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Any idiot can see that two organizations with the same municipality name (Whistler) and the same bank account number is just an accident waiting to happen.
The RMOW and Whistler Tourism bureaucrats can't be bothered to change one of the account numbers and just to add insult to injury, they insist on collecting the fines for any mix-ups caused by their own administrative incompetence.
On Dec. 1, Yama Yoga will have been officially open for one year.
It was an idea presented to me by a student who believed in what I had to offer, encouraged and built by more students/friends, supported and made possible by family.
I can't believe it was a year ago that I was frantically trying to deal with all the chaos, jumping through all the necessary hoops and hitting the various speed bumps. What a fantastic and scary experience learning to run a business has been... a sarcastic continuous reminder of how life in general is — that everything is in constant change, that we can't control everything (or is it anything?) and that it all works out one way or another.
It is working out.
My studio, our studio is a smashing success.
Created and upheld by this incredible community. I couldn't be more grateful to be surrounded by so many beautiful people who believe in me (especially at times when I haven't).
I want to thank all my students at Yama for your trust, your faith and your time.
To those students and instructors that only a year ago helped take an idea and turn it into reality — know that you will always be cherished. It was because of the time and energy you donated that Yama Yoga was able to take its first steps.
It is important I thank the women who not only stoked the fire, but actually lit it. Katherine Tilley and my sister, Pamela... my coaches, my mentors, my backbone... without you I wouldn't see as clearly. I can comfortably say now, you were right to believe in me... and because of you, I finally believe it too.
I also want to include in this letter, words of appreciation to those students and businesses that have promoted me — because of you Yama Yoga is still standing.
Lastly I want to express how grateful I am to be embraced by this community. Often we can't see we are a part of something till we are so lost we finally must reach out... how surprised I was to find out I didn't have to reach far.
You were right there.
You always have been.