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Everyone gets nervous before a date, and it’s natural to feel those butterflies stirring during the early days of courtship. But what happens when your butterflies’ become hurricanes, and even the thought of talking to a potential date sends you spiraling into anxiety? Dating anxiety is a real thing, and although it might not have a formal diagnosis, it can seriously impair your love life. Getting over it takes time and patience, but you can do it. So, first things first, pause and take a deep breath. You’ve got this. With the help of this article, you’re going to learn a bit more about what you’re going through and get some helpful tips and tricks on how to overcome it.

Signs You Have Dating Anxiety

Unlike the typical nerves plenty of people experience when getting to know someone new, dating anxiety can put a screeching halt on your love life. Some people are completely avoidant, shutting down any potential romantic interactions the instant they appear. Others may come on too strong, and their fear of being rejected becomes a reality. Some signs you might have this condition are:

  • You have an immense fear of rejection.
  • You spend hours analyzing interactions and things you or your date said.
  • You’re always worried about when or if someone will talk to you again.
  • Constantly doubting someone’s feelings for you.
  • Testing a partner by making them angry or ignoring them to see how they respond.
  • You always expect the worst outcome to a dating scenario.
  • You can’t be fully present on dates because your mind is filled with worries.

There are also many physical symptoms that can impact your ability to relax and be fully present on a date. This could be a racing heart, hot cheeks, a stomachache, jittery hands, etc. One way you can look into treating these symptoms is by asking your doctor about beta blockers for anxiety. These prescription medications decrease the severity of physical symptoms, making it easier for you to combat any unhelpful thoughts and stay in control when you feel anxious.

Start By Accepting Your Anxiety

One of the reasons people suffer so much from their mental health problems is that they refuse to accept them. You know you’re struggling, but you can’t bring yourself to fully accept the reality of it without feeling ashamed or wrong. But there is no shame in having anxiety or any other mental health condition. It can happen to anyone. 

Just giving yourself the compassion of acceptance can make a world of difference. You’re no longer fighting yourself, just the problem you’re facing. Acceptance also opens up more room to embrace your strengths despite your anxiety. You can still be smart, kind, funny, creative and compassionate with anxiety. You might struggle to express those qualities because of your symptoms, but they are never diminished by your anxiety.

Address Attachment Issues

Do you have a fear of abandonment or fear of intimacy? If you think you might, then talking to a therapist could help you recover. Healing takes time, so be patient. The most important relationship you’ll ever have in life is with yourself. Putting a pause on relationships is okay and oftentimes necessary. As you work through your struggles in therapy, you’ll find yourself more confident when you eventually date again.

Recognize Your Value Outside of a Relationship

One of the reasons people are anxious in dating is that they feel they need the approval of their dating partner. This doesn’t stop after they enter an official relationship, either. Ask yourself what are these thoughts really telling you. Are you overly invested in a practical stranger’s approval? For many, the desire to date is really a deeply unmet need of feeling wanted and loved for exactly who you are. 

This need often makes it difficult to appreciate the little moments and take things at a slow, healthy pace. Instead, you may be prone to falling fast and getting trapped in a cycle of intense, short-lived relationships. The secret is finding value in who you are regardless of your relationship status. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or happily married to your soulmate; you’re still you. That person has to be recognized and affirmed by the only one who really can: yourself.

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The trend for vaping CBD oil is growing fast, and there are many reasons why people enjoy it. What is CBD oil, and what can you expect from vaping it? CBD – cannabidiol – is an element of the cannabis plant. However, as CBD oils are usually free from THC – the psychoactive element of the plant – CBD doesn’t give you that ‘high’. What it does is relax you, and it’s also used by people who suffer from chronic pain, to help with depression and anxiety, as a sleeping aid and for many more conditions. 

As you’re reading this it’s clear you want to know more about vaping CBD oil and the benefits you might enjoy, so let’s get started with a section about what you need to start your vaping experience. 

