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2018 - The year that was.

2018 - You were beyond my expectations; you were jam packed, electric, empowering + challenging… but one of the best by far because at the core of it, I learnt so much.

Nesst has always been what they call a "side hustle", with the dream of it being my one + only focus. So when I sat back today + realised this was my first year full time in the business... well I felt very humbled, sentimental, proud + excited for whats to come.

On the flip side, I always knew going full time would add a financial pressure to our life. It hasn’t been easy + if i'm honest, it's been really challenging adjusting from a consistent salary in the traditional sense + having the business on the side to just relying on the business. On that note, thank you for each + every bunch that was bought, Wedding that was booked + event that was held, it truly means the world.

I'm definitely not complaining, there are way more positives for me being in business than criticism of it.. but I am just being realistic / transparent so people can understand that being in business isn't all roses, unicorns + millions of coffee dates.. I work harder than I ever have, I have had to make sacrifices to go full time, I push my brain + body, it has its ups / downs like any job + if anything I am beyond grateful for it because at the end of the day, its my life / business / world + I couldn't imagine doing anything else... the rollercoaster ride is an integral part of it.

“What is success? It is being able to bed each night with your soul at peace.”
~ Paulo Coelho

2018 personal / professional insights:

- Say no to anything that doesn't set your creative heart on fire!
The BIGGEST lesson by far.

- Try to have work / life boundaries or you fall down, physically + mentally! I found a remedy of journalling, meditation, van life trips, time with myself / husband / loved ones, exercise + general health had become a lot more of a priority at the back end of the year + I am promising myself that this more balanced vision will continue into 2019.

- Stop comparing yourself to other people in the industry + really honour your own vision + path!

- I aimed for a loving community over competition mindset, which has manifested itself in the way of the most supportive floral girlfriends.

- Learn to accept help! 2018 brought freelancing opportunities that only harnessed that community spirit further + for it, I have gained some genuine friendships that I will have for a lifetime.

- I was reminded many of times this year of how fragile life is + that above all else, family + friends continually are numero uno!

All in all, 2018 was a transformative year so lets see what 2019 holds. I feel its going to be a beautiful, magnetic year, full of integrity, abundance + love.

To celebrate the year that was, here are some of my favourite 2018 moments frozen in time.

Nesst Studio Vibes
www.thenesst.com
Gucci Delivery
Nesst for Gucci
The love of Quicksand roses... continued.
Quicksand Roses
Falling in love with self care - Comma Byron Bay.
Comma Byron Bay

Blue Hydrangea arriving in time for Valentine's Day.
Blue Hydrangea

Valentine's Day Pop Up Store at Norton + Norton
Valentine's Day at Norton + NortonValentine's Day at Norton + Norton

Working with the heart centered team at YCL Jewels.
YCL Jewels Showroom

Dave + Courtney married at Rae's on Wategos, Byron Bay.


Fortnightly arrangements to the lovely souls at The Freedom State showroom.
The Freedom State

Honoured to feature on Nine Lives Bazaar's blog. Photographed by Sharna Hupfeld.
Ness Scharkie for Nine Lives BazaarNess Scharkie for Nine Lives BazaarNess Scharkie for Nine Lives Bazaar
Melanie's Baby Shower.
Baby Shower Florals
Nat + Josh's Kingscliff Wedding.
Nat + Josh Kingscliff WeddingNat + Josh Kingscliff WeddingNat + Josh Kingscliff Wedding
Last images by Alex Ormerod.

Phil + Bel's Byron Bay Wedding.
Bel + Phil Byron Bay Wedding. Bel + Phil Byron Bay Wedding. Bel + Phil Byron Bay Wedding.

Mother's Day
Mother's Day 2018

One of my friends Matty, launched his business Beaux Workwear.
Nesst for Beaux Workwear
Nesst for Beaux Workwear

Christie + Nic's surprise Wedding.
Christie + Nic Gold Coast Wedding. Christie + Nic Gold Coast Wedding. Christie + Nic Gold Coast Wedding.

Floral bombing Rick Shores became a regular occurrence this year + I am definitely not complaining. Love this restaurant.
Nesst at Rick Shores. Nesst at Rick Shores.

Ness + Brett married at Mavis' Kitchen
Ness + Brett Mavis' Kitchen Wedding. Ness + Brett Mavis' Kitchen Wedding. Ness + Brett Mavis' Kitchen Wedding.

