Happy New Year!
I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted an update. I like to think it’s a sign of a life well lived and a thriving business!
I left my wee golf club studio just before Christmas. It was a little emotional of course and more hectic than anticipated. I’d scheduled a few hours for the move and it ended up taking 2 people the best part of 2 days. What I though would fit in my boot actually took a couple of van loads.
I’m now a nomad teacher on tour - moving around from venue to venue, working out the back of my Honda Jazz! Look out for me hobbling along the street with Ikea bags full of yoga mats tied on to my shoulders and dragging my oversized speakers from place to place.
It’s been hard - in fact I really had forgotten how hard it was not to have a base. The venues I’m using are all terrific but remembering where I’m going each day is a challenge, and in general I’m feeling like I’m learning the ropes as I go and totally out of my comfort zone. But that’s usually a good place to be and I hope it means I’m learning some valuable lessons in the process. Change doesn’t come from staying in your comfort zone.
It has also helped me really remember why I’m doing this - I’m really feeling the lack of appropriate and regularly available space for a business like my own which currently needs about 30 hours a week for classes. I hope that the building will not just help me out but will be a resource for the dance, fitness and wellbeing community.
But back to the build itself. We’re not quite where I would have liked to be at this point but it’s all good. I have an absolutely amazing dream team on it (pictured here on a very rare tea break!) and we’re getting closer every day.
Honestly, quick shout out to the crew who have made my dream a reality. You are all amazing and thank you so much for everything so far. Despite the stress of this project, knowing I have these guys on the job, and trusting them completely, has made life 10 times easier. I was thrilled yesterday when Kenny, our builder and friend, handed me the keys to my new front door - along with a celebratory drink of Coca Cola. There’s a man with style!
The project is “overdue” but it’s going to be totally blooming perfect. We’ve come this far and waited this long so it's not worth rushing the finer details. Talking of finer details, painting has begun - and there is a lot of painting to do. Because of the height in the main studio we need to do the roofs and tops of walls before the scaffolding comes down.
Everything is getting a lovely fresh white wash however Cheggs is freaking out because he keeps finding samples of “neutral” pink tester pots. He was even more worried when he saw some hot pink samples I have for the shower rooms.
When Cheggs isn’t busy overseeing all the administration of the build and the funding, electric and water connections, flooring, heating, cooling and parking (and the rest), his current obsession is the glitter ball. It had been mentioned (by Cheggs) in passing more than a few times, but for me (cash conscious as always) it was never a priority. Yes to the disco lights, the yoga heaters, the fans and the Bluetooth sound system, the hot pink shower room…. Meh to the disco ball.
Cheggs had other ideas though and I was shocked (and secretly impressed) to find he has not only sourced, but also bought, said glitter ball. So it’s happening. And it will be happening soon as it’s another ceiling item which needs to be in place before the scaffolding comes down! Here's the man himself pictured with the connection he arrange for the glitter ball!
Who knew he was such a DISCO KING? Look out for "Disco Dancing with Cheggs" as a brand new class for the studio!
Thank goodness though, where would a first class dance studio be without a glitter ball?