We’re bbbaaaaackkk! Boy, these Sunday’s sneak up on me Every.TIME. Thank goodness I had a great Sunday Spotlight in the hopper ready to go! As everyone knows, Sunday Spotlight is the time to “shine the spotlight” on a unique and wonderful business in our Brainerd Lakes Area. Mom Squad is always on the look-out for businesses that offer products and services to help busy women’s lives easier and more enjoyable. Plus we want people to keep their dollars local whenever possible.
This Sunday we have the ever-lovely Darcy Petersen Walkowiak from Darcy’s Restore & Replenish Massage Therapy. Welcome Darcy! Tell us about your business. When did you start your biz and low long has it been aroundand?
Darcy:-I started my business in October 1997 after completing my training at the Minneapolis School of Massage and Bodywork. I initially started out in a small local holistic healing center before expanding my practice at a chiropractic clinic. Eight years ago after my first son was born I was looking for a change of pace and wanted to have a more quiet space of my own. That opportunity arose when we moved to Baxter and our home had a perfect space for a home studio. Clients and I couldn’t be happier with the current arrangement.
ME: Wow, you’ve been doing massage a long time. And YES, your home studio is amazing. One word: fireplace 🙂 Share what attracted you to this business, and what you like most about it.
Darcy-I was planning to major in psychology after graduation and I wanted to have a career that would help people feel better and hopefully make a big impact in their lives. I was given a massage gift certificate while still in high school and I was hesitant to use it because it wasn’t something I was familiar with at all and it just didn’t seem to be “my thing” but, I went and experienced the most amazing massage. From that moment I knew that THIS is what I wanted to do. It is a career that allows me to be flexible in my schedule, work independently and create a customized plan for each person I work with. I love that I get to make long lasting connections with clients and to help them along on their path to wellness not only physically but also mentally and spiritually.
ME: What has been your biggest business challenge with your business thus far?
Darcy:-I think the most challenging thing for me is the pressure I put on myself to be the very best I can be in both my business and my personal life. Balancing my career, being a wife and a mom, and the responsibilities that come with it can be a bit overwhelming at times. I am working on being “good enough” (not perfect and definitely not super mom) and realizing that I have to put MY needs above everything else so that I can be healthy first to then be able to take care of others. In other words…practicing what I preach.
ME: I think most of us working Moms struggle with that balance. There are just never enough hours in the day! I as I type and proof this post, it’s 5:27 a.m. My balance is to do my work early so it doesn’t interrupt “family time.” Is there anything you’d like to share about your family or your life?
Darcy:-I live in a household of the male species (a husband, 2 sons, a pug Ollie). Our basset hound Millie is the only other “female” at our house, she’s my go to gal pal when the boys are driving me nuts! We have a fun filled household and spend lots of time together as a family.
ME: ha! That’s awesome! That must be hard to “escape” sometimes when your home and office is the same place! But there are benefits to working from home, right?
Darcy:-YES! I have a home based studio in Baxter. My clients feel especially spoiled to have a private space they can feel completely at ease in. I think the fireplace right next to the table is my favorite feature. It’s oh soooo cozy on cold winter days. 🙂
ME: I love to pick the brains of other moms-in-business. Do you have any words-o-wisdom to share? For moms or even parents in general?
Darcy:-In my life my family ALWAYS comes first. My clients are so supportive of that and I really appreciate that. Keeping that balance can be tricky but for most of us, that’s why we go into business for ourselves is to have that flexibility. I think as long as you are doing something you are 100% passionate about it will come easy and won’t feel like work.
ME: I love that thought. “Be 100% passionate and it won’t feel like work.” Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Darcy:-Hmmm, that’s a good question. I see myself still in a home practice and hopefully incorporating more massage session to clients living their lives with cancer. I am passionate about caring for people during that time and helping them to work with their bodies to “live peacefully and fully” during their journey. I’d like to incorporate more education opportunities for clients in ways to better their lives through nutrition, movement and spiritual fulfillment. I feel like the more we are aware of our bodies and the more positive things we do to nurture ourselves the better we can be.
ME: You are an ambitious and amazing lady, my friend. I pray that you achieve your goals because I think helping cancer patients would be a beautiful thing. On a lighter note, I apologize…but I have to ask!! Do you have a quirk you wish you didn’t have (ex: eye rolling, etc)
Darcy:-Of course I have lots of quirks, I’m sure my hubby could give you a list! But I think one that is kind of funny is my excessive use of the phrase “Uff da” Yes, I’m VERY Scandinavian!
