The End is the Beginning

It’s been a really great 2.5 years writing this blog. I’ve learned so much in this time, had great conversations, and rediscovered my passion for the written word. I owe so much of that to those of you who have participated in this community!

The time has come to move on, however, as I change the majority of my business focus to personal development and small business consulting (no worries existing massage clients, I’m still doing that too!). It’s time for this blog to wind down while I focus on the new site and newsletter.

If you like what I’ve done here, why not head over to the new site and check it out! You can read a more in-depth version of my story. I’m also inviting readers to share their own stories.

I’m so excited for this next chapter in my career, and I hope to see many of you there!

Lots of love,

Maggie O.

Upcoming Workshop

Next month I’ll be giving a workshop with Marsha Smith, LCSW at Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery.

I’m so excited present my method to use a journal to build self-esteem and self-confidence, and to hear Marsha present her method of dream interpretation! We’re going to have fun while getting empowered to get in touch with our creativity.

You can find more information and buy tickets through Eventbrite here.

A bat plant! one of many awesome plants you can find at Cultivate
A bat plant! one of many awesome plants you can find at Cultivate

A Bittersweet Day

Inhale: 1, 2 Exhale: 1, 2, 3 It’s somewhere around 6:30 am. I’ve been out here for a while and I have a couple miles left to go. I never wear a watch, so time moves strangely. Really, it’s as though I’m out of the time stream entirely. All I can feel are my feet […]

A Subtle Hint

If you aren’t subscribed to my monthly newsletter yet, you might want to do that. I’m pretty excited about my upcoming August promotion, and I’d hate for any locals to miss out. You can either use the link on my blog, or sign up on my Facebook page (and give me a like while you’re at it).

We now return to your regularly scheduled blogging.

Free Ranging It

I’ve been on the road most of this week visiting family. All the running around has left me a little tapped out blog-wise, but I have a good feeling about how quickly I’ll be inspired again.

In the meantime, I’ve just started reading a pretty awesome book that I thought I should share on here (I’m also thinking of making an essential reading list page for this blog).

Be a Free Range Human” is going to a pretty fantastic read; I can already tell and I’m only a couple chapters in.

One things that’s struck me about it so far, and that I saw in action this week, is the idea of putting of the things you want to do until later in favor of working now. So, as long as I choose something that makes lots of money, I’ll have that money to spend having fun once I retire.

I’ll take the fun and fulfillment now, thanks.

I’m excited to go through the exercises to try to tailor my work even more to fit who I am and what I want. My plan is to love my job even more than I already do, what could be better than that?

Do you know why everyone at Chicago street tests go bonkers for these guys? Because they love what they do!
Do you know why everyone at Chicago street fests goes bonkers for these guys? Because they love what they do!

Curt’s Cafe South

By the time this post goes live, I should be in Michigan with my family (and hopefully snuggling with my favorite dog). I wanted to use this week to talk about another local business that is dear to my heart.

When I was a teenager, I had a really hard time. Without going into details, it meant a lot to me when adults told me that they believed in me. Curt’s Café South provides training and encouragement to local at-risk teen mothers, while providing healthy and delicious food for our neighborhood.

The first year is challenging for any new business, and Curt’s Café South could use all our support right now. Please consider coming to this free concert and having some nice dinner while you’re at it. The young women who work at Curt’s are so kind and enthusiastic, let’s give them all the support we can!


I Want the Fire Back

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

-Thomas A. Edison

Earlier in the week, I was having lunch with a colleague and dear friend to talk about our work and lives. At one point, I distinctly remember saying to her, “Why doesn’t adulting come with a handbook?”. We both had a good laugh about how that could be my next blog post.

I’m in one of those phases right now where I feel like a leaf being blown around by the wind. It feels like I’m walking a knife’s edge between success and failure, and that much of it is out of my control. It’s not a fun way to feel.

One of the greatest gifts my massage and meditation practices have given me in the past two years is the ability to pause in the middle of my brain’s narrative that these will finally be the setbacks that break me. I can look back at the past two years and see that the times when everything seems the most dangerously out of control are the times when I have the best opportunities for personal growth. When I choose to believe in myself and listen to my inner self-confidence, these times have lead me to take the boldest steps forward.

I’m ready to embrace that boldness again. I’m ready to get that fire back, and bring new life to my practice. First up? A visceral manipulation class next month. Big things are coming, and I feel fired up!

My readers of a certain age might have caught that the title of this post is a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” reference.


Pushing Through

What a change a week can make in the spring! The upper 30’s that felt so balmy last week left me shivering yesterday. That returned sensation of permeability to the cold has tapped out some of the energy I was enjoying so much last week. Writing is a chore again. Fortunately, I know this is just a temporary block.

My temptation is to measure myself against last week. To try to force myself to be as productive (or more, right?) so I don’t lose any of the progress I made. Yet yesterday I did something pretty rare for a Tuesday; I gave myself the day off. Not in my usual weekday sense, where I am still writing and exercising and doing all the little things that keep my business running. No, I gave myself permission to be a total coach potato. I gave myself one day to say, “I’ll do it tomorrow”.

So now it’s tomorrow, and I had the best night’s sleep I’ve had in weeks. Everything feels more clear today, including the fact that between the upswing in massages I’m giving and the downswing in the temperature outside, I need to let myself have some extra rest. You know what? I’m going to take the afternoon off. Whatever writing and cleaning and erranding I don’t get done? I’ll do it tomorrow.

January Sale with Bonus Fun

For the month of January my massage packages are an extra 5% off! Massage is a great way to jumpstart your self-care routine in 2015, and this is a great price. The regular prices are listed on my website.

Now for the bonus fun portion: I am on Instagram! As some of you know, when the wrist pain started I had to quit endurance cycling (for now). So I took up running and had to quit because of joint pain (for now). I went back to taking daily walks, and that’s been pretty nice.

Now that it’s really, really winter here in Chicago I thought it might be extra motivation for me to get out there if I’m documenting my walks in some way. So I pledge to add at least one photo on Instagram per daily walk. If you want to check it out I’m “wellnessadventuring”.

I hope that those of you who are also enduring the deep freeze are finding adventures of your own!

Classic Chicago beach wear (not pictured: very warm boots)
Classic Chicago beach wear (not pictured: very warm boots)


Happy New Year!

This year I’m changing up my usual NYE plans (Watching all three extended addition LOTR movies back-to-back. I sure know how to party.). I thought it would be nice to use this change of the year to reflect on what I want for my life and my business in 2015. One of my fellow Heartwood Center practitioners shared a list of good questions to ask to help guide my vision. I thought it would be nice to share them here with you.

  • Who you are
  • What you do
  • Who do you do it for
  • What do those people want and need
  • How do they change as a result

Neat, right? I can’t promise that I’ll be able to answer all of these, but it can’t hurt to try. How about you, how will you ring in the new year? Any fun plans for the night?