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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Theresa: Associate Market Builder

Name: Theresa Hunnakko

Age: 32

City: Barrie, Ontario

Main Hustle: Flight Attendant for Air Canada

Side Hustle: Associate Market Builder for Monat, a cruelty-free haircare company

How did you get started?: I started with Monat in February first because I was passionate about the products. I love that they’re naturally-based, cruelty-free, and free of harmful ingredients.

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: I work on my Side Hustle during my downtime or while I’m on layovers when flying.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: The biggest challenge with my Side Hustle is time management.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: The team atmosphere and recognition is extremely rewarding. I absolutely love that I’m helping people build confidence and feel excited about their hair! Monat has allowed me to provide more for my family and has given me the financial freedom to afford extra luxuries.

Who is your greatest supporter?: My greatest supporters are my fiancé, Martin, and my daughter, Suvi.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My daughter inspires me every day to be better and to show her what it means to be strong, independent, and female.

Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn below: I was recently promoted to Associate Market Builder and received a large bonus.

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: I’d like to reach more people and help them with their haircare needs. I’d love to do some charity work and donate a large amount of my proceeds to the children’s hospital.

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

Carve out specific times of the day for your Side Hustle, so that you can disconnect for your family. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.

Find out more about Monat on Theresa’s website, follow along on Instagram, or reach out via email to connect or collaborate!

Lauren: Beauty Director, Clean Living Consultant, Founder of Detox Me Tuesday

Name: Lauren Breiding

Age: 28

City: Los Angeles

Side Hustle: Clean Living/Beautycounter Consultant

How did you get started?: I jumped into Beautycounter about three and a half years ago because I saw it as a good business opportunity and I wanted to be a part of what the founder, Gregg Renfrew, was doing. Shortly after joining I started learning about the lack of regulation in our everyday products. I could not believe this information! Virtually anything can be put in the products we use everyday, and it doesn’t have to be disclosed. After learning that environmental toxins play such a huge role on our health, I couldn’t go back. I started switching to safer products in the home and documenting them in a Facebook group and on Instagram. I was shocked at the responses! So many questions were sent my way, and people really appreciated the simple education. About two years ago, it seemed like every circle of my life was being affected by cancer, infertility, and other illnesses that had zero hereditary connection, including the death of my father-in-law. That was when I got the passion and drive to share digestible education on how people can switch to safer products in the home. Every single switch helps to lower your toxic load, and if I can be an encouraging voice to help others do this, then I am happy.

When/where do you work?: When I am not doing Switch to Safer events or taking meetings, I work from home normally in the afternoons and on the weekends.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: The main challenge is working with people. While that is one of the greatest rewards, it is hard when people are not on your timeline, don’t grasp the information you are sharing, or simply are not supportive. I have learned to lean into supportive relationships and trust my gut.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Not only is it helpful financially, but I have made so many friendships that I would not have otherwise.

I have learned so much from the community I work with. I cannot imagine my life any other way. I get to help people make safer choices for their own health, for the health of their families, and for future generations! What more could you want?

Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband, Greg. We collaborate on a lot of the content I create. He is my video producer, video editor, and content creator. We have so much fun working on these projects together, and he loves to see me light up when I do what I am passionate about.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: Do-it-better brands (as I like to call them) and people. We are in an age where everyone is so hungry for valuable information and education that I get so inspired when I see brands that are stepping up and giving back, creating safer products, educating their clients, etc. I want to connect consumers with these brands by highlighting and collaborating with them. Secondly, I say people, because I think everyone has a story to tell. Whether it is other influencers who I am learning from, people who are willing to ask questions and learn, or people who have a health issue that cannot be explained, these people keep me motivated every day.

Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn below so we can include these details in your profile.: I am a leader in Beautycounter and work with a team of women across the United States. I have been featured and collaborated with a lot of safer brands through my social media platforms.

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: I would like to be a full time clean living consultant meshing both Beautycounter and Detox Me Tuesday together. Through growth, I want to be a positive, trusted voice for anyone on a Switch to Safer journey by utilizing this information in homes and online consulting.

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

Just start and be your authentic self! You never know what will work until you begin. Stay true to who you are. No one can speak to the the world the way YOU can.

Want to learn more about how you can Switch to Safer? Check out Lauren’s website, Detox Me Tuesday, reach out via email, or follow Lauren on Instagram. To learn more about safe beauty products available at Beautycounter, visit Lauren’s consultant page here!

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Fran: Health & Wellness Blogger, Social Media Manager

Name: Fran Archila

Age: 29

City: Mt Pleasant, South Carolina

Side Hustle: I’m passionate about health & wellness. I want to spread the word about nutrition and emphasize eating foods with real & natural ingredients. I’m not about calorie counting, macro tracking, or “fad diets” but believe that our population does not receive enough knowledge or education on what nutrition is and should be. I have a holistic approach to eating, as well as my lifestyle, and want to show others how we can feel our best through eating real, mostly plant-based foods and incorporate movement into our everyday lives. Although I do cook, I’m not in love with cooking, and most of my meals are made in 20 minutes or less, emphasizing eating good food doesn’t require hours of labor.

