In conversation with master florist Myra Perez
Meet the master floral artist behind My Violet.
Myra doesn't follow the traditional rules when it comes to flower arranging, instead experimenting and combining the unexpected with impact as she blurs the line between reality and fantasy. She lives with purpose and has worked hard to reach this point in her formidable career. We dig deeper to find out more about this inspiring woman.
This interview is based off The Proust Questionnaire, 1922. Its origins in a parlor game popularised (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Knowing that my family are all secure, safe and happy. It hasn’t been an easy journey for us and seeing everyone together makes me smile. I don’t tell him, but when my Dad hugs me, it’s the best thing in the world. Because I know he is proud of me.
What is your greatest fear?
Number one is losing my parents … spiders would be number two.
Where do you live?
In the inner city of Sydney.
What is your occupation?
Florist & Business owner.
Which living person do you most admire?
What is your greatest extravagance?
I treat myself as often as time allows me to a 2 hour massage …and my husband and I try and fit in an overseas trip once a year if time permits it.
What is your current state of mind?
Running always running.
What values do you live by?
Everything my mother has taught me, for example freedom, hard work, determination, loyalty, honesty, trust,
You have to work hard for what you want, because no one is going to give it to you.
She's always reminding me its pointless working hard at something that doesn’t make you happy.
It defeats the purpose of living, love what you do, happiness then follows.
What are you most passionate about?
The art of floral arranging.
What products make you happy?
- Hard wearing nail polishes (you should see my collection, I have a boxful)
- Hand creams
- Face masks (and I’ve got one on whilst writing this)
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
When you think someone has your back but it turns out to be a one sided relationship.
I don’t like dishonesty.
When someone comes across as someone they are not, that irritates me.
I don’t like fake people.
I have a very tight group of old friends and I can rely on them for anything.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Humour - doesn’t take himself too seriously.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
‘It is what it is.’
‘Keepin’ it real.’
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Family (to me there is more too it than just one person, there are so many levels I have of love)
My hubby and off course my 5 year old niece Stella who lives with me, she makes my heart melt with one look.
When and where were you happiest?
I’d have to say my wedding day, in Bowral in September 2011, it was pure joy. Happiness was streaming out of everyone and it was a room full of love.
I don’t recall having so much happiness or freedom since being a child with no cares or worries!
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could sing (apparently so does everyone else around me…especially if we’re on road trips).
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I could change my bust size- top heavy at 150cm tall is so not fun for me!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My business - My Violet.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Myself! A second chance to do it again. But a pimped out version of myself... there are some things I would do better if I had the chance.
Where would you most like to live?
By the beach, especially South.
What is your most treasured possession?
My family (and if I’m going to be materialistic then I’d say my engagement ring, but at the end of the day it’s just a rock which can be replaced, it's not someone I love).
Where is your favourite place to escape to?
My bedroom, it’s so peaceful and the large window allows the best light. It makes me so happy to be up high and all you see is sky.
What is your favourite habit?
I don’t have spare time, if I do, I usually try to sleep! Sleeping is my favourite habit.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I over-think things.
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your favourite book?
I don’t have time to read books, I wish I could.
Who is your hero?
Maria Elena Escobar (my mother).
Who are your heroes in real life?
The women that make up my entire family. Each have a unique story of strength, courage and determination. From the ones that left El Salvador to start a new life in Australia, to the ones still living there today doing what they have to do to survive. I admire and respect them all for the sacrifices each make to be where they are today.
What do you do to stay balanced?
Remember where I came from.
What is your favourite memory?
Road trips in summer with all my family .
What is your greatest regret?
To be honest I know there are a lot of things I wish to take back however they make who I am today, so I don’t know if I actually regret them.
What is your favourite way to spend a Sunday?
Zero plans. No alarms. Anything goes. Chill...
What is your motto?
If you want it, you have to go get it.
Image credit: Supplied by My Violet and Luisa Brimble of The Flower Seekers