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Top 10 Most Memorable Moments of 2016

Happy New Year Friends!  As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been on a blogging hiatus since Thanksgiving 2016  (the longest stretch of no-posting in gritbybrit history – yikes!).  I’m not proud of this as blogging has been my most inspiring creative outlet over the past 4 years.  In fact, starting this blog is what pushed to me pursue my ultimate dream – starting my own fitness/wellness company.  It would be such a shame to neglect the one thing that gives me so much energy and motivation!

So, I’ve made a resolution to post weekly in 2017 and I commit to myself and to you that I will stick to it.  You can expect at least one post per week from me for the entire year – yes that’s 52 posts from yours truly.  Since my life has changed so much the past 2 years with the inception of my company, GRIT Fitness, I’ve decided I’m going to shift the focus of this blog to share more behind the scenes coverage of what it’s like running a start-up, innovating new fitness formats, building a brand and leading a team all while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  I also plan to share business insights and frameworks that I’ve created to help with time management, goal setting, growing your business and building your brand.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy these posts!  Please comment and lemme know what you think long the way.

But before I go full speed ahead with my 2017 blogging approach, I first what to take some to time to express gratitude and reflect on the awesome moments I was blessed to experience in 2016.  Last year was definitely a period of growth, learning and FUN!  Here are the top 10 moments I will cherish forever (in no particular order)…

1. Celebrating 1 year of business at GRIT Fitness

Wow.  When I started GRIT Fitness in January of 2015, my only goal was stay alive.  But not only are we surviving, we have a growing, vibrant , thriving community of over 2,000 awesome young ladies! Most of the ladies who were my very first members now serve as instructors, community leaders and front desk staff.  We kicked off 2016 with a super fun Vino & Vinyasa 1-yr anniversary celebration.  It was a blast!

 

2. Being on TV, twice!

Look mom, I’m on TV!  This was so freaking cool and so totally unexpected.  Fortunately, 2 members of the GRIT community happened work for Fox 4 and pitched a segment to cover my journey of creating GRIT Fitness. That led to a me sharing my story on Fox 4  “In The Now.”  Then a producer at WFAA, Good Morning Texas reached out to us to demo some Dance Club Cardio moves on the show and talk about our fitness community.  2 terrific TV surprises in 2016!

 

3. Winning the Neiman Marcus Faces of Beauty Contest

This experience was totally surreal.  I felt like a beauty queen!  5 women out of 1,000 nominated were selected for this amazing honor based on the impact they’re making on women’s empowerment. Neiman Marcus gave me a styling session, killer new clothes, a box of the most luxurious beauty products, a makeover and photo shoot, an intimate dinner with the company’s executives and a night’s stay a luxury hotel.  Simply amazing.

 

4. Building and opening the GRIT Fitness Flagship Studio (2nd location)

What a journey!  After getting rejected by two SBA lenders and from several other landlords (because I hadn’t been in business long enough), I almost gave up hope on expanding GRIT Fitness.  But with the support of our community we raised $10K in a crowd funding campaign and I found an awesome small business lender in Austin, TX.  After a few months of planning and strategizing, we were blessed to open our 5,000 square foot flagship studio, just 6 months after celebrating our 1 year anniversary.

 

5. Growing and developing my team at GRIT Fitness to 48 team members!

I started GRIT Fitness with help of 10 fabulous young ladies.  1 was my sister, 3 I met on Craig’s List, 3 were students in my Turbo Kick classes at 24 Hour Fitness and the others were just friends who wanted to support me.  Now we are 4 times the size, but the closeness of our relationships remains. What I love about my team is that each girl serves at GRIT because she genuinely LOVES helping people and wants to be her best.  And that’s why I feel like we are truly the #DREAMTEAM

 

6. Sweating and smiling in LA and NYC

I’m such a sweat junkie!  This year I traveled to both LA and NYC just to explore the fitness scenes.  I called it my “market research” trip as I took 13 classes in 3 days in NYC and 9 classes 3 days in LA.  While I was in LA, I also attended the IDEA WORLD Fitness convention for the 3rd consecutive year. I LOVED IT!  The learning curve never ends.  I also treated myself to a nice hotel and great meals.  I definitely like my vacations sweaty!

 

7. Quality time with my best friends in Seattle, Canada & Dallas

Being a small business owner, it can be challenging to allocate time to just chill and hang out with friends.  Especially when most of your best fiends don’t live in your city.  Fortunately, my friend Jenn got married in Quebec City so I got to reunite with most of my business school friends during that trip.  And then my bestie from business school, Yassi pictured above, traveled to Dallas from South Africa for a work trip and we got to spend the entire weekend catching up, attending holiday parties and sipping mimosas.  Last, one of my best friends from undergrad also got married and I got to catch up with all of my Cornell friends at his wedding in Seattle, WA.  Quality time with great friends is simply priceless.

