Kind of a Big Deal

I am stoked to have come up with a brilliant idea!  (I love calling myself brilliant . . . eye roll.)

Anyway, I have been pondering how to help those of you who are interested in OWN Your Practice to really tear it up once you’re in the program.  Because I know it can be hard when you’ve signed up for ANY kind of program to keep the momentum going until it’s aaaall finished.

And, let’s face it, finishing the work is where the magic is.

Soooo . . .

For a (potentially) limited time, anyone who joins the OWN Your Practice program and finishes it within 8 weeks of their first day in the program will get a 50% refund of their program price.

Cool, right!?  And there really is no catch.  As long as you:

  • show all of your workbooks (not for critique, just to prove you actually did the work – the real work – and didn’t write “All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl” over and over.)
  • complete the exam (if you *potentially* want NCBTMB credit and/or a completion certificate)
  • and complete and turn in the program evaluation

. . . then you will get your 50% refund.  No joke.

So, what’s the “limited time” thing about?  Before I commit to this for the long run, I want to make sure it really works for you – the students!  This 50% refund incentive is only useful if it does indeed light that fire of “getting it done-ness” under your tush.  If that doesn’t seem to be happening, I’ll re-evaluate . . . thus the evaluations and the “limited time.”

What’s the NCBTMB credit about?  I am submitting the OYP program to be certified with NCBTMB. OYP is a fabulous program that has received the highest evaluation marks from my students so I fully expect it to be approved.  As long as it is, you will be eligible for that credit.

Want to learn more?  Take a deeper look at the program here.

As always, I hope you’ve had a great week.

See you soon . . .

Cosmic Money Laundering

I’m always thinking about this big old issue of money and how it’s a part of running a successful massage practice.

Today’s episode is about this: Being financially stable in your massage practice doesn’t have to come at an ethical cost.  

I often hear from my new students how hard it is to set their rates and stick to them.  I hear them talk about how they’re flying by the seat of their pants when it comes to money in their practices.  I hear them hesitant to bring in money for fear of what colleagues or referral partners or clients will think.

Basically, I hear many of my students express worry that they will end up being accidentally unethical around money in their practices.

Over the last week or so, I had a new thought about this and wanted to share it with you.  It expresses the way that I perceive money – and how it’s worked for me for the last decade in my full-time practice.

As always, I would love to hear what you think about it!

No llama for me

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It’s hard to complain (not really) because I got some amazing hiking time.  BUT. . . I was promised some llama time last week, and it turns out I am not llama-worthy.  The big beast (not pictured because I couldn’t get close enough) only let me see it once – and from a distance!  Everyone else had had the pleasure of Mr. Llama sneaking up behind them and freaking them out – and usually (so the tale is told) it sleeps by our friend’s front door.  But, no such delight for me.

I don’t know how I’ll carry on.  I guess now it’s back to the dreary, dark reality of a llama-less existence.


But at least I have you, right?!

As always happens after I’ve taken a little break, I have so much energy to share with you.  I’m particularly looking forward to the Academy Q&A this week. If you have burning questions, I can’t wait to dig into them!

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to help students with the recurring issue of money – whether it comes through as “I don’t want to be greedy” or “I want to help people but I’m uncomfortable asking them to pay my full price” or any other iteration of the same problem.  I’m going to put some of my newer thoughts about this in a video/podcast this week – so keep an eye out.

Also, I’ll be doing a little finessing to the class schedule in the Academy –  so look for those changes over the next few days.

As you’ve heard me say many times before, taking time to think seriously about where you’re going to take your practice is one of the most important tools you have for growth.  Be sure to mark your calendar now for the longer Saturday workshops to do exactly this in November and December.

I can’t wait to see you soon.

All my best . . .

The guilt, the guilt!


Yesterday, I was in the car with my partner on our way to our anniversary trip.  And as Clark and I were laughing and goofing around (chewing gum for the first time in years) I had this sudden and intense pang of guilt.

I mean, are you kidding me?!  Cramming all of my work into two days so that I could take the rest of the week off?  And I’m guilty about it!  Of course I am. Of course I am!

I love my business.  I love my clients.  I love my students.  Of course I feel the pang of separation.

So there I was, my “responsible” brain screaming away in the background as we cracked jokes and excitedly talked about all of the friends, camping, and hiking coming up.

And as the “responsibility” yelled at me, I knew that reaction was exactly the reason it was so important to get out of Dodge.

Now, you could say I didn’t quite escape it because here I am, right before leaving civilization, sending this missive to you . . . but, whatever.  I do, after all, love my business.  It seems fitting that you get a piece of me in this time.

So for whatever it’s worth, just know that as you are growing your practice, it’s not a totally “clean” experience.  What we grapple with as practice/business owners is exactly this.

There is no perfect “balance” between work-life and life-life.

A business requires deep inner growth – and any inner growth you do will inform your business. It’s all part of the same fabric.

So here’s to the beautiful disorientation of business owning and celebration . . . that complex semi-unfigureoutableness of putting our all into our business so we can have the space to leave it when we need to.

All my best . . .