Wine Not Wednesday ~ Our Number 1 Career Advice


Hi beautiful! Happy Wine Not Wednesday! ICYMI on Insta.…we have a new TIU girl joining the team soon 💗😭 Brian and I are so grateful for all your sweet messages!!

Today we’re talkin’ career advice and how to follow your passion and purpose! It’s never too late to advance in your career, go back to school, or even change your path completely! Your career should be something that makes you want to jump outta bed in the morning — something you’re so passionate about you want to share it with others! It might take some time to find your purpose or to see your passion come to life ~ with patience and perseverance, amazing things will come.

Karena and I found our purpose in sharing fitness, connecting women, and building a community. When we started Tone It Up it was scary, but we led with our hearts and never gave up, and magic happened 💞

 Wherever you are in your career or wherever you want to go, always remember to have confidence in yourself…you CAN do this! You deserve to live your best life, go get it girl! ✨



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Comment below with something you’ve been dreaming about doing…and commit to making it happen! If you don’t know your passion yet, that’s OK too! Comment and tell us you’re committed to discovering it ✨


  1. I am a psychologist who has worked in the schools for 7 years. I always wanted to do more and For years never truly felt fulfilled. You girls and the tone it up community inspired me to follow my passion in combining mental health and fitness! Last year I opened my business Think Happy Live Healthy and partnered with an incredible personal trainer. In a few weeks I will no longer be working in the schools, as my business has already expanded! It’s hard work but everyday I truely love love love what I get to do and the difference I make in children’s lives is worth it. Check out my website at Thank you Karena and Katrina for continuing to inspire me in so many ways!!

    1. This sounds so amazing!!!! I’m a physical education teacher at the high school level, but the last few years have started to teach some leadership classes. I love being able to teach my PE kids about having a healthy body AND mind and vice versa with my leaders! I was looking on your website, where are you located? I would love to talk! I have a leadership group called PLUS that deals with alot of what you cover, but on a peer-to-peer level!!!!

    2. That’s amazing, Christine! I’m also a psychologist that is trying to turn my knowledge and expertise into something unique. I’m an Organizational Psychologist so I’ve been really focusing more on Workplace Wellness. My site is

      That’s so amazing that you are able to leave the schools and focus on your business! Congratulations on making your passion a reality! That’s so inspiring to see!

    3. I know you have your masters in psych, but was wondering did you take any certs for you business? Love hearing about you starting your own business with mental health and fitness! Great combo!!!

  2. I am going to do my best at gardening! That comes with making as many things from that as possible – herbal oils, tea mixes, lip balms and any other balms, spices, veggie salads etc.:-) And what’s been my biggest regret until now is probably the fact that I’m lazy most days and my garden does not get as much care as it should – so, as I said, I’m going to get really good at it and who knows where that takes me :-)

    1. OOhh! I love that!! I can’t wait to hear what you make! Do you have an IG account you’ll be sharing on?

  3. Shortly after joining TIU, I decided to do this and became a personal trainer, which led me to teaching yoga ( and my 200hr certification) once I discovered it as it took away my panic attacks. Then, my husband was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. With all of my clients asking me what to eat (advice I could not give legally) and in trying to help my husband live his best life, I set out to be a dietitian. 6 years later, I have my Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and I am studying for my big test in June! I want to help everyday people with nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy to eat healthfully for their bodies and any disease processes with which they live. I want them to feel empowered in decisions to better their lives through food, movement, and breath. My husband, because of his location of UC, has been able to thrive without any medication through changing his diet, and individualized advice in a must in this field- that’s why I love it!

    I am going to pass that exam on June 22nd, and I am going to be the best dietitian for my community that I can be!
    …More continuing education to come!

    1. Hi Katelyn, wow – that sounds so interesting! Can you share the change of diet for your husband? I am a Crohnie and it is pretty similar. Currently skipping every single starch of my meals – feeling way better :)

      1. I can really just stress the individualized approach is key here. People with one autoimmune disease are at risk for others, and in his case he does not have to avoid gluten. Dairy and processed sugar and baked goods are his triggers. You should seek out a community RD in your area for a plan tailored to you. You deserve to feel and eat your absolute best- you’re worth it!!!

