Morgan: Co-owner of Mental Health & Wellness Private Practice, Pure Barre Instructor

Name: Morgan Morris

Age: 28

City: Charleston

Real Job: Elementary school counselor

Side Hustle: Pure Barre teacher, and just opened up a private practice for youth, adolescent, and adult counseling!

How did you get started?: I started my journey as a school counselor in 2014. After graduating from the The Citadel in the school counseling program I began working at Sangaree Intermediate school serving as their guidance counselor for our 3rd -5th grade students! While in graduate school, I fell in love with Pure Barre and trained to become a teacher. A dream of mine has been to open a private counseling practice, and after being in schools for four years, I felt in my heart that it was time to move on to a new challenge…a perfect time to transition into private practice. This past summer I worked on my license (LPC is the official license title), and my colleague Caroline (fellow Side Hustler found here) and I took the plunge: we opened the doors of Welcoming Wellness Counseling and are currently seeing clients part-time! I am so excited to transition into private practice full time after this school year! I plan on continuing to teach pure barre on the side 🙂

When/where do you work?: I work full time as the guidance counselor at Sangaree Intermediate School (Monday through Friday 7-3). Part-time as a Pure Barre teacher, I teach Tuesday evenings at 4:30 and Friday mornings at 5 AM (Ha!). Part-time in private practice, I see clients on Fridays and weekends…this will soon be transitioning to full-time once the school year is over (it will be my last year at Sangaree Intermediate!)

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Balance! Finding balance for health, wellness, and my relationship with my husband/family/friends is absolutely the most difficult challenge. Some days I am a pro, other days not so much! Fortunately I have the most supportive husband who understands the passion I have for my work and the need for mental health for the children/adolescents/adults in our community.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: I am deeply fulfilled by serving others; all three areas I work in I have the opportunity to see humans grow and give back to themselves. What more could you ask for than being a part of such a beautiful transition? Another reward is community; Pure Barre is more than just a work out, it’s an incredible community of strong supportive women who encourage and challenge each other. I feel pretty darn lucky.

Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband, Matt. Matt has been there for me since day 1 and stuck with me even when I may not have been physically or emotionally present. His support means everything to me; I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of these things without him. He is truly the most incredible human I know.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My parents are HUSTLERS! I grew up in an environment in which both of my parents worked, parented, coached, befriended, and loved (did I mention LOVED?). I aspire to be half of the people they are someday.

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: Caroline and I hope to grow Welcoming Wellness into something communal, as well as individual counseling. The goal is to incorporate mindfulness sessions, yoga classes, get involved with College of Charleston…the opportunities are endless! Ultimately I’d just like to give everything I have to each client and help them find their path to wellness. In regards to Pure Barre, I hope to continue to give women 50 minutes of challenging exercise, clarity, and encouragement.

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

Things will be sacrificed, but in the end they’re worth it. Stay disciplined and remind yourself that balance is key. Most importantly, be gentle with yourself.

Click here to learn more about Morgan’s private practice, Welcoming Wellness (a website designed by fellow Side Hustler Molly Ramsey), or reach out via email to connect or collaborate! And if you’re in the Charleston area, click here to learn more about Morgan’s classes at Pure Barre!

Photography by: Molly Ramsey (fellow Side Hustler!)

Danielle: Children’s Furniture Upcycler

Name: Danielle Kinnier

Age: 34

City: Alexandria, Virginia

Side Hustle: Upcycling/repurposing children’s furniture.

How did you get started?: I’m just starting to test waters with my side hustle. A few years ago when I was pregnant with my twins, I was handed down an old changing table. I wanted to make it something beautiful for my babies’ nursery, so with a little research and trial and error I ended up with a lovely piece of furniture. Since then I’ve continued to redo cheap finds into pretty and functional pieces for my girls. After some compliments from fellow parents, I’ve started selling some items on an individual basis.

When/where do you work?: This is where the problem is! I work in my living room, kitchen, yard, anywhere I can find space, much to the inconvenience of my family (who graciously don’t seem to mind). It all goes down during naptime or after bedtime.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Space and time!

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Seeing something ugly or unusable become functional and loved by mine or someone else’s children.

Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My twin toddlers. I make things for them to enjoy. Having dropped to one income to stay home with our daughters has been a financial struggle but priceless for our family. I’ve had to become creative with the wants and needs of our family. I never really intended to sell my projects, it’s just an added bonus.

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: I’d like to say my dream is to do it full time and make a living out of it, but my full time job right now is my kids. So my dream is to have the space and ability to work on projects as I please and share them with other families with young children.

Reach out to Danielle via email to connect or collaborate, or follow her on Instagram to see some of her latest upcycles!




Virginia: Writer, Founder of Side Hustle

Name: Virginia Kinnier

Age: 28

City: New Orleans, Louisiana

“Real Job”: Executive Assistant

Side Hustle: Writer, Founder of Side Hustle

How did you get started?: I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I can remember. My family is full of writers and storytellers on both sides, so I grew up around it. But I think I first learned that I too could be a writer in second grade when my teacher started each day with a sentence on the board, and we had to use that sentence to create our own story. It felt then, and still does now, like magic.

