It's late and I should be sleeping, but I am feeling so glad for this journey. I like to take moments to pause and really feel my feet touching the earth and my breath here and now. While it's true I've been busting my tail for the co-creation of this new studio space in Stillwater, I also have reaped many rewards for simply being on this journey--walking the spiral. This past weekend has been one for the books, and one that reminds me again that there is no destination and that the journey is the path.
We are winding down after spending the last couple days bumming around Madison, WI on "vacation." I realized that while we were here we essentially did exactly what we do at home, but we did sort of a "best of" trip--packing a lot of fun things in at once. Because we had the kids here with us, we tried to stick to a routine. We made sure to go to the library, to swim (at the hotel), and we even streamed Netflix one night and watched Sing (again). We ate yummy food, shopped a little, went to the zoo and a couple parks and visited with friends.
The main purpose of our trip was to pick up some handcrafted pieces for the new studio space--an altar as well as a shelving unit for the yoga props, to be exact. It has been quite the journey. After I returned home from teaching at the Sister Seekers Gathering, I kept seeing on Instagram, posts of various wood work made by my new friend, Jenn (who I met at Sister Seekers). While we looked at our options for shelving at IKEA, I thought we could do better, and of course Jenn popped into my field. I thought, why not support the creative energy of Jenn if she would be interested in taking on another project. We set up a video call, she got a tour of our studio in progress and she was really excited about contributing to the vision of this community space.
So here we are, still working on getting things ready for the new space, and yet taking some time to relax. We really needed a break. I have been working basically non-stop since we found out about this opportunity to re-open the yoga space. My partner, Jay, has also been working non-stop as he has been the one helping out with the installment of the flooring--which will hopefully be done by the end of this week...Phew! Just in time for our upcoming Ayurvedic Self Care Rituals--a class that my friend Jenn has taken and said was "RAD!"--will you be there? Sign up, soon as only 7 spots remain! The heated floors are fixed so it will be so lovely to have the new floors with heat to support us during the self-massage ritual and practice!
It's easy to come on here and report all of the "work" progress, but it is important to me to share about the many people who make this work possible. First and foremost, my family is what makes this dream and reality possible.
- My daughters inspire me every day to do this work.
- My husband, well, he is my rock and a huge support to my business. If it weren't for him, I most certainly would not have tackled the idea of opening up a community yoga space, but he encouraged me, and he is here beside me taking time on his weekends to help me get the place set up.
- My mother in law who made some awesome bolster covers for the studio last week and father-in-law who helped fix the floor and loaned us the trailer (that I also damaged...but that is a story for another day...).
- My mom, dad and sister--all people who have cheered me on and been there for me in good times and bad.
- And of course the friends old and new who support me along the way. This week's friend I want to thank is Jenn, who I am so grateful for--for her creativity, her care and her good energy.
I feel like there is so much more to say about everything, but I will save some of the fun for sharing at the New Studio Open House!
In the mean time, here are some pictures to enjoy from our trip. We didn't take many photos, and of course we forgot to snap one of ourselves, but we have a few and the memories to keep. Thank you, once again, Jenn + thank you, Madison, for a lovely time spent with family and friends. The items we picked up for the studio are super charged with all this goodness, and I cannot wait to get them back to their new home.