    2. Katelyn, that’s an amazing story! This video just really spoke to me because I’ve been in the process of trying to figure out my passion for a while and it’s kind of emerging that nutrition/dietetics is that passion. I love to read about it, learn about it, and talk to people about it.

      Where did you do your bachelors?

      1. Please email / text me with any and all questions! I’d love to help lead you in a direction that would work for you- or know where I can send you for more info! There’s also some things you may want to know about before you begin: [email protected] / 423-313-9757. If any other ladies have questions about this path, you can do the same. We can unite to help our communities!! :)

    3. I’m committed to finding my passion in this field and taking the steps to make it possible. Thank you tiu team & Katelyn for writing your story. ❤

  4. My dream is to be violinist(as a soloist). It’s extremley difficult to achieve but I am working super hard towards it every day!

    1. My dad plays violin!!!!! I was a dancer for years! I’m a lover of all things arts! I encourage my high school students to find something you love to do!

      1. Thank you for replying!! I danced for a few years and loved it, but I stopped so I could truley focus on music. I hope that I will one day be able to be in a place that I can inspire young girls to never give up and to find their passion.

  5. I am working to improve my yoga practice in order to get my yoga certification. I got really into yoga about a year and a half ago and I would love to be able to teach. I work in finance right now but I would love to do something outside of this as a balance because it can be really draining.

    1. Hey Katie! You’re gonna love it – stick with it girl! I also work in finance (investments) and about a year ago I started teaching one yoga class per week after doing a year-long teacher training program. It adds such a nice balance to life, especially when working in a finance-type of job. Good luck babe!

  6. My current job is really draining and I am currently trying to figure out what I am passionate about and what I want to do. This video has kind of inspired me because I was feeling like I was too old to start a new career path. I currently have two bachelors degrees and an MBA, but really want to do something that makes a difference in other people’s lives. I was thinking of possible doing medical school 😬. If anyone in the community has any advice on pinpointing what you want to do in life and for finding your passion, I would really appreciate it! 💛

    1. Hi babe! It’s never too late to start on a new path or discover a new purpose. Our biggest piece of advice would be to spend some time reflecting on when you’ve felt most passionate and fulfilled and what you most want to share with others. Make a list of what you’re passionate about and what qualities you want in a career and then talk through it with your loved ones. It’s OK if you’re not sure of your passion yet ~ it takes time. Once you find it, go for it!! We believe in you! xxo

    2. I’m so sorry to hear that your current job is so draining. My big passion is workplace wellness so if you are interested in getting some advice on how to manage stress at work and other similar topics, check out my site:

      In terms of pinpointing your passion, I do have some advice. I’d encourage you to write down all of your strengths. Are you a good communicator? Can you manage project effectively? Are you good at math? Make a list of all of your strengths. Then go through those strengths and figure out which you actually enjoy doing.

      In addition to that narrowed down list, start thinking about what kind of impact you want to have. Do you want to help people make better lives for themselves? Do you want to help people find the right products? Etc… Then your narrowed down strengths list to the type of impact you want to have. Hopefully that can get you started thinking about where you might be able to focus your passion and career.

      Good luck! Career transitions can be scary and hard but I know you can rock it!

  7. This is so amazing for college grads!!!😍 Thank you!!! I’m going to be a successful business women helping other people to grow and succeed as I also grow!😊

  8. I’m currently studying to take my Group Fitness Instructor exam!!! I’ll be in charge of Women’s Fitness and teaching fitness classes at the gym on my college campus. I’m spending the summer planning workouts for this coming semester, and I’m loving it!! Thanks for all the inspo!!