How did you get started?: Friends and coworkers have always sought me out for nutrition advice. After years of being told “I should start a blog,” I finally decided to create my own nutrition focused Instagram account January of 2017, as I embarked on my first Whole 30. From there, everything grew, as well as my interest in health. In my free time I listen to TONS of health & wellness podcasts, work out in the local community, work part time at HYLO Fitness — a boutique exercise studio based here in Mt. Pleasant– and constantly search for healthy options in our restaurant community.

When/where do you work?: I work full time at Snag as a Quality Engineer. I’ve been working in the tech industry for over 5 years now and hope to eventually switch gears into health & fitness. I also work part time for HYLO Fitness in operations and social media. (P.S. if you’re local to Charleston, you have got to check them out: free week included for new members!) Outside of that I try to keep up with my Instagram / website, as well as maintain my active social life.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Staying consistent. Between two jobs, my dog, marriage, sleep, and being social, sometimes it’s really hard to want to post a picture of what I’m eating everyday. On top of that, people like pretty images, so editing and staging your photos requires time, and sometimes you just wanna eat your food and be done! It’s also really hard to not compare yourself to other people, especially in terms of growth. At the end of the day, I want to help spread knowledge, so whether or not I have 2K followers or 200K, as long as I’m helping someone, that makes me happy. Being consistent is key.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Connecting to people with similar interests. I’ve made a ton of Instagram “friends” throughout this journey, both local to Charleston and not. I’ve also connected with tons of studios, restaurants, and other “influencers” in Charleston, and that has been amazing! It’s crazy how much connection a technology platform can bring to your life.

Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband, and one of my best friends, Daniella. They encourage me to keep doing what I’m doing. Daniella especially applauds me for being real and relatable and always gives me suggestions. She also helped design my website! I’ll also say my mother. Although she is not really active on Instagram, all my healthy habits stemmed from her beliefs.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: Helen Hall, founder of hushupandhustle is pretty inspiring. She is my next door neighbor & close friend, and I’ve watched her take her passion and build it into a successful business in a matter of months. I also admire another Instagram influencer, Austin Kitchen (rvafitfoodie), because she manages a full time job, part-time job spinning, and her Instagram that has exponentially grown, with such success and consistency.

Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn below so we can include these details in your profile.: – Part of Charleston’s #tastemakers club
– Part of Verde’s (local salad chain in CHS), promotional team
– Asked to work part-time for HYLO Fitness
– Featured on other healthy instagram accounts in the area

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: To have it continue to grow and be recognized as a place for healthy advice without forcing people to eat or live a certain way. I’m honestly still figuring out what direction I’d like to take with it, but for now it’s a hobby, informative, and fun!

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

Be consistent, and do it with purpose! Don’t compare yourself to others because we all have something unique to contribute.

 

Want to learn more about Fran’s health and wellness tips? Check out her website here or follow here on Instagram here. And if you’re in the Charleston area, click here to learn more about HYLO!

Featured Image: Jennings King Photography

 

Emily: Nutrition Specialist

Name: Emily Klein

Age: 29

City: Atlanta, Georgia

Main Hustle: Oncology Dietitian at Emory Winship Cancer Institute. I see medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology patients. I help with healthy eating for prevention, during treatments, and for survivorship.

Every cancer diagnosis is very different in its nutrition needs and alterations. I enjoy helping educate patients in regard to treatment side effects and to help eliminate any confusion.

Side Hustle: I work for Wellness Corporate Solutions when possible. For this company, I meet with clients about their overall health and prevention. They are seen with a blood draw, and I assess them following this.

I have always LOVED nutrition. I am very passionate about preventative care and nutrition education. Now more than ever, I find people are very confused about what is truly nutritious, especially in this media-driven society. Nutrition does not have a one-sentence definition. My goal is to educate those interested in healthy eating and cooking, as well as encourage them to be their best selves—and HAPPY!

How did you get started?: I first became interested in nutrition as a little girl. My mom has always been an avid gardener, and I grew up watering and planting vegetables with her. As I grew up more in my high school years, I wanted to learn more about the foods we eat and how this can affect us. I knew I wanted a career in nutrition.

I got started officially by majoring in nutrition and dietetics at Auburn University and completed my Internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I have worked in many different fields of nutrition and am now specialized in Oncology Nutrition, as well as a licensed dietitian and Registered Dietitian.

Follow along on Instagram for Emily’s nutrition tips, or reach out directly via email!