Once upon a time I had a dream to change the way women see and use their bodies.
And by “once upon a time” I mean 2003.
I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart. Even as I started my career as a university professor, deep down I wanted to be my own boss. I just love the creativity, freedom, and unlimited potential involved in creating your own path. On a number of occasions I would start plotting ideas for workshops, classes, and retreats where I could help others through my work as a movement therapist.
In 2009 I took a major step toward that dream and started preparation for my own wellness center.
This wellness center was going to be awesome. I spent a year putting together a thorough business plan. I had a binder full of financial sheets, projections, budgets, marketing plans, and more. I talked to banks about business loans. I read books. I researched locations for the center.
The hardest part was telling my incredible colleagues and beloved students that I wouldn’t be coming back the next school year. But once that was done I felt liberated by the possibilities in front of me. Even with the economy in the dumps and a husband who was also “self employed” (meaning neither of us had a secure income), everything about what I was doing felt so good, and so right.
I had a dream and I was determined to make it happen.
Then things changed.
My husband and I had made an appointment to sign the lease for a space for the center. It was awesome. It was a block away from our house and a beautiful open floor plan. When I woke up the morning of our signing, though, something felt… different. Something shifted and all of a sudden nothing about what I was doing felt right.
We walked away from the lease and I put away the business stuff I had been working on for more than a year. I was angry. I still had a month left of my teaching obligations at BYU. I remember going to my office the next morning and closing my door. I cried. I was mad. Why had this thing felt so right for so long only to suddenly come to a crashing halt? I dropped my head into my arms and prayed, asking for answers because I had felt guided all along the process.
The thought then came to me, very clearly: This experience gave you a reason to leave your job. There’s something else you need to be doing right now.
It’s hard to explain that moment, but instantly everything shifted again. I felt peaceful and willing to just move forward.
Timing is everything.
Not long after that we started a very different journey. My husband and I felt it was time to start a family. Within the year our little girl was born. By this time my husband had taken a job to make sure we could pay the bills. It wasn’t his dream job, by any means. He, like me, is an entrepreneur who wants to do his own thing. But we needed some sort of secure income for the time he did what he had to do.
The thing was, he didn’t like his job. At all. And I hated seeing him go off to work knowing he wasn’t doing something that fulfilled him. That’s when I hatched a plan to figure out a way to make my then hobby blog into a business. I had no clue what I was doing, but I had time and a willingness to learn.
Over the next few years we witnessed many miracles and tender mercies as we were able to fully support our family off of the labors of this blog. We weren’t rich, but we could pay the bills. My husband was able to quit his job and we’ve been very fortunate to work together. As I said, we love being the boss of our lives.
Thank Your Body has given me a voice to reach more people than I ever could have imagined.
Still, for the past year or so I have felt that same nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right. While I believe in healthy living and stand behind everything I write here on this blog, I knew that my heart was still with my movement therapy dreams. I wasn’t necessarily ready to open a wellness center, but I have continued to want to reach women and teach them about the power of movement and their bodies in some way.
Today is an incredible day. After nearly 10 years of working and dreaming I am finally opening the doors to a program I’ve put my whole soul into. Seriously, this program is brimming with my sweat, tears, time, (and money).
The best part?
Despite how hard it was to put aside my dream of a wellness center, the lessons I’ve learned through my blog has provided me a whole new inroad to help even more women. I could never have created this program 5 years ago. I could have never had the tools and knowledge to reach so many people. And I definitely couldn’t offer this program at such a low price if I had stuck to my original plan.
All this to say: Dreams do come true but sometimes they take a lot of time and transform into something very different than you ever could have imagined. Something even better.
Will you join me?
I would be honored if you’d take a couple minutes and check out what I’ve been working at for the past 10 years.
If it’s a good fit for you I would love to work with you! Even if it’s not, maybe you know someone who could benefit from this program. I would be over the moon if you’d share it with your family and friends.
My mission is simple: I want more women to love how they feel about their bodies.
I’ve seen my own life transform through movement. But we have reduced our movement potential to exercise and our bodies to an image. It’s time to change that.
I think you’ll like it, and know it can make a difference in your life.
Here’s to dreams and patience. If there’s something you’ve been dreaming about doing, believe it can happen. Believe and then give it the time and patience in needs to transform into something truly incredible. Your dreams are worth it.