    1. Love that!! I started teaching group fitness classes at my college too and it was one of my favorite things to do! You’re going to do amazing! 💗

  9. I am earning my business degree and striking out on my own! #entrepreneurlife

  10. I love this vlog! So true- it’s never too late to start over! When I started TIU in 2014, I was in a dead end job in banking. TIU inspired me and gave me the confidence to to follow my dream of design! I just graduated with a bachelors in apparel design, snagged a job, and am looking to design my own line in the near future!

  11. I’m currently working full time and in school at night, and I’m finally just 3 courses from earning my MBA! When I graduate, I plan to go into business consulting to earn and learn until I ultimately leave to start my own business! You girls keep me on track. Wish me luck :)

  12. This vlog has come at a great time for me. As of yesterday I put in my resignation at the bank I have been working at for the past 6 years. I haven’t been happy here for a while and I knew this is not the career I wanted but it paid the bills. Here recently there have been some decisions and actions made by upper management that I did not agree with and honestly I have not felt valued at the company for a while either so I decided that life is just to darn short to be miserable at a job that you spend most of your day at. So I took the plunge and decided to leave. But I am terrified. I do not have a new job already lined up and I have no idea what I want to do. I know I could get another job in banking easily with my experience but I’m not sure if that is the path that I want to take. I am currently working towards my bachelors degree in marketing but I still have about 2 more years left until I finish. My hopes and dreams I guess you could say is to get into event planning or coordinating but I know I would have to have my degree completed for that and I do not have any experience in the field yet either. I know it’s never to late to start something new but I have to admit that I am scared that I am turning 29 in a month and will not have a job in 2 weeks and no real idea what to do. I am just hoping and praying that I made the right decision and that God will guide me in the direction that I need to go for my new journey.

    1. Hi babe! It really is never too late to start something new and you’ve already taken an incredible step for you by committing to your dreams and sharing them with this community! We believe in you and this entire community is always here for you! 💕

    2. Try assisting event planners that you admire in your city. They can guide you as mentors as you gain hands on industry experience!

  13. These past six years, have been overshadowed by the death of my 3 furry soulmates and a dear girlfriend from liver cancer. I had gone into full caretaker mode and had really lost myself in the process. I have also gained a lot of weight for my 5’4 frame. I mean I am very lucky because I have a supportive and kind boyfriend and an amazing dog who still bring a smile to my face everyday. But I feel lost and grief gets to me. Passion? Hoping it makes an appearance. It’s nice that you gals say it’s never too late, because it feels that way all too often. The TIU workouts and also Yoga with Adriene on YT are usually the highlight of my day. It’s my just for me time. I haven’t figured anything out yet and I’m 44. I was a legal receptionist for 20+years but just fell into it at 18. The Beck song “Soul Sucking Jerk” comes to mind when I think about my former bosses. Now I am not working and at a crossroads. Doing nothing is not an option and I long to do my bit to make the world a better place or at least leave the world as I found it (Which was a much healthier, happier, & less toxic place in the 1980’s then it is now). So it’s a tall order. Not one for fame or notoriety so even if I could just help in a small way and still pay the bills without selling my soul, that would be enough. So yeah, save all the animals and the planet and convince everyone to love themselves so that they could show love and kindness to everyone else, no problem. Maybe I should just work with animals? I mean I do love them. Ugh, finding purpose and passion is really hard. I envy all you girls that are so sure about everything. I wish I had your resolve.

    1. Hi babe. We’re so sorry to hear about your losses. This whole community is here for you and we’re sending you so much love. Everyone has a different path and for some it may take longer to discover your passion and that’s completely natural. You took an amazing step for you by sharing here with us and committing to finding your passion. It’s amazing you want to help animals & make others healthier and happier. We believe in you and we’re here to support you every step of the way. xxo

  14. I really want to write a book. I’ve wanted to since I was a child but I always end up giving up because I feel like I can’t do it. But it’s been a dream of mine forever. Thanks for making me remember with this video girls!

    Ps they’re right it’s never too late to change girls so don’t worry, make it happen – I worked in marketing full time and got bored so I went to law school at night and now I’m a lawyer!