Frank's Farewell.
Funeral Flowers by NESST
Funeral Flowers by NESST

Part Nesst + part retail lady for Lack Of Color's Pop Up Store at Splendour in the Grass Festival.
Nesst for Lack of ColorNesst for Lack of ColorNesst for Lack of ColorNesst for Lack of Color

Bakulia's Baby Shower at The Collective.
Bakulia's Baby ShowerBakulia's Baby Shower

The Potter + The Florist. Such a special year working with Jo at the Norton + Norton Studio creating our vases together.
The Potter + The Florist. Jo Norton x NESST.The Potter + The Florist. Jo Norton x NESST.The Potter + The Florist. Jo Norton x NESST.The Potter + The Florist. Jo Norton x NESST.The Potter + The Florist. Jo Norton x NESST.The Potter + The Florist. Jo Norton x NESST.The Potter + The Florist. Jo Norton x NESST.

Lauren + Lee's Gold Coast Wedding.
Lauren + Lee.
Lauren + Lee. Nesst flora. Lauren + Lee. Nesst Flora. Klee Photography.
Last image by Klee Photography.

A few of the many events for the Bond University Events Centre.

Nesst for Bond University Events CentreNesst for Bond University Events CentreNesst for Bond University Events Centre

Jodie + Josh's Gold Coast Wedding.
Jodie + Josh Berkers
Jodie + Josh BerkersJodie + Josh Berkers
Last image by Wood + Willow.

Always a pleasure creating bouquets for incredible humans at The Elopement CollectiveNesst for The Elopement Collective.
The Elopement Collective
First image by Morgan Roberts. Second image with Married by Josh + Image by Ephemeral Creative.

GC Hitched Soiree.
GC Hitched Soiree. Jess from Wilde Visual at the GC Hitched Soiree. Sarah-Mae Amey, Ness Scharkie + Jaala Mills at the GC Hitched Soiree. GC Hitched Soiree.

Jess + Scott married at Figtree Restaurant, Byron Bay.
Jess + Scott married at Figtree Restaurant, Byron Bay.Jess + Scott married at Figtree Restaurant, Byron Bay.Jess + Scott married at Figtree Restaurant, Byron Bay.

Honia + Jay married at Ardeena, Carool.
Honia + Jay.Honia + Jay.Honia + Jay.
Honia + Jay. Nesst Flora. Janneke Storm Photography. Honia + Jay. Nesst Flora. Janneke Storm Photography.
Last two images by Janneke Storm. Dress by Jennifer Gifford. Styling / Coordination - Til Death Events.

Lucy + Liam married at Byron View Farm.
Lucy + Liam married at Byron View Farm. Lucy + Liam married at Byron View Farm.
Lucy + Liam. Nesst Flora. Byron View Farm. Lucy + Liam married at Byron View Farm. Lucy + Liam married at Byron View Farm.
Lucy + Liam. Nesst Flora. Roost Film Co Photography.
Last image by Roost Film Co. Wedding Dress by Alcaline. Styling + Coordination - Wedding Shed / Byron Bay Weddings.

www.thenesst.com relaunched with Delivery Bunches added.
www.thenesst.com
www.thenesst.com
www.thenesst.comwww.thenesst.comwww.thenesst.comwww.thenesst.com

Brigette + Nate's Kingscliff Wedding.
Nesst for #ScharkieBitesNate Kingscliff WeddingNesst for #ScharkieBitesNate Kingscliff WeddingNesst for #ScharkieBitesNate Kingscliff WeddingNesst for #ScharkieBitesNate Kingscliff WeddingNesst for #ScharkieBitesNate Kingscliff WeddingNesst for #ScharkieBitesNate Kingscliff WeddingNesst for #ScharkieBitesNate Kingscliff WeddingLast image by Wilde Visual.

Floral ladies unite for a Christmas Soiree at Rick Shores.
www.thenesst.comFloral ladies unite for a Christmas Soiree at Rick Shores. Floral ladies unite for a Christmas Soiree at Rick Shores.

Can't forget to mention the numerous events: birthday parties, hens parties, baby showers, flower crown workshops etc.
www.thenesst.com

Happy New Year from mine to yours + wishing you all the beauty, joy + endless flora coming your way in 2019.

Big love, Ness x x
Ness Scharkie of Nesst.

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