It is amazing how much life can change in such a short amount of time. One month ago I was focused on announcing my Yomassage classes, setting new goals, contemplating what was next for Evolve, thinking about the future through a selfish lens, assuming tomorrow would be similar to yesterday.
Then... my boyfriend, Sam, asked me to marry him. And I said yes! (Well, I actually nodded yes...because I was crying and couldn't talk) This proposal didn't exactly come out of the blue. We are both in our thirties, we know that engagement and marriage is not the whirlwind fairy tale you think it is when you are younger. We've spent the last several months talking about marriage, our philosophies about it, working through old wounds and leftover baggage from past relationships, and making sure we are on the same page and want the same things. This is something we have been working toward together, and something I've been looking forward to. And we are ready for it.
What I was not expecting was the immediate shift in focus that would happen. I have always been a very independent woman and extremely goal-oriented. My focus for the last eleven years has been on my career, and I have been able to devote nearly all of my energy to my business and my clients. But now that has changed. The focus is no longer on me- it's on us. And now my choices and decisions will primarily be influenced by what is best for us and our future together. And in some areas, I already know I need to make changes to make.
Our first step is to move in together, which we will be doing in a few short weeks. We found a gorgeous loft in Oneida, which is halfway between my office and his school. But this means I will now have a commute, something I have not had in over a decade. This may certainly affect some scheduling going forward.
There is also the question about the long term future like having a family. Up until now that wasn't something that was being planned, but now it is. Though down the road, it is important that I be honest with everyone about our intentions and how my life, career, and schedule may change over the next few years.
Many of you have been clients of mine for years, some from the very first months of my career. Besides my shift from the spa to Evolve in 2018, there haven't been any major shake-ups. I've always been able to plan out my schedule months in advance. I've usually been able to predict where I would be in a year. None of that is possible anymore.
So... what changes should everyone expect going forward? There are a few specific things that you may notice within the coming months.
-I'll likely have less evening availability. I will definitely have some and will accommodate current clients, but I do intend to begin shortening some hours and focusing more on day time appointments for new clients.
- My schedule will only be open 3 months in advance.
-I may have to be more strict with daily availability because I can no longer accommodate large gaps in my day.
-There may be cancellations for bad weather. Up until now, I've lived around the corner from my office and getting there in a blizzard hasn't been an issue. I've left cancellations due to weather up to individual clients. But now, with a 30 minute commute, that may no longer be possible.
I hope these changes, and any others that come my way, don't cause too many issues with scheduling. And I do hope that everyone can be understanding. I love my clients and love helping everyone, and that will not change. <3