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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wishcasting Wednesday: What Do I Wish to Let Go?

It's another Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios,
and today Jamie asks the powerful question...

What Do You Wish to Let Go?

I wish to let go of my apprehension about
cutting back my massage schedule

in order to spend time developing other avenues of income.

I am blessed to have a successful massage therapy practice. There are therapists who dream of having what I've created. 

Please understand, I don't say this with braggadocio or arrogance, but rather with gratitude, humility and a healthy dose of self-respect.  I have worked very hard to get where I am.  To have a business where I no longer have to advertise because I have a month-long waitlist; where I can pick and choose my clientele and if they don't keep healthy boundaries or if they blow off their appointment,  I can simply say goodbye because someone else is waiting to get in.   A practice where my clients become my friends.  I feel so blessed to have the privilege of spending the day in a beautiful space with lovely music and my little pug next to me, right in the comfort of my own home.

I currently see between 20-25 clients a week,  many for 90 minute sessions.    The money is good, especially as I have low overhead, but there is also a ceiling to my earning potential.  More importantly, after 12 years in practice and with my 52nd birthday around the corner, I question how much longer I can continue to offer my physical energy hour after hour, week after week.   I am energetic, strong and healthy and I know that (God willing) I can continue to work on this path for many years.  But I really wish to reduce the number of sessions per week and begin to seriously develop another reliable source of income where I don't depend on my hands.

I don't wish to give up massage therapy because I genuinely enjoy it, but I do wish to cut back to 3 days/10 clients instead of my current schedule of 5 days/20-25 clients.   In the long-term I will benefit by creating new and exciting aromatherapy education programs both live and online, write the many how-to books that I hold in my head and build a better online vehicle for selling my essential oils.  But it means that in the short-term, I'll have  a reduced income.

I need to learn to let go of the fear of earning less, saying no to my clients and trust that the Universe will provide for me in other ways.


WrightStuff said...

That's a good wish - you are recognising your dreams and doing something about it. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

Jennifer said...

Follow your heart Liz!

As Liz wishes for herself, so too do I wish for her with all my heart!


Wild Roaming One (WRO) said...

As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you too Liz!

Trusting the Universe, a common theme with me today as well. I understand your fear...


Amy said...

As you wish, so I wish for you.

I totally understand what you are feeling, only mine is opposite. I have been a social worker for probably the same about of time that you have been a massage therapist, but feel the need to do something else that I am more passionate about. I have been able to make a good living in my profession, but I want to be more creative.

I need to trust that the universe will provide the direction in what way to steer my life!


Sarah said...

As Liz wishes for herself, I wish for her also!
Oh Liz..can I tell you how deepy this resonated in me!! I am doing just that..cutting back my childcare hours and adding art hours. It is scarey stuff and I am working very hard to make it happen. I too don't have much trouble filling client holes - after 24 years of teaching..but it is limited in how many I can take and my energy level for a room full of 2 year olds is ..well not so much. So I deeply wish this for you! Namaste, Sarah

AmyK said...

I sure can understand the wear on your body due to the physical aspect of massage. My BIL is a Chiropractor and his own back is a mess due to years of bending over patients and using his own body to adjust theirs. I hope you can cut back before damage is done to you.

Shari said...

As you wish for yourself I wish for you also. May the perfect avenue of income open itself to you!

Lawendula said...

As Liz wishes for herself, so I wish for her also!

I really can understand this, although with me it's just the other way round. I wish so much for clients (I am astrologer), but there aren't any. People don't have money for this. But it's ok, I can manage. But sometimes I envy all those persons who must say "no" to new clients.
On the other hand I am so free to do what I want to do and I have so much time for my daughter, who still needs me a lot.

Nanodance said...

I am just starting out as a massage therapist- my dream was to have a practice as vibrant as yours. But, I am realizing how hard it is on my body and have been thinking more along the lines of continuing to combine it with teaching, which is what I am doing mostly these days. I wish you the best in finding balance in your career.

Holly said...

Oh my goodness! This is wonderful! Imagine being able to move from a place of abundance to a new place to allow it to manifest again!

