of hugs and kisses. It has meant the world to us.
To our Originals – you are precious jewels. You have graciously allowed us to share this story with the world. You have opened up your hearts to this dream, and we are forever grateful.
And to our husbands – two amazing men who have allowed their worlds to become overrun with flowers and glue guns. Your faith in this journey means the world to us.
Time to bloom 🙂
Mel & Tori