So much to do, or the Mad Hatter

Ever feel overwhelmed, too much on your plate, all the balls are in the air and all you want to do is sleep? Yeah, me too.

I threw a party and people showed up…. that is an introverts nightmare… It was great, I met a lot of very nice people and got a lot of names, emails, suggestions and requests. The open house did everything it was meant to do. By all accounts is was a total success. However, now there is a pile of papers, on my desk a list of to-dos as long as my arm and all I want to do is sleep.

What do I do? Well I did sleep a lot, then had insomnia for 3 days because I over worried about sleeping to much and not getting to things which not surprisingly, made me struggle with brain power to do the things. 11 days have passed and I am starting to see the end of that pile and list. Truth is, I needed some of that time to figure out how to do the things, that I had not only committed too, but also what you’al had suggested to me. I realized an entire revamp of my website was needed to handle things. Even though I was smart enough to set up a separate email for the FlexSpace (and yes, now I have realized that FlexSpace needs to be one word) however did not realize the mechanics I am now having to learn to use the email at it’s fullest, not to mention the website.

Add on to all the stuff for my personal business, Bassoon Camp is now is full preparations mode and there is a lot to be done for that group. The puppy is really in need of hands on training and my oven after years of struggling finally bit the dust and I had to kick it to the curb. Then the computer and credit card acceptance had to be updated too…uuuugggghhhh

Stressors are a normal part of life, and they do seem to add up really fast. There are so many hats we must wear to just make it through a week. Vit. D, C, and some walking has done wonders, I even got to a yoga class this morning. We all go through these cycles and now I am about to tackle the final papers… then get on to the job of doing my taxes.

The website is now totally revamped. Take a look and send me any comments, or spelling errors, it is always helpful to have other eyes. I am on to all the contact lists and will have them to teachers shortly. I hope all of you will be able to take advantage on one or more of the classes coming up. We also had an overwhelming response to the Death Cafe we are running this weekend so I am confident there will be more of them on the calendar soon. If there is anything you are interested in teaching just let me know and we can talk about the ways to do it and help our community.

Thanks to all of you for your patents. And for those who wanted a newsletter… yeah, I just don’t see that happening. I think that this blog will have to nourish that need of yours, and you can even RSS if you need it coming to your inbox 🙂 or see it pop on your Facebook feed.

So that is all for now – look for class announcements soon.

Thank you

Thank you all for making the open house feel like a grand success last weekend. It took me a few days to recover and clean up. I have lots of sign up sheets to go through and a newsletter to put together, that is something I never thought I would be doing.

I hope that many of you who did not make it will look at the Flex Space calendar and join us for classes. Also feel free to suggest classes that you might be interested in either taking or teaching. I will be busy with the details for the 1st Death Cafe coming up in a few weeks. As well as a class I will be taking, the start of learning some deep abdomen work to help with falling bladders, prolapsing uterus’ and other internal disorders, the things we all have to deal with as we get older.

The Bassoon Camp I help run is also in full swing right now which takes up a bunch of my time. I am looking forward to Virginia’s WordPress web classes to help me learn more about how to make both of these websites pop and work for me instead of me working so much on them.

If I thought I would be taking it easy at home that is just silly. Between the puppy who will be having surgery on her knees in a few months and all the birds, I will be running just as busy at home as I am in the office. So from my chair, I am saying once again, thank you for all of your love and support. It is because of you that this open house was such a success. Now I can only move forward to creating the space to help you and others heal from the outside in and the inside out.

Maria

OPEN HOUSE

Yes, the move has happened. It was faster than expected and there are still some things and tweaks that need to be done. Believe it or not, the first classes have already been started in the Flex Space and more are coming soon. Please check the Calendar under the menu tab that says: Classes.

The snow slowed a few classes down by a week so get involved now.  This week there is a KungFu meetup, a (yin) or easy Yoga class and a QiGong class all starting up.

 

OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, February 4, 2017

From 12pm until 5pm

1520 Martin Street Ste#201 off of Silas Creek Parkway near FTCC

The new space can be walked or rolled into from the back of the building, just park along the side of the building and use the back entrance.

Come and find out more information on classes being held and Maria’s bodywork work practice.

Are you interested in Chinese medicine but afraid of the needles? This may be your answer.

What is a FLEX Space? Come and see, maybe you have a need for some space for a meeting or a class.

Classes are being held for all types of people to increase your control over your own health. The will include a variety of things like; Death Café to herbal and other informational talks, computer classes, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and so much more.

We will also expect to have art, games, demos, tea, coffee, and CAKE!

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Moving Soon!

Asian Healing Arts is MOVING! January 1st 2017

That is right; after nearly 15 years at Marshall street, I will be moving the offices towards FTCC and the Ardmore area. The new space is located at 1520 Martin Street Ste#201: just off of Silas Creek Parkway.

