Corrie: Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach & Musician

Name: Corrie Marie

Age: 26

City: Baltimore, Maryland

Main Hustle: New wife! I’m all about that side hustlin’.

Side Hustle: Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach by day: Focused on teaching individuals to take ownership of their health and empowering them to do it consistently and effectively. No need for dieting—just form good habits.

Musician by night (or really whenever): I work in several local churches and around the nation traveling for retreats, conferences, and seminars. Beyond that there is a side of music which we like to call “human music.” It’s a singer/songwriter atmosphere that takes us into people’s homes to create those intimate connections that everyone longs for. It’s the raw and real kind of music that tells a story and takes you on a journey. It may even sound a little bit like your own story as you listen, and that’s what we’re after.

How did you get started?: A few years ago. I left the gym I was working at to pursue my music career full time. Once I got the hang of it, I thought, “Why not do it all?” That’s kind of why I say they’re both my side hustles. I’ve always felt a deep connection between my physical and emotional strength, so pursuing both of these arenas at the same time only felt natural to me. The association between them helped me become a better trainer because I could relate with people on a more personal level. In writing and singing, knowing more about their everyday health journey made my music even richer.

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: I train down at Under Armour Performance Center powered by FX Studios, in addition to coaching nutritional habits online. Most recently I’m starting a habit-based coaching curriculum which has me really excited. This can be done anywhere for me, as well as for my clients.

Singing takes me all over, but I spend most weekends at a couple of different parishes in Baltimore.

Every day looks different. Some days I’m in the gym for half the day and then whisked away to an event for music. Other days it’s all day strumming away and stretching these vocal cords.

When I go to write for an album, I usually have to find some uninterrupted time to be still and listen. Creativity requires me to shut out a lot of the everyday noise.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Having multiple side hustles makes organization my biggest challenge. I have a manager who (siting next to me right now) is helping me stay on top of my music career. In order to be the best trainer I can be, I need an environment that pushes me. That’s why I train at the gym and not in people’s homes to make sure that the time we have is efficiently and intentionally used. There’s a tendency to waste a lot of time when you’re not organized, so these things are so important for success. The online training is the latest way I’ve combated this challenge. I recently got a certification to teach a year-long curriculum, and I can do it from anywhere. This allows me to help more people when the gym has its off hours or I’m not booked for a music gig.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?:

It’s all about helping other people. I get to help people get healthy through testing their physical boundaries. With regards to music, I get to be a means to reflection and growth in a person’s mind and heart. Both of these side hustles to me are about FREEDOM and helping others break free from their own limitations.

Who is your greatest supporter?: There are many, but I cannot forget my husband, David, my parents (dad cries tears of joy a lot), my home church, and my manager, Melinda. These are the ones who day in and day out are praying for me, pushing me, challenging me to be better, and encouraging me through all the good and the hard. My mentors especially, who are basically my life coaches, help me navigate the many obstacles that pop up through life and entrepreneurship. Each person offers a different perspective and has different gifts to lend!

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?:

The depth of the human person really inspires me to always be thinking, searching, and bringing out hope in people. It really inspires everything I do because I believe that our life experiences impact the way we think and act, and we sometimes don’t even know why we do something.

I’m inspired by FREEDOM that comes from hope. Hope that someone will be able to physically achieve a milestone. Hope that through a song, they’ll see a part of themselves that has been hidden for a long time, and in uncovering that piece of themselves, they come to life in a whole new way.

Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn below: I wrote a song that won a contest, earned an opening spot at a big fall festival, recorded a single, filmed a music video, and got me mentorship for music for a whole year. Oh, and they gave me and my church a bunch of instruments to upgrade the ministry and give the youth I teach the tools they need.

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: My dream is that everything I do can be integrated into a seamless brand of who I am and what I do. That when people see Corrie Marie, they know they will be fed by the music, they can turn to me for questions about health, and they can know that I am a coach who will walk with them step by step to create necessary habits for a better lifestyle. I want my clients and my friends to know their strength: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

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

Dream Big: there are dreams in every heart that we know as a kid and our parents tell us we can achieve. Yet somehow the world at large has a way of shutting us down and giving us a “dose of reality”. The only reality about it is that the world at large is wrong.

There are few that take what they know is true and run after it with their whole self. But those are the ones that truly live life to the fullest and will say they gave it all they had.

It’s not easy to start out on your own, and you may be the only one carrying your vision, but if you can tell people WHY you do what you do, they will come along side of you.People aren’t as interested in the WHAT or the HOW of your business: they want to know why you’d give everything up for it.

Learn more about Corrie and her Side Hustles by checking out her music on her websiteInstagram, or Facebook, her fitness on Instagram, or reaching out via email for more information on her music, as well as her online coaching.

Feature Photo and First Two Images Below: Meaghan Clare Photography

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Kirsten: Personal Trainer, Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Coach

Name: Kirsten Carruthers

Age: 31

City: Calgary, Alberta

Main Hustle: Registered Nurse in a busy metropolitan Emergency Department

Side Hustle: A Personal Trainer and Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach.

How did you get started?: After the birth of my son, I experienced pelvic floor dysfunction and was later diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse. This experience, combined with my existing passion, steered me toward the path I’m on now. I learned so much about navigating fitness through pregnancy & postpartum while living with pelvic floor dysfunction, and I wanted to share it with other women to help remove the taboo around the changes that come with this chapter in our lives.

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: At my kitchen table during nap time! I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 6 month old and am currently on maternity leave from my RN job, so it’s grind time on the side hustle while the kids are snoozing!

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Balancing work and family time. With a lot of it to do with online presence and social media, it’s hard to learn to disconnect when it is family time because you have such limited time to do work as it is with two young children!

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Helping other women feel strong and empowered in their bodies! So often women are told that discomforts they have after childbirth are normal and to just push through or ignore them, when often that is not the case! The majority of problems women face in their bodies postpartum are fixable or manageable with the right tools and guidance.

Who is your greatest supporter?: My mom friends! They all come out when I hold classes and workshops and support me in every endeavor I take along this journey!

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My online community.

The following I’ve built, especially on Instagram, has become like a second family to me. We connect daily, and I feel they know me on a deeper level than some of my in-person friends because of our shared experiences. It’s amazing that the Internet and social media allow us to develop these intimate relationships with people we’ve never met in person who may live world’s away!

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: To progress to an online platform where I can help even more women than I do currently in person and via social media.

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

Keep at it. Choose something you’re passionate about, because if you love it you will be able to find time to make it work. Don’t be discouraged by comparison with other hustlers; just do you and your message will resonate with those who need to hear it.

Learn more about Kirsten and her Side Hustle on her website, follow along on Facebook and Instagram, or reach out via email to connect or collaborate!

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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!)