Alexia Tellez (Lexi) first walked into GoodWork in January 2018 for a Creative Mornings volunteer recognition party and ended up accidentally spending an hour petting one of our four-legged-coworkers while chatting with her business partner, Ashley Scheller and GoodWork Co-Founder Amy King in the middle of an-almost-empty-pre-opened GoodWork.
This month marked Lexi’s full year sharing her talents at the space and her move back into full time with Bestow Blooms as the company hits its next growth spurt. One of our other incredible Catalysts, Augusta D’ambrosio sat down with Lexi on her last day as a GoodWork team members as her company makes their own flower lab within the space and begins the Valentine’s Day floral rush:
What’s been your favorite part about being a catalyst at GoodWork?
It’s cliche, but the people. I have never felt so supported in my business and my dreams as I do in this community. To have so many people care about how Bestow is doing, and how I’m personally doing, is so comforting when you’re still in the baby stages of starting a business. As a Catalyst I felt like I had the unique opportunity to get to know everyone at GoodWork in a more intimate way, and I am forever grateful for this community that I’ve helped cultivate and has also helped me to grow so much as a person.
What’s one thing you’ve learned from being a Catalyst that you never imagined you’d ever learn?
This is a hard one, because honestly there are so many things I never expected to learn! I think I thought I knew a lot more about how to live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle than I actually did before I came to GoodWork. But I think what I learned most of all is that people at their core are genuinely kind and want to help you with your dreams if you let them into your life. The key part about letting others help you with your dreams is sharing your struggles and your vision, and you’ll be surprised with how hard other people will fight for you and connect you with the right people.
What’s your vision for Bestow?
When Ashley and I started Bestow, it’s because we wanted to do something with our hands that would bring more color into the world around us. In Dallas everything is go-go-go and even sometimes we forget to slow down and smell the flowers. In 2017 we launched Bestow as a creative outlet that’s now grown into a floral experience design studio. Now, we’re not just partnering with wedding planners and private events, but also helping to cultivate community in our workshops and partnering with local businesses for different projects or installations.
What we’ve learned since then is that our initial vision isn’t far from what it is now, but it’s maybe more clear. We want to help people slow down and smell the flowers, to admire the beauty around them. We want to focus on the social and emotional well being of women in particular – giving them something to experience and feel with their hands, to reconnect them to the beauty that’s growing inside of them.
How can the GoodWork community help you with that?
Basically, if you want to create an event that really has a wow factor, or you know anyone who wants to cultivate a unique experience in a photo shoot, event, or workshop, send them our way and we’d love to talk about partnering!
It’s been honestly amazing and I’m so grateful for GoodWork for giving me this opportunity to be a part of this community. Even though my role is changing and I’ll just be a member, I still want to be a part of all of your lives! Just, maybe, don’t ask me to reserve a conference room for you or something. Treat me like I know nothing. I’m a new member at GoodWork, my name is Lexi, it’s nice to meet you.