What You Need to Enjoy Vaping

To begin your vaping journey, you need a suitable vaping device. We recommend that you start by looking at vape pens – sometimes known as dab pens – as these are the most convenient and popular devices on the vaping market. There are many brands and manufacturers who offer a variety of vape pens of different types, so here’s what’s involved.

A vape pen is a small device with an outer casing in which there will be miniature electronics to control the processes, a rechargeable battery, a coil or atomizer and a cartridge (shortened to cart). The casing will have a mouthpiece attached. The CBD substance – usually in the form of a dab or concentrate – is put into the cartridge. 

When the user tells the device to begin its process the battery powers the coil which heats the cartridge to a point where the CBD vaporizes. This produces the vape cloud that the user inhales for their hit. Now if there’s one element in which a lot of development has been undertaken it’s that of the cart battery which remains central to the process.

Whats the Fuss About the 510-Thread Battery?

In the early days of the vaping industry there were no standard practices. Manufacturers went their own way with the design and operation of the devices they offered. It quickly transpired that there was one type of battery that was best, and this is known as the 510-thread battery. There’s nothing special about it apart from the thread. With vape makers using the same battery thread – and also the same thread across all removable parts – the user was no able to upgrade a device.

What would this involve? The main reason to upgrade is that the early devices were pre-set at a single temperature. Users wanted to vary this setting because hotter or cooler vaporization can produce a smoother or harsher hit, whichever the user desired. Hence the introduction of 510-thread batteries with adjustable voltage. These can replace the basic ones that are simple and effective but not at all sophisticated.

Why Vaping is Growing in Popularity 

The vaping market is without doubt one of the fastest growing not just in the USA but across the world. With tobacco being out of favor and largely banned in many countries the safer alternative is clearly vaping, which involves no burning and therefore no carcinogens or tar. Of course, there are users who enjoy the routine of rolling a joint, but for CBD use there is undoubtedly a major convenience bonus in the vaping route. 

The benefits of CBD we have already mentioned – relaxation and an enjoyable experience without the THC high – and if you want to give it a go, we recommend you start with a dab pen, the least expensive and most convenient method of all. 

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The pain of losing a loved one is a feeling that can be almost impossible to articulate. Loneliness and the feeling of being unable to cope is a natural reaction. As we go about our daily lives, there will always be triggers that make us think of a person who is no longer here and how much we wish they were still here. Grief is not an easy emotion to deal with and, to some extent, it will never completely go away. But that is healthy as you’ve lost someone you loved and they will always remain a part of you. There are, however, ways to make the grieving process easier.

Create an End-of-Life Checklist

While it may seem morbid in nature, having a plan in place for death makes life for loved ones much easier. If your loved one (or even yourself) are facing a terminal illness, a checklist of which decisions should be made takes the pressure away from others. To find out what it entails and to create a checklist, you can read an end of life planning checklist guide.  

Acknowledge

It might seem easier to bottle everything up and continue while putting on a brave face for fear of looking weak or simply not wanting to talk about it. In the long term this will just build up inside, leading you to eventually blow up as the pressure from all the emotion looks for an escape route. Acknowledging how you feel, when you feel a certain way is the healthiest way to cope. If you feel sad, own that you feel sad. There’s no shame, and those who want to help will only know how you feel when you acknowledge it yourself. 

Talk About It

Talking may seem cliché, but it helps. Articulating your thoughts and feelings will make you feel better. Keeping them inside only leads to them building up and this will, in the long term, cause more psychological damage. Talking means trying to describe how you feel and when you feel a certain way. This way you will be better able to understand how particular situations may trigger your feelings of grief and how you can manage them better in the future. 