How about, it's time for you to gift a truly good apprentice with the chance to move into the space you are pulling out of slowly? Yes, you can mentor and help another move in to help you keep up that which you have built....

And, I so wish you lived closer as I desperately miss my sessions with my former who kept my body in tip top working order. Now I haven't had a massage unless he's come for a visit and I won't go looking for someone in this area. Being stubborn. Stupid.

It's your oils and classes that are the next phase of life for you...I just feel that. And, should you decide to write those books, et al, you know how to find an excellent writer/editor to assist you with those things. I'm here.

As our Fragrant Muse wishes for herself, So I lovingly and with intention wish for her also.

"Proceed with a joyful heart and know that all will be well."

MagnificentDebra said...

As Liz wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. Blessings and Peace too!

Do you know the song, "Let it Be" by the Beatles? That's my letting go mantra song!

Sulwyn said...

As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

Blessings on your search for balance.

Diva Kreszl said...

Jumping off to the 'unknown' can be scary but perhaps it is time to 'Let Go & Let God' ! As you wish for yourself I so lovingly wish for you also!

KathrynAntyr said...

As Liz wishes for herself, I wish for her also! Change is scary but it sounds like you already know what is best for you and the path to move in that direction. The clients who stay with you will be very, VERY, lucky.

Karen D said...

As Liz wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. May you find the same abundance in your next work as you have in the one you are in now, it sounds lovely to love and enjoy what you do for a living.

Jamie Ridler said...

As Liz wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

I celebrate your great success! Congratulations on all that you've created. All that you have learned, all that you have grown, will serve you in each of your next amazing adventures. I have 100% faith in you that you can create another thriving venture! Look what you've done already!

Ambiance in the Attic said...

I'm reading a book by Tommy Newberry called "Success Is Not An Accident". It is giving my husband and I some biblical perspective on finding what God has designed for our future and how to make it happen. He can't lead you if you are not moving.

Ellecubed said...

May you follow your heart. As Liz wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

rxBambi said...

Letting go of anxiety is a wonderful wish. I, of course, would have wish to let go of about 15 pounds, but to each her own, right?
Just kidding, actually I think it sounds wonderful and as long as you plan ahead for a short-term reduction in income then it shouldn't be a problem. Add to the the possibilities of everything else you'd like to do, your income could greatly increase.
Good luck to you!

Mica said...

As Liz wishes for themself, I wish also.

So Mote It Be!
Mica aka LadySilverOak

Anna said...

As Liz wishes for herself, so I wish for her also to move forward with her business without fear

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

I believe the energy, care and creativity that led you to such a successful practice will again guide you to finding the right balance and to what is next for you. I love what Holly wrote, especially this:

"Proceed with a joyful heart and know that all will be well."

the photo is wonderful; hold it in your mind!

Lisa K said...

As Liz wishes for herself, I wish for her as well.

As I'm gingerly stepping out into the self-employment world (but still holding on to the corporate world)...I'm fascinated with you having to let go of some of your self-employment...to find other expressive means of self-employment. Don't know if that makes sense...but its an interesting picture in my head...
A sense of you filling the universe...

Beverley Baird said...

As Liz wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.
having had massages I know how physical giving a massage is. You are wise to ensure your continued health - may you follow your heart and have your wishes fulfilled!

Janet said...

I think Holly has a wonderful idea. And remember that you can taper off gradually, you don't have to cut back to 10 clients a week right away. maybe in small doses.

Liz, that which you wish for, i wish for you also.

Betsy Brown said...

As Liz wishes for herself, so do I wish for her as well. Waving my divine wand, I say Poof - Be Gone - Fear, you have no power here!

spudballoo said...

Oh good for you for setting in down in black and white. Saying it is one step nearer to doing it...it's a brave move, but you're right. At 52 (not poking fun!) it's a crossroads...most likely you have less of your life ahead than behind you. So what choices are you going to make? I think 50ish, with your children grown, is like 18ish...when you set your stall for your life. Now you set your stall for your Grown Up Life!

good luck to you, lovely lady xx