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Today I unpublished the enrollment information for Emerson ALC.  Our board has taken an honest evaluation of our financial projections, the amount of personal stress created by the attempted opening, and our immediate predictions, and unanimously agreed that the ALC wasn’t going to open, this year or in the foreseeable future.

I’m really, really sad about it.  Although I’m intellectually well-aware that this decision is wise and correct, I still haven’t shaken the emotional aspect of feeling like a failure.  I also know that I did every single thing I could for the past few years, so it’s not like there’s any “if only we had done X” regrets, either.  It’s hard to admit but sometimes things just don’t work out.

A silver lining to this hurricane-season cloud is that I’ll now have more time (like, way more time) to dedicate to the ALC network in general — I am looking forward to supporting the efforts of all of the other ALCs worldwide.


  1. NancyT says:

    Ditto to what Tomis said, and know that you and your family are always welcome to visit us in Charlotte! I appreciate all the love, time, and energy you have dedicated to ALC in general. It takes guts to try anything new, and if there is one thing a person can tell within minutes of meeting you, is that you have guts. You’ve learned tons throughout the process of trying to launch Emerson, and can apply all that knowledge to future projects with ALC 🙂 I’m grateful for all you have done and all you will do for this network!

    Sending you and your family love… and looking forward to the next time we meet IRL<3

  2. Melissa says:

    I truly believe we learn the most about ourselves and this life when we are challenged ,and things don’t work out the way we hoped. I have also recently realized that when we constantly smooth the way for others and “rescue” them, we are depriving them of those lessons and personal growth, but that’s another story… I KNOW to the core of my being, that you and Jason will take the lessons from this experience and use them in ways you may not even be able to imagine right now. I wish you peace in your decision and am sending you both (((hugs))).

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