Last post of 2018.
It feels so strange to type that. Yet, this past year each new month seemed to zoom by even more quickly than the one before. So much changed. So much needed to be accomplished. I truly felt like I could never quite catch my breath, but not exactly in a bad way. It was just the pace of 2018. It was a year of big changes. And we have so much to be grateful for as we wrap up this wild year--a stable small business in a great town, with the best Chamber of Commerce. A fantastic location for our retail store that has brought in over 800 brand new customers this year! Loyal and supportive customers. An amazing team that is more like family than employees. A growing network of local producers providing exceptional product for us to sell. The addition of another trainer at Better Body Movement. The completion of a renovation project that we've dubbed "The Loft" at Simply Nourished. Expanding our retail to include natural wine. Surviving a massive city construction project that could have easily put us out of business. A phenomenal local bank that believes in us and has consistently been willing to take a chance on us. Gross revenue numbers higher than we thought possible for North Iowa. Selling over $50,000 in just local produce, meat and honey! Countless customer and client testimonials about how their lives have been positively impacted in some way through BE WELLness. Collaborative partners added to our BE WELLness network. Being able to transition a staff member to full-time, salaried. Many opportunities to give back within our beautiful community and partner with other area businesses.
So much good.
And now as I prepare for the closure that comes with the last week of the year, I'm slowing down. Even amidst the busy I can sense a shift coming. A season with more time for rest. More time for self-care. More time for family.
More time for friends. More time for reflection. More time to enjoy the result of a lot of time and money spent, hard work, persistence, and answered prayers. If you're reading this, you have in some way been a part of this portion of our family's story. We are truly grateful for each of you and look forward to another year of bringing wellness within reach here in North Iowa. What an honor it is.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!
NOTE: Simply Nourished will be OPEN 10-1 on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and CLOSED Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Other than those dates, we will have all regular hours Monday through Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-4. We will not be reducing our hours for the winter months this year :)