Feeling down? Helping someone else will help.

Every so often, when we are feeling a little blue, it seems like there’s nothing we can do to snap ourselves back to cheerfulness.  But there’s an easy, inexpensive, widely accessible way to feel better- helping someone else. Read on!

Feeling down can get us looking inward – and get us thinking.  In these times, thinking is bad – often we’re dwelling on an event, a decision or a conversation we wish had gone differently.  Where we really need to be is out of our own heads!  To do that, we look into (gasp!) our own hearts, and out towards family and community members who need us.  Chances are you won’t have to look far to find a friend who’s lonely, an aunt who needs help moving, or a fire station that wouldn’t love some chocolate chip cookies.

You’ll find it’s pretty easy to help people. Even something little like picking up a neighbor’s mail when they are on vacation, or picking up litter downtown when you see it, you’ve got the instinct!  When you feel yourself going inwards, draw from that, give of yourself, and feel your spirit lift.

Be well, and love well.

-Dinah

My Little Flower Shop is Palm Springs’ finest florist. We have been providing top quality flowers and event services for weddings, parties and delivery in the Desert Cities since 2010. 

 

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Toxic friends and the wedding

Toxic chemicals are hazardous to your health – and so are toxic friends.  They make everyday life difficult, how do you navigate a special event like a wedding? Let’s look at a few personality types, and strategize.

The Guilt Machine: She makes you feel bad whenever you see her.  You’re not spending enough time listening to her talk about her eternally doomed life.

The Plan:  tell her honestly you have a lot of obligations and need to be around positive energy.  Ask if she can understand your limited availability and see things more “glass half full” or you’ll need to step back for a while.

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Who wants a photo of toxic friends? How about a wedding bouquet instead!

 Envious & Evil:  He “doesn’t like your fiancé,” (= jealous of your committed relationship) so drops references to your wild nights out in Boystown in his presence.

The plan:  Again, honesty (see a theme?) Sit him down and spell it out. That behavior is not cute, and not worthy of a good friend.

Just plain clueless:  She wore an off white dress and a hat with a birdcage veil to your engagement party, and harassed you about all your vendor choices.

The plan: Delegate this one.  There’s probably a no-nonsense mutual friend that can artfully explain the transgressions, get her to apologize and keep her distance until after the wedding.

In the end it’s being honest with the people in our lives who are causing us pain that makes the biggest difference in our quality of life.  Your friend may not fit neatly into one of these descriptions, but nevertheless, get out there, be honest and make your wedding non-toxic!

My Little Flower Shop is the premier Palm Springs florist. We have been providing the finest flowers and event services for weddings, parties and delivery in the Desert Cities since 2010. 

 

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Customize your event venue

A recent bat mitzvah client’s thoughts on the synagogue social hall “It’s ugly!” she moaned “and boring.”  She didn’t understand the first law of event décor: Make a venue what you want it.*

Truth be told, any space can look exactly like you dream it up. Using drapery, carpet, backdrops and the right budget we could turn a roller rink into a ballroom at Versailles. On a smaller scale,  many elements can change the look of a room

Lighting: use targeted lighting to highlight strengths – pin spots on floral arrangements or unique architectural features, a pattern on the dance floor.

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dramatic floral centerpieces photo by Rand Larson

Linen & tabletop:  Use lush textured or bright colored tablecloths to draw the eye towards the center of the room. Try overlays, and china that pops with gold or silver chargers. Once the flatware and stemware is added, your tables will be like jewels drawing in the guests.

Dramatic florals:  Flowers pull focus like nothing else. Dramatic buffet pieces, tall centerpieces, suspended arrangements mid-air, get creative to pull the eye away from that fire exit in the corner.

*check with your venue for décor restrictions.

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