The magic of time-delayed posting means that while I am out at Burning Man, roasting my tuchus off and possibly getting swarmed by bugs (although reports are that they've just about disappeared by now), I can also be here. With you.
Well, sort of, anyway. I'll take what I can get.
Voting for Best of the Boat is going on RIGHT NOW! But you only have a few more days--voting closes at midnight on September 4th! I'm eligible for two categories: best massage therapist and best spa.
People wonder if these polls make a difference. I'm here to say that they do. Winning Best of the Boat in 2011 was just the boost my business needed. It gave me enough visibility to keep the lights on, and then flourish and thrive. Because of people like you, I've been able to follow my dreams and do what I love.
Now I'm here, to ask for your vote again. It's not just me, this time. This spring, I took a leap of faith and doubled my overhead to help two splendid young therapists gain some traction, get more hands-on experience, and hopefully be able to follow their dreams of a successful private practice some day.
Pay it forward, they say. Be the change you want to see in the world.
I'm putting my money where my mouth is and stepping up to the plate. Every single spa I've worked for in town has Done Things Wrong, from deliberate misclassification as an independent contractor to violating labor laws. I aim to do things better than they were done by me, but I need your help. We need that visibility again.
So cast your vote. You don't have to live here in Steamboat to make a big difference in three people's lives. Pass it on.
I may be out of commission in the Big Dusty, but Mr. Kelly and Chelsea are still here, keeping the lights on and the tables warm.
My first day back in the office is Friday, September 11th, but I'm currently booked up for the next few days. I don't really get going until about the 16th or so, and then I've got a few weekends where I'm back out of town again.
PLEASE NOTE: I expect to be out of cell range and internet access until I get back to Boulder on the 10th. If you need anything, please contact Mr. Kelly at 970.819.6403 or Chelsea at 970.215.5736.
Dusty hugs to all.