    1. Good luck with your book!! I have also wanted to write a book and definitely can relate to not thinking I can do it but you have already proven you can do anything you put your mind to so you got this girl!!

  15. I’m currently freelancing part-time, but I want to take my brand and web design business full-time! I love sharing my knowledge and experience with design in a thoughtful way. I especially love sharing new blog posts to help other #womeninbusiness grow and succeed. If any other boss ladies want to connect, I’d love to chat with you!

    1. Hi Jordan! What a cool field to be in! I recently have been working towards an interim passion of mine, which is writing a blog on my journey to hopefully becoming an entrepreneur. I have been working with WordPress but can never get it exactly as I want it to look! My blog is dedicated to specifically women striving to be entrepreneurs and is in the very beginning stages! Haven’t felt confident enough to actually launch it yet. Would love to connect with you and support your dreams as well! I have a section that I will write called “Raise a Toast” Tuesday where I highlight women entrepreneurs I admire who have succeeded (K&K will be one of my first posts!) but I want to expand that to those around me striving so I would love to write one on your business if you were interested!

      Instagram: katy19_tiu

    2. Hey girl, Same here! I’m a designer and marker who is trying to take the plunge and take my skills from in house to freelance full time! Love to connect with you to hear more about your story! @lexlifeatx – PM me!

  16. This is all me right now, LOVE! I am currently on the job hunt and refocusing my career from Marketing/Sales to Event Planning! It’s something I’ve been wanting since college and I’m so excited but it’s a bit of a struggle for me because I don’t have direct Event Coordination/Planning experience. If you girls happen to know of anyone needing assistance or have a job opening please tell! :) xo

  17. I am soo soo passionate about advocating for and empowering women to live their healthiest life and meet their unique healthcare needs. This is what has driven me to enroll in a women’s health nurse practitioner program. I cannot believe I will finally be starting my clinical rotations in this progam next month…AAHHH!!

  18. Great vlog! I love talking about careers and the workplace. I guess that’s why I became an Organizational Psychologist ;)

    You girls have inspired me to pursue my passion so this vlog resonates! I recently started a site with my friend from grad school all about workplace wellness. Most people have to work and spend so much time at work. It really impacts your well-being and your happiness. We wanted to share our knowledge of the research in this area with others to help people live their best lives! People should be able to actually balance their work life and their personal life. And you should be able to be happy in both! Check us out at:

    Karena & Katrina, you’ve made such an impact on so many women and we hope we can do the same! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. I loved this vlog! Like many of you, I’m currently struggling in my career path and starting to shift gears toward my real passion – nonprofit work. I teach therapeutic riding part-time outside of my full-time job and I absolutely love working with those who have special needs and helping them develop life skills through recreational therapy. I am moving toward the nonprofit industry and eventually will start my own therapeutic riding center!

  20. I am wrapping up my 18th year as a high school English teacher. As a child, my dream was to become a gymnastics teacher, by high school my sights were set on becoming a P.E. teacher, but in college I found my passion in reading, writing, and analyzing literature. For years, I have attributed my love for Pilates and yoga for grounding me and enabling me to continue in a demanding and oftentimes, draining profession. I have always kept my Pilates or yoga time as “my” sacred time, and I have feared that in attempting to teach the practice, it would become “work.” However, recently, I was presented with an opportunity to develop a club for my high school students, related to something I am passionate about, FITNESS and WELLNESS! I love meeting with my high school girls and sharing tips for fitness and wellness with them. We have taken group workout classes together, completed healthy hydration challenges, and crafted vision boards, capturing our dreams! It brings me such joy when they come by my classroom to let me know they are sore from trying a new teen spin class or from running in their neighborhood! The girls in my Wellness Club have inspired me to sign-up for my 200-Hour Yoga Certification in June. I am so excited to be able to bring my love of yoga to them as well as other students in my school, who I know will benefit from the meditative qualities of the practice. Who knew, when I was dreaming of becoming a gymnastics teacher after witnessing Mary Lou Retton win the gold metal as a child, that I would one day follow my heart’s truest passion, a love of movement, and come full circle.