Write Down Your Feelings

If you don’t have someone readily available to talk to, writing down your feelings is the next best option. It is another form of emotional release and allows you to get your feelings out. It may be a good idea to keep a diary so you can compare how you feel day to day and look back on better days and see what you did to make that day easier. You can also write down your thoughts and feelings about the person you are mourning. After all, they are still there in your mind and you will not forget them. Writing down your feelings towards them or even writing a letter will help you to feel better.  

Don’t Be Afraid to Grieve

You should never be afraid to grieve. It is a natural emotional process that everyone goes through at some point in their life. People are able to relate, and having people around you who can relate to how you feel will make you feel less alone. There’s no set time limit, either. It will take as long as it takes, putting pressure on yourself to get over a loss will make you feel worse because there will always be some sense of grief. Let your emotions go when and as needed; grief is not to be feared, rather it is a healthy process which occurs when we lose someone we love.

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With holiday season approaching fast, are you wondering what to get for that special person in your life who enjoys all things cannabis? Or maybe you’re just trying to find a couple items to add to your own collection. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. And now is a good time to buy because there are all sorts of holiday specials showing up on major retailers’ websites. What’s your pleasure? Or, what might your lucky recipient enjoy? The possibilities are endless, but some of the most fun choices include things like vaporizers, grow-your-own starter kits, lamps, edibles, subscriptions, and more. Here’s a quick survey that will get your creative juices flowing.

Starter Kits

One of the top selling items in this product segment is for wannabe growers or people who just want to experiment with cannabis in general. Starter kits come in all sizes and at every price point. There are two basic categories within the niche, namely the grower-oriented packages and the taster sample packs, which are arranged like a box of assorted chocolates but with cannabis samplings in place of candy. The mini grow kits include everything but the required space for a newcomer to the growing business. The smaller, less pricey items are more novelty than anything else. But you can spend a little more and get a real kit that offers people a fun, educational way to find out if they want to take up a new hobby or career as a freelancer in the industry.

Vaporizers

Many cannabis users prefer vaporizers to get the most out of the experience. Not only are vape machines cleaner than smoking, they let users control the process from start to finish. The best thing about buying a vaporizer as a gift is that you can spend as little or as much as you want. For example, you might decide to shop for a device that is rated best for discreet use by getting a PAX 3 vaporizer unit. Prices are competitive and the PAX is a smart investment for anyone who wants a machine that will last for years and deliver the best taste and purest vapor. Ask someone who has received a vape machine as a gift what their first reaction was when opening the package. Invariably, they’ll tell you it was one of the coolest things anyone ever gave them.

Edibles

If you want to keep your gift giving simple, inexpensive, and sure to bring a smile to someone’s face, opt for an assorted edibles basket, box, or pack. Prices range from very low to as high as you want them to be, especially if you opt for a custom-made arrangement. Of course, gummies are the all-time favorite within this category, but in the past few years, product menus have grown beyond belief. Nowadays, you can order cannabis infused items like canned soda, teas, cold brew coffee, candy of every size and shape, and the traditional favorite, brownies. One warning about buying edibles in that it’s best to shop locally and in person. Otherwise, you’ll run into pesky laws about transporting or delivering food products across state lines.

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Cincinnati was recently ranked top third metro in the U.S. leading the way in sustainability, Site Selection’s most recent annual Sustainability Rankings reveals. Incorporating green practices into your business doesn’t just help the environment; it can also boost overall sales revenue by 20%, according to Harvard Business Review. Becoming eco-conscious will also give your business a competitive edge as customers are increasingly looking to make purchases that help protect their families and the future of the planet.
 
Opt for sustainable energy suppliers and partners
 
Using an eco-friendly energy supplier is one of the easiest and affordable ways to green your Cincinnati business. Many suppliers now generate power from sustainable, renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric. They offer green business contracts or tariffs, which partially or completely matches the total amount of electricity you use with the amount the supplier purchases from renewable energy generators. The excess renewable energy is then fed back into the grid and lowers the overall reliance on fossil fuels. You can also partner with sustainable businesses whenever you can. For example, green web hosts and eco-conscious raw material suppliers are options to consider.
 
