I'm writing to you in a state of calm that has been hard to come by as of late, as my brain has been scrambling to come up with a way to tie things up into a nice, neat bow; to make meaning of tremendous loss. And well, I've come to the conclusion that it's just not always possible to do that. So here's the scoop on moving out and moving on.
Hurdle #1: Releasing what no longer serves me. A while ago, I made the difficult but very freeing decision that I would eventually release the beautiful space that I built out on Wallace Avenue. There are many reasons why this has come to pass; from the numerous problems with the building our space occupies to the tremendous hardships created by the pandemic for practitioners, and a lot in between. Ultimately, I realized that this decision— walking away from the physical space I have poured my heart, soul and all my money into— was necessary for the health of my business and my own well-being.
Hurdle #2: Relocation. Once I began the search to find a new home for MIW, I realized that I was going to have to be patient because there isn't a ton on the market for commercial real estate. Eventually, I found a gorgeous location on Frankfort Avenue that includes more space, better parking and restroom facilities, a nice elevator and an outdoor rooftop space for our small groups and classes. I worked tirelessly through October lining things up so that a seamless transition would be possible. Despite my best efforts, in true 2020 fashion, that deal fell through on Halloween weekend.
Hurdle #3: Acceptance and letting go. This was and is a tough one; it's hard to let go and be at peace when things seem to be crumbling and there's little to do to make it stop. Over the last ten days (It's only been ten days? It's felt like a year!) I've shed many tears and leaned on my loved ones for support. It's been odd, the leaning on others so much because I'm the one others come to for help. Nevertheless, I've come to the understanding that regardless of the physical location of MIW (or lack thereof, in this case) putting my own well-being and the health of my business first is 100% the right thing to do.
Hurdle #4: Transition. This is where we are right now. We have discontinued our in-person classes (a decision that was already in motion due to the rising COVID-19 cases in our area) and are closing our doors on Wallace Avenue in favor of serving our clients via telehealth. On the bright side, this decision won't impact a huge number of you, as most of our clients have been doing telehealth since March.
This is by no means a permanent solution, but it's the best solution for now.
There's a lot I don't know about what's coming in the future, but here's what I know for sure—
- I will continue to advocate for your well-being, just as I advocate for my own: with fierce conviction.
- I will continue to look for a new home for MIW and will hopefully find something soon.
We are in this together, you and me. Us.
We have a special bond because we are interested in connecting to our higher selves and fulfilling our purpose.
It’s challenging but we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty by doing the necessary work.
We see the divine in the ordinary, like in that brief pause before we draw in a deep breath.
We are inexhaustible optimists, not because life hasn’t reared its ugly head, but because we choose to not be calloused by it.
You and I, we feel very humbled when we stand next to the ocean.
I wrote that poem many years ago, describing the bond that I feel with those who are meant to do this work alongside me. That's you. So when I say we are in this together, know that I truly mean it.
I'm especially looking forward to the day when we can physically come together again and celebrate having overcome the hardships of 2020. Until then, I will see your lovely faces on Zoom, as we continue to work through the unique hurdles life has thrown your way.
All the best,
|Jessica Hill Powell, NBC-HWC, RYT-200|
Founder + Health Coach at Meridian Integrative Wellness
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