When I was sixteen years old I started my first real job at Mad River Mountain Ski Resort. I worked as a lift attendant, a cashier in the cafeteria, and then I finished my last few seasons in lift ticket sales and office administration. To date, Mad River has been my all-time favorite place to work. As a teen, having a job made me feel independent. I enjoyed the perks of working at a local ski resort, i.e, free skiing, and I also met a lot of interesting people along the way, some of whom I still count as friends to this day.
Somehow, working at a ski resort
in the middle of Ohio
allowed me to see life in a whole new way.
I don’t know if I consciously knew it at the time, but looking back, I realize that it was this job that allowed me to see how much bigger the world was outside of the small town where I lived.
Since then, I’ve worked a lot of different jobs. I’ve scooped ice cream and served refreshments from a golf cart on a golf course. I was a cashier at a grocery store. I’ve worked in gyms and sold supplements at a GNC (are those still around?). I worked for a summer on the production line at a major automobile manufacturer. I worked with automotive engineers, and I worked for an industrial paint contractor. One year, when it came time to do taxes, I had more than half a dozen W-2 forms show up in the mail! I guess you could say I haven’t always been one to stick around at jobs for too long. I'd usually decide I was done, I'd quit, and then I'd move on - it’s kind of been my way. I don’t exactly know why, but I do know that I’ve experienced very conscious moments in my life when I whole-heartedly knew it was time to make a change, and that’s where I am right now.
For the last thirteen years, the longest amount of time I’ve consecutively hung around at any "job," I’ve been a Massage Therapist, and the time has come for me to see the completion of this work. I've been reminiscing about how I started on my path as a massage therapist…
I had recently graduated from college with a degree in business management, and I had also just uprooted my entire life by moving out of state. I had always been fascinated with the workings of the human body and exercise science, so it made perfect sense to me when I heard a cosmic voice whisper into my ear, "Go to massage therapy school!" And I listened.
It wasn’t just
that I was being led to, though.
It was a way to see the world in a bigger way.
I don’t mean to sound all airy-fairy, but I don’t think studying massage therapy was ever really about becoming a massage therapist. I think it was about expanding my point of view, broadening my horizons, learning new perspectives on things that were spiritually refreshing & inspiring & invigorating. Massage school gave me permission to more fully explore things I already knew about, to learn new things I didn’t already know about, and to unlearn some old things that I thought I knew. It was and continues to be a part of my path towards greater life fulfillment and purpose.
I am forever grateful that my fascination with the workings of the human body weren’t pushed under the rug by that shiny new business degree, and even though it didn’t entirely make sense to switch gears and go to massage therapy school right after getting my college degree, I‘m glad I trusted that cosmic voice and followed the meanderings of my heart.
To my clients, I'm thankful for each of you. For allowing me to share my gifts with you, for placing your trust in me, and for sharing your gifts with me. I have learned so much from working with you. But this isn’t goodbye, it’s just a transition, and I hope you'll stick around and see what’s next! I promise you it will be aligned with what I always wish to be the highest goodness and wellness for all concerned.