Prevent water waste
 
Water waste is a serious problem across the U.S. and the wider world. For example, the average family typically wastes 180 gallons every week due to household leaks — That’s equivalent to the amount of water needed to wash more than 300 loads of laundry. You can do your part to conserve water and prevent needless waste by adopting several simple yet effective measures in your business. For example, check regularly for pipe leaks in your building. Leaks typically occur under the building or inside walls, which can sometimes make them hard to detect. Fortunately, your water meter can help you out here; if there’s a high reading a leak may be present. Additionally, investing in automated touchless faucets, sinks, and toilets can significantly minimize water waste, as well as improve hygiene standards.
 
Go paperless
 
12.1 trillion sheets of paper are wasted by offices across the U.S. Not only is this money down the drain, but it also contributes to deforestation and energy and water waste. Making your Cincinnati business as paperless as possible can help the environment and even make your processes more efficient. Making the switch from paper bills to online billing, for example, eliminates paper waste and frees up physical storage space. Email receipts are also a convenient replacement for paper receipts. Sometimes, however, it’s not possible to go 100% paper free. In this case, make sure your business is supplied with recycled, sustainably-sourced paper. Extra green points if you can find a vendor local to Cincinnati like APC Paper or Saica Group, for example. 
 
Making your Cincinnati business more sustainable will help the environment and give you a competitive edge. Choosing sustainable energy suppliers and partners, preventing water waste, and going paperless are effective ways you can up your business’ green practices.

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Practice mindfulness and improve your health with this Newport-based yoga studio.

When Rachel Roberts opened The Yoga Bar in 2010, she wanted to offer a studio that was focused on unity, community, and equanimity. 

“After returning to the region from Mysore, India, I wanted to give back to my hometown so I opened the studio to create a community center that was focused on mindfulness and movement,” she says. 

Roberts’ involvement in the wellness community stretches far and wide. She has previously been a featured presenter at conferences, festivals, and educational forums. She’s also served as a mentor and judge for various business and artistic incubator programs and is a Kentucky State Representative for District 67. 

Roberts says that her greatest talent, though, is her ability to offer ancient philosophies in a way that is approachable and applicable to our modern-day trials. “Whether it’s in one-on-one or in a room with 1,000, I can help you move into your true, powerful nature and to develop a supportive culture around you,” she adds. 

Classes currently available at The Yoga Bar are traditional, accessible yoga classes. They are offered from gentle like Yin and restorative, to fiery like Vinyasa and Ashtanga. 

“If folks get can up and down from the ground on their own, we can make our group classes accessible to you,” she says. “We also offer private and therapeutic classes as well as corporate and special event plans.”

The main focus at The Yoga Bar is being a philanthropic and community-focused hub in the region. 

“We hold regular fundraisers for local charities ranging from family services to LGBTQ causes to arts organizations and have partnerships to offer mindfulness to groups for thousands through NamasDEY with the Bengals, and yoga for PTSD with local fire departments,” adds Roberts.

As we look for a return to normal in a post-COVID world, Roberts says the studio is beginning to ramp back up after being entirely virtual for most of 2020. In-person classes just resumed again in April and she plans to continue taking things slowly and cautiously, as your wellness practice shouldn’t risk your health. 

She plans to hold outdoor classes again when the weather warms up and will expand the in-studio class schedule. “Our sweet studio is embedded in a quiet, historic neighborhood, so we throw the doors opens it feels like you are practicing outdoors, inside our practice space,” she says. 

In addition to the services Roberts and The Yoga Bar can offer here in Cincinnati, she is looking forward to expanding her horizons through Bija Retreats. The Yoga Bar regularly hosts 6-7 retreats a year as close to home as Hocking Hills in June and October and as far away as Bali in Spring 022. “I just got back from Sayulita, Mexico, where we were scouting for a new retreat location,” says Roberts. “We will be finalizing an offering there in the coming months.” 

