We had the good fortune of connecting with Lorraine House Gonzalez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lorraine, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
My work life balance has changed tremendously after having a baby. I am fortunate to have a lot of time to spend with my son and see the special moments that come along with raising a child. That also means that the moments for me to take care of myself can be slim some days. So I am all about the micro moments of self care now. The days of doing an hour workout are not as doable anymore so I strive for a 20 minute workout instead, 10 minutes to meditate or 5 minutes to gua sha my face. These micro moments are doable for me and by having this mindset I am able to achieve these things and feel good about taking the time for myself. I also feel that the balance changes every week. As much as I would love to have a rigid schedule, I’ve realized it can be hard with a baby when they change so much week by week. I am learning to be more flexible and try to be aware if I need more time to sleep, need to stay up late and work on a design proposal or I need to spend some extra time cuddling with my baby because he is teething.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The work that I do is fleeting but also very lasting. What I mean by that, is that I love the idea that I am working with something that is live, short lived and also creating memorable moments simultaneously. Whether that be happiness on someones birthday or looking through your wedding photo album and remembering the mood of the night or how beautiful you felt that day. The emotion that comes as a result of receiving flowers or enhancing a space is special and it makes me happy to be a part of that. I really take the time to see who is going to be receiving our flowers on the other end. This really sets us apart in that I try to create an individualized experience for each of my clients. It was not easy in the beginning to get where I am at now professionally by my own mind that I needed to get past. I had no formal training and was fearful of how my work was going to be received by others. With a lot of research, practice and moving through the fear, I became more confident in my work. Ive learned that fear is a driver. A driver to change or a lesson to be confident in yourself. It takes a lot to put a tangible piece of work out there and see if people are going to either love it or hate it. But what holds true for me is that through that fear I now stand confident in myself for whatever art I am putting out into the world. Luckily, I have received a lot of great positive feedback from my clients and that means so much to me. Its so important for me to have people know that I truly think of each client as their own. The moment I get their order and shop at the flower market, I really try to shop for what I think they will like and I hope that translates through the flower arrangement that they receive!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For food we are going to some of my favorite spots: Benten Ramen, Coles, Mama Lu’s Dumpling House, Teddy’s Red Tacos, Redondo Beach pier for fresh crab and sea urchin, Petrillos for pizza, Union for squid ink pasta, Fish Wives for their peruvian scallops and the Northwoods for their cabbage salad, cheese bread and the feeling of christmas in a cabin year round! Some of the places we would go to, are the Huntington Library and Gardens, California Science Center, Monrovia Canyon and the LA Flower Market.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my Dad. When I told him that I wanted to start my own floral design business he really jumped in at helping me where he could. As a business owner himself, he has always showed me that hard work and passion brings success. This is something that I do not take lightly and most importantly, his love and encouragement keeps me staying positive. I also want to credit my friend Lauren, who saw some of my first flower arrangements I created and pushed me to pursue this career path and put me in the right path to book some of my first weddings.

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Image Credits
Tracy Rinehart Photography

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