The Upward Spiral journey can take some surprising turns.
Our vision for a healing center won't begin with the ideal location we've been planning on for the past year and a half. While that vision is an ultimate manifestation of what we believe Upward Spiral Center will become, we slowly realized it wasn't the right choice at this time. But that doesn't mean we don't want to open our center. In fact, we're still planning to launch this fall!
So, how did we come to this decision? Well, as we reviewed more details in the plan for the new space and began to move forward with signing the lease and starting construction (still without the majority of our funding and a long road of fundraising ahead), we started to see a few key issues in the setup. As the problems mounted, we realized that becoming open to other options was the next natural step. As the Upward Spiral Center founder, I started to picture what my life would be like if we didn't open this amazing healing center in the heart of north Tampa.
This began a process of reclaiming my life. Why? Because I realized I was creating a life that was unlivable. I don't need to push myself to exhaustion to do the job I love. And in blunt terms, that was starting to happen.
I fell in love with our intended space and got tunnel vision. Opening my eyes to other options for the future of Upward Spiral created a re-emergence of the original vision. It's amazing how often what we're seeking is actually right in front of us.
If I downsized the expansion, I realized that I already had enough start-up funds with our initial fundraising to make something more manageable happen. So what does Upward Spiral really need? We are pretty maxed out in the room we have now, and we still want to become a local source of aromatherapy services (consultations, custom blending, etc.) as well as essential oils and related products.
As I started to piece it all together, the details aligned, and what I saw still makes me laugh at the absurdity. We actually have everything we need to grow in the space we already occupy! We recently had a tenant leave the front room, leaving it free for us to set up a small store for our products. When I told my mom that we were thinking of creating the Upward Spiral Center where we already are, she told me, "Well, sometimes you need to just bloom where you are planted."
So, please mark your calendars for August 1st and 2nd, which will be our grand-opening weekend! We are setting the details now, but we will have specials for in-store sales, free informational talks, and raffle prizes. We plan to have limited "summer hours" for the first 6 weeks or so while we get situated. We are stocking our shelves now, so let us know what you'd like to see! Remember, this is your community healing center. This is what we planned to create all along.
Thank you for your continued support. Know that this is only the beginning of our Upward Spiral journey. We are so glad to be a part of your Upward Spiral, and to have you as part of ours.