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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Information

I hope you've all received your evite to our graduation this Friday (Halloween). If you haven't received it, it's either in your spam or we don't have your correct email. For more on BQC's Halloween festivities, please check out Jenn Zuko Bough's awesome blog, Daily Cross-Swords.

~Mary Aitoshi

Friday, October 24, 2008

Graduation: The Place to Be on Halloween!

This Halloween marks Boulder Quest's first Friday night graduation. I've been so gratified to hear all the excitment building around these Friday night tests. Plans are in the works to make graduations even more fun with Belly Dance and Stage Combat demos, group meditations, and demos from selected students. We are also adding a potluck and an opportunity for groups of students to self-organize to take advantage of the different options at Uptown (especially 4580 Restaurant whose bar and restauant are great places to gather)!

For Halloween, you are invited to come to graduation in costume. Look in your inbox for an evite so you can sign up for our Halloween Potluck or come early to help me decorate the dojo! We'll also have a costume contest and bobbing for apples.

Every month, we'll have something new at Graduation and we need you to bring your friends and family to help make the dojo the Place to Be!

~Mary Aitoshi

Monday, October 20, 2008

Festival 2008

Festival 2008 was a blast! I always look forward to the awesome teaching and the chance to hang out with old friends but this year felt special. I've been thinking about it--trying to figure out what made this Festival so different from previous years. Was I more comfortable with myself? (Probably). Was I more skilled? (Thankfully). Was I happier than last year? (I hope so). Did I have more reasons to need to connect? (Sadly).

So even though I can't point to a single reason why this Festival is the best one yet, I have decided that Festival will be my personal New Year event. Rather than assess the year and making resolutions that I forget by February, I'll use Festival as my barometer for gauging mental & physical health plus evaluating my ability to bring my goals to fruition.

Where was I last year...the dojo only had 70 students, now we are at 125. I plan to double our school in the next 6 months and I'm excited about our positioning in the community. Last year, I was still in shock from the death of my father, which happened less than a month previously. Last year, I was trying to get the bare bones of my new kata and now I'm starting to have better mind/body coordination. Next year, we'll have 300+ students and I'll be looking to refine the kata lessons and make them my own. Maybe I should also arrange voice lessons...

~Mary Aitoshi

Friday, October 10, 2008

Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Award

I'm at the dojo, preparing for my first call with my Biz Coach. I'd been thinking in the past few months that a coach might be able to help me organize my thoughts to take the dojo to its next level. But...I wasn't really sure I was ready to make the financial investment. Every decision I make these days goes through the filter, "How many students will this bring me?" I wasn't sure and so I put that desire to a back-burner. Then I heard about my award and included in my package was 1 year of coaching!

Our industry has lots of conferences and I was thinking about going to one recently. My teacher, Stephen K. Hayes, was one of the featured speakers so I knew there would be valuable content. I was distressed, however, by the lack of professionalism in the sponsoring organization. When I heard that my friend would be visiting during the dates of the seminar, I put that on the back burner and decided to look for other opportunities to connect with businesses owners like myself. Then I heard about my award and it included a travel stipend to Charlotte for a conference and conference tuition for the Charlotte and the Fort Lauderdale events!

We don't have a bulk store here in Boulder and I was trying to decide if it was worth driving to Louisville for Sam's Club or Costco. The rising cost of gas and the slight membership fee made me question if was the best use of my time and money. And then I heard about my award and it included a business membership to Sam's Club. I activated the membership yesterday and bought a new video camera and saved $100 on my selected model!

As part of our martial tradition, there is a mind tradition: a collection of secrets and teachings about accessing your full potential. One of these secrets is the power of manifestation. When I saw the email announcing that the Sam's Club applications were available, I jumped on it. When I ran into technical difficulties, I called the Count Me In offices (twice actually). I was inspired by the process of completing the application, and I won! Thank you to Count Me In and Sam's Club for creating this opportunity for my manifestation.

Mary Aitoshi
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