I’ve never jumped and not landed safely. That’s what I told my friends and family last April when I announced that I would not be returning to Beijing to teach dance and yoga for the 2014-2015 school year.
People would say, “Why would you leave a comfy steady income and great job?!?! I thought you liked it there.”
I would say, “Well, for lots of reasons but the two main ones were that my body is really not well from the pollution and I really really miss my dog, Ava.
The next question was, “So what are you going to do?”
My answer, “Open a yoga studio, bike shop, bar (coffee, tea, and beer) in a shipping container structure!”
Awkward silence… followed by an even more awkward, “That’s great!”
That’s when the, “I’ve never jumped and not landed safely.” always came in.
Thankfully, I’ve never really been afraid of hard work and have been blessed with an incredible stubborness/persistence streak. And also thankfully, that I have a life partner/husband/Russ with a similar commitment to “doing things”.
We both worked really hard with a ton of love and to created a thriving dance program (me/Brittany) and Russ created a photography program at a college prep boarding school in central Utah. We also teamed up and put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into successfully building a straw bale house with our very own hands. After about eight years we began to get ansty, we needed a new challenge. That challenge came to us in the form of teaching our respective subjects at an international school in Beijing, China.
Before we left for China, we were dreaming about all of the possibilities of the future. While we were in China for the 2013-2014 school year, we began narrowing our focus on the possibility we were going to focus on next. At this point we were 33 and 34 and knew that we were competent and capable and that we should use our talents and skills to create something big and beautiful that reflects us as individuals and could also support our lifestyle independent of having a boss.
I have fallen in love with yoga over the course of the last 10 years and always make my friends and community do it with me. Russ loves bikes: fixing them, building them, teaching kids about them. I love tea. He loves beer. Other people like coffee. And we love hosting community gatherings! So why not start a business that incorporates all of those things?!
With all of that being said, it is a fact that I tend to be more impulsive and Russ is way more practical. So I packed my stuff and moved to Colorado to get the yoga portion of the business going and Russ stayed in China to save up some cash.
I am truly astonished in this moment as I reflect on the last six months as an entrepreneur.
Here’s the summary:
We are still in search of a property to put our shipping containers on and Russ is building a master plan for the bike shop with kids bike building workshops for this summer.
Man oh man am I STOKED!!!!! I’ve had my head down the last six months maintaining a website, designing and marketing, accounting, going to teacher trainings, and business workshops, networking. So when I looked around the room last night at the community of yogis, I thought my heart was going to explode!
I’m beyond grateful for my parents support throughout every “wild” idea I’ve ever had.
I’m grateful for the support of friends around the country and world, I’ve felt your loving energy all along the way. Thank you for your, “If if any one can do it it’s you and Russ.” comments.
I’m grateful for the really long list of new friends that have offered so much fun and wisdom on this new adventure.
And in this moment, most importantly the CC YOGI’s. Without students in the classroom, who would I share yoga with? and how would I pay my bills?
Seriously, if this is what it looks like after 6 months I can only imagine how wonderful it will be in a year or two and beyond?!?! I am truly blessed and open to all of the wonderful possibilities that life has to unfold!
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
Brittany is kind and thoughtful. She makes the new learner feel comfortable and builds on the practice of advanced students. She demonstrates the different modifications so you can benefit through each movement. She is easy to understand and knows how to approach each individual so you can always leave with something that you accomplished and/or learned. She is easy to talk with and her love for yoga is contagious.
This is the coolest place. I built my own bamboo bike here and Russ, who led the workshop, was so awesome. Possibly one of the coolest things I've ever done. My bike is a single speed, but rides so smooth, and dare I say better than my Specialized. It's super light, sexy as f&#$, rides soft but solid. Russ was really cool and patient and let me go in whenever I fancied to make tiny adjustments here and there. Money especially well spent. And I can't wait to build my next one. I'm seriously addicted and really proud of what I was able to produce. #Lifegoals