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Working for the money? Not for this accountant turned florist

Patricia Tanuwija gave up her stable career in one of the Big Four accounting firms to chase her childhood passion of being a florist. In just four months, it has turned into a full blown business.

Patricia Tanuwija gave up her stable career in one of the Big Four accounting firms to chase her childhood passion of being a florist. In just four months, it has turned into a full blown business.

In this day and age where we constantly try to keep up — with deadlines, with trends, with desired lifestyles — there should come a point in our lives where we recalibrate and assess our priorities.

Ask yourself this: what do I live for?

For 25-year-old Patricia Tanuwija, happiness is the driving force behind everything she does, especially her current path in floristry. She chose to give up her stable career in one of the Big Four accounting firms after close to three years in order to pursue her childhood passion. The defining moment for her was when she realised that monetary gains do not motivate her.

Starting her floral company Petite Fleur wasn’t a decision that sat well with her loved ones, but she went ahead nevertheless as she wanted to spend her days doing something fulfilling; not just for herself but for those around her too.

Four months in and Patricia now manages close to 800 orders per month with an assistant at hand. She recently launched “Flowers for Men” as she believes that men are as deserving as women, on top of the fact that her female customers were requesting for special bouquets for their male partners.

Because she was able to take this leap of faith, Patricia hopes to see others do the same, especially the younger generation who are under pressure to excel. She says: “In Singapore, children are often taught that failing is a no-no. But in reality, I think it's a perfect learning opportunity for them because it encourages persistence and determination — two values that pave the way to success.”

Patricia is what clothing label G2000 would call a Gen 2: a new breed of worker who works for more than material success; someone who Works for Values.

G2000’s new Work for Values campaign recognises individuals in Asia who adds value to what they do every day, with hopes that this will inspire and encourage the younger generation to strive for more, beyond monetary gains.

This is the second of a three-part video series brought to you by G2000.  Apparel  by G2000.

Watch the first video here.

In the video, Patricia wears:

Outfit #1: Floral Print Dress - $99    
Outfit #2: Off-shoulder Blouse - $43, Regular Waist Shorts - $49    
Outfit #3: Sleeveless Crepe Blouse - $49, A-line Knee Length Skirt - $69