Tomorrow marks 4 years in practice here in Fenton. I opened the doors of the Cafe of LIFE on Saturday, March 12th, 2005. Looking back on it all I come up with a feeling of deep gratitude for everything that I have been blessed with. There is deep gratitude for many people, but most importantly in this process is my mother and step-father. When I first moved home, they allowed me to stay with them for the first two years. Staying with them often meant sharing dinner in the evening together while I bounced ideas off of them about business, money, chiropractic, and life in general. Staying with them also meant having the continuous support of their loving words and gentle encouragement on a daily basis. And staying with them meant free rent and someone to co-sign on my business loan:) Together we spent countless hours of travel around Birmingham and Ann Arbor looking for office space (Fenton was not my original plan), staring at the blank, colorless walls in the potential office spaces trying to get an idea about what the flow would be like, shopping for furniture, office supplies, and everything else was going to be necessary to do this whole business thing. My mother has always been my greatest cheerleader. It doesn’t matter if my idea is good or bad in her mind, whatever needs to be done to make it a reality, she will support me 100%. It’s that unconditional thing that moms do. My step-dad is one of the greatest men I have ever met. I have only had him in my life for just over 4 years, meaning when I began conceptualizing my office, we had just met. His ability “to give for the sake of giving, serve for sake of serving, and love for the sake of loving” (which is the philosophy of the chiropractic profession though he is not a chiropractor) is undeniable and not easily matched. Now back when I began, my highest priority was making sure I only had a 1 year lease contract (which for commercial rental is almost impossible to find) just in case this Cafe of LIFE thing didn’t work in such a small town. But it did, and here I am, I mean HERE WE ARE!
So THANKS Mom and Denny! Thanks for being my greatest allys in life!

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  • Posted by Tisha on March 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I am SO glad you settled on fenton! I don’t know what we’d do without you! We love you Erica!

  • Posted by Jen on March 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    That’s a great story! It’s nice to hear the start-up stuff, I’ve only known the beautiful results.
    You are an inspiration…we only get one chance, right?!
    You’re makin’ it happen girl.
    Rock on.
    And xoxo to Mom’s and Dad’s.