We had the good fortune of connecting with Taelour Wagler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taelour, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
― William Hutchison Murray
I was introduced to this quote in 2010, but was originally told it was a quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. I actually discovered only last year that the actual author was William Hutchison Murray; It hasn’t changed the magic for me. I stumbled on the quote shortly before discovering Massage Therapy. At the time, I was bouncing from place to place (WA, to OR, to Denver, to GJ in a matter of a year or two) and bouncing from one service job to another, realizing I needed to find a deeper sense of purpose and direction, but didn’t know what that was. At the time, a friend had suggested Massage Therapy, and they weren’t the first I had heard that from. With hearing the quote and my friend’s suggestion around the same time, I decided that Massage was as good of a place as any to commit and run to with full force.
Every time I find myself needing a little direction, I reference back to this quote, and it has never failed me. Last year, I found myself feeling stagnant and complacent after almost 10 years in my career, and decided to FULLY COMMIT to my early massage career dream of opening a full wellness center. In a matter of 8 months developed the new business plan, secured financing, expanded, rebranded, and went from the 2 treatment room and a small lobby, Start. Massage & Bodyworks, to The Middle Wellness Center. Every time I have fully committed to a mission or goal, the Universe has conspired in ways I could have never imagined, in making it a reality. The Universe wants us to succeed, and to thrive, but we have to give it permission to assist us by giving it our 100%.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Middle Wellness Center is Health Spa meets Community Center. We have created a space in Grand Junction, CO that encourages and celebrates the growth and development in all 8 pillars of wellness; physical, nutritional, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, financial, and environmental. We offer services such as Massage Therapy, Cryotherapy, Halotherapy (Salt Therapy), Infrared Saunas, Yoga Classes, Health Coaching, a Co-Working Space reserved for professionals in health/wellness related industries, as well as a wellness boutique that is curated with products from other small businesses that promote health and inspire joy, and my favorite feature, a space and calendar that is dedicated to community driven health and wellness related classes, workshops, and events. To date, we have hosted events such as Financial Wellness Workshops, Health and Life Coaching Classes, Meditation and Manifestation workshops, Parent/Child Massage classes, along with community building and connecting events like Family Board Game Nights and All-ages Open-Mics.
10 years ago, I started my health related career with Massage Therapy, but looking around, a huge facet that was missing in both my business/career and personal life, was the opportunity for more community and connection. I wanted to create a space for like-minded individuals to grow as well as connect and collaborate, growing as a community.
The term ‘liminality’, was the inspiration for our name. At it’s simplest definition, it means the space between ‘no longer’ and ‘not yet’, to me that beautifully defines the wellness journey – that space is what we aim to promote and celebrate at The Middle.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are actually out on the Western Slope of CO, not Denver. In the 12 years of living here, I’ve had several friends visit, the stops, adventures, and sites have varied through the years, but if I could do a week long ‘dream itinerary’… We would start with Meow Wolf and the Art Museum in Denver, then head out West on I-70 for some whitewater rafting in Glenwood Springs, continue out to the Grand Mesa for Mountain Biking, out to the San Juan Mountains to do some hiking and Mountain Biking in and around Ouray and Telluride, Orvis Hot Springs to baby our sore muscles, back out to the home-town (Grand Junction) for The Colorado National Monument, and Crack of the Universe in Rough Canyon, massages at The Middle Wellness Center, then wrap up our week in and around Moab, UT, with hiking and maybe finish the adventure up with skydiving above the Canyon Lands. Some of my favorite food spots along the way include Maggie’s Kitchen (Ouray), Bin 707 (Grand Junction), and Suehiro’s (Grand Junction). Then I would need at least a week of rest to lick my wounds and recover, but it would be so worth it.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Though there are countless people I could thank for my personal and professional growth and success, one of the strongest influences and people who changed my life on a deep and fundamental level, was my counselor, Gwen Giffin. She passed away early this year. Her contribution to my life was nothing short of amazing (and needed), and I will forever be grateful that I had the opportunity to learn and implement her philosophies and to look at the world through a different lens. She changed the trajectory of my life in a hugely positive way, and at her service, I learned she had done the same for many people through her life and career. If I could do even a quarter of what Gwen has done, I would be proud and grateful for my contribution to this world. Gwendolyn Ann Giffin, 1941-2022
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