 

8. Finding a new church home at Shoreline Dallas

Before moving back to Dallas, I lived in NYC and I was member of Hillsong church which I absolutely loved (especially the awesome praise and worship music and relaxed culture)!  After moving back home to start GRIT Fitness I struggled all year to find a church home that I really connected with.  Fortunately my cousin invited to Shoreline’s SHINE Women’s conference and I love the diverse community,  high energy and enthusiasm for strengthening our faith.

 

9. Spending the holidays with my amazing family

I am so grateful for my family.  The older I get, the more I appreciate simply spending time with them.  The 2016 holiday season was super special because we spent Thanksgiving in Florida hanging out at the beach and watching my bother, Austin, play in his holiday basketball tournament.  Then for Christmas we just hung out at my parents’ house, went out to eat for Mexican food, and lazily hung around the house for 2 days.  It’s the little things that matter most.

 

10. Hosting ‘Start Up Yoga’ for Techweek in Dallas

Can we say “GRIT concert”?  This was hands down the most extravagant fitness experience I’ve ever been a part of – massive stage, flashing lights, live DJ, amazing venue full of Dallasite’s sweating and smiling.  I’m so grateful that my team and I were presented with the opportunity to work with Techweek, one of the largest technology/entrepreneurship conferences in the world!

While I’ve classified these 10 moments as the “most memorable” there were several other “less flashy” moments that were equally meaningful to me.  Like hanging out with my sister as “friends” despite our 8 year age gap, finally earning enough profit to write myself my first paycheck, holding hands with all members of my family and praying over the future of GRIT Fitness and my ability to be a good leader.  2016 was such a joy, but I know that the best is yet to come!  Here’s to 2017, the greatest year yet.  xoxo, Brit

Happy New Year + 2014 Highlights

HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIENDS!  I want to take a moment and send you all of my love and good vibes.  I expect great things for you in 2015, but you must BELIEVE that good things are in store. It’s a matter of our mind-set 😉

Instead of focusing on “resolutions” for the New Year, I want to simply bask in gratitude for all of the amazing things that happened in 2014.  I figure if I just focus on the positive, the good vibes will carry over into 2015.  So here it goes, my Top 10 Most Amazing Moments of 2014…

1. Making Greatist Top Blogs of 2014 – Just before celebrating my 2 year blogiversary, I was so honored to make the Greatist list of best fitness and happiness blogs.

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Greatist.com 2014 Best Fitness & Wellness Blogs

Greatist.com 2014 Best Fitness & Wellness Blogs

 

2. Undergoing a Successful Surgery & Maintaining a Healthy Body – After finding out that I had 13 uterine fibroids, I decided to have a laparoscoic myomectomy to have them all removed.  The surgery was a successful and I feel amazing.  God is good!

 

3. Watching my lil sis graduate from Texas Tech University & visiting my lil brother at University of Tampa – I had so many proud big sis moments this year.  I’m so grateful that my siblings are doing well and enjoying life.

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My dad, lil sis, and mom at Kortani’s graduation (I took the photo)

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Me and my broskie in Tampa

 

 

4. Awesome weekly turnouts at Piyo on the Wetdeck at W Dallas Hotel – OMG week after week we had over 75 members of the Dallas Community come out to my PiYo classes at the W Dallas Hotel.  D Magazine wrote us a raving review which was also super cool!

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5. Celebrating my 30th Birthday – My dirty 30 was amazing!  In addition to throwing the party of my life, my best friends flew into Dallas from all over the country to the celebrate the weekend with me.  It was a magical!

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6. Traveling to California for IDEA World Fitness Convention & Blog Fest – This was a huge turning point in my blogging journey.  I learned so many helpful tips and met so many members of the fitness blogging community.  I’ve already paid my deposit to attend again next summer – hope to see you there!

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Just arriving to Anaheim,CA and soaking up the sun and cool California vibes!

Just arriving to Anaheim,CA and soaking up the sun and cool California vibes!

 

7. Getting invited to join POPSUGAR Select + and SELF Magazine #SELFMade Collective – I feel so legit now!  Be sure to check out some of my special features on popsugar.com and self.com

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8. Teaching at BEYOND Pedaling – I finally made time to start teaching at my favorite cycling studio in Dallas.  After putting it off for a year, the stars finally aligned and now I lead classes 2 days each week.

Posing after class with this fabulous crew! I love their energy!

Posing after class with this fabulous crew! I love their energy!

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9. Transitioning from a corporate career to an entrepreneurial path – After 2 long years of prayer and indecision, I finally took the leap of faith out of corporate America and into the world of entrepreneurship.  You can click here to read my special feature about this decision on SELF.com.

