Hi my Healing Heart Peeps!
Rebecca here with an update on our Healing Heart Massage business closure current situation.
I wanted to reach out because of the uncertainty of the economic shutdown. Some of you have reached out to me asking if I’m doing massage house calls and when I will reopen the doors for office visits. So, I’d like to take a moment to communicate with you what’s going on in my world.
I’ve traveled to Maine to help my mother and stepfather out. Some of you know my situation regarding a family death. However, some of you don’t. So, I will explain why I needed to come up here to help.
June 19, 2018 my sister, Melissa, died of an unexpected cardiac event. She had a rapid heartbeat that went undiagnosed as medical professionals ruled it as anxiety. Her anxiety meds and the massive amount of caffeine she consumed caused her to have a tachycardia event that killed her almost instantly. Two of her children were in the car when she died and witnessed the unexpected passing of their mother. My mother has been the legal guardian of two of her children as it was the best situation to keep their routines as consistent as possible. Mom is a 3rd shift nurse at a nursing home facility, working in the rehab wing. Under normal circumstances she comes home after work to get the girls off to school then sleeps while they’re in school and wakes up to help them with homework and cook them dinner. When Dad comes home, she leaves to go to work and Dad is here to get the girls to bed and the routine continues.
However, with the Covid-19 pandemic their routine has been disrupted and the kids are now being home-schooled. Bella, the 9-year-old needs an adult present to help her stay on track. Some of her work is electronic but most of it is worksheets and she needs one on one attention to help her get through it. My son Tyler was home-schooled until January of this year when I put him back into the public-school system. Now he’s back to home-school using a completely different platform (still in the Brevard Public School system) than what we were used to, and he needs help to stay on track and manage the new processes that are now in place. While we’re getting into a decent routine up here, the unknown of when the kids will return to physical school is affecting my decision of when I can come home.
We all know that Brevard has halted the return of students to the classroom to May 4th at the earliest; however, that date is tentative depending on the progression of the pandemic. Here in Maine, they’re on the tail end of the spread as they have a much lower population and have been sheltered a bit. So, we’re not confidant the kids will even return this year. This kids up here usually go until June for their regular school year. If they must remain home-schooled until June, this puts my mother in a predicament if I come home next month.
So, I want to come home ASAP and resume normal operations. Florida is my home. I’ve lived there since I was 10-years old and it’s where Tyler and I want to be. However, with so much uncertainty I am struggling to figure out when I can come home to open my doors. Healing Heart Massage is my life. I’ve built this business since November 2014 and it really is like one of my children. It’s my heart. I value what I do so much and I’m a bit depressed that I can’t be there to help you all, especially now when you all need my services the most!
I’ve applied for SBA Disaster relief and have gotten a little bit of help with that. However, with the bad decision back in the summer of 2018 to partner and take my corporation in a direction that didn’t pan out has affected my ability to show a decent profit for the past year of business. My Health Hub Brevard (formerly Healing Heart Wellness) corporation dissolved in May 2019 and I reopened under the sole proprietor, Healing Heart Massage in June 2019. Since the SBA needs one year (January 30, 2019-2020) of income I technically only have 6 months to show because of the bad business decision I made. So, this means I am not getting as much help from the SBA as I need. So, the longer I must wait to open my doors the more expenses are accruing that I will struggle to catch up on when I do come back.
I’m telling you this in hopes that you all will return to see me when I can reopen. When I do finally come back and restart my massage business it will be either house calls only because I must let go of my physical practice due to the mounting expenses I can not keep up with OR I manage to keep it afloat and can either keep the establishment I have now, or move into another establishment. Neither of which is known at this time.
I wanted to be completely transparent with you all because you are my heart. My business of helping others is my means to feed my family. I take a lot of pride in what I’ve built and how I’ve managed to escape the dependency of being on government assistance as a single mother and it’s my business that helped me put food on my table, home-school my son for as many years as I could, and to feel like I had a purpose in the community I served for almost 5 years now.
So, in closing I hope you all are staying as healthy and happy as possible during these uncertain economic times. I hope you all can understand why I had to drive 1400 miles north to be with my family during this pandemic. I hope you all will come back to me when this is all over, be it house call or at my clinic. I hope you all appreciate how raw I’ve been with you. I want you to see me and my life for what it really is, not sugar coated or fake. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I wanted to share my heart with you as you’ve shared your heart with me.
I love you all so much and I miss you to no end. I am so incredibly grateful for the time I’ve had with each and every one of you up to this point and I really hope to be able to spend more time with each of you in the near or distant future.
Stay Healthy My Friends