5 things I’ve learned in a year – Matt

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This blog is one in a series in which teachers and others reflect on their first full year with M3Yoga. 

Some days it feels like yesterday that we opened, and some days it feels like it was a decade ago. These last 12 months have been pretty spectacular in so many ways as we’ve watched our studio blossom into a full, inclusive community. Here are 5 things I’ve learned since we opened the Tree Room studio last August.

1. Yoga really is for EVERY body
Believe it or not, I came into this adventure with little yoga experience. Nick has always been passionate about yoga, and I’m passionate about marketing so we agreed to work together and launch a welcoming, supportive space. Like many, I’d also assumed yoga was for the young, athletic woman wearing name brand clothes. I have been so humbled and pleased that I was wrong. Our community is full of unique, vibrant individuals of all ages, genders, backgrounds, skill levels, orientations and incomes. It honestly fills my heart with joy to see Nick and our teachers be able to share this amazing practice with so many different types of people.

2. You can’t do it alone
Business is hard. And asking for help has always been hard for me as well. Just turns out business is harder. This past year I have called on so many in our community for some assistance in some form. Whether it just be a simple Facebook like or asking them to show up and help out with events—I have been constantly amazed at how many people are willing to help. It really makes me grateful for the people in my life. So much more than they’ll ever know. From our teachers to my parents, there’s no way M3 would be what it is today without those we’ve called on in our times of need.

3. Lean into fear
I think the biggest thing I underestimated about launching a business is how scary it can be. There’s a lot of unknown that goes on behind the scenes. Never anything that put M3 in danger, but just lots of little things that have stretched me and made me fearful or uncomfortable. But I’m getting better at letting doubt and fear go and going with our gut and vision. Opening a second studio was probably the scariest thing we’ve done. It was a real boom or bust moment for us, and it worked out. We get to provide this awesome new space for everyone, while keeping our original roots and offering more classes. Some times that nagging voice in your head is just dead wrong.

4. Communication is everything
As a former journalist and current marketer, this should have been obvious to me, but it wasn’t fully. Nick and I have always been very intentional about being communicative in our business. With our teachers, with our trades, and with our M3 Warriors. We want to share. We want to tell you what’s going on and what’s coming up. Because we’re all in this together. This is OUR community. It’s not mine. It’s not Nick’s. That’s why we share things with y’all. It’s why we try to be open and transparent, writing things like this. We want you to feel like M3 is your studio as well.

5. Go where life takes you
Never in a million years would I have believed you if you told me I’d be owning and running a yoga studio. It was just never in the realm of possibility until a little over a year ago. And while it seemed like a strange idea to jump on board and go with it, I did. And I couldn’t be happier. This lesson is the one that I’ve kept with me the most. That life has a plan, and you just have to go with it. Even if it seems weird or like the wrong thing to do, go for it. It’ll work out. I’ve learned not to think I know better than the universe. It’s really freed up a lot of my worry and helped me start to enjoy life more. So go for that thing that’s been in the back of your mind. Trust that life knows what it’s doing.

There are so many more lessons and things we’ve gone through than those five, but they are the ones that have stuck in my mind and changed me to the core. Thank you for all the love and support, Athens. It’s truly been an unbelievable year.

-Matt, Co-owner