Who are you #InspiredBy?

When I came across the #InspiredBy eBook on www.flowersdirect.co.uk this week, it got me thinking about the strong, independent women that have inspired me most throughout my life. Of course, family members and friends are always top of the list but with the media playing such a huge part in our lives these days, celebrities and public figures are also incredibly influential.

The eBook talks about how inspirational women can be found in all walks of life, from fictional book characters and film stars to colleagues and fellow bloggers. It also explores the relationship women have with flowers as gestures of love, gratitude and support, which I think is a lovely idea as I always love to buy a big bunch of flowers for my loved ones on special occasions.

Roses turned out to be the most popular pick for those sending flowers to important women in their lives, which is the perfect fit as they symbolise everything from love and friendship to admiration and appreciation. In the eBook I also read that freesias are a popular choice because not only are they beautiful, feminine and elegant, they’re also emblems of friendship and trust.

The development of technology and social media means it’s not only our mums, grandmas, sisters and female family members that can have this type of impact on our lives these days. We can be inspired by women we have never even met and feel a connection without ever coming face to face. The influence famous women and public figures have on our lives can be portrayed through the meaning behind various types of flowers. Let me show you what I mean…

Malala Yousafzai has become one of the most powerful women of our generation after she was shot on the back of a bus in Pakistan for campaigning for the right for girls to be educated. Since the incident in 2012, Malala continued on as an advocate for her strong beliefs, eventually co-founding a non-profit fund, speaking at the UN on her 16th birthday and being awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Malala was famously presented with flowers by the president of Pakistan following a press conference at the Library of Birmingham. The bouquet was made up of bright orange and pink flowers, which represent happiness, femininity and innocence. Malala even quoted in her book that: “We are peace-loving. Our mountains, our trees, our flowers - everything in our valley is about peace” making a floral arrangement the perfect gift for such an inspirational woman.


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