The End...and The Beginning

“SO, wait, I’m confused. What exactly is your business name? Is it Flourish Holistic Something?”

A woman asked me on the phone while I was signing up for my first big expo on my own.

“Oh right. Yeah, that’s it. I’m Flourish. Flourish Holistics.”

I felt a wave of safety, laced with a fear of commitment wash over me. I had already changed my name a bunch of times throughout the year, and it was starting to become a bit of a joke thing.

Up until this point, I had never made long lasting decisions, but I realized that if I wanted to make an impact on the world around me (AND I DO) then I’d have to stick around for a little bit longer than a casual few months.


Flourish took me by the hand and she said to me, “I’ll take care of you for now my dear. You just stay here, get grounded and settled, and everything we do, we can do together.”

I sheepishly agreed, she knew me better than I knew myself (She was me, after all)


So we went at life together. We put ourselves out there, a lot. We were pushed outside of our comfort zone, A LOT. We would spend hours together, calling each other out on our shit, pushing each others buttons, and finding the light in the darkest of places.

We have done a lot of growing and expanding together! We splashed straight into the deep end together (it’s how we roll) with 4 days of clinic hours, workplace wellness, and a summer full of markets, events, and festivals. We were... true to our name...Flourishing.


But shortly after the season came to a close, she started to drop hints on me that she wouldn’t be around much longer.

“But, can’t we just become a 2.0?” I asked.

“Darling, my work here is done. You have everything you need. You have outgrown me, and it’s time for you to be repotted.”

Sigh... She was right.

I felt her hand release mine, as she moved deep within my heart space; her new forever home.


And so now, on this very day, just as I did 32 years ago, I reveal myself to the world, butt first, and say:

“Hello world, I’m Christa Fontaine”

I can’t say for certain where we’re growing from here, but I have a feeling that it may just be the best chapter yet ;)

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