Do you remember where you were on Feb. 3rd and 4th, 2002? Yes, that’s 10 years ago and I probably will never forget those two days, as they hold special memories for me.
Feb. 3rd was a Sunday night, in fact it was Superbowl Sunday. I was home watching the game alone, since the next day was a big day for me. You see, that night the New England Patriots won their first Superbowl, on a last second field goal — and I remember jumping around my living room with excitement as my husband slept in the next room (as he’s obviously not much of a fan).
The following day, I walked into my new office as it was my first day in business as “Stone Family Chiropractic Center”. The fire marshall almost didn’t give us our certificate of occupancy, since the water sprinklers weren’t spaced properly though-out the office. It was very annoying since it was a chiropractors office prior there prior to us moving in, so things shouldn’t have been much different. So they let us open on the condition that someone was there that day fixing the problem. So there I was, open for business at the same time water sprinklers were being installed and re-positioned in the ceiling. By the end of the day, patients had come and gone, we had our sprinkler system correctly in place, and day one was complete.
Three years after that I bought my current office (which was a home at the time) and totally renovated it. We had to put completely tear up the backyard to install two septic tanks, as well as gut the entire inside of the building to make it into an office. Then came the parking lot. What was once a front yard with some trees and a driveway, was totally torn up and a parking lot was created. It cost much more than anticipated and was probably one of the most stressful things I have ever been through, yet somehow I got by.
I was fortunate enough at the time to have a coach in place, who helped me through the stress of dealing with it all and helped me not let it affect my business. We moved into our new building in January 2006. But then came my bike wreck with three broken bones (and missing almost five months of practice) in July 2006. Life always throws us challenges, trying to see how strong we are and how much we could handle. At that point I said “enough” and business and life have been on the upswing ever since.
I’m happy to be celebrating our 10-years in business this week, it’s been a great time. I’ve had great employees, great massage therapists, and great PEAK student interns over the 10 years. Kimberly has been with me for many years and has been a big part of our growth, so thank you. We continue to help more and more people in our community, and I am blessed to be able to do what I do every day. We wouldn’t be able to do it without great patients who trust us with their care. So thank you!
Feb. 3rd & 4th 2002 will be great memories for me. Hopefully Feb. 5th 2012 will be as well….