I will be making some major additions as well over the next year by offering classes for your health. Everything from QiGong to Yoga to Death Café to Herbal and other informational talks and so much more that hasn’t even been thought of yet.

Also, mark your calendar for 2/4/17

An open house is planned for Saturday, February 4th from 12-noon until 5pm. Who knows what will happen that day? But I promise tea, coffee, and CAKE!

After the first of year all appointments will be at the 1520 Martin Street Suite#201.

The new space can be walked or rolled into from the back of the building and it is the first suite on the left. If you come in from the front of the building you will have to use stairs, so just park along the side of the building and use the back entrance.

New Space/New Opportunities

Life is always fascinating in the way it works. I have had to just trust the universe on the very way I pay for my life as meager as it is. A few months ago the building that I have worked in for nearly 15 years was put on the market. The building has been sold twice since I moved into it and I have had no issue. This time, I have this gut feeling. The neighborhood has drastically changed, the building is in poor repair and it wasn’t that great to begin with. But it has been just what I needed over the years of serving on state and national boards and keeping my practice going full tilt. My office is my sanctuary and my storage unit my home away from home. This time I know that it will be bought, it will be razed and it will become some lovely condos. It is what is right to be there now. It is time for the landscape to change and the block to be complete. It is time for me to move on.

I felt very ambivalent about it all from the start of looking 4 months ago. I knew that something would land and it would be just the right thing for me. I stayed open to all possibilities and yes, I even did have days of slight panic as I would look at the calendar and think, hmmmm, the management company hasn’t offered me any new lease, or space. Sometimes my heart would sink when I would search out a place only to go… yeah, no! It was Goldilocks and the three bears over and over again, too dark, too big, too small, too far north, too in the next state over…

Even when I first looked at this building I will now be moving into, the space I saw was too big. One thing was different however, the owners, lovely amazing women, sisters even. They took an interest in me, and in my work, and in what it could become. They read my website, my blogs and they still wanted me to be in their building. I am sure they will read this too so Hi Gals! They were able to work some magic, and within a week I was looking at another space in their building and this one was “Just Right”. Of course, I didn’t realize that at first as my long time suitemate was not able to come along and share the space with me, leaving me with higher rent and once again too much space. So, I will admit it, I freaked again. There it is was, the perfect space for me, but what was I going to do with all that extra room?

Bring in the clowns, or just that crazy group of people I call friends.

I realized that I could use this space to do the things I wanted to do, long before I started working to advance my profession through service on a state and national level. When I named my company I purposefully named it Asian Healing Arts Associates. I wanted to help many people both from the practitioners side and the public need side. At one time I foresaw actually running a big clinic, I got smarter with age and watching others and that is not what I want now.  Until this point in my career the word Associates has never been fulfilled, however, the basic wish to offer more is still there. I always wanted to offer classes and free clinics for not only for the alternative healthcare community but also the greater public at large. I wanted other practitioners in the Healing Arts to have a place to teach and work. It really sunk into my thick skull when thinking out loud to a long time client of mine about how to bring this about it dawned on me that she was always looking for space to put on Lamaze and Parenting classes. I give her credit for not smacking me upside the head but I guess I did that enough as we both laughed over my momentary brain death.

Then I started to think about all the people I knew that just needed a space to grow and release onto the world their own form of teachings. Within 24 hours I have already started the dialog with quite a few people about the future possibilities that this space lends to us. I have come up with a conducive layout of the space, and an estimate of the time and objects I will need to pull this off. I have negotiated, if that is what you want to call it, the lease and terms and know what I have to do in the next few days to make that work. All of this has happened so fast and easy. Great changes in my life have always been fast and fall into place whether I allow myself to stress out over them or not. I am glad that this time I did not allow the stress to take over too much and the flow has been outstanding. Overall I am more shocked than stressed and happy to know what direction my life and work will be taking next. Everything I could have possibly asked for in this transition has happened just as easily as it could thanks to two really cool ladies who I will now do my best to get a yoga teacher for.

I am nervous striking out on my own so to speak, but I know that I will never really be on my own, I will always have a strong group of loving friends and colleagues around me. I dread packing up my office and clearing out over a decade of stuff that has been stored there. I will obsess about every little detail that is required to move a business for the next four weeks. I will leave the details of a wall, door and I am sure some paint up to some competent person who is not me. I will use my dumpster to it’s fullest ability as I purge unneeded stuff. I will need boxes! There is so much to do, not to mentions websites for finish for people and updating my own, a music camp that needs applications up and ready by the end of the year and…. Oh yeah, my client load. I need to schedule a massage for myself! So, if you stop by, bring boxes. I have a move to plan and an open house in the new place to attend in the new year!