We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicci Perez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicci, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
I’m a mom of a high energy, loving, caring, free spirit, wild and free 4 year old. As a parent the most important thing that I have done is be intentional and be present with my son. Giving him 100% of my time when we are together, paying him my UNDIVIDED attention to his needs, playing with him, going on dates with him. Fully listening and hearing him. All of these things take time, intentional time. Being present is truly a gift.

If my some knows that he has momma’s full attention, it’s different. He’s safe, he knows he’s cared for, and he knows that he is being seen and heard. He’s not having to compete with my to do list, my business demands, clients, house chores, wife duties, or mommy’s teaching duties. He gets ALL of me to himself.

I was giving him my time, but it was not with the intentionality that I have now. I can see the difference in our bond and relationship. It’s night and day. What a special gift and honor it is to be able to pour into my little man and watch him grow through play.

Many times we dismiss our little’s feeling simply because they are little. They won’t notice if I’m scrolling or replying to emails. They won’t notice if I’m multitasking. Oh no sweet momma, they notice. They may be little but they have needs and yearn connection and community, too.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I create, I create with the intention of freedom. Freedom to enjoy, freedom to go outside of the box, freedom to evoke feelings, freedom to break the rules, freedom to be free. Growing up I always saw the same generic colors and styles for florals. Everything was the same for funerals, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day. It didn’t depict a feeling of freedom. It was all the same and you stuck within the rules. There was a lack of freedom to be creative.

In the beginning I kept on hitting roadblocks because I was playing by the rules. I was recreating from the florals I saw growing up. Once I realized that this was limiting me, I knew I needed to get inspired. Nature walks, trees, plants, weeds, bushes, they all grow so freely. They do not care where they are planted. They just grow without regard to their environment. That is where I got my initial inspiration from.

And then being a mother really broke down what freedom truly was. My son is a free-spirited child. Untainted to the norms of society, the rules, or standards. He sees life from a different lens. This was the freedom I was looking for. The freedom I was longing for. My son really inspired me to be free and break the rules. Once I understood this, my art flowed so freely. It was a new world. I was able to see art from a child’s lens. A childlike perspective. The rules ae fake.

At the end of the day, we put ourselves in a box because of what society says. This limits our ability to be free and true to who we have been called to be. Our brand pushes people to be authentic and free. I am not always waking up with that mindset because I am human. But my son is a daily reminder to myself that I can be free. That I am free. Free to create, free to live, free to think outside of the box, free to be the best me that I can be. It sounds SO cliché, but it’s so true. Through our art, we strive to show others that they too can be free.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ohhh this is hard because it takes a village. It truly does. First and foremost, our Lord and savior. Without him, none of these connections would be possible. My husband, without his support and tolerance of florals everywhere in our previous 700sq apartment, this would not exist!

My sweet boy, Ezekiel! THe is just as part of this as I am.

Alisha and Maurice Pennington my business coach. Like me, she is an athletic trainer turned business owner, but she is a business coach along with her husband. They taught me how to properly build my business from the ground up, mentored me and got me to where I am today and help me keep the ball rolling. These guys are a big deal. Pennington Perspective.

My friend Christy Mireles owner of My Forever Truth. She has mentored me and given critical feedback and wisdom as I was starting. She invited me to places that have opened doors for me.

And my momma tribe. These ladies were the first to support my low budget high dream operation. Bless their heart because a year ago, i was not creating what I create now. They are the real ones!

Instagram: @dakota_flowers

Image Credits
Erika Rodriguez Imago Dei Photography

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