ME: My grandpa was very Norwegian and if you made a mess while eating, he called you a slobber huentz (at least that what it sounded like to me). I used that word for years. The first time I called my hubby that, he thought I was swearing at him! No clue if that’s an actual Norwegian word or not!
I love asking this question because the answers vary so much. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Darcy:-My son suggested one day that I should be an octopus. After thinking about it I realized that would be awesome. Think of the massage I could give with eight arms!
ME: Sorry, my first thought was “wow, thinking of the multitasking stuff I could get done with 8 ARMS!!” I think I need to slow down and enjoy life more. What do you or your family do for fun and recreation?
Darcy-We do LOTS of camping. For the past 4 years we have camped every weekend from the end of April to the beginning of October at Pete’s Retreat. It has been a wonderful way to spend time together as a family and have a nice get away. This year we are breaking the mold and in addition to camping at Pete’s Retreat a couple of weekends a month, we are going to explore Minnesota’s beautiful State Parks, camp on the North Shore and take the boys to a few local campgrounds close by too. We like to bike, go for walks, geocache and do photography. We are also known to play lots of card/board games.
ME: That sounds like heaven. Name one thing people may not know about you.
Darcy:-This is going to sound funny considering my hubby is an I.T. (Internet technologies) guy but…I think I would be perfectly content without many of life’s technologies (except maybe my iphone). I’d be perfectly happy buying an old VW van (or maybe something a bit bigger and more family friendly) and heading out to live the simple life. (I probably wouldn’t last more than a couple of months living that way though…being close to extended family and my community are too enriching for me and I think I’d miss that too much) It’s fun to dream though…maybe we could make that work for summer vacations for a few weeks here and there.
ME: We have a cabin up in Baudette with no internet connection. When we go up for the weekend, we leave technology behind. I like it…for about day. When I get home, the first thing I do is rush to the computer. Nine-times-outta-ten..I haven’t missed a thing. Even on Facebook! Are you on Facebook?
Darcy:-Yes, check me out at Darcy’s Restore & Replenish Massage Therapy or www.darcy.massagetherapy.com
ME:- Do you have a favorite quote?
Darcy:-I have quite a few but here are my current favorites for encouraging self care and nurturing:
“Be as good to yourself as you are to those you love.” ~ Suze Orman
“You’ve been provided with a perfect body to house your soul for a few brief moments in eternity. So regardless of its size, shape, color, or any infirmities, you can honor the temple that houses you by eating healthfully, exercising, listening to your body’s needs, and treating it with dignity and love.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
ME: WOW, two great quotes from two great people. I know we finally have a prayer that Spring is here, but I am always curious what people do to keep from going insane during our long Minnesota winters. Do you and your family have something you like to do that helps “beat the winter blues?”
Darcy:-The boys and I take Vitamin D and fish oil which has helped a ton this year to keep us much healthier and happier. As a family we love to swim. We’ll head over to one of the local pools and hang out for the afternoon, we’ll go snowshoeing, head out to build a snowman or just take a little road trip. Anything that brings you joy and gets you out and about helps!
ME: Coolio! We are swimmers too! We will have to hook up and go together! Share one thing on your “Bucket List.”
Darcy:-I have to say my list is still rather small… I was diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma in 2003 and again in 2006 so that really made me look at how I was living my life and what I would do differently if my cancer had spread. I choose to live each day and happily as possible. I spend as much time together as a family as we can and try to live in the moment giving thanks each day for the opportunity to be alive and fulfilling the purpose God has for me. 🙂 I’d have to say though, I’d love to travel to Sweden and Norway, camp throughout the United States, and/or swim with the dolphins but overall I am really content with my life.
ME;- Holy cow, Darcy. I didn’t know about that about you. I makes me admire you even more. Is there anything else you’d like to share? Any fun things people don’t know about you.
Darcy:-I am completely fascinated with Harley Davidson motorcycles. The more vintage the better! I know…not what you expect of your massage therapist. 🙂
ME: I want to add that I highly, highly recommend that people book a massage with you. I would say, hands down, the massage I recieved from you was the best I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to come back! If anyone is interested, pop over HERE for rates and info. Again, I seriously want our readers to consider treating themselves to this experience.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress.
Note from Becky: If you know of a “Mom-owned” or “Mom friendly” business that is Spotlight Worthy, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!