Hello one and all!
It’s been a while since I have updated this blog. And social media for that matter! This past summer proved to be both a very productive and illuminating time in my life. My business grew in ways I truly wasn’t predicting, and I appreciate each and every person who made that possible, both clients and colleagues alike. But alas, I needed a bit of a respite from that to rest, regroup and reflect. Admittedly, I haven’t done a very good job of announcing when exactly that would be and how long that would be. It can be a bit unpredictable whenever the need for retreat strikes. But I am looking towards the future with a sense of clarity that has been hard to come by in recent times. Much of 2020 and a good chunk of 2021 was focused on survival, on just getting through each day and staying as secure (financially and emotionally) as humanly possible. This summer was a watershed time for me; I was finally able to look ahead, to see what kind of business and life truly works for me, and how to start putting together plans to make that possible.
So with that, what I have discovered is this: I am, at my core, a touring provider. Being in new places and meeting new people energizes me. I feel more and more connected to both my business and myself when I am traveling, and I am able to have a clearer picture of the future when I tour regularly. This may not necessarily be new news to most of you. But there have been many things that have held me back from really going for it in the way that I have wanted to (and in many ways needed to): COVID, car troubles, family and caretaking obligations here in Chicago, etc. Fortunately, many of these issues have been at least partially or completely resolved (I will be getting a third COVID booster shot before I leave which helps mitigate COVID risks even further). And not to overly rely on a certain white girl-ism, but… when the universe is telling you to do something, it’s telling you to do something. And the universe is telling me it is indeed time.
I have my travel schedule planned out for the next six months, where I will be on the road for roughly 6-8 weeks, then back in Chicago for roughly 2-4 weeks. And when I am in Chicago, I will plan on primarily resting and recuperating. I will still take appointments when I return to Chicago, but the focus will be on established clients and extended bookings. Last minute bookings will not be available anymore. Fly/Drive me to You will also still be available, but obviously on a limited basis and will require advanced planning.
After those six months, I am honestly not sure what will happen. I may keep traveling and circling back through Chicago regularly. I may move somewhere else. It remains to be seen. And since I will be utilizing a new business model of primarily touring, in some ways it doesn’t totally matter where I end up! And in some ways, maybe thinking of it as a total business model shift is not totally accurate: it’s more of a new attitude towards touring and my “home base.”
Nobody's business model is one size fits all, and no one thing will work for everyone, particularly in this business. For a long time, I strived to make my homemade work for me, despite yearning to tour. For a long time, I thought that I should focus on FMTYs like many of my colleagues. But the truth is, this is what I have wanted to do for a long time. And it's what works for me.
I am grateful to begin this new chapter of my business and my life, and I hope you are able to join me along the way! Make sure to check out my travel schedule here.
See you on the road!