I knew the Holy Spirit was stirring in my heart and speaking to me so clearly and loudly...that law school was my snake. And being an advocate for abused and battered women was the mission. I had been denying it for years. I come from a family of lawyers and every year my uncle would ask me, "so when are you going to be a lawyer?". And I would always so I don't know or I don't think so. I wanted to be a creative, an artist, work in film, journalism, or documentaries - anything but be a lawyer. But in that moment at that conference, I couldn't deny it anymore - I had to say yes and from there it was history.
I worked really hard to get my grades up in my final year of undergrad, I started working at a law firm full time as an legal assistant to learn the ropes of the profession, and I studied for the LSAT at night and on the weekends. But by the New Year I was completely burnt out and spent. I was depressed, had a pretty bad case of bronchitis, and was exhausted. I threw myself full force into this dream that I think I lost myself. And in that dark place was where Flora Symbolica was born. It was my escape, my safe haven, the activity during my week that I did just for myself, a place where I could be creative and appreciate beauty, a time to sabbath and rest.
It has helped to give me the energy to keep going on this path. To keep studying even though it's hard and to hold fast to the promises of God. These flowers have been my drink of water during a desert period in my life and I couldn't be more grateful. So thank you to all those who have been so loving and encouraging with this little project, I'm glad that you've been enjoying it as much as I have. And someday, that can be my life...where I draft divorce papers for a woman exiting an abusive marriage in one hand, and a bridal bouquet for the start of a new one in the other.