I am the luckiest girl in the world.
I know, I say that all the time but I really do mean it. I just have to say it again because I was reminded over the weekend how fortunate I am to have the most supportive and amazing people in my life.
Last Saturday was the Grand Opening celebration at the new location I share with Dunham’s Martial Arts. Chris Dunham, the owner, is so patient and gracious when I get the wild idea to have an open house. It kind of creates chaos for a few weeks, but I think they are so much fun and I really wanted to show off the new space to friends, family, family of clients and anyone else who just might happen to wonder in.
When you decide to have an open house you never really know what to expect. It’s like moving, your buddies say they’ll be there to help but on the big day you really know who your friends are.
Yesterday I was blessed with more friends than I could have imagined.
We started at noon with a slow trickle but by about 12:30 people really started rolling in. Some I knew and some I didn’t. Always a good sign. It really kicked into high gear shortly after that when my friend Connie Shoemaker, from Spa Salubrious, set up to do chair massages (of which I did not have time to partake) and my other friend Abba Anderson, Acupuncturist, arrived to start sticking needles in those willing to give acupuncture a try.
Perhaps it was the promise of free relaxation or Seedy Bars from Black Owl Bread Company or the smell of burgers and brats on the grill from Middletons All Natural Meats , but people just kept coming. I was running around like a crazy fool for almost 3 hours. It was the best 3 hours any girl could have asked for.
How could it not be? It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon with a million other things going on and yet my friends, family, clients and business associates made the time to come see me, let me show off my space and listen to me babble about how great the new location was. While it may not have seemed like much to them, it meant everything to me.
In fitness and in life it’s a hard path when you don’t have the support of others. You can go it alone, but it makes it 100 times harder. In fitness, I’ve been lucky to always have support at home from my wonderful husband. When we started the business, it seemed like it was just me and him against the world.
Yesterday proved that is the farthest thing from the truth there could be.
I want to thank everyone who came Saturday, everyone who sent wishes from a far and everyone everyday who makes me smile and keeps me pushing forward when I don’t think I can.
See you at the next open house.