Yesterday marked four years to the day that I had packed my dog and everything I owned, including hope and fears into my little car venturing out to Scottsdale, AZ. The hope at the time was to find a place I may build a practice, provide and support myself and loved one, learn, grow, and travel.
With no friends or family out here, only a phone number contact scribbled on some paper, it was going to be a test for sure. The contact was someone my brother met at the Rothbury music festival in MIchigan while helping build a large 2 story boot for art. A test of strength and depth of myself, relationships, family, friends, and finding a reason and passion to wake each day for was sure to come.
It turns out that I would find myself living with that scribbled number contact for a year. Kali Ray and her awesome dog, Bindi, made it a perfect transition for us all.
As she would agree, we were both pretty lost at that time, trying to blend the passions and love we have for healing and caring for others, with that of being compensated for our time, energy, and knowledge. Outside of providing a job and stable income, we both wanted to be loved and feel that support at the end of the day.
I found myself realizing that it was four years to the day as I was in a session of Thai Massage in no other than my friend Kali Ray's own practice. It was a wonderful feeling to now be able to embrace that growth and transition for both of us. She now has her own practice, able to travel, and is loved and supported by her wonderful husband Ron. She's found that love and support.
We often try so hard to make things happen, yet, when one can just sit back and listen to your heart and do what you love, it will all unfold in a fashion better than you could dream up.
I'll skip the hard parts of living alone, losing your loved one, driving 40-45K a year to do what you loved, and more. Yet, those times are what define us and make us who we are. They're what helped get me to this position. I too, have been able to open my own practice, travel across the country racing a bike, provide for myself and Nani Mana :) , and find that love and support in my patients and the cycling community. My mother has also moved closer, just under 2 hours away in an amazing transition that has seen her grow tremendously as well. It was also refreshing to know that Kali Ray, the scribbled number 4 years ago and leap of faith call, is still an integral part of my life and genuinely cares about my life and success. That makes an enormous difference at the end of the day, and is something I try to bring to those who step into my clinic.
I feel very blessed with this opportunity I have. I'm looking forward to giving back not only the knowledge I've attained in school and the real world, but how I've been able to apply it in a balance lifestyle to be healthy and thrive. Always looking forward to those who may cross my path eager to learn and implement what is essential in a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I've been fortunate to have met some amazing people in my time here, and have aligned myself with the best people to help care for myself and patients.
I am looking forward to fine-tuning my vision on helping as many of you achieve your maximum in whatever you may choose. ALways thankful for those who have graced my life and helped me along the way.