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Meet Trailblazer Jenny McGee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenny McGee.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jenny. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After suffering from chronic pain for over 20 years, I made the decision to have a hysterectomy 2 years ago. I was off work for about 8 weeks and that’s when my passion for succulents started. Creating living works of art through succulents truly helped me heal — it was the best therapy.

Has it been a smooth road?
When I first started creating arrangements, I was pretty terrible and the lac of confidence was getting in my way. I didn’t give up though and kept creating until it clicked… if I could give any advice to my fellow sisters out there, it would be to believe in yourself and be your own advocate. You can do anything!

We’d love to hear more about Little Me Too Succulents.
I specialize in creating succulent arrangements for businesses and private residences alike. I love that I am able to use my hands to interact with nature and create works of art. My personable nature and extreme love for what I do sets me apart.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
I was instilled with a strong work ethic very early in life. My grandparents owned a ranch 20 miles north of Bakersfield, CA. I would work on the farm stacking wood, making apple butter from scratch and hall trash to the dump riding my 3-wheeler. After work was done, I would run wild through the orange and almond orchards. I would watch my grandparents work extremely hard on the farm. Looking back, those were some the best memories of my childhood.

My granny (Vera) 96 years old going on 30 is still living in Bakersfield. When I was 9 years old, we drove to Idaho. During that 12-hour car ride is where my Granny asked me what I knew about racism and equality. I learned that my great Aunt Velda was a lesbian and was criticized and judged for who she loved. That is where she taught me to have zero tolerance for hate and to accept people for who they are. I am lucky to have my Granny as my role model, she has taught so much about her life and the struggles in the era of ignorance. She is strong, independent, non-judgmental, and full of life. She always told me something that to this day teach to my own children, that I am the only person in charge of my happiness and it doesn’t take much to be a good human. I hope I’ve made her proud…

Contact Info:

  • Email: littlemetoosucculents@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Little Me Too Succulents

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3 Comments

  1. Emma

    August 7, 2018 at 12:56 am

    What a lovely story, I bet your Granny is very proud!! Your arrangements are beautiful!!

  2. Michelle

    August 7, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Jenny’s work is AMAZING! She made a stunning piece for me.

  3. Lindsay

    August 7, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Jenny McGee! I love the piece you made for me. Your work is beautiful!

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