Category Archives: Just for Fun

Recap: REVOLUTION Cycling Spotlight Party at GRIT Fitness

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Our new REVOLUTION instructor Annabel and me posing before class #1

Hey gang!  I’m still on a high from a party we hosted last Friday night at my studio, GRIT Fitness. In addition to the 7 original group fitness classes that we’ve developed, we now offer a signature, super-sweaty indoor cycling class called REVOLUTION!  Can you read the full class description here.

To celebrate the expansion of our service our offering, we threw an amazing party complete with vendors, 3 free classes, special guests, sips, bites and special gift for all attendees.  Most importantly, we introduced our newest REVOLUTION cycle instructors to the GRIT community!

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Special GRIT REVOLUTION water bottles for all of our guests!

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Kellie, Christie and Kendra – the fabulous instructors who “team-taught” the 2nd class of the evening!

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Getting pumped up before class – our new REVOLUTION instructor Kellie (left) and our Body Sculpt / HIIT instructor Jenny (right)

BONUS – over the past few months, my teammate Anna and I have been working on the very first GRIT Fitness apparel line.  On Friday night, we finally launched our first product, GRIT Sports Bras!  They say “No Grit No Pearl” around the band because, duh! 🙂

GRIT Sports Bras launched Sept. 30th - yay!

GRIT Sports Bras launched Sept. 30th – yay!

I’m so proud of this accomplishment as an apparel line has always been something I wanted to create but I’ve struggled with the designed and purchasing aspects.  Fortunately, Anna is an expert in those areas so together, we were finally able to bring the idea to life!  AND, we sold over half of our inventory on the 1st day – woo hoo!

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Sweaty Smiling after class! Our awesome #GRITFAM members Heather & Phillip

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#GRITFAM member Whitney and her hubby Chase (newlyweds)

Altogether it was an awesome night.  Each day I’m more and more grateful to spend my time in a job that love.  Where I get to create, innovate, have fun and serve others.  Life is good!  I hope you have an awesome week ahead.  xoxo, Brit

Neiman Marcus Faces of Beauty 2016 – I won!

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Pic from my photo shoot! This pic is hanging in the windows of Neiman Marcus – how cool!

Hey friends!  I have some awesome news to share today.  Last month, I was formally announced as a winner of the Neiman Marcus Faces of Beauty contest!  The Faces of Beauty Contest started 5 years ago as Neiman Marcus began “highlighting women from across the country that have cut through the clutter and are achieving great things.”  One of my clients at GRIT Fitness nominated me for the award without me even knowing and I won!  5 winners were selected out of over 1,000 applications.  I’m so honored, grateful and over-the-moon excited.

The past few weeks I’ve had some once-in-a-lifetime experiences so I wanted to share.  As a winner I received these awesome goodies:

  • Full makeover and photo shoot for a feature in THE BOOK and for my pic to be displayed in the store windows
  • Luxury hotel accommodations at the Joule in Dallas
  • Participation as a panelist in the NM Beauty Symposium
  • A celebration dinner with Neiman Marcus executives (so inspiring to chat with these #girlbosses)
  • Hair styling, makeup application, and a private fitting with a Neiman Marcus stylist
  • $1,500 in cosmetics and fragrances—and the wardrobe from the fitting (Loving my Vince leather jacket and Milly dress!)

Pretty sweet huh?  Here are some pics from the Beauty Symposium that happened 2 weeks ago.

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All of the winners being escorted to a welcome dinner!

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I got to meet the other 4 winners and I was SO inspired by their journeys. From fellow small business owners to writers, each girl had so much passion and perseverance for make positive change in her area of interest.

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We even got to have dinner with VP Creative Director and the VP of Beauty for Neiman Marcus.  #girlpowerimg_4406And of course I got the most amazing makeover and styling session!  I felt like pretty woman 🙂
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img_0014Last but not least, we all spoke on a panel and shared our stories of how we are “making some noise” in our respective areas.  Of course I gave major props to the #GRITFAM for being the most positive, uplifting women’s fitness community in the world!
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After the panel we enjoyed sips, bites and a photo booth…img_4442

I left the Beauty Symposium feeling energized and ready to keep growing GRIT Fitness to impact as many women and possible.  This was truly a “stop and smell the roses” experience for me.  I’m living my dream and I’m so very grateful.  BUT the exciting part is that I know best is still yet to come.  Not only for me, but for you too!   xoxo, Brit

SWEATWORKING | Workout + Professional Networking

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ATTENTION ALL GIRL BOSSES! Join me in partnership with Ellevate Network for DFW’s first ever “Sweatworking, ” an innovative, fun (and not to mention efficient!) way to combine networking and exercise all into one.

Before kicking things off, I’ll share a little background about how I started my company and our plans for expansion.  We’ll then jump into a 30-minute cardio-inspired workout, followed by refreshments and mingling with fellow Ellevate members and other DFW professional women.

