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Conversations with the Inspiring Sandra Chahayed

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandra Chahayed.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sandra. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was looking for work after high school. I was walking around a shopping center and happen to walk into a flower shop. I didn’t think I would ever be working in such a place as my dream was to be a doctor. I started talking to the manager, a few minutes later she offered me the job on the stop. Ever since then, I have had a passion for flowers. Seeing the joy it gives people when something my hands have created makes my day even better. I have been a florist for 15 years and over the years, it has been my dream to open my own place. That dream became a reality with help from my family who have supported me along the way. Their love and support is what makes me who I am.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The stress of not knowing if I made the right career change in my life hasn’t made this the easiest journey.

My advice to young women would be to never give up. Always strive to be the best version of yourself. Don’t let anyone bring you down or tell you you cannot achieve anything you set your mind to. Follow your heart and always remember you can do anything your heart desires.

What should we know about Floral Expression By Sandra? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
At Floral Expression our specialty is in unique one-of-a-kind arrangements for all your special occasions and events. Our top seller is boxed floral arrangements with custom writing. Our work will have people saying wow.

The thing I am most proud of is how much myself and the shop have grown.

What sets this shop apart from others is how the shop is run. We try to make sure each customer is taken care of and treated like family. We are not your average supper market floral department. We are a flower boutique.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I don’t think there are too many barriers these days. One can be that women lack confidence in themselves. Another can be competitiveness between men and women. In order to break down any barriers, women need to be confident, strong and passionate.

These days women are given more opportunities to shine. There are more boss babes taking on leadership roles.

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