  21. I recently decided that I wanted to go back to school and now I’m studying to be a registered dietitian because I have a passion for healthy and fitness as well as helping others! One day I WILL be a registered dietitian 💕😊

  22. I am incredibly passionate about science education, and getting girls involved in STEM fields! I’ve been a teacher for the past 3 years and love it. I just applied to an advanced masters that leads to a doctoral program in science education! I hear back from them soon, but whatever the decision, I will continue to pursue a path that will award me a doctorate in science education so that I can continue teaching in the classroom but also be a part of the larger international conversation about science ed :) fingers crossed!!

  23. I’ve been so inspired by the 2 of you incredible humans and this whole TIU community that I decided to take a huge leap of faith and launched a blog last year! It has been my passion to help those out there struggling with chronic illness and give them hope (and a few laughs because laughter is the best medicine 😉). I am going to continue growing my brand this year to try to help as many people as possible!

  24. I started my nutrition business a year ago and left nursing January 1st and it has been the besy decision I ever made! Feel the fear and take the leap.

  25. I’ve been in a rut for a few years now as an HR professional. It’s all I’ve done for the past 10 years! Joining TIU has inspired me to really dig deep and find out what my passion is, what I’m good at, what I’ve learned in my current career and how I can combine all of that to create a new career that I feel great about. I’m now currently pursuing my passion of fitness and helping others. I’ve recently become a certified spin instructor and am currently working to become a certified group fitness professional as well as wellness/nutrition coach! It’s super scary, as I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I just decided to take action! It can’t always happen overnight, but taking that first step was just what I needed! Thank you for being such an inspiration.

  26. I’m getting my masters in occupational therapy (OT) and I have a huge passion for gardening. I believe there are so many therapeutic benefits both physically and mentally that come from gardening. I would love to be an OT that uses horticulture as therapy for my clients. I still don’t know much about the different kind of plants out there, soil, and all the nitty gritty of gardening, so I’m going to take it upon myself to do extra studying in horticulture to make this dream come true!

  27. I am going to be a doctor and incorporate my 200 hour yoga teacher training and nutrition advise i have learned from the nutrition plan to help change peoples lives in a holistic approach (MCAT is 3 days away!!)

  28. My dream is to be a lactation consultant for Mommas! I just accepted a position in a NICU and hopefully will be transitioning to lactation consultant within the year!!! Ordering my study materials and books! Going to sign up for the certification exam next April! So it is on!!! This has been my dream since becoming a nurse almost 7 years ago!!!

  29. Love this article because I have not figured out what my calling is suppose to be and hoping I can get some direction soon. Growing up, my parents didn’t really push us to be “something” or “dream big” so as a 27 yr old, I’m still trying to figure this out. I do have my bach in Sports/Exercise Science, which I’m glad I have and am a cert Jazzercise instructor. What sparked my interest for that specific degree is because there are a lot of overweight/obese people out there including kids, which really saddens me. Kids should not have diabetes or any health problems like that while growing up! I would love to teach younger people how to be active so they can live incredible healthy lives! Fast forward to now I’m still trying to figure out what I should do with my life…was thinking possibly some type of cert because a masters would not be in my best interest.

  30. Hi! ☺️ I have been struggling for years on end figuring out what I’m most passionate about and this year it really hit me that becoming a interior designer is something that excites me to no end. I have been a STAHM for a while and have always taken care of others, but never really thought going back to school to become an interior designer was in the cards for me as i have always felt it’s “too late” to go back, but after having people tell me they love seeing my interior styles and wish I could help them do their homes I have decided this is what I need to do to fulfill my passion! Thank you Katrina and Karena for that extra piece of motivation to get it done 💕

  31. I have been a professional writer and editor for years, but always writing and making publications for others (magazines, newspapers, websites) but I am going to make my lifelong dream come true and write and publish a book for me! I have so many ideas, and narrowing it down is tough (self-help, chick lit, romance, mystery, ahhhh!), but I will finally make this happen! 💪🏼✏️💖 Thanks for this WNW video – so inspiring!!

