We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Henry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
My favorite quote is a snippet from the Holstee Manifesto. ‘Do what you love and do it often.’ My personal interpretation of this quote: First you must discover what you love to do. This may sound simple, but this takes time and introspection. It means being different from the person next to you. Because, well, you are! Once you know what makes your tick, give yourself permission to love it. Hold onto it. Own it. Then, do it often. You will begin to see yourself blossom into the person God created you to be.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There is a vulnerability in being creative for a living. My heart is in everything that I make, and each time I put forth my art, I know I must accept that some people just won’t like it! Hard! But inside of me there is a desire to be different. I want my work to be unexpected. I search for color combinations and textures that keep your eyes discovering, as if I am drawing you into my fairyland of flowers. What I have learned along the way, is that there are enough customers out there that love what I love. So, I stick to my instincts and I keep making what I love.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were visiting the area I would want to hit up the Denver Biscuit Company, Little Man Ice Cream and then maybe a Nuggets game. One day in the city is enough for me, then it’s off to the mountains! Perhaps we would take a hike at Chautauqua Park in Boulder and then a day trip up to Estes Park for another round of ice cream and a chance to meander through the shops and people watch.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
One of my faults is my tendency to waiver in indecision. When I do this, it has the power to paralyze life, halting productivity and ultimately robbing me of my fulfillment of purpose. My husband, Eddie, does not do this. Ha! In many ways he is my polar opposite and I thank God for that. We met in design school 20 years ago. Since then our professional lives have taken very different turns. He a marketing guru in the medical field as I pursue beauty in all things. I was at a point of decision in my life. I had always dreamt of both owning my own business and to work in floral design. With almost no experience in either I was, in my mind, not qualified. Do I jump into the unknown? What if everyone finds out that I don’t know what I’m doing? What if I fail? Eddie was the one to push. He told me, ‘Either you do it or you don’t do it. None of us know what we are doing. If you start, you’ll figure it out as you go.’ And figure it out I keep doing! Eddie is my encourager and my challenger. He pushes me to excellence. He is my voice of reason when I balloon up my problems. He helps me prioritize when I’m overwhelmed with logistics. He is the first one to tell everyone about my accomplishments. I love him. His influence in this one part of my life has given me license to live out my purpose with newfound confidence. To put it briefly, my purpose is to create beauty and bless others. What better way to do this than with flowers! Thank you, my Eddie.
Wynter Childers Edward Henry