My employee/contractor badges from the last 4 years...I've seen some things

My employee/contractor badges from the last 4 years…I’ve seen some things

 

10. Opening my first fitness studio – DREAMS COMING TRUE – I’m SO excited to start 2015 by opening Dallas Grit Fitness. This will be the first of several fitness studios I open year (stay tuned!)

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So here’s to 2014, an amazing year.  But as I truly believe, THE BEST IS YET TO COME!  xoxo, Brit

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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Hey guys!  HAPPY TURKEY DAY.  I hope you take some time to unwind, eat delicious food and watch exciting football (GO COWBOYS!).

My family and I are traveling to Tampa, FL to spend Thanksgiving with my baby brother who’s a sophomore basketball player at the University of Tampa.  We’ll attend his b-ball tourney this weekend and eat Thanksgiving dinner with his basketball team.  It should be entertaining to share a Thanksgiving feast with 15 college boys.  I’ll be sure to give you a recap, haha.

Yesterday I posted about acts of gratitude.  One of the recommended actions is to write down things for which you are grateful, including your personal accomplishments.  It’s okay to give yourself a little pat on the back every once in a while.  This year has brought a tremendous amount of change in my life, but I’m so grateful for where I stand right now.  From turning the big 3-0 to starting a new business and developing new personal relationships, I have so much to be grateful for.  I’m also grateful for my blog victories like being published with SELF Magazine and POPSGUAR Select +.  Hard work certainly pays off.  It may not seem like it the midst of late night editing and killer works, but the truth is that we ALWAYS reap what we sow!

As I check out of for the holiday, I want to share two of my past blog posts that can help you have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving:

I’ll be back in blogging action next Monday.  Holler atcha then! Lots of luv,

Brit

5 Acts of Gratitude to Boost Your Mood

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As you know, this month is all about gratitude = the quality of being thankful.  I’m so grateful to wake up everyday and do something that I love: share fitness & healthy living with people I care about = YOU!  I’m also grateful for the opportunity to share my fitness business start up story with SELF Magazine.  Woo ho0 – check out my article on self.com!

I’ve found that practicing acts of gratitude makes me a happier person. In fact, studies from University of California Berkeley show that grateful people are less resentful, more optimistic and healthier than their ungrateful counterparts. Also, physically expressing gratitude generates a greater happiness return than simply feeling appreciation. So just in time for Thanksgiving, here are five acts of gratitude to ensure you have the happiest holiday!

  1. Savor the Small Stuff – Whether it’s your morning cup of coffee or hot shower after a long day, take a moment to be present and acknowledge your little luxury.
  2. Say Thank You – Actually pick up phone, call someone and tell him or her how much they mean to you. Not only with they feel wonderful, but you will too.
  3. Love Your Body – Go for a sweat session at your favorite fitness studio. Afterwards thank your body for its physical fitness.
  4. Be One With Nature – Step outside and look around. Appreciating nature’s beauty can quickly lift your spirits.
  5. Acknowledge Your Accomplishments – Make a list of three personal accomplishments and thank yourself for your dedication and commitment. We often express gratitude to others, but it’s equally important to appreciate ourselves.

 

This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to not only feel thankful but to also express your gratitude!

Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo, Brit

Just in time for Thanksgiving: Happiness, Gratitude and GRIT

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Hey gang – it’s almost Turkey Day!   I know many of you are probably getting Instagram and Facebook overload from your friends sharing their “30 Days of Thanks” or whatever it’s called.  While I’m sure it can be annoying, don’t “hate” too much.  Turns out, drinking the gratitude Kool-Aid can do us good.

Let me digress for a bit.  We’ll come back full circle.  I promise.

While growing up in Texas I attended a small, Southern Baptist church and we had this ritual of giving “praise reports” during every service.  At this time, members of the congregation would stand up and share something good that had happened during the week (i.e. a promotion at work, healing from a sickness, winning a big game, an exciting family vacation, etc.).  We always did “praise reports” before sharing “prayer requests.”  Prayer requests are unfortunate situations in which people needed prayer, support or encouragement.  I always wondered why we had this practice of first giving praise before we prayed about a problem.  Over the weekend, a friend shared this video with me (below).  While watching it, “praise reports” started to make more sense…  thankful happiness

“The Science of Happiness,” suggests that the simple of act sharing gratitude (aka sharing praise reports) is therapeutic in itself.  Being grateful and expressing gratitude can actually give us the strength and perspective that we need to make it through tough times.  In short, gratitude gives us GRIT.  Gratitude makes us happier.

In true GRIT by Brit fashion, I also thought to myself, “Maybe expressing gratitude for 2 good arms, 2 good legs and a heart and lungs that work can be the extra push I need on days I don’t feel like working out?”  haha –  we shall see.

Watch this video from SoulPancake if you want to feel good, get in the Thanksgiving spirit and maybe even tear up a bit 🙂

“Praise [gratitude] works best at the start, before the miracle, before the breakthrough, before the restoration.”  – Brian Houston