Stems for Strangers Part III + a Challenge (& PRIZE!) for You

Stems for Strangers has slowed to make space for the rest of our Kickstarter rewards. To be honest, this video itself is super delayed. I took this on my walk to, during, and walk home from a meet and greet with, a company I work with to bring the lost language of flowers to kids. That was a couple weeks ago now! 

That was a good experience. As you can see from the video, everyone was happy to get their gift (a lot more wanted these special meaning-imbued flowers than were willing to show up on camera!)

There isn't a video of it, but I also went to the Financial District to spread the flower love in the past couple weeks. That was a more challenging experience. Not a single person on the street would even TAKE a flower! It was a little disheartening, to tell the truth. My step-mom actually was sweet enough to join me for that experience, and she think we'd have a better shot if we stood on the corner with a basket filled with flowers and let people come to us. I think it's worth a shot. 

Until next time, a challenge (and a prize!) for you to start spreading some love, fun and connection yourself!

  1.  Pick/buy a single stem of any flower
  2.  Look up its meanings in our flower meaning database
  3. Pick a meaning to imbue it with
  4. Hold it in your hand and say the meaning in your head. 
  5. Present the imbued flower to someone. Preferably a stranger! Say, "This is the gift of ___________, according to the lost language of flowers." 
  6. Ask them if you can film them receiving the flower (Yeah, that probably means you'll have to do it all over again. It's quick!) 
  7. Post the video to Instagram with a caption that includes "Using the lost language of flowers to spread more love/fun/connection" (you can also just choose one of the three-- love, fun or connection) and tag @bloomequation. Alternatively, post it to Facebook (same caption) and tag our page, The Bloom Equation.
  8. We'll contact you within the week to let you choose your prize! 

Love to you all!

How I Overcome Mental Blockages (especially while prepping for my Kickstarter)

I'd say the hardest part about preparing for our Kickstarter launch has been mental.  Things can get overwhelming pretty quick when you're working towards a challenging goal. I thought I'd share a couple tips I use to help me keep my head up when I start to feel stressed or discouraged.

TIP 1: Use a Mantra

I have a kind of mantra I repeat in my head when I catch my stress level rising. It's a tool I picked up in a Passion Co. workshop last year consisting of four wishes I wrote for myself. I think its power lies in love. I meant it as a gift to myself, an opportunity to love myself the way I would love a friend. 

Each phrase begins "May I". Here's mine: "May I emanate love. May I experience joy. May I live with an open heart. May I reside in the present." I highly recommend writing one for yourself. It's quick, easy and endlessly helpful.  

TIP 2: Post a Visual Reminder 

I like to keep a few quotations in mind while I'm working to keep me calm, focused and happy. I post them in my work space or write them on a board as visual reminders.  These are the ones I regularly use:

May the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me.

-Tracee Ellis Ross


No act is too small when done with gratitude.



I wasn't waiting, I was just standing here enjoying myself (in joy in myself).

-Ekhardt Tolle


With this upcoming Kickstarter launch as with anything, half the battle is mental. If you aren't able to keep your head up and enjoy the process, the dream you're working so hard to achieve can be in serious danger of getting pushed aside before it really even had a chance. 

Hope these ideas help you keep on keepin' on, too.