I have been waiting for four months to write this blog! Four very long months! I cannot say I have been waiting patiently either! There has been huge highs and temper tantrum lows! Giddy with excitement and huge sobs of frustration but today I signed the lease on a wonderful space just a 90 second walk from where I am based now! Unit 4a Grange Business Park, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 2BY is now mine to do with what I want! (Within reason!) My Builder will soon be in to put up walls and doors. There will be plasterers, decorators and electricians and various trips to lovely shops to buy gorgeous important things like loo roll and chairs!
I wasn’t ready to do this last year and when I knew the space would become available earlier this year I still faffed around. As some of you know I am very good at faffing! However! A friend told me to get some fancy notebooks and other stationery and write-up a Business Plan and again after more faffing and with the help of my Son I wrote a Business Plan on some flowery note paper and it looked gorgeous and clever! It also looked exciting. It looked like there was a chance I could be brave and do it!
So! I applied! I was accepted! I had to change the use of the space and had to go through planning permission. Hence the tears of frustration and the temper tantrums. 4 months later and we are here! The middle of November. During this time I have got some financial backing, done cash flows, changed this and changed that and then changed it all back again (several times), spoken to various small business owners, had my logo changed, leaflets updated, spoken to the Accountant, battled to be heard and my ideas listened to ( it is amazing how many people KNOW how my 14-year-old business works and what I need to do in my new place!) and obviously carried on with normal life. I am pretty sure I will look back at this time and wonder how we did it! Thank goodness for wonderful friends, Clients, children and a very patient Husband who has mouldy shoulders from me crying into them and very tight shoulders from me squeezing him with happiness!
There are various reasons why I have decided to move my Business from “the Garage!” I hesitate whilst I think of what is the most important. There are so many important reasons! One is where the Unit is. My Clients will need to make the tiniest detour, as I said it is a 90 second walk from mine. It is also above my wonderful friend Michelle’s hair Salon, Hairlistic. The salon which can cope with my unruly curls! It isn’t just any Hair Salon either, Michelle and her team only use products that are as natural and holistic as possible. Ideal for me to go in on the floor above her with my Natural well-being clinic!
It is also time for me to expand, I want to do regular Reiki Shares and workshops without overflowing into the house. I also want to start-up meditation and mindfulness classes. I will also be taking Hypnotherapy Clients after Christmas and just need a larger space.
There will also be another therapy room available besides mine. A place I will rent out to other professional Therapists who have their own Client Base or hope to expand.
My Children are also growing up! I get that fluttery panicky feeling when I think how quickly this time is passing. It is too late for me to have another baby, the Husband is still hesitating over getting a dog and he is a pretty good Husband for me not to have an affair so this new project is my new baby, dog and affair! Pretty good reasons I feel!!
It is exciting! I will obviously keep you all regularly updated with the process of turning this space into two therapy rooms and a waiting area! Fingers crossed I will open in time for Christmas – I have bought some gorgeous Christmas decorations!
One of my clients said to me the other day, ‘during all this waiting time, have you ever had moments of thinking, “what have I done?”‘
My answer was a very definite “NO!” Not once have I thought that I didn’t want to do this!
I cannot wait to start the next phase of my life!