Out of Control Situations
My alarm went off at 6:00 AM on Saturday the 13th of January, the day of my big Zennergy Studios mini retreat. With excitement and a bit of nervousness I got ready for the day. I looked outside and we had 6 inches of snow in the driveway.
When you live in upstate New York, 6 inches of snow isn't that bad. Of course, I also understood that those participants who had a long drive might not make it to the retreat today.
I set off on the road from my house up the hill to the studio space.... Then my car started to fish tail and I was nervous we wouldn't make it. Not only was there 6 inches of snow, but also ice underneath the snow. If I'm having a hard time making it to the studio at 6:30 AM and the snow plows haven't cleared the snow on the roads leading to the studio, how can I host this event?!
Of course cancelling and rescheduling an event you've been working on, advertising and cooking for is never what you want to do. Though, how in good consciousness, can I ask people to risk their lives driving to my studio for an event?!
By 7:00 AM I was back at my house texting, emailing and FaceBook messaging everyone who had reserved a spot in the retreat.
The overwhelming response?
Thankful for the cancellation. I let everyone know we would reschedule and hopefully they could make it.
We can't control the weather. We can't control a pipe bursting. There are millions of other circumstances that are out of our hands that we can't predict.
We CAN however control how we act in response to that situation.
I cancelled my event. I planned a new date and began the advertising again. Sure the food I prepped wouldn't make it to the new date and I take a small loss BUT everyone was safe.
One person I messaged THANKED me for cancelling. They wanted to support my event, but were afraid to drive due to the bad road conditions.
There comes a point where you have to make a decision that will impact your business, your life or the lives of others. Follow your intuition. People will understand.
THEN make the most of the situation. I have a few posters left over from the event promotion that I'm going to alter the date on and get back out there to advertise. Maybe we'll see a few people who couldn't make to the January date? My good friend, Kim, told me that this could be exactly what we needed to book every spot.
So do you look at the losses of cancelling an event due to something out of your control... OR do you make the most of it and put yourself back out there?
The actions that you take are in your control.
What do you choose?
P.S. - If you're interested our reschedule date is February 17th. ;)
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New Beginnings, Again!
It's a new year and there's a new moon this week! Tonight at 9:17 PM EST, actually. So let's check in on those New Year's resolutions?!
Right around now, we're starting to lose steam on our resolutions. We go strong with the #NewYearVibes for the first couple weeks and then we start to miss chocolate, Netflix etc. Slowly slipping into our usual behaviors.
Let's let the new moon give us a quick boost as we check back in with ourselves! Remind yourself WHY you made that resolution in the first place.
Before the New moon goes direct, set aside some time for... you guessed it. Some time with your journal! Grab a cup of tea and work through these questions:
1. What is your current New Year's Resolution?
2. WHY do you want to commit to that?
3. How will you FEEL if you commit to that resolution?
4. What is not currently working in your favor to commit to that goal?
5. What can you change to commit to your goal?
At the end of this practice you'll have nailed down what obstacles are in your way.
Want to amp up your intentions with a little plant magic? Write down the obstacles you discovered on a bay leaf. Then in a safe place, burn that bay leaf. Bay leaves are a great cleansing agent; allowing you to make room for those new changes you are committing to.
Happy New Moon, my friends.
- Jenn Rose
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Sub-conscious messages. How many of those are floating around in your mind? I like to think of those songs that get stuck in your head and seem to pop up randomly three days later.
How often does something seem to pop up out of no where? I think it's often enough to start to gage those things we are filling our minds with on a day to day basis.
Let's talk about the songs played on your car radio?
What sort of messages are you putting into that sub-conscious mind of yours? Are you filling it with positive messages or thoughts of not being good enough, thin enough, etc.?
Music is a big part of my life, as a dancer/yoga teacher/human being. ;)
I'll flip through the radio on my 15-20 minute commute several times to find "the song" to get me going for the day.
Lately, I'm shocked by some of the messages we're hearing! Songs about giving up, taking pills to become numb, and even about wanting to die! Really?!
I wager that if we listen to these messages long enough, that's where our brains will automatically go.
Think about it.
We tell our pets "No" about eating our shoes/jumping on the table/etc. Eventually they learn not to do it. Children are told not to touch the hot stove, run out into traffic, etc. Eventually they learn not to do those things.
Of course those may be extreme examples...
However if we play a song on repeat day in and day out, those messages become a part of your growth. Think, hearing "No" over and over, but this time it's "Don't worry, be happy", etc.
I encourage us all to take a second to check in and really notice what we are teaching ourselves during those car rides. Positivity or Negativity?
Thinking happy thoughts!
- Jenn Rose
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Dream Your Reality
Since opening my studio I've hosted several workshops and mini retreats. Every one of these started out as a crazy idea that was cultivated into reality.
Where am I going with this?
ANY idea you have can be a reality.
If you want to create the worlds largest aquarium bridge, make it happen.
If you want to host the #1 salsa dancer in the world, make it happen.
If you want to make a substitute for lemonade made entirely of beets, make it happen.
If you have an idea, YOU are capable of making that idea a reality.
Back in my Performing Arts Club days at the Herkimer County Community College, I created skits, choreography, mixed music and made an entire show.
Put together a group of dancers, check.
Put together a playlist, check.
Put together a set or back drop, check.
Make posters to promote the event, check. (This was before FaceBook events took over advertising.)
Get your idea out there, put the time and work into it and the right people will support your dreams.
You have the ability to create anything in this life time. As you look into this new year, dream bigger! Create more. Get out there and do your thing.
The worst thing that will happen is that you learn from the experience and you can adjust your plans for the future. That doesn't sound so bad?! If we keep at it, we just keep getting better and better.
What are you working towards this new year?
Eyes on the sky, friends.
- Jenn Rose
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