When The Yoga Bar first opened its doors, they were in downtown Cincinnati before moving to the Newport location in 2013. In 2017 The Yoga Bar purchased the Newport building and in 2019 consolidated all operations to the location at 701 Park Avenue in Newport, Kentucky. 

To learn more about The Yoga Bar, click here. The Yoga Bar is on Facebook and Instagram, and you can follow the hashtag #wherewillthepracticetakeyou. You can also keep up with Bija Retreats on Facebook and Instagram.

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Ready to learn more about the Enneagram? Whitney Ellison of Wellison Enterprises is your gal.

You have likely at least heard the word “Enneagram” by now. For those completely new to this tool, the Enneagram is a 9-sided symbol that represents a spectrum of 9 personality types. This secular tool has mysterious origins but is believed to have originated with early Sufis or Christians thousands of years ago and has withstood the test of time. From individuals to religious organizations, to therapists, this tool is used to help folks with self-discovery, developing self-awareness and empathy, and dismantling defense mechanisms that hold us back – among many other amazing reasons. 

If you want to effectively use the Enneagram, you must understand the tool holistically. A holistic understanding will ensure that you accurately discover your type. This is not easily or accurately done by using a typing test or being typed by another person. This is because the Enneagram is based on motivation – why we do the things we do – not behavior. Motivation was developed in childhood – what happened to us when the world got to us (as I like to say) that made us think and operate a certain way. You see, in childhood, we develop defense mechanisms and motivations that form our personalities and influence who we are today. Those seeds planted so long ago may not be evident in our behavior because our behavior changes with the seasons of life. Think about it – if you are in your 40s, are your behaviors the same as they were in your 20s? Probably not. The through line of the seasons of our lives is that our motivation and defense mechanisms – if unchecked – continue to drive our subconscious automatic decision-making – even if our behavior presents differently. These defense mechanisms and motivations that often may have served us early on may no longer serve us now and can become barriers to receiving our desired outcomes. 

Once we use the power of the Enneagram to discover our core motivation, we become more mindful of living from integrity – from our truth, and not in defense of ourselves. When we stop operating in defense-mode, barriers are dismantled, and intentionality and clarity begin to drive healthy decisions in favor of the lives we want. 

This is why a test and/or another person typing us is not recommended. Tests only see a snapshot of answers based on a moment in time – and tend to capture the behavior versus the motivation. Humans typing humans is just a big no-no. Nobody can tell you what your motivations are – they can only assume based on what they see and how they know you – again behaviorally based during a specific time frame. Enneagram coaches, such as I, can help guide discovering type by asking probing questions, and helping clients gain an understanding of the Enneagram types, but ultimately, the internal work of discovery must be done by the individual on the journey.  As a matter of fact, the Riso Hudson Enneagram Type Test – the most popular and accurate Enneagram test – is only somewhere between 56-82% accurate. I can vouch for that, because I have coached many people who took the test or had corporate coaching with the test as a starting point and were mistyped. Being mistyped is counter-intuitive because it does not get to the heart of who we are. That is why I encourage everyone to understand each type. We have every type in us, we just happen to lead with one of the nine types. In addition, understanding each type ensures we develop empathy for others – it allows us to discover something truly ground-breaking: not everyone thinks the way we do. When we gain this knowledge, we have less conflict and more productive communication. It sounds basic, but it is a powerful truth. 

This is why, for the next 9 weeks, I hope you’ll join me as we explore an overview of each Enneagram type. In next week’s Cincy Chic edition, we will explore the Enneagram Type 1, the Perfectionist or Reformer. 

If you find yourself wanting more information about the Enneagram, consider taking my online introductory course which will give you a more in depth overview, and provide a path to help you discover your type! 

