Last October we celebrated our eight-year anniversary with an awesome Halloween party. And recently we did some office updates (if you’ve been here before, you’ve heard me complain about the yellow of the yellow room for YEARS!)
But maybe you don’t know anything about our past, so we thought we’d share a little about how we got here.
The day I graduated from grad school with my master’s in Chinese medicine, I was the smartest I’ll ever be. Starting an acupuncture practice fresh out of school, you are full of knowledge, sunshine, unicorns and dreams — and then the harsh reality sets in of how to grow a business.
Growing a successful acupuncture business, seeing a WIDE variety of health conditions and trying to maintain any kind of social life outside of the business was a recipe for a wild, exhausting, amazing, humbling and fun ride.
In case you didn’t know us way back when, we had our first acupuncture office in Denver off of Colfax and Quebec in a cute little house. It was a fun space with built-ins and pocket doors, two rooms and lots of character, but let’s just say it wasn’t in the best neighborhood. I started teaching an acupressure class at Colorado Free University and that’s where I met some of my first patients (oh those poor people!) and officially got the ball rolling. As many business owners know, you spend lots of time staring at the phone in the early days, praying it’ll ring, and eventually, it did more often!
About a year after opening our doors as Inspired Wellness Center, the chiropractor that we were seeing for care mentioned he was leaving is beautiful office in Arvada and suggested it might be a good fit for an acupuncture business like mine. Naturally (and stupidly), I jumped right on it and signed a three-year lease for a HUGE 1,300 square foot office. As a baby in business, this was a terrible move, but in looking back, it might have been the secret to my success.
Any “Project Runway” fans out there?
You know what I’m gonna say I had to do next: MAKE IT WORK!
So that’s what I did!
By some miracle, I was able to keep my business afloat during the worst recession my generation has ever seen. Not only did I survive, but I grew! I met so many amazing people, found my niche and created something I am insanely in love with.
So, now, with all your help and support we are finally at a place we can catch our breath and start to fix many of the things we didn’t get right the first time around — including paint colors! In January, we re-did the yellow and green rooms, added some super cool (thank you Pinterest!) product displays and enlarged our baby board, because we were out of space!
If you’ve been in since, then you also know that we are still complaining about the new green room, but hey — I figure I have eight years to pick a new color. 🙂
Haven’t seen the updates?
Check out some pics, or even better, stop by! We’d love to see you. Thanks to all of you for being a part of our amazing, wild ride. We couldn’t have done it without you.
About Inspired Wellness Center
Founded in 2007, Arvada’s Inspired Wellness Center believes in effectively treating all health conditions, from pain to insomnia to depression, using natural therapies. Through acupuncture, we treat a variety of health concerns, including back pain, anxiety and allergies, and specialize in treating patients with fertility issues and those suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. Inspired Wellness has been recognized as the 2012 Readers Choice Best of Jeffco by Mile High Newspapers, a 2013 Top 5 Acupuncturist on Denver A List by Channel 7, 2014 Best of the Best for Lakewood and Arvada by Colorado Community Media, and 2015 Best of the Best for Arvada, Golden, Thornton, Westminster and Wheat Ridge. Owner and licensed acupuncturist Jana Royer-Morian holds a master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine and strives to have patients be inspired by their health.