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Small Business Saturday

I come from a long line of entrepreneurs in my family. My parents are entrepreneurs and I grew-up hearing stories about how my dad worked in the convenience stores, rolled a tanker truck, and remember my mother cutting the ribbon with a GIANT pair of scissors at the opening of a new store. I thought it was amazing to see the brick and mortar operations that my family had built and get to know the people who worked at the stores. My grandparents and several of my aunt and uncles owned and operated small businesses, too, and I admired their hard work and success.

I studied business in college and worked for the family business after I graduated. Then that life was put on hold after the birth of my son and the interstate move to Arizona. Three more children arrived and I kept busy with family responsibilities. In 2006 our family was in a devastating car accident and my life was consumed with doctors appointments, physical therapy appointments, pain, and suffering for years. Five years after the accident I was still suffering when I discovered hot yoga. The practice changed my life. I practiced 5 or 6 times a week for years. I had to drive 40 minutes round-trip to a studio which left me lots of time to reflect on my practice. I would think about the yoga practice, and then my thoughts turned to the business of yoga. I thought of ways to improve the operations, marketing, and human resources of it all. I began to dream about opening a studio of my own.

Years passed and my plans were put into place. It has been such an incredible experience and I am so thankful for it. Thankful for the yoga, thankful for those who have inspired me, helped me, corrected me, buoyed me when it was hard. Really hard. I am thankful for those who took a chance on me. I am so thankful for the dedicated, committed yoga teachers who come and taught at Motto when we first opened, they took a big chance to expend their efforts at a single-location operation on the Queen Creek border.

There have been nay-sayers. Some people said I was an idiot and didn’t know what I was doing. Some people told me I would fail. I remember when I was launching an insurance agent wouldn’t quote me for some commercial insurance because he said I uninsurable because I wasn’t opening a franchise; he said the rates would be too expensive for me and so he wouldn’t even give me a quote. I’m thankful for all of these doubters and their feedback because it only strengthened my resolve.

I opened Motto to bring yoga to an underserved area. I opened Motto to offer more mainstream acceptance of yoga. I opened Motto to provide a clean, hot, oxygenated experience. I opened Motto to present some of the most incredible teachers I have the privilege of knowing. I opened Motto so that you can gather, heal, relax, improve, just be. And sweat.

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