  32. Thank you for posting about this topic!! It feels weird to think that I really don’t know what I am passionate about but I want to find out!! I will find what I am passionate. I am taking a huge leap of faith and leaving a toxic industry to explore something new, just not sure what! Thanks for inspiring me always!! xoxox

    1. It’s completely natural to still be exploring what you’re passionate about ~ you took a huge step by committing to finding it! We believe in you and we’re here for you always! xxo

  33. Hi! When I decided to go back to school for nursing I also found Tone it up back in 2014! Leading up to school I got super healthy and that continued to stay with me during school – I stayed inspired by the community and wanted to help myself as much as help others. I’m now working as a fertility nurse and I’m so glad I decided to pivot back then. Listen to those tiny nudges

  34. First of all, I love how Winnie is asleep and Skunk was born for the camera hahah! Anyway.. I am actor and I went to school for acting and have been since I was young. Even though I’m not where I want to be, I know that’s okay! Because I know where I want to go. In a couple of weeks, I am finally taking a HUGE leap of faith and moving to New York for a summer Acting program to further my career and develop even more in my craft. Not only have I never left home, which is Chicago for me, I have never done anything like this where I will be choosing to be completely out of work and focus entirely on just Acting. It’s really scary being out of a survival job but I am going to commit and focus on my passion. It’s hard to have Acting as a full time job if you’re not in LA or in a show consistently so I know I’ll have to slowly work up to that once I come back from the program. Not going to lie, my biggest fear is coming back and not having a “survival job.” I am a certified yoga teacher and I’ve never taught a class. It’s something I am going to FINALLY do. I love fitness and yoga and it’d be a great survival job in the meantime. I just need help finding my voice and confidence.

  35. I have my bachelors in communications and have been working in marketing and project management since 2010. I’m currently studying for my personal training certification through NASM (per Katrina’s recommendation!) and I’m so excited, but so scared to fail. I have the same passion to help others that K&K have, but I’m doing it locally in my city. K&K have inspired me so much and hearing Chevy’s story of leaving marketing to do fitness was the tipping point for me to stop talking about it and finally go for it. Thank you girls for all that you have done for me. I’m a TIU girl for life! You will continue to be my trainers even when I’m training others. 💗🤸‍♀️🖖🏻

  36. I have been so interested in planning and designing. More and more i think about it each day. I know this is my calling and i need to make a jump into expanding my knowledge! Thank you for making this video…it really spoke to me!

    1. So glad it resonated with you babe! Sounds like you found your passion and that’s truly amazing! xxo

  37. I am working on starting a nonprofit focusing on empowering women to connect into communities that create whole and happy lives. This will include fitness and nutrition but also mental well-being as well. Why a nonprofit? It’s one of my passions. I have a Masters in Nonprofit management and I love to see organizations focused on social good. I want all women to have access to free resources to be healthy and happy. Definitely have wanted to be some type of wellness coach but the Tone It Up community has inspired me to pursue the connection side! We are stronger in a community than apart. I have a full time job already but I am so passionate about this, I am working on this in my free time. Part of this passion also comes from having so many conversations with people so discouraged in their healthy journey and overloaed with too many conflicting thoughts and feeling alone. And not just their physical health but mental health. I’d love to see women find freedom in their healthy journey. Purusing this nonprofit is scary and exciting at the same time. But I’m just taking it one step at a time.

    1. This is so wonderful to hear ~ what a beautiful mission! Follow your passion and your heart ~ you got this!!!

  38. Amongst my many passions…and hobbies the first few that stand out are that I AM going to learn the Banjo and sing. I come from a very musical family & all of my brothers are self taught successful musicians which is so inspiring! I took a different route and study fashion design and styling. However, my creative outlet is calling to sing more and express myself and share my heart connection. I often think of how this passion to learn an instrument and use my voice relates to the throat Chakra which is the 5th Chakra in the human body ‘Vishuddha’ which means purification in Sanskrit. This Chakra is the center of communication, listening and perhaps my mind, body and soul connection is looking to balance this Vishuddha throat Chakra. Super cool to me to see the connection there. I also have been learning how when you have discomfort in your neck or throat you are holding back from expressing and saying something you really want to speak up about or say. I’ve been doing a lot of positive self work and this is really speaking to me.

