10:26pm: I guess itís official: I live in Chicago. I arrived here in late November and unpacked a bit before heading down to South
Florida for a few days for Thanksgiving and to head up my friend Tinaís Bikram
Yoga studio for a couple of weeks while she and her husband John headed out on
a cruise. It was good to see a bunch of folks down there that I havenít seen since
I taught/lived down there a few years back.
I returned to Park Ridge, IL where Iím temporarily staying with my oldest/closest
friend from childhood, Bill ďTankĒ Sherman and his daughter Jackie. They are more than hospitable, and my arrangements here are beyond perfect.
The task at hand is three fold.
1) Get to know this city: Iím most at home in NYC (called it home for years on and off) and lived in LA
a few years back add 3 months during Bikram Yoga Teacherís Training). Chicago caught my eye years back when I was working with Roberta Flack. We were in town for a couple of days and I had time to explore with friends. I just loved it and that was probably the beginning of this journey. Itís a beautiful city. Itís so clean. The folks here are so nice.
2) Solidify my teaching schedule: There are too many Bikram Yoga teachers in this city! Thatís one of the reasons I decided o open a studio here. So itís a very good thing if youíre a studio owner. It makes being a teacher difficult. As a teacher you want to get paid well and create a workable schedule. That might take a bit of time as I get to know this new community.
3) Find the right location for a yoga studio: Iíve got my work cut out for me because the town Iím hoping to open in is ďthe
place to beĒ! Itís so charming, so beautiful and so close to the city. It seems like everyone wants to live and open a business there! Finding the right location at the right price is the foundation for any successful
business venture. Iím not the slightest bit worried. Iím well prepared for whatís coming.
So there you have it. I'm very excited to be here and I miss my friends back in Western MA. "The Valley" will always be home, but it was time to leave. I think people get stuck there. I know I was stuck there and I'm currently feeling pretty unstuck.
Happy New Year to all of us!
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