Father's Day is coming
If you are like me, you find your Dad ridiculously hard to buy for. My Dad has always just bought whatever he wanted or needed for himself. Leaving little for us to choose from. But that’s sorta how Dads are, right? Pragmatic, no-nonsense, reliable, predictable. At least that’s how mine is.
This year, I am at a total loss. As my Father ages, he requires less and less “stuff”. He enjoys a good meal and an afternoon activity. But, gone are the days where a tie and some golf balls will do the trick. He rarely indulges in a beer these days and there is no lawn to mow, no job to unwind from. He’s truly happy being retired. And with happiness comes contentment with what you already have. This is what we all strive for. BUT… it makes him super hard to buy for.
I’ve considered Storyworth and 23andme. And both would be amazing gifts for A Dad but not MY Dad. He has a healthy distrust of companies that use your DNA and I just don’t think he would keep up with the Storyworth writing prompts. Not to mention, its like giving your Dad actual homework. Its great in theory but not in practice.
Acupuncture makes a great gift for a Dad that has everything. But guess what…. My Dad already gets acupuncture.
Spending more time with my Dad is the gift we both really want. And I’m glad I have the opportunity to do that. I’m lucky that he is still alive and that despite living in Florida, he spends his summers in NH to be closer to us.
I’m unclear what I will end up getting him but I am happy that I have a day to celebrate him.
I wish all of you a Peaceful Father’s Day- however you choose to spend it.
In Recognition of Mother's Day
Every year as Mother’s Day approaches I am particularly aware that both Mother’s and Father’s Day are precarious holidays to navigate. While they should be wonderful celebrations of the people who gave us life, they often carry with them some heaviness, sadness, jealousy, longing and loneliness.
We Are Moving...
This months blog is going to be a little different. Since we are moving the office, and it has given me an opportunity to walk down memory lane a bit. A mere 2 years ago, I decided to open the clinic in Salem. I had been in practice for 10 years already but this was my FIRST time branching out completely alone. I actually first opened Bella Acupuncture in 2011, when I was fresh out of Acupuncture School. I was “running” the business then but… I was subletting space in a Wellness Center with many other practitioners. We shared the treatment rooms (and sometimes the patients) but it was never actually my space to develop and grow as I saw fit.
Since then I had worked in a few other clinics as someone else’s employee. I gained so much experience and wisdom doing that but it was still NOT MINE.
Fast forward to 2021 when I finally did it. I made something mine. And like many first time (true) business owners, I have made mistakes. I have changed my mind. I have done things I was SURE would work but didn’t. There have been many bumps in the road and I am sure there will be many more. It has been challenging but these last 2 years have been the most fulfilling of my life. It gave me to opportunity to connect with and impact so many new people. I am so happy to be doing what I love in a community that I love. I am truly thankful for YOU!
The new clinic location is going to give me, and us, another fresh start. There will likely be more changes coming. I hope to hire some staff members soon. Learning to navigate a bigger space will have its challenges. We will have growing pains. But, we will also have breakthroughs. Throughout all that is to come, I promise I will always do my best to help you. That will never change.
It may seem like I’m beating a dead horse here but, being busy is NOT a badge of honor. I’m not sure when or why it became a thing for people to never have down time. I know life gets chaotic- especially if you have kids (or fur-kids) and you have to manage more than your own schedule. Shopping and cooking meals, laundry, keeping up with the housework, making appointments, exercise, having time for friends and family- its A LOT! I get it. I get overwhelmed, too and I only have to take care of myself.