When I started this blog I thought that it would be an interesting development. I was right! For the past two years I have been thinking to myself, “what am I going to do with my life?” and “what am I going to do with my life that is meaningful?” I finally found my calling, and it involves my ever-existing goal of owning a business.
In 2003, when I was entering my freshman year of high school, I tried yoga for the first time. I was auditioning to be a part of the Campbellsport High School Dance Team, and I hadn’t danced for nearly four years. Yoga was a great choice – it gave me strength and flexibility. When tryouts came I made it! I was so excited; I had a boost in self-esteem, and I developed healthy eating habits, exercise technique, and a love for sports.
I graduated high school in 2007 and continued my education at Alverno College in Milwaukee. Alverno is a liberal arts college on the south side of Milwaukee. They have a unique interactive grading system as well as an awesome reputation for success in the classroom. In 2008 I tried out for the Milwaukee Bonecrushers’ “The Crush” Dance Team, and I made it. It was also during that time that I revisited yoga and enrolled in an instructor training course with the Wisconsin Athletic Club. My temporary certification was valid for the WAC, and after being hired I would have to obtain my national certification within a year. Unfortunately, after completing the six week program I decided that juggling school, work, and a gig as a professional dancer wouldn’t allow me the time to complete the national certification.
Being a member of “The Crush” Dance Team was a thrilling experience, and I had a lot of fun and met many people, but I needed a challenge. I tried out for the Milwaukee Bucks Energee! Dance Team (NBA) the following year. This was my second attempt at becoming a member (I did not make it in 2007 after high school graduation), and, with much effort, I made the team.
Energee! was very different from The Bonecrushers; we were required to be available for all home games (42 total, but not including pre-season), two three-hour practices per week, and various appearances. On top of it all, we were also required to learn a large number of routines – we were only allowed to repeat the routines three times, and we did two routines per game, plus short fourth-quarter routines. In addition, there were only 12 spots available per game, so our team of 20 members had to audition for each game. Nevertheless, as much as I loved dancing there was too much stress involved.
In 2009 (beginning of my second year on the team) I started practicing yoga again, but this time it was to quiet my mind. I was starting my junior year of college, working on campus, and working as an Energee! Dancer. I needed something to calm me down, and I found it.
Yoga definitely worked. This past year on the team I felt more alert during practices, I was grateful for all the experiences, and my heart was in dancing again – I lost the love for dance in all the stress of my rookie year. After finding out that yoga was what kept me sane, I decided that dancing and yoga are two very important elements in my life, and I really want to share these experiences with other people.
This past spring semester was when I started seriously exploring the option of a wellness center. I studied my resources including books about yoga, yoga magazines, and began attending classes again. Finally, I have found one of my many paths in life.
My old apartment (where the name came from) was near the Brewers Stadium.
I brainstormed the name of my wellness center a few days ago at Moon Dance Café. My friends and former roomies Katie and James were meeting me for coffee. When the three of us lived together we stayed in a two bedroom apartment on the south side of Milwaukee, and it contained a living room with a bay window. Katie placed one of her decorative items above the entrance to the living room, and it was a sign that said “Serenity”. From that moment on I called our cozy living room “The Serenity Room”, and the name stuck.
After Katie, James and I parted ways I began driving to work. When reminiscing listening to Radio Milwaukee, it finally clicked: The Serenity Room is going to be the name of my business. My EUREKA! moment has continued to grow, and in a colorful notebook I have been jotting down notes about location, layout, services, and mission of “The Serenity Room”.
88.9 Radio Milwaukee was our radio station of choice.
You wanna know the awesome thing? No matter where I go, or what I do, there will always be a serenity room somewhere.