For the last year, I’ve been on a roller coaster. Like roaring waves that come crashing into the shore, my thoughts and feelings have engulfed my soul. Some days I’ve experienced a calm in knowing that the storm might soon be over, other days that very storm brings a life-size smile to my face. My entire professional career has taken place in the service industry, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. All I have ever known is that the yogi, customer, or family waiting for their food to arrive should be happy; after-all, happiness keeps customers coming back and creates an invaluable army of word-of-mouth testimonies. As the plot in our family life has grown more complicated, I’ve balked at the idea of walking away from my biggest accomplishment - the energy and undeniable specialness that exists within those painted turquoise walls. The happy faces, thankful hearts, and community of strong yogis that have filled my thoughts for the last 5 years seemed impossible to walk away from. As the days grew closer to decision making time, tensions were strained every time I conversed with anyone encouraging me to keep the business going. I met with business owners who had stood in my shoes, entrepreneurs who encouraged me to go big and find partners, and the women in my bible study who listened to my emotional battle week after week. What I was seeking was permission, permission to enter a new chapter of life. Without knowing I’d be supported, leaving my yoga family behind was too painful to consider. Endless prayers for clarity and too many tears to count, I knew what needed to happen. I have my whole life to be a yoga studio owner, and only a few precious years to be a young mama with young babies who need me as much as I need them. Everything will be alright, all in God’s time.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7