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e034 – Flowers & Friendship with Emily MacLellan

Emily MacLellan is a creative. She co-owns Evyrose with her oldest friend and together they create florals that are unique, purposeful, connect their clients to nature and celebrate life in an extra special way! Emily enjoys chatting over a cup of tea or a large mug of coffee, embracing the ways that she can laugh and connect with her clients, and empower them to be their authentic selves in the design process. Emily is most proud of leading her business with an eco-conscious mindset; Evyrose now has a large seasonal growing garden and is adding new plants and flowers each year to use exclusively for their designs and events. As well as being a Mum of 2 small kiddos, Emily is the operations behind Evyrose. This role includes building their website, being the client communicator and all things admin, to running the numbers and keeping their books on target. She definitely wears many hats! 

In this episode:

Building a business with your bestie. Friendship and flowers have been a winning combination for Emily and her best friend Liana’s business!
Flexibility in the workplace can be a driving force for creating a motherhood work juggle that works.
Creating opportunities for creativity in motherhood can be one way to have that important “me time” and also a way to connect with your kiddos.
An eco-conscious mindset can start with taking small individual actions that collectively lead to big changes and a world of difference. 

Connect with Emily:

Facebook: @evyrosedesign
Website: https://www.evyrosedesign.com
Instagram:

@evyrosedesignco
@emilymacflorist

Eco-conscious brands recommended by Emily:
Clothing:

KOTN – https://kotn.com
Frank and Oak – https://www.frankandoak.com
Mimi & August – https://mimiandaugust.com
Franc – https://wearfranc.com
Ten Tree – https://www.tentree.ca/

Other & Skincare;

Attitude – https://attitudeliving.com
Elate Cosmetics – https://www.elatecosmetics.ca

Zero Waste Shopping:

The Bare Market (in Easton Toronto) – https://baremarket.ca

On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a great conversation with Emily about building a business with her best friend that incorporates the flexibility and the creativity that they both value. We also discussed having an eco-conscious mindset and so much more!

If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 34 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast. 

It was so much fun to have this conversation with Emily! I loved the opportunity to get to know her better and to learn more about her story in motherhood and work. 

FRIENDSHIP AND FLOWERS
Emily’s journey in building a business with her best friend, Liana, has been fun!  She and Liana have been friends since grade nine and they have always been creative together. Their business started when Emily and her mom, who is also a florist, did the flowers for Liana’s wedding in 2013. The two friends found themselves in this place where it was just sparking all of these creative ideas. At the time, they were running a separate business doing home decor. Flowers just became the new medium that they loved. This led them to a path of choosing flowers to be their creative place.

CHEERING EACH OTHER ON
Emily and Liana have always been each other’s cheerleaders through life and business. They find themselves saying more now than ever that they would not be doing this without one another. So many people told them in the beginning that you shouldn’t start a business with your friend. Everyone has horror stories of how hard it would be to maintain a friendship. 

FRIENDS FIRST
Emily vividly remembers their first brainstorming session on Liana’s couch. The thing that came out of their mouths at the same time was that they wanted to be friends first. They have really stuck to that motto. Emily and Liana often have to pause their work conversations and ask, “Can I talk to you as my friend”?

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