Reflections: A Note from Andrew
Yesterday was my birthday. I used to plan elaborate birthday parties and celebrate with true gusto. Nowadays, I use the day in a much more contemplative way and reflect back over the years. I think about all the things I have done and all the things that I would like to do. While it isn't as festive, it grounds me and centers me. It reminds me of how far I've come and how far I'd like to go.
Last year, we were still at our old location. We had finally finished renovating the Annex and had been running classes for a few months. I have to admit that I had an odd sensation of satisfaction. The store was doing well and the Annex was up and running after so much sweat and toil. In hindsight, it was the calm before the storm. Six months later (and after one of the most severe winters I have experienced), we decided to leave the old storefront, close the Annex, and start over in a new space. The transition was hard, but the rewards of taking the next step were ample and bountiful. We have been in the new shop for nearly half a year and I couldn't be happier. We didn't know what to expect when we moved, but the business has grown, become more established in the community, and continues to flourish.
As I look back over the years, I see a steady stream of hard work. I see my calling. I see my passion. I think back on all the people I have met and the friendships I have made and forged all the stronger. I think back on all the beautiful things I have seen and all the things that I have made. I feel lucky. I feel full of gratitude. We have been blessed with such an outpouring of positive energy and support. It's hard to imagine that four years ago, I had been diagnosed with cancer and was facing treatment. It was a dark time and I couldn't have fathomed having a store then. It seemed like an impossible dream, that maybe... someday... might come true. As I look back, I see all the winding paths, connecting and unfurling... bringing me to this place. It is a good place. Thank you for being a part of this journey, of going with me and William into unknown territory and discovering happiness.