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New Promises & New Years | Welcome 2019!

Happy New Year, y’all. Okay, I don’t typically say y’all, but what else do you call the collective group of strangers that reads this, other than you-all? Right, so y’all it is…

Anywho, y’all, Its January 12, and I am JUST NOW feeling this New Year. I’ll be honest, I fall victim to the same stuff everyone else does… at the thought of a new, fresh, year, I start to daydream and wonder who I will become in the next 12 months. What lifestyle changes will I promise myself I’ll stick to, and then abandon? What kind of food will I cut out, only to bring back on the days I feel I neeeeeeeeed it. What am I promising to do with my business this year, that will push it further??

This year, I kicked off January by attempting to hoverboard. Attempting is the key word there, because not 10 minutes after I first stepped onto it, I violently fell off of it; resulting in a massively sprained left elbow. Currently, I am on day 2, of no sling 24/7, and doctor prescribed exercises every 4 hours. I have physical therapy appointments two times a week for the next month (at least), until I can regain my full range of motion.

For a brief moment, I was told my elbow was broken, and it crushed me. I was mad about it, to be honest. I made a stupid decision { jumping on a hoverboard at 29… /facepalm} and as a result, put my life, and my business, in jeopardy. Then that anger then bloomed into random, rational thoughts. “Maybe this is the “break” you needed, the timeout, and the practice in patience that you always claim you’re going to exercise, but never make time for? Maybe this will make you reevaluate your goals, and help you simplify your life, appreciating the little things and the smaller victories? Maybe this is a sign?”.

After finding out it wasn’t broken, I felt the fresh, clean slate of the year. I felt all of the promises I made myself in end of 2018, that were dashed on January 4th, come flooding back to me. That’s the thing about life, it’s what YOU make it. You’re the only one who is going to change your own life, regardless if you have two working elbows with full range of motion or not. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. You can accept your hard times, and make the most of the hand you’re dealt, or not, its up to you.

At the end of the month, I will celebrate my golden birthday, my 30th (!!) birthday. I’ve decided January is my trial-subscription period, giving my mind, and my body the time to rest while resetting for a new year, and a new decade ahead. My 20’s gave birth to this business, to my home, to my marriage, to many friendships and relationships. It was a long ten years, filled with growth and lessons, and I’m excited to close that chapter and start a fresh one, ripe with new promises and new years ahead.

So happy new year, y’all, I hope it is everything you make it to be! I myself am excited for a fresh start, and new beginnings!

More to come,



Guys, its been a minute since I've done this whole blogging thing. A few of you may not even know who I am, or how you got here. So hello! I'm Kim, and I own Allium Floral Designs in Lombard, Illinois. We're a home-based floral design studio specializing in weddings and events in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. 

Photo: Grace - True Grace Photography | Make-up: Carly Palmer - Carly Does Makeup | Hair: Amanda - Fringe of Lombard

Photo: Grace - True Grace Photography | Make-up: Carly Palmer - Carly Does Makeup | Hair: Amanda - Fringe of Lombard

That's me, and my fiancee, Sam -- this lovely shot was taken by Grace Gruwell of True Grace Photography for our engagement session this past May. We're walking down the aisle this September, hence why the business has been a bit MIA. 

Allium may appear to be dormant, but I promise, its been a calculated, quiet, season intentionally. The goal for 2018 wasn't growth, but to establish one thing: Process. 

From the start of this business in 2013, I've flown a bit by the seat of my pants. Pulling from my prior experience in another well-known Floral Shop, and my time in retail, I have created a long list of desires & dreams for my business, but had little time while working full-time, to make them a reality.

The time for those dreams is now. Slowly, piece by piece, wedding by wedding, I've built a brand that I believe in, and am excited to begin investing both the time, and energy, it deserves. I want to stress that all of my/our collective energy goes into the events we have booked, beyond that, items like the website, and our facebook go to the back-burner. I've embraced our Instagram (follow-us... its a daily shameless plea from me to the world to secure a #dunkindonuts sponsorship) page to keep everyone up to date on the things we are doing to keep this business moving forward. 

Thanks for coming along on my journey -- more beauty to come in the upcoming months, I hope you'll stay tuned!!


Kim Stanke

"EVERY moment is a fresh beginning"

T.S. Eliot said that once, according to a quick google search I just did for "new beginning quotes" I'm working on my transparency in 2018.... can ya tell? I have to say though, with the turn of another year, I am hyper aware of birth of new beginnings.

2017 on a personal level brought so many, heart-stretching, beautiful things: the birth of my second niece, Addison Grace, the birth of my nephew, Wyatt Daniel, and a proposal to spend the rest of my life with my best friend, Sam. (I said yes, btw.) The balance of work-life-business has been a challenge, but after another successful season, I feel excited to move into a new year, with a refreshed approach to life and love. 

Miss Addison Grace - July 2017

Miss Addison Grace - July 2017

Mr. Wyatt Daniel - November 2017

Mr. Wyatt Daniel - November 2017

[ I am all about the first photo with any teeny human being a selfie -- just us, in the first moments of meeting - I have one with my first niece, Emma, that I absolutely cherish]

Becoming a bride-to-be has altered the way I approach my consultations. Viewing my industry and business from a potential client's perspective is truly eye-opening. I never grow tired of hearing how people fall in love or why they have chosen to spend the rest of their lives together. I love watching my couples families grow and change, from fur babies, to teeny humans, to new houses, or new states -- it makes my heart so full to see people in love. 

Even with the turn of a new year, I still have my favorite things close at hand, Sam (MY FIANCEE, how weird is that!?), our two fur-weirdos, Tony and Friday, and a hot coffee or tea. I've picked up a new hobby, a monthly book club, and refined my approach to project lists. In short, the year ahead should be an exciting one, full of change and time spent together! 

How are you spending the first few weeks of 2018? What are your plans and goals for the new year? Sending you all of my love and support from afar while you guys reach your dreams! 

-- K