THE BEST THINGS WE’VE LEARNED FROM TWO YEARS OF STUDIONE:
Ya’ll, ONE is TWO! How has it been two years since we opened StudiOne? HOW!? It’s been so fast, so fun, so challenging and SO WORTH IT. We are so grateful to have a community of clients who have supported us (some of you from day one)! And we can’t wait to see what year three brings. But for now, we want to bask in the glory of our birthday and reflect on year two!
TERESA: I have loved and learned so much over the past two years as co-owner of StudiOne yoga + fitness.
This like minded community we have built, that’s the thing I have loved the most -- building relationships with our members, helping them define what is important to them and helping them achieve their goals has been paramount. There are so many people that want to make healthier choices, need guidance or lack the support needed to live a healthy life. Most students desire to get into better shape and lose some weight so they can look and feel their best. Our clients have the opportunity to invest in themselves, set goals and find the unconditional support to take a step in the right direction.
I have learned how important it is to be flexible and open minded as a business owner. Jessica and I wrote a business plan together over two years ago, defining specific and relevant goals we expected to achieve, how we intended to reach them and implemented metrics to measure our success. We knew wanted to offer a variety of yoga and fitness classes. At the time, I was a certified yoga teacher and she was a personal trainer. We discovered pretty quickly we would need to be certified to teach every class, in case one of us got ill. That is exactly what we did. During this certification process we have learned so much more about each other’s passions, I think it is safe to say, today, we are both equally passionate about yoga + fitness. We teach and take every class option on our schedule, we have immersed ourselves into our certifications and the not so glamorous business side of the studio. Two short years later, our passion for StudiOne is clear and precise to all of our students.
Oh gosh where do I even begin. When we set out, I really wanted to create a safe and encouraging place where WE fostered and nurtured people’s dreams. The avenue we chose happened to be yoga and fitness, but that was always at the root of StudiOne. At our core, we are a community of people who supports and nurtures our students’ dreams. I have learned that when you put love and encouragement into people, they will put it right back into you, and others. I didn’t expect that to happen when we opened the doors two years ago, but I guess that’s what a community is -- or that’s what this StudiOne community has taught me. A circular representation of what is fostered the most.
The most memorable example of this for me was last year when I set out to chase my impossible dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. I’d worked hard all summer, talked about my training in classes, and taken many of our classes as part of training. Then I set off for Washington state to do it and I had cards, and texts and voice messages to listen to on my run from so many of our students. I laughed, sucked it up and pushed harder at all different times in the race, and eventually was brought to tears by the number of people who believed in me. I looked forward to coming home to my family at the studio, even though I hadn’t quite made the time goal. I knew they wouldn’t be disappointed. And still, two years later, that is what I hope we bring to you. Yes, you can do that taller step. Yes, you can quiet your mind. Yes, you can take that scary next step in your job. That’s the most important thing this studio has taught me - yes, I can.
We want to thank each of you for believing in us, and giving us this very special opportunity to do what we love and share our passions with you. Whether you've been there from day 1, or just watching and cheering from afar, we couldn't do it without you. We are forever grateful for the early mornings, the sweat sessions, the lavender endings to yoga class and your willingness to try whatever we throw at you. Here's to year 3!