So, I've been cheating on you all.
I figured I would come clean and share where life has been taking me over these past months.
You may have noticed that my blog posts have slowed to just a sprinkle. And my online store has been closed for a few months.
It's because I've been leading a secret life.
As some of you know, last March I moved my skin care studio into The Mind Body Collective - a women's holistic health collective. Just a few months later, our building was sold, and, as our space was desired by the new owner, we were all displaced.
After searching for a new group location for weeks, I made the difficult decision to leave the collective and branch off to a new location in my own community of Lake Orion, MI - a small suburb north of Detroit, which has been my home for over 15 years.
Having already drained every penny of my business funds opening my previous studio just months before, I was faced with the challenge of finding and funding a new location - all on my own.
Rewind about 20 years. I am a young, scrappy 23 year-old working at a high-profile automotive ad agency in Detroit. I spend my days working with clients from Chrysler Corporation and my nights (and early mornings) falling off of barstools with my co-workers. Rinse. Repeat.
Those days were some of the best of my life. I made friends for a lifetime on those barstools.
I also developed a taste for whiskey sours.
Fast-forward back to today. And here is the secret I am keeping.
As the stars had it, my barstool friends started a local marketing company a few years back. And just at the time that I put out the intention of creating a new studio space, I was called to go back to the world I left years ago. I accepted a freelance project manager position with them and have been working there part-time for several months to support the next part of the Autumn Moon journey.
Shortly after accepting this position, a new studio space nearly fell into my lap out of the sky. And for the past 6 weeks, amidst it all, I have been creating a new home for Autumn Moon. A cozy hideaway. A sacred space. The next part of the journey.
Why am I sharing this story with you? For so many reasons - but here are a few:
1. The Power of Intention
Intention is a powerful tool. When we put something out there into the world that we want to create (a new job, new relationship, etc.), it is not only an affirmation of our goals, but it sets into motion chains of events that help us to reach that goal. What are your intentions?
2. The Journey of Your Dreams Can Be Wonky
I think, too often, we look at following our dreams as a linear path - A to B. And that success always means moving forward. Sometimes it means getting off the path for a different perspective and to offer yourself the clarity to find alternate solutions to reaching your goals. This is NOT failure.
3. Relationships are the Root of It All
These people we meet that become woven into the fabric of our lives. They are gold. Hold them preciously tight. I am so grateful for these friends from a lifetime ago who are helping to support my dream and my family. Seek out these people in your life who support you. And support them back in their dreams.
4. Everything is Cyclical
We return back to what we know. I never thought I would return to a corporate office job, even just part-time. Yet, here I am. Life flows in circles. Look for the flow in your life. How can it work in your favor to reach your goals?
5. You Gotta Do the Work
You've set your intention, you've got your support network, you are finding your cyclical flow - now its time to work, work, work, work, work. Although things can powerfully align, it is up to you to keep them moving forward and put the time and effort into creating.
The dream is free - the hustle is sold separately.
I opened the new Autumn Moon Holistic Skin Care Studio last week, including a new workshop that I am currently setting up. The online store will be opening again soon with classic and new Autumn Moon goodies - from lip treats to scent and more. The journey continues.
Are you leading a secret life to reach your goals? Are you setting an intention for something meaningful to you? I would love to hear about it. Please share. <3