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Former au pair Pinay fulfills dream of having own flower shop business in Norway

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When passion turns into a successful money-making biz, that’s awesome!

A young Filipina, Grace Reyes, tried her luck as an au pair in Norway when she was only 18 years old. But an au pair visa is only good for a few years so she had to find employment to lengthen her stay there.

It was also in Norway that she met her husband and started their own family. They have two children.

Despite having an already comforable life in the country described as ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’, Grace, apparently, has a bigger dream — and that was to have her own business.

 

‘Follow Your Passion’

Because planting and taking care of plants is her passion, she decided to apply at a flower shop.  It was there that her passion flourished all the more. Her Norwegian employer, she shared, saw her hardwork and dedication as well as her sacrifice.

Later on, she was encouraged by her own employer to pursue her dream of becoming an entrepreneur,  She could have her own franchise of their flower shop.

And presto! She got the approval and support of her boss. Dream achieved! She has her own flower shop!

Imagine her passion and energy working on her own business. What to expect? She even made it to expansion; whereby she was able to put up a second flower shop.

To date, the 52-year-old florist’s first shop has withstood eight years and her second has reached its milestone of five years. Definitely an achievement!

“So hopefully I cross my fingers na magdire-diretso,” she disclosed in a feature story by TFC News Norway.

Despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, instead of closing shop like other businesses, her flower biz flourished even more. Her ‘physically’ closed shop only brought in more online orders. Just wow!

They made deliveries for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, other special occasions and also funerals.

She admitted, “During pandemic,medyo mahirap kaya lang hindi naman talaga kami totally naapektuhan kasi ang daming nag-o-order ng flowers at masuwerte pa rin kami even though the shop is closed, kasi open ang aming online ordering.”

Meanwhile, Grace is encouraging other kababayans in Norway to have the courage to take the chance in entrepreneurship; to not be afraid if they want to have their own business.

She said, “Para po doon sa mga tao na gustong mag-try mag-negosyo o magkaroon ng business dito sa Norway i-try lang po kasi kung hindi n’yo naman ita-try hindi n’yo naman malalaman.”

Because, indeed, a defeatist is one who never tries first. Rather than say, ‘I can’t’,  tell yourself, ‘I can!’

Let’s watch this Marco Camas coverage via Kapamilya’s TFC News-Oslo, Norway:

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