Whitney Ellison is a thought leader and coach of the Enneagram and Quantum Energy. Learn more about her by visiting her website, wellisonenterprises.com and following her @wellisonenterprises on Instagram where you can find all of her Enneagram series interviews and other comings and goings.

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Anchor Wellness Center and WISe Wellness Guild empower Cincinnatians to take control of their health and wellbeing.

Dr. Sarah Crawford, Founder, Anchor Wellness. Photo: Julie Doran

Through a shared mission to change the way women access healthcare in Cincinnati, two women-owned businesses – Anchor Wellness Center and WISe Wellness Guild – have aligned. Both businesses serve as educational platforms and provide services that empower women to take health and wellness into their own hands.

Anchor Wellness Center, a Kenwood-based center offering physical therapy, clinical Pilates, lifestyle coaching, nutritional therapy and yoga therapy, was founded by Dr. Sarah Crawford, a licensed physical therapist in 2019. WISe Wellness Guild, founded by Stevi Carr in 2019, leverages expertise in behavioral sciences, healthcare, wellcare and women’s empowerment to provide a platform that shifts the way women work and live. 

“We formed this partnership to help women challenge the norms set for them,” says Dr. Crawford. “We are pushing for women to prioritize themselves, think bigger and demand a seat at the table. To do that, women need to be the best versions of themselves which means prioritizing their mental and physical wellness and having a supportive network to help them function optimally and achieve exactly what they want. We’re providing the tools to do just that.”

“Wellness is a spectrum, and it is important that we acknowledge that each woman’s journey is individual and personal” says Stevi Carr, Founder of WISe. “With that being said, one of the biggest contributors to healthy habit formation is the power of a like-minded community. WISe aims to create an ecosystem of empowerment and accountability to offer a culture of wellness.”

Stevi Carr, Founder of WISe Wellness Guild. Photo: Tasha Pinelo Photography

WISe Wellness Guild Members get access to special events and promotions within Anchor Wellness Center. Other benefits include the opportunity to connect guild members and corporate partners with providers inside Anchor Wellness Center. 

For additional information on Anchor Wellness Center and WISe Wellness Guild, please visit www.anchorcincy.com and www.wisewellnessguild.com, respectively.

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Read on to learn about a practice in the Cincinnati area that wants to help people experience peace and healing in their lives.

Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio wants to help you find peace.

There is a business in the Greater Cincinnati area that wants to help people experience peace in their lives.

“Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio is a yoga and wellness studio that has teachers from all walks of life and cultures,” Angelina DeMers, Owner of Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio, says. “We teach wellness through peaceful minds with meditation and healing through movement.”

What does wellness mean to DeMers personally?

“It means body, mind, spirit, in sync with nature and our creator and the universe. I practice eating according to my blood type, eating local fruits and vegetables,” she says. “I worship and meditate daily and I live by ‘The Eight Limbs of a Yogi’ (the ethical guidelines). These guidelines help me to live a meaningful and purposeful life.”

The inspiration behind starting Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio came from a passion for “bringing peace and healing through yoga and meditation to everyone who walks through our doors,” DeMers says.

There are a variety of services offered through the studio and they include: health and life coaching, nutrition as a lifestyle, pantry renovation (shopping coaching, meditation, massage and yoga (styles: Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa) and there is heated or unheated options. DeMers is also halfway acupuncture school right now. “When I complete my degree, we will add an acupuncture clinic with Moxi and Cupping to our list of services, DeMers says. 

Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio defines success by “Honoring own mission and that it is to bring peace and healing to our yoga community through a quieter mind. Hearing testimonials of healing. Pain that has lessened or is gone is really what makes my heart sing,” she says. “I see when people are in pain inside and out, I’ve always been an impath and I know that’s what drove me out of corporate America and into the healing business.”

The business is unique. “We have infrared heat and cork floors and we are dedicated to continue to bring yoga in its intended form to include meditation and the breath. It is very easy to become consumed by the exercise and forget about the mind and the breath,” DeMers says. Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio is important for the community. “With the state our nation is in, it is particularly important for us as a yoga community to teach, remind and practice healing through meditation and movement,” DeMers says. “Nutrition is a large part of whole body wellness and is also a part of what we teach.”

Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio has two locations: 500 Kolb Dr., Suite 3A, in Fairfield and 342 W. 4th Street in Cincinnati.

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio or find out about their classes, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and their website

 

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Read on to learn about a farm that wants to help people truly appreciate the nature and beauty around them. 

There is a farm in the Colerain area that wants to help people appreciate the beauty around them. “Petal Flower Farm is a small cut flower farm on the west side of Cincinnati,” Mindi Rich, Owner of Petal Flower Farm, says. Located in Colerain. Township, the farm has been growing cut flowers for two years with the help of her husband, Morgan, and three daughters. 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from a passion to see people happy.

“I love bringing happiness and joy to others and I have a true appreciation for nature and beauty. To me, it doesn’t get any better than bringing the two together,” Rich says. “Flowers are able to touch people in so many ways- in celebration of both love and loss and even childhood memories. The scent of a sweet pea or a peony- can bring people right back to their childhood. Flowers are powerful and have meaning in peoples’ lives.”

The name of the business came from how distinctive flowers are. “Flowers themselves are made up of several beautiful, unique and simple petals. Each petal adds beauty to the flower in its own special way,” she says. “We are hoping that we too are able to add to the beauty in people’s lives in our own special, unique way.”

Rich has fallen in love with the way a flower develops. “I love the whole process- from seed to harvest to sharing with others. Watching something so beautiful grow from a small seed is such an awesome experience,” she says. “The time and nurturing that goes into growing and caring for a garden is very rewarding. Sharing the fruits of our labor with others is the icing on the cake-and the best of the best.”

Petal Flower Farm offers a variety of different products and services.

“In season- we offer flowers and bouquets. We will be opening a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) later this Spring, which will give people an opportunity to support our farm and have beautiful weekly seasonal flowers,” Rich says. “We also sell flowers to florists and floral designers. Later this summer and in the fall, we will be hosting workshops as well. These workshops will teach others how to arrange and express themselves creatively using our flowers.”

The different flowers offered at the farm are: daffodils, peonies, snapdragons, sweet peas, yarrow, stock, lisianthus, ranunculus, anemones, cosmos, zinnias, sunflowers, dahlias and a variety of foliage. “The wonderful thing about flower farming and working with seasonal flowers- is that it is always changing and you can truly try to grow whatever varieties work within your zone,” she says. 

Rich’s defines success with the farm by the ability “to share happiness, kindness and beauty with others- and bring joy into people’s lives- that is success,” she says.

For the future, “We would love to offer a variety of seasonal CSA’s, host workshops and help others learn to grow their own cut flower gardens and to create their own arrangements for their own enjoyment- or to share with others,” Rich says.

She wants to “cultivate and share beauty and joy- and to tap into what you have and what you are passionate about to reach others. Everybody has something beautiful to share,” Rich says. “We believe that finding that beauty and sharing it with others is what creates happiness and joy for all.”

The farm is unique because the Rich family didn’t have any farming experience prior to Petal Flower Farm. “We left his childhood home in the city to pursue this dream of mine. We have invested so much of our time and efforts in learning how to make this dream become a reality.

We do not have any growing structures- hoops or greenhouses,” Rich says. “We work with the elements and do the best that we can with what we have. Both of our parents are/were small business owners. We feel like the spirit and grit of a small business owner is just a part of who we are.”

With the help of a farming grant Mindi’s husband received, it “will enable us to have solar power and irrigation in our garden. Something that we did not previously have. The opportunity will give us a platform to teach others about how gardening can be accessible on a larger scale, even if you do not have access to power or water,” she says. “We are hoping to host people at our farm to help them learn that anything is possible!”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Petal Flower Farm, follow them on Facebook

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