I have some news! I got a fun job! This week, I started my training to become a plant buyer for Teufel – a huge landscape company here on the west coast. For as much as I like design, I’ve learned that don’t really possess the self discipline and drive to maintain all the other aspects of being a business owner. I hate the feeling that I have to constantly market myself, I abhor the nuts and bolts of actually running a business – the bookkeeping, the invoicing, the bidding, the billing, the many social media presences you’re supposed to keep alive and active. Although I do like the freedom of it, I can live happily within the structure of a 40 hour work week, too.
Anyway, my husband saw the job listing, and suggested I apply. I did, and when I didn’t hear back right away, I forgot all about it. When – a month or so later – I got a call, I had all but forgotten that I had applied. I instantly liked my future boss. My second interview was onsite, and I was offered the job right there. The installations they do is on an often massive scale – a whole different level than I’m used to. They work up and down the west coast; from SoCal to BC, although the brunt of their work is centered around Oregon and Washington. Not every project is exciting, but here and there, they do some pretty fabulous installations. The most recent one I unwittingly visited was the Amazon Spheres, back in January (which right now feels like years ago). They also installed two of my favorite places in Portland; the LanSu Chinese Garden and the Japanese Garden. I had no idea… For those of you who have visited the Spheres, can you even imagine tracking down all those amazing plants??? What a job!
I’ll spend my days chasing down plants, in the company of other people who love plants. Since I’m a morning person, I go in as early as I can, so I can have some free time in the afternoon. Just because they are so fun, I will keep doing occasional consultations if and when opportunity arises – to get my design wiggles out. This means I will keep my little company going, even if at half dormancy. In the event anyone were to want a more involved design from me, I might consider it, but only if they are okay with a longer turnaround. For now, I’m on a different learning curve that will take most of my energy for a while. Wish me luck, would you please?