Time flies when you're having fun! Or opening a buisness... Or having a baby.... Or doing all of that in 365 days. The simple fact that it has been one year since Hustle & Flow opened its doors, is mind blowing. I remember that very first morning-I was more nervous that day than I had been for my first day teaching yoga, for any professional commercial dance gig, or any acting job I'd ever done. This was new territory and more importantly my life savings were on the line...not to mention our business partner and her investments as well. It's even harder to believe that I was 4 months pregnant on day one. I had just come through three months of nausea, fatigue, sleepless nights and a growing fear that maybe all of this was a cruelly timed joke. Our beautiful yet challenging pregnancy was indeed an accident and in the back of my mind, hell, in the FRONT of my mind, I had no clue how I was going to juggle this. The teachers, the front desk staff, my husband, our business partner, our designers, everyone seemed so confidant and willing to help that the undercurrent was there. We were already building community. And I was fortunate enough to create a perfectly healthy little boy while surviving this roller coaster. I know I was lucky. I had the support of the previous business owners and the wonderful group of teachers that willingly stayed on board as we transitioned a familiar space into an entirely new entity. I had a loving husband who, like me, was anxious about embarking on parenthood while simultaneously remodeling a business and keeping it a float in an economy where doors of local shops were slamming shut quicker than you can parallel park. My exceptionally supportive family were all behind me in this new venture. They kept telling me "you'll have some of the most trying and difficult days ahead but you have to stick it out and know that hard work always pays off". Well, they were right about one thing; this is some HARD WORK. What I knew 365 days ago and what I know this very afternoon, is that it is my passion to inspire folks, to build community and to create a safe place for anyone to meet the BEST version of themselves. Hustle & Flow Fitness is a realized dream. I had wanted it for years...my sweaty playground where you come to work hard, zone out, socialize, LAUGH or cry.... and breathe. and breathe. and breathe again. I can not summarize this little story and say that everything is roses. It is more work than I ever had imagined. Pile on top of that, a child that would rather "do anything" than sleep (wonder where he gets it...) and the longing to find some balance. Not every story has a silver lining and because we are merely on chapter one, I can't predict how this next year will pan out. I pray every day that I have the strength to do the right thing, be a good mother, wife and boss. The only thing I really know how to do is to just KEEP GOING. And sometimes that's enough!
AUTHOR: Nicole Sciacca
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