What Poise was and currently is today.
Poise was a studio space that offered dance, yoga, health, and English classes and activities. We created a magicial space in which to offer these things. Poise, the studio space, has closed. It was an expensive space to maintain and our level of registration and collaboration couldn’t keep up. It was also energetically expensive and I began to second-guess every decision I made, trying to hustle to be worth having people come in and pay me for my work and doubting my value. So, we closed the space, feeling broken-hearted and rather defeated, to be perfectly honest. That was in September of 2018. I still haven’t walked past the studio since I turned in the keys to the owner. I haven’t had the courage. And I haven’t changed the website until today. Every previous time I opened it up to do so, I just couldn’t bring myself to let it go. But now it is April 2019 and the hurt is healing. I look back on the experience of having the Poise Studio and mostly I am in awe – that we created it from nothing, created a magical space, created quality classes, created something that I will be proud of for the rest of my life. Just because it wasn’t a financial success does not mean that we weren’t successful. I have never learned so much about myself, or the world, in such a short time. Not all of the lessons were pleasant to learn, but they were essential.
So why keep the website if the space is closed? Well, that’s what Poise is today. Poise is still my life philosphy, it is still my creative heart, and it will lead me to where I need to go next. I am pursuing design in my life. I mean that both literally and figuratively. Having closed Poise, I have done two design projects. Details are available in the All Things Artistic Section, which is the new design section of the Poise website. I also mean that I am pursuing design in my life in a more figurative sense as well. We often let the momentum of life pull us towards certain places, habits, and behaviors without quite realizing when and where and how we were swept away. While it necessary to flow with life, that does not mean that we must simply drift along with the current. We have to know when to harness it, using it to guide us, and we have to be able to recognize when it might be sending us straight into the rocks.
Living a creative life means getting creative with everything life throws your way, not just the fun stuff. Life has seen fit to give me a couple big ones lately, lessons that is, and maintaining my own personal poise has been crap, actually. But, to slightly change the cliché, one must dance the dance. If I claim to be a creative person who believes in balance, energy, and positive thinking in order to solve design problems, I should be putting that into practice to solve other types of problems in my life. In fact, I should look at those problems as a blank page, an empty dance floor, an opportunity to choreograph and design my life the way I want to live it. Above all, the word poise is synonymous with balance, a type of balance with that extra something special – an elegance, a grace or charm, a light-hearted touch to living life full of depth and energy, stillness and action. So, yes, Poise with a capital-P, as a concept, a brand, a website and blog, a life philosophy, is still very much alive and evolving into what it needs to be. Welcome to Poise – All Things Artistic. I’m ready to stop pulling my punches. I hope you enjoy.