October 30, 2018

A Farewell to QiFlow

Dear QiFlow,

Congratulations for being selected as an honorary member of the Colorado DNF Small Business Club.

Your business made a mark on the Denver fitness and yoga community and we are pleased to recognize you for your service. We thank you for helping to make Colorado a great place to live by helping Colorado residents to live healthy and fit for the past 12 years.

We welcome you as an honorary member of our society. You will forever be remembered as a good business. 

Sincerely,

SBA of Colorado

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This is not an actual letter, and there is no such thing as the Colorado DNF Small Business Club, but there should be. Every small business who took a chance to own and operate a small business in Colorado should be recognized as a DNF honorary member.  The DNF club is the “Did Not Finish” Club and I am one proud member. Read on to find out why.

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5am musings:

Today is a weird day and I can’t figure out how I feel … Am I sad? Am I excited? Am I scared?

How am I supposed to feel on a day like today? What is the appropriate emotion for a “going out of business” announcement?

The questions keep flooding in faster than I can find the answers … Did I stop too early? Could I have tried harder? What if I would have done this or that differently? What if I asked for help?

What if? What if? What if?

The questions keep coming, the emotions keep rolling, and now I sit here at 5am by myself wondering why this had to happen. Why did I start something almost 13 years ago only to close down in the end?

They say that if your business doesn’t make money or you can’t sell it, then it’s not really a business. They call a non-money maker business a hobby, but that simply wasn’t true for QiFlow. It was my job, it was my heart, it was my soul, and it was my business. It may not have made money but it made me happy and it made a lot of people happy.

Can a business be successful without making money? How did I fail after all these years? Why did I fail?

There are no answers to these kinds of questions so I write. I write long and hard about what hurts right now and by doing so I feel better.

Beneath the failure, I feel successful. Beneath it all, I feel proud.

There’s an acronym in the racing world that sums up how I feel about my final day in business. The acronym is DNF and I first heard about it while listening to a Ted Talk interview with Elizabeth Gilbert.

It stands for “Did Not Finish” and it’s used in race results when a racer starts a race but does not finish.

From Wikipedia, the definition also includes … “If you’ve been running long enough, you’ve probably had at least one DNF in a race.”

This is how I feel about being a business owner … If you’ve owned a business long enough, you’ve probably had at least one DNF in a business. QiFlow made it 12 years and 8 months, and those years mattered. They mattered to a lot of people, including me.

The studio stayed around long enough to do a lot of good for a lot of people and, in the end, money did matter. If it didn’t, I wouldn’t be closing. If I had it my way, I would have kept QiFlow FLOWing forever and ever and ever. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end, and this is my end. I’m not sad because it’s over, I am smiling because it happened.

What truly matters on a day like today is that I spent the past 12 years of my life doing exactly what I love to do!

What success means to me is QiFlow. What my place on the DNF list means to me is that I am a good business woman and I deserve to be honoured as a member of this prestigious club. To tell the truth, there’s no way I would have it any other way!

The DNF list is better than the DNS list. The DNS list is one list I plan to stay off of my entire life.

It’s the “Did Not Start” list and I will never be on it! My motto is: “it’s better not to finish than it is to not begin.”

If you begin, you are successful. If you begin, you change your life. If you begin, you change the life of other people. If you begin, you deserve to feel proud.

Join me for “The final FLOW” at QiFlow tonight at 6pm for FLOW and Champagne! I can’t wait to move and groove with everyone! Come early and stay late! Cheers to 12+ years of QiFlow goodness!

Thank you to all my students and teachers, past and present, for being part of my forever QiFlow love story!

Today I feel good. Today I feel happy. Today I feel ready!

Onward!

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