Sunday, November 20, 2011

Small Business Saturday

This year, support your local economy, and shop at small businesses.  Avoid the mall, shop small!  The Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th, is Small Business Saturday.  Come celebrate it with Healing Hands with free massages, chiropractic adjustments from  Dr. Dawn, and special deals on gift certificates from 10 am - 12 pm.

When you spend your money at a small, locally run business, you support the local economy.  Small businesses re-invest in their community (on average 40% of the money you spend-  for us about 80-90%, if you don't count taxes).  Small businesses spend their money paying their employees, their rent, and buying their supplies locally.  We provide jobs and unique goods and services to residents.

In celebration of Thanksgiving, Healing Hands and Prime Chiropractic are hosting a Free Sample Preview at our place of business this Saturday at 2313 Ashley River Road.  Come between 10 am and 12 pm for free chair massages, chiropractic adjustments, and fantastic deals on gift certificates for your friends and family.

This year wherever you shop, make it really count.  Don't know where to go?  Ask a friend, or just look around at the little shops where you live.  You may also try this website for small Charleston businesses:  http://www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org/.  Thank you!

Gratefulness for the Economy

I am choosing to focus on what is good in my life, rather than what I would change.  It was hard at first, but with practice it gets much easier.  In doing so, I have found changes to be much more easy and forthcoming.  So in light of the still difficult economy, here are the things about it that I am grateful for:

1).  I'm grateful that my husband's job was cut to part time for close to two years.  Those two years were also the first two years of our son's life.  I am so grateful for this time we had!  I'm grateful that my husband was there to help, and became a confident daddy.  He was able to change diapers and take the baby all on his own, with no guidance from momma.  Thank you economy, and thank you daddy!  You may have just saved my sanity.

2).  I'm grateful that we are clearing out our home of stuff we no longer need.  We've only lived here four years, but it's amazing the stuff you can accumulate.  However, when you are watching how you spend, you buy less, so there is less stuff.  Over time, our house (and garage and attic) is getting more clear, ready for new, wonderful energy coming our way.  It also feels great to give things to charity.

3).  I'm grateful that we have learned more about where our money goes, and how to cut back.  These lessons will serve us well for the rest of our lives.

4).  It's still hard for me to say, but I'm grateful that I tried Groupon in my business.  It was a move made out of fear, as clientele was down, and my massage therapists were clamoring for more business.  With the benefit of perspective, I would never run a Groupon again.  It was close to a disaster for me!  However, it did put me on the fast track to know what it is like to have a very busy practice (minus the money).  In just one year, I learned what would have taken 5+ or even more years to learn: it doesn't fit in my life right now to run a busy practice with lots of therapists.  I want to run my own small practice with a devoted clientele.  That's where my heart is.  Thank you, economy, for saving me from years of a struggle trying to get something I wouldn't have wanted.

5).  I'm grateful for my loyal clients, who despite their economic difficulties recognize that massage helps them.  They find a way to fit it into their lives and budget, and are the better for it.  Thank you for taking care of yourselves!

Change is not generally easy, but I choose to have confidence that the changes occuring will end up for our global best.  Scaling back and trying new things opens up all sorts of possibilities. By focusing on the good things we have, and by reframing difficult times as positively as we can, we invite more positive experiences into our lives.

What are you grateful for with the soft economy?