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If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again

Good morning friends!  I hope you’re ready to kick-start an amazing week.  This weekend I enjoyed not 1, not 2 but 3 fabulous holiday parties and today I’m in major need of a sweat session to burn off holiday cookies and champagne (sooooooo good!)

I wanted to share update with you that I hope gives you hope and encouragement.  If you recall,  a few weeks ago I traveled to San Antonio to participate in the local SBA InnovateHer business pitch contest and I didn’t win.  (You can read my recap here).  I expressed my disappointment, but resolved to keep pushing forward to make the vision of my business come to life.

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Me making my pitch (once again) at the InnovateHER pitch competition in Dallas, TX

Well…today I’m happy to announce that I recently competed in another local SBA InnovateHer business pitch contest and I won 1st place!  This means that my business pitch will be submitted to Washington, DC for the national competition after all.  I’m overjoyed and feeling proud of myself for not giving up after my setback.  I’ll be honest, I had to give myself a major pep talk to go at it again after losing the week before.  But I figured I had nothing to lose but my pride.  It was worth it!

As icing on the cake I connected with a fabulous group of Dallas women entrepreneurs.  We’ve already hung out since the competition and I invited them to come represent their brands at the  #GIRLBOSS women-owned business showcase to take place at my fitness studio this Saturday!

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Me with the judges and fellow contestants in the Dallas, TX InnovateHER pitch contest – November 2015

My ultimate mission with the GRIT by Brit blog and the GRIT Fitness studio is help others develop the mental grit needed to best their lives.  Each day I have to practice perseverance to make it a habit.  It’s not easy, but I believe we can train ourselves to be “gritty.”  By choosing not to quit in the business plan competitions,  I’ll more readily persevere through the next challenge I face.

That said, I don’t believe failure is anybody’s destiny.  Life if too good for that 🙂

xoxo,Brit


My 2nd Business Pitch Contest

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Me giving my pitch for GRIT Fitness at the Innovate HER competition in San Antonio, Nov. 17, 2015

Hey Friends!  Last week my mom and I made  road trip down to San Antonio, TX where I competed in the InnovateHER Women’s Business Pitch Competition sponsored by the SBA (Small Business Administration).  It was a bittersweet experience as I practiced all week, picked out the perfect outfit and thought through all of the questions the judges may ask.  Alas, I didn’t win 🙁

However, I felt really great about my pitch delivery.  Unlike the competition I recently won at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), this was a true “pitch” competition meaning I only got 2 minutes to speak and could only have 1 slide on the screen.  That said I had to prioritize the most critical aspects of my business plan and immediately excite the judges.  This experience definitely pushed me past my comfort zone and elevated me to a new level of public speaking and handling high-pressure situations.  Also, I got to the meet the founders of these 4 awesome, female-owned start up companies – I highly suggest you check them out and show them some love!

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The 5 Finalist – Me and the fierce female entreprenuers who presented our businesses to the judges – I was so inspired by their awesome ideas, passion & energy!

In the spirit of “keeping it real” I was super bummed about the outcome (I even shed a few tears when I was alone in the lady’s room).  Honestly after watching the video of my pitch, there wasn’t anything I thought I could have significantly improved.  Fortunately, my competitive nature is getting the best of me and now I’m even more motivated to spread the positive vibes of GRIT Fitness and impact women all over the world!  #CantStopWontStop

Before I went to bed that night, I came across this post that gave me so much peace, hope and purpose.

“I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.”
― Brené BrownRising Strong

I remember being in my corporate career with my steady paycheck and awesome expense account and thinking to myself, “I want more than this.  I want to take a risk with my life and pursue my dream.”  Now I’m living boldly and there are several ups and downs, but boy is it exciting!  I hope this quote positively impacts you as much as it did me.

Keep up the good work ladies and shout out to all of the #GIRLBOSS chicks out there!  xoxo, Brit

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Me and my Mama Kay enjoying margaritas and Mexican food on the San Antonio River Walk after the competition – you can find a silver lining in EVERY experience if you just look for it!

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?

Fitness Studio Review: The Barre Code Dallas, TX

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From left to right, my friends Ashley, Julie (instructor), me and Andria after our Brawl workout.  I was happy to rock my Fire Cracker capris from Lorna Jane!

Hey friends – happy workout Wednesday!  I hope your week is going well.  I’m working away at my new studio, Dallas Grit Fitness.  We are in full swing decorating and getting ready to welcome our fierce, fabulous instructors for orientation in 2 weeks.  I’m excited and honored to have the most energetic dancers, trainers and yoga instructors join my team!

In honor of workout Wednesday, I wanted to share some insights from my recent visit to The Barre Code Dallas, Design District.  Turns out The Barre Code Dallas Master Trainer, Julie, was actually the Group X Manager of 24 Hour Fitness who auditioned me for my very first fitness instructor position!  When I walked into the class and saw that she was teaching, I totally freaked out.  Such a small world!

While The Barre Code offers several barre formats my friends and I decided to try out the “Brawl” class because it seemed the most intense.  “Brawl, which has been recognized by SELF magazine as one of the best workouts in the country, is an intense class that combines cardio kickboxing sequences with strengthening work for the thighs and glutes.”  As a Turbo Kick fanatic, of course this is right yup my alley!

Here’s a quick run down of my experience…

  • The Class – Brawl is a 50 minutes, high intensity cardio kickboxing class.  We did the whole class in socks – no sneakers!  Fortunately the floors are a soft rubber that you can bounce on.  About half way through the class, we got down on the ground and did 10 minutes of core, thighs and booty toning exercises.  Then we ended class with one final cardio push and a cool down.
  • The Instructor – So I may be biased because I know Julie and personally like her style, but she was awesome!  I always appreciate fitness instructors who actually do the workout with the class and practice what they teach.  Julie rocked it out!
  • Music – We kicked, punched and jumped around to a mash-up of Top 40 music.  It was remixed into a continuous flow that synced well with the moves.  The sound system was great – I could feel the beat!
  • Who was there – Barre Code is a women’s only gym.  Most of the ladies in our class were in their 20’s and 30’s and all dressed in super cute activewear.
  • Loved – The high energy of the class.  We never stopped moving!
  • Hated – I didn’t bring a towel and had to creatively wipe my sweat on my clothes.
  • Final Verdict – After class I was drenched in sweat, my thighs were on fire and I had a smile on my face – the 3 signs of an effective workout!  I highly recommend.
My friend Ashley, invited us along for the day. She's a regular at The Barre Code

My friend Ashley, invited us along for the day. She’s a regular at The Barre Code

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Ladies checking in at the front desk for Brawl class!

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The studio was perfectly accented with thematic fitness equipment – gotta love pink kettle bells 🙂

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Afterwards we were sweaty and tired so we treated ourselves to a yummy dinner at Ascension