Grab a friend or co-worker, throw on your favorite workout gear, and join us for a fabulous night of calorie-burning and networking.  See you there!  xoxo, Brit

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Blog Buddies Turned Soul Sisters

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TGIF Friends!  This has been such an amazing week.  Before I headed to San Antonio to compete in the SBA (Small Business Administration) InnovateHER Pitch competition (more details on that coming in a later post) I got a surprise visit from one of my dearest blog buddies, Chelle!  Chelle writes a blog called EveryDay Polish and we connected when I hosted a GRIT Tank top giveaway last year.  I asked my readers, “What does GRIT mean to you?” and Chelle won by providing this answer…

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Keep in mind that Chelle lives in Connecticut and we’ve never met in person but we keep in touch online and have followed each other’s blogs of over a year.  I was overjoyed when she made trip to Texas and a surprise visit at my noon HIIT class on Monday!

Moments like these give me so much purpose and motivation.  I’m not going to lie, blogging and  running small business can be exhausting and overwhelming.  However, knowing that I’m able to positively impact the lives of others by simply being myself and sharing my life-story, is so amazing!

Have you connected with any of your blog buddies?

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!  xoxo, Brit

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No longer “Blog Buddies,” now “Soul Sisters”

My First Business Pitch Contest

Last Thursday morning I participated in the #WEDALLAS (Women Entrepreneurs of Dallas) pitch contest hosted by the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) and I WON!  I was so nervous I could hardly sleep the night before.  I even persuaded my front desk volunteers at GRIT Fitness to help me practice while working their shift.

Before presenting my business pitch to the live audience, I had to complete an online application / business summary.  After that, four women-owned start-up companies were chosen to the present at the pitch competition.  I was so inspired by the hustle, drive and creativity of the other women entrepreneurs.  From new technology apps to non-profit incubators, there are so many innovative new companies spearheaded by a #GIRLBOSS in Dallas!

When it was my turn to present, I took a deep breath and (in typical athlete fashion) gave myself a pep talk.  Fortunately, I felt super confident because I practiced my butt of the day before and have been working on my presentation since May of this year.  I had a blast and felt so grateful for the opportunity to share my vision for the future of GRIT Fitness.  Here are some pics and a short video clip from my pitch…

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Kicking off my pitch with a problem/solution statement for GRIT

 

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Of course I can’t talk about GRIT without giving MASSIVE props to my #dreamteam – they are simply the best!

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After the judges tallied their votes and announced me as a winner, Courtney Kerr presented my grand prize! (She was also a judge.)

Overall, this was such a rewarding experience.  Not only did it push me out  of my comfort zone but I also won prize money to help expand my business!  I plan to participate in a few more pitch contests later this year.  My goal is to raise enough money to build a flagship studio and expand GRIT Fitness to serve as many people as possible.

Have you ever participated in a  speech or pitch contest?  Any words of wisdom for success?

GRIT Fitness on Fox 4 Good Day

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Brittni (Marketing Manager for Westin Hote, Fox 4 Anchor and Me posing on set!

Hey Hey friends!  I hope you’re excited for the weekend…especially if you live in Dallas!  My studio is partnering with the Westin Galleria Dallas to host the 3rd Summer Sweat Series event.  This time we are offering a free Turbo Kick class at 2pm this Sunday!  After class you can enjoy complimentary passed bites, Sangria and pool access.  It’s going to be a blast!

Since the first 2 Summer Sweat Series events were so successful, Fox 4 News asked us to come on their morning show, Good Day, and demo some of the Turbo Kick moves that we’ll be rocking on Sunday.  In case you can’t tell, I LOVE being on camera!  My childhood dream was to have my own talk show….sigh….some day.  haha.  Check out the video segment below!  We had a ball kicking, punching and jamming on camera.

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In the spirit of kickboxing, I highly recommend my at home “DIY Cardio Kickboxing Routine” for your workout of the day.  Set aside 30 minutes, blast some crunk music and break a sweat.  You won’t regret it.

Wishing you a wonderful day of sweat and smiles.  xoxo, Brit



GLOWGA Party : Glow-in-the-dark Yoga to Celebrate 6 Months of Business

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Excited for the party to start! I couldn’t believe there was a line all the way down the street – ahhh!

Happy Monday morning friends!  I’m cloud 9 after celebrating 6 super successful months of business!  This past weekend, my GRIT Fitness team and I hosted a GLOWGA (glow-in-the-dark yoga) party on the 33rd floor of the W Dallas Hotel.  It was simply amazing!  Hundreds and hundreds of family, friends and studio members came out to “flow in the dark” with us.  Here are a few photos…  You can view the full album on the GRIT Fitness Facebook page.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a super sweat 20 minute Tabata workout that I did with my boyfriend last week.  Get ready to WERK friends!

xoxo, Brit

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Me and a few members of my GRIT Fitness Dream Team!

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Flowing in the DARK!

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Melissa & Maria, GRIT Fitness Yoga Instructors who led the class