Today we’d like to introduce you to Griffin Hill.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Griffin. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My entrepreneurial story started as an 18-year-old, torn between pursuing musical theater or stepping into an unknown career field. The performer in me didn’t know how to give up my lifelong passion, but the realist inside my head knew it wasn’t my calling.
During my time in undergrad at Belmont University in Nashville, I switched my vocal major to Business Marketing + Organizational Leadership, which opened doors for me to work with a variety of start-up businesses in the entrepreneurial scene. At the time, I was also working at Pure Barre Nashville, and I could feel the wheels in my head turning.
By an act of God and a whole lot of “fake it til you make it”, I opened Pure Barre Colorado Springs at age 22, fresh out of college and newly married to my one and only boyfriend. We moved across the country to chase this dream, and can I be honest with you?
For the first couple of years, I really hated it.
I felt trapped in this new role, constantly torn between wanting to invest in community (but still make $$$), and scared to branch out. It’s taken me years and a lot of pivots to realize that entrepreneurs all walk different paths but ride the same emotional roller coaster, and none of us are in it alone. That’s why sharing business resources, promoting health and balance, and telling great stories keep me inspired on a daily basis. Especially as I walk into opening my second Pure Barre studio (Pure Barre Northgate coming 2019), it is so important to me to remember how I started and the lessons that got me here.
Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely not a smooth road. Between running a business in a market that I was unfamiliar with, learning how to manage a group of women who were all older than me, and entering into a new season of personal life, I struggled to feel like I could thrive in my new role.
The best things that I did were cling to my faith, invest in relationships both inside and outside of work, and seek out advice from those who had done this before me. To anyone that desires to open a business, I would challenge to you assess your priorities and make sure that you love running a business (management, accounting, late nights, lots of responsibility) as much as you like the product or the idea of being a business owner. It is a full time, never-ending job, but also the most rewarding career I can imagine.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Pure Barre Colorado Springs – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I opened Pure Barre Colorado Springs in December 2014, and I am in the process of opening Pure Barre Northgate (in northern COS) this spring! I manage a team of women who are both my friends and my employees, I teach Pure Barre classes, and run the day to day operations of our studio(s)!
Additionally, during my five years in Colorado, I have worked as a Master Teacher Trainer for Pure Barre corporate, where I trained other teachers and owners from across the country in the Pure Barre technique, and I spent a few years in graduate school studying functional medicine nutrition. I am a Lululemon ambassador, have a copywriting business for small businesses and entrepreneurs on the side, and share lessons about entrepreneurship and healthy living through my blog and social media platform.
Lastly, I began Colorado Springs Fitness Week in 2016, and this September will mark our 4th annual event! We bring together 10-15 of the best boutique fitness studios in COS for a week of fitness, fun events, and community celebration.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
I LOVE Podcasts! My favorites are:
That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs
The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey
School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
Goal Digger with Jenna Kutcher
Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis
The Influencer Podcast with Julie Solomon
Books I’m reading lately, and some old favorites:
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Leadership without Easy Answers by Ronald Heifetz
- Website: https://www.griffinmckenzie.com
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