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Conversations with Andreia Muller

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andreia Muller.

Hi Andreia, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Andreia, aka Andie, was born in Brazil and moved to the USA in 2000. The passion for flowers, weddings, and events started back in 1996 – and it is stronger than ever. Education is her goal – she passed the written and hands-on test back in 2015 to became a Certified Florida State Master Designer. Only 42 designers within the State of Florida have this recognition. Her journey has taken her far: in July/2017, she received the Certified Floral Designer / CFD accreditation before the AIFD. Andie’s biggest dream ever was of testing with The American Institute of Floral Designer (AIFD) and became an Accredited Member. That took place just took in Seattle, WA. In July/2018, Andie was inducted into AIFD and became an official member. She is part of the Class of 2018, together with about 100 more floral designers, where the passion for what they do and for the education is what moves them to be the best that they can. Andie had her work featured in several blogs, magazines, and online social media, nationally and internationally. For the past four years, she is part of the board of directors with Central Florida Wedding Association ( CFWA ) and she is a member of several other associations, including Florida State Florist Association, Seminole Chamber of Commerce, Wedding Venue Map, Orange Blossom Bride, to name a few.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It is never easy! Whoever says it was easy. I do not believe it. 🙂 Being an immigrant and having English as a second language was the hardest. Being “accepted” into your field as a professional was a challenge as well. Many people, up to this day, look at me as “who are you?” But I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Being an entrepreneur and being my own boss is priceless. For me, being happy is my goal. Working with flowers and creating pretty things give me happiness, joy, fulfillment. I work for a living, not the opposite. I do not want to miss every soccer game, every school meeting, or having a cup of coffee with my husband. These things are necessary and it is where I find balance.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a floral artist. I specialize in creating beautiful floral pieces for every budget – if you want to spend $100 or $10.000, you deserve my total attention and professionalism. I am most proud of how far I have become being an immigrant. Many people asked me, “how did you do?” – my answer: never stop learning. Be the best that you can. Be better today than yesterday. Be kind, polite, and respect one another. Do good and the goodwill come back to you. Always.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk-taking?
Yes! When I bought my business back in 2008, the economic crises was really bad. Many people told me I was crazy to buy a business. My answer to them was, “what is the worst? I may fail, but if I do, at least I have tried. “We are naturally wired to be scared and to be afraid of the unknown. If we don’t try, we won’t know.

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Josie Brooks Photography Mikaela George Photography

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