We are so grateful to have a wonderful group of volunteers to help us tend to our community, and we’re happy to introduce you to: Sharon Miller
Volunteering with Hope Blooms since: 2019
How did you first hear about Hope Blooms?
I followed the founder’s (Kelly Krenzel) passion from a distance through social media and local news since she started it in her home (we worked together in our past professional life), but it wasn’t until a board member reached out a year ago to ask me to consider joining the board and help move the mission forward. I was honored to be asked and my experience with Kelly was so positive and kind.
Why do you choose to volunteer with Hope Blooms?
I chose this opportunity to serve on the board and volunteer for the simple reason of “giving joy through flowers.” I can’t think of anyone or anytime that beautiful blooms don’t bring a smile. Everyone is busy and life can be challenging but when someone receives flowers in any form from a rose stem to a bouquet, it makes you take a breath and savor the moment. I am not a floral arranger by any means but volunteering with the smell and beauty of blooms, whatever I do is okay and appreciated.
Why is giving back in your community important to you?
From an early age as a daughter of an Army officer, I was exposed to many cultures and economic conditions. It struck me how blessed I am to have good health, a nice home, strong family and financial support. My past influenced my work ethic and “giving back” to those that may need a pick me up. My husband and children have the same core value and I am proud of their commitment to community, as well. Time and treasure should be genuinely shared.
In what ways do you see Hope Blooms bringing value to our community?
It is about taking something that would have been thrown away and repurpose it to give joy. That is a lesson at so many levels. This organization is about the human connection in a chaotic world. Hope Blooms is unique in the way it simply delivers love.
What’s your favorite way to spread joy?
I spread joy with my time and treasure to connect people. I am a natural networker and I love hearing the life stories and aspirations that motivate others to show up every day. I have had a great career in HR and talent recruitment. This has allowed me to personally influence career dreams ,which in turn, bring personal satisfaction. Doing what you love at work is key for a healthy life at home.
How does the mission of Hope Blooms align with your own personal values?
My top core value is gratitude. I can’t imagine life without the self-awareness of how gratitude impacts a joyful life. I express gratitude daily in many forms plus when I receive gratitude back, I am deeply moved. Hope Blooms epitomizes through blooms that we are grateful for YOU. Everyone wants to feel loved, supported and valued.
Name one of the most joyful moments in your life.
Meeting my husband, Steve, and giving birth to three incredible children that are the lights of life. I have always encouraged then to pursue their life aspirations but at the end of the day, always love each other and give back in any way that is genuine and kind.
What’s a hidden talent or something no one would ever guess about you?
I am viewed as an extrovert and always busy with the next thing. At home, I savor privacy and the solitude of reflection. I tend to pursue perfection so I have to remind myself every day that I am good enough.
What’s your favorite flower and why?
The red rose by far! I have always admired the simplicity and beauty of the red rose and red is my favorite color! I have used it for my two weddings, and it is my favorite bloom to give and receive.
When you’re not spreading joy with Hope Blooms, how do you spend your time?
Because off my recent retirement from a full-time career, I am enjoying the flexibility and joy to pick what I want to do instead of what I have to do. I love to be with my grandchildren, annoy my college age daughter, pick-up parts with my farmer husband, connect with friends over coffee and I love pedicures! Hawaii is my happy place and I go there as often as possible.
Share a little about your family.
I am married to Steve who is my best friend and the most genuine person I have ever known. He is a 4th generation farmer that is dedicated to keeping the family farm strong and vibrant. He has supported everything I have wanted to do and is at my side with love every day.
I have three children: Per (P.J.) who is 36 and married to Andrea. P.J. and Andrea have two children, Jayden (10) and Stella (2). Kirsten is 31 and married to Jacob. Jacob and Kirsten have a son, Ian (2). Then there is Molly who is 19 and a Freshman at NDSU. She aspires to be an elementary education teacher but she also has a calling to “give back” to her community. She has followed me around since she was a baby as I have volunteered for great non-profits. She is currently a Hope Blooms volunteer and loves it so much!