When/where do you work?: I think writers are constantly working, not always with a pen or computer. Observing people and places is a big part of it, collecting details, and freezing time a little with your memory, so you can reproduce it later on in a way that is unique to your own imagination and senses. I physically write at home or in an open Word doc hidden on my computer.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Writing is a lonely sport, so I struggle with allowing myself to have the time to be alone and work on it, instead of spending time with friends and family.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: I think one of the greatest rewards is having your words not only read by others but understood and appreciated. Also just being able to get words out my head onto paper can ignite the greatest release and feeling of self worth.

Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband, my family, and my friends

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?:

Watching others work tirelessly at their own passions. The success, recognition, and praise make it look shiny, but the daily work makes it look noble. I can’t get enough of that.

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: To write full time and create a piece(s) of work that resonates with people, makes them think, and most of all makes them love themselves and others a little more. Compassion and empathy are in short supply, but I believe art can change that.

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

Stop, absolutely, right now, caring what anyone else thinks (still working on this). And encourage others. It will, in turn, encourage you.

Reach out to Virginia via email to connect or collaborate!

Featured Image: Kyle Smith

Mary Margaret: Artist

Name: Mary Margaret Schley Monsees

Age: 28

City: Savannah, Georgia

Real Job: Working on that…

Side Hustle: Artist

How did you get started: I am literally just starting! They say there is magic in beginnings but right now it just feels scary. After working for creatives in corporate environments for five years, I’m longing to take control and be the creative myself. I’ve painted my entire life and am inspired by all the young women I know personally and those I watch from afar succeeding in the art world.

When/where: I am currently renting a small studio in an art center here in Savannah.

Greatest supporter: My husband, Sanders. He believes in me more than I believe in myself.

Greatest source of inspiration: “What could I accomplish if my desire to succeed was greater than my fear of failure?”

Side Hustle Dreams: In my dreams, I am able to sell my art and paint full-time. I would also be collaborating with other creatives (interior designers, potters, graphic designers, chefs, you name it …) to make beautiful things.

Check out Mary Margaret’s art by following her on Instagram, or reach out via email to connect or collaborate!

Riley Frances: Photographer, Watercolor Artist

Name: Riley Frances Boone

Age: 28

City: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Main Hustle: Operations Manager at Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

Side Hustle: Real Estate Photography. Fine Art Photography. Portrait Photography.

How did you get started?: My dad is a photographer, so I grew up around it. I was always fascinated with finding a way to make something ordinary look more interesting through a camera. But I also just admire the hell out of my dad and grew a love for photography through him. Real estate photography happened by accident. My friend is a real estate agent who needed some good photos but didn’t want to pay a fortune. He knew I was into photography and asked if I’d be interested. I had never photographed a home before. You know that phrase, “Fake it ’til you make it.”?

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: For real estate photography, it’s intermittent based on how the market is doing and when new housing goes up for sale. There’s a healthy combination of both busy and slow times. For fine art, it’s an ongoing process at a much more consistent pace. I rotate in workplaces from the kitchen table to coffee shops to the library. I like a change of scenery; I feel like it keeps the creativity flowing that’s required for good photo editing.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Challenges show up in a variety of different ways, shapes, and sizes. Time is a constant challenge. If I have too much of it, my best work doesn’t show up. If I don’t have enough of it, my best work doesn’t show up. Time management and I have a love/hate relationship.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: The biggest reward is feeling proud of something I’ve created. Knowing that I captured a place in time that anyone can enjoy whether they saw it live or not.

I’ve always viewed photographs as stories. They’re snapshots of time, but only the photographer knows what happened immediately before and after. Every photograph is a serious playground for the imagination.

The same applies to real estate photography. The goal is to take such a gorgeous photo that people start to imagine their life happening in that photo, in that home featured in the photograph.

Who is your greatest supporter?: Dad continuously offers free and honest advice, being a photographer himself. Mom is constant in her support and encouragement to go after a dream. My friends. My boyfriend, John Harris, is a great supporter. He’s always pushing me to take a camera everywhere I go.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: Literally everything is an inspiration. Words all of my friends have heard more times than they’d like to admit: “Look at that lighting,” “Gah, that would be an awesome photo,” and “Hang on!” (Insert me laying on the ground getting the perfect angle for a nature shot while on a hike.)

Have you received recognition for your work?: The Jackson Hole Daily Newspaper has a full page of real estate ads on the back page of every paper. It’s always exciting to go straight to that page and see two or three of my images printed for the day. I was recognized by Real Simple Magazine and Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James, which was absurdly flattering.

I think it’s important to be your own best cheerleader.

A pat on the back isn’t what I’m seeking out when taking photos, but I’d be lying if outside recognition didn’t bring a smile to my face and make we walk a little taller.

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: To do art, photography, full time. I did a photoshoot for a family last year and captured a photo of a three-year-old boy intently watching a butterfly. A month later the mother of the three-year-old boy said she had never gotten a photo of him still and slowed down since he’d been able to crawl. He’s always on the move, like I imagine most three-year-old little boys are. She was so unbelievably grateful. That joy, and being able to gift it to others through photography, that is my dream.

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

Self-doubt is the killer of creativity. Chances are it won’t go away, but that’s okay. We need a little bit of self-doubt to act as a catalyst—an emotion to conquer and overcome, if you will. That’s what I’ve experienced at least. But it’s how we deal with it that’s most important. It’s healthy to feel it, recognize it, and let it go. But the letting it go part, that part is vital to forward movement.

Check out Riley Frances as a featured artist here, follow her photography on Instagram, or reach out to her via email for more info!

Featured Image: Riley Frances Photography