Open For Business….

Surreal is how I would describe things right now. It was strange enough when I finished work. Not working as such, but employment I suppose. Adjusting to not having a routine, not having to drag myself out of bed and into the office for a certain time each morning was strange enough. Now we’ve had to adapt all over again with hubs finishing work. I expected it would be a challenge. It used to take a few days of adjustment even when he was just having a holiday. Everyone would be very put out by the routine we’d adapted being shoved to the wayside. However, I’d say this has gone far better than I ever expected.

Hubs has now been away from work for over two months and in that time we’ve set up a business. We’ve been self employed for a while, but working from home and renting rooms in other clinics and therapy centres is a whole different kettle of fish. We’ve set up an actual business in an actual place. A place that will now be where we both go to work.

I made that sound pretty easy, didn’t I? However, the last five weeks have been really hard going. Which is exactly why my Twitter and Facebook existence has been, well, non-existent! During those weeks I seem to have had a paintbrush firmly attached to my right hand. It actually feels a bit odd now it’s not there. We’ve painstakingly prepped and painted the entire place . Scraped all the bumpy bits off the walls, filled in the holey bits (well hubs and my dad did most of that bit!) and painted, over and over and over (those walls sucked in a LOT of paint!!!) to get it just how we wanted it. Thankfully, we’ve had some help from our wonderful (*creep creep*) family and friends.

And now, here’s the good bit. We’ve finally finished all of that. Last Friday we signed the lease and now it’s ours. Pretty perfect timing really as we’re all ready to rock.

I can hardly tell you how good it feels to have our own place.

One that we have complete flexibility over, where we can guarantee to be able to treat our clients without having to check with anyone else first.

One that we can make sure is quiet, clean and tidy.

And one that we can make warm and welcoming to anyone who wants to visit and have a treatment or anyone who wants to rent a room to do their own therapies!

I don’t have any funny little stories to tell this time. There are no morals to this tale…yet! I just wanted to tell you all that we’re now OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!

And to show it off a little too. So, here is the new Navitas Holistic Therapy and Reiki Centre.

Here is where we will now be providing our therapies, Reiki and Reflexology in particular. We’ll also be running regular Reiki courses and will be setting up some meditation classes too. We’ve already got a Hypnotherapist and Counsellor on board and in a few weeks time hope to have to other services to add to the list too!

So, if you’re somewhere in Cheshire and fancy a little time out, or want to learn Reiki please come and pay us a visit. Or if you know of any therapists looking for a therapy room to rent, please let them know about us.

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Divine Timing

A little while ago we embarked on a new adventure….

Just before Christmas the hubby spotted a building that had just been put up to let. A building that he’s been driving past for years, thinking that it’d be ideal.

He came home full of ideas and before I knew it he was in there viewing the place.  

Although its something I’ve foreseen us doing in the future, my initial reaction was that it might be a little too much to take on.

He was working full time, I was working part time from home and we were both fitting in therapy treatments, trying to find time to give our online crystal shop a bit of some tlc and of course looking after two little people who need a lot of time and attention. What else did we have to give?  

But I’m a great believer in things that are meant to be, I knew it had caught his attention for a reason.

Before I knew it, I was in there too. Completely bought into the idea and we were figuring out how we could make it work.

We finally found a way, and crazy as it seemed to take on so much, not doing it didn’t make sense any more.

So, you’re probably wanting me to get to the point now, in a ‘what the hell is she harping on about’ kind of way!

Well, it’s a shame we can’t have drum rolls or a fanfare or something, but nevermind….

here goes….

We’re going to open our own therapy centre!

More specifically, a Holistic Therapy and Reiki Centre. Hence why the last month has been spent desperately revamping our website, Facebook page & getting covered in paint (well, that bit only applies to me. Not that I’ve been the only one painting. But why is it completely impossible for me to even hold a paintbrush without getting more paint on me than the places it’s supposed to be?)

And here it is…..

We’re planning to open in about a weeks time, there’s been a few hiccups, but every time either the hubby or I have wavered slightly, something has happened that’s made us realise that we’re doing absolutely the right thing.

Well, that’s how it feels anyway!

And why I think that hubby’s redundancy was a case of that little thing called divine timing.

Without it I have no idea how we would’ve found the time to get everything ready without him being on garden leave. (And while we’re on that subject, I’m not sure why they call it garden leave. I’ve never seen anyone do any actual gardening on it!)

Anyway, my point is that everything seems to be coming together perfectly. Ive just given cynic in me a slap on the wrist for having that fleeting thought, ‘a little too perfectly’. After all it is all about the positive thinking!

I’m so excited, finally I’m going to be able to make my therapy work more of a job than a hobby. I’ve been doing a lot more of it lately and the one thing I’ve realised is that it doesn’t feel like work, which is the best kind of job to have!

Ever heard that little saying, ‘find something you love to do, then find someone to pay you for doing it and you’ll never have to work a day in your life?’  I always really believed in that, it just took me a long time to figure out what I needed to do so I don’t need to ‘work’!

Of course, there will still be SEO, copywriting and guest blogging work but it’ll be great to have a nice mix between the two :0)

New Beginnings

For the entire time I have known my hubby he’s worked for the same large retail company. He’s worked his way up from the warehouse to managing stock for every store in the UK.

He’s had years of working on/managing national projects on top of his normal job role. Hence very long hours, constant travel all over the country and the need for us to re-arrange many family holidays.

As much as it isn’t now the vocation he wants, we’ve been thankful he’s had a relatively secure job with a reasonable pay packet.

Plus, if it wasn’t for us both working there many moons ago, he’d never have met me. Obviously for that he has to be eternally grateful!!!

However, six weeks ago he was told he was surplus to requirements. He’s now on garden leave. As much as he had been thinking about how he could change his career, it was a huge shock to the system suddenly to think he would not be employed. The first time since he was 17.

Aside from getting married and having children, its probably one of the biggest changes we’ve ever experienced. It has always been a factor in our life together.

To some extent, it was expected. The company has been going through some huge changes, but we did begin to hope it wouldn’t happen once they changed the redundancy policy to his, and a lot of his colleague’s, detriment.

We were about to take a change in direction anyway. Something we were planning to work on to enable him to leave his job, so I’m really hoping….actually I’m pretty certain, that this is a case of divine timing. I’m a great believer in things that are ‘meant to be’.

It is very daunting, but we’re staying positive.

It helps that we have amazing family and friends who are extremely supportive, not to mention our children who always make us laugh and see the brighter side.

We’ve been talking about the situation a lot recently. Lil man obviously picked this up and had a question to ask….

‘Does Daddy not have a nursery to go to any more? Is that his bad news?’

If only it was as simple as finding Daddy a new nursery!