    On another note… I AM going to deign and collaborate an outfit with K&K one day, as well as inspire each other in amazing, creative, fun and playful ways! My family is from Redondo Beach so I love seeing posts and videos of the ocean that I grew up going to! We are a community of powerful women that Tone It Up – K&K has united together and sharing our passions and talents and creating things together is and will be forever amazing and I hold dear to my heart xo

    Thanks babes!

    @fit_from_a_far @isabellacowgirl

  39. I just recently graduated college with a degree in civil engineering and got a job where I’ll be assisting designing water mains and wastewater treatment plants. I’m super passionate about it but always feel slightly not at ease because I’m one of three girls in an office of over 30 men or so. I want to be able to stand up for what I want in the work place and be heard about my ideas because it is such a man’s world I work in. I am smart and intelligent and hard working. They will hear my voice!

    1. Yes!! You are brilliant and bold and your ideas & passion will bring so much to your company! You got this!! xxo 💕

  40. I’ve always known I wanted to start my own business and follow in my dads footsteps, and I have a sense of creativity that I love to explore! All my life I have also enjoyed writing, so while I take this time in life to figure out what my passion is that I want to turn into a business, I have been working on a blog for 2 years now! It has transformed many times and I still haven’t launched it yet – but my goal is to do it this summer and stop being afraid! It’s a lifestyle blog dedicated to women striving to be entrepreneurs like myself. K&K will be one of my first inspirational posts as they and this community have inspired me to never lose sight of my dreams and never stop working towards them. Hopefully I can share my blog with this community soon as I am sure I can learn a lot from all of you <3

  41. I am going to graduate with my BSN by 2020! In June I’m paying off my balance of last years class and signing up fort next class. Also I’m going to read the rest of these babes comments this week bc the energy here is so inspiring ! Thank you so much ladies 💖💖💫💫✨✨✨☀️

  42. Thank You, K&K for this Wine Not Wednesday post! I’m a solo entrepreneur, with a marketing and website design business. My passion and focus are on assisting small businesses in establishing their business online and help in achieving their business goals. However lately, I’ve been feeling like it is taking me forever to get the business to the point where I feel it is successful. And some days I think it will just be easier to get a “normal job”. Karena & Kat when you said “don’t give up. It takes time”. It was something I’ve needed to hear. Knowing that it took time to evolve Tone it Up to where it is today, gives me strength and courage. I have to remember that it takes time, patience and perseverance to achieve business success. And a good reminder that my business and myself will always be evolving! Thank you, ladies,- aka my business mentors!

  43. Thank you for inspiring with your words. I have been dreaming about teaching elementary for a long time and am excited to pursue the path of going back to school for my licensure and masters. Investigating the best options right now, and continuing to be filled with hope and confidence to go after it, because, like you said, it’s never too late! XOXO

  44. I would love to get certified in holistic nutrition. Any recommends on schools in CA or online?

  45. Hi Ladies!

    I recently quit my agency design job to start my passion of helping others grow their businesses by providing graphic visuals, branding, and website design as a freelancer, so this video super resonated with me :)) If any of you are starting a brand or company and need a logo, social media images, website, or other graphics please check out my website and send me a message:

    I would love to help you on your journey!

    cheers boss babes,

  46. Hey girls!! This video was awesome and such an empowering reminder that we live once mane sure it counts! When i first started tone it up it was 2010 and i was 19 years old a freshmen in college terrified of how i ended up wanting to be a chemistry major. Fast forward to now and i am just finishing my first year as a clinical pharmacist – i run everything drug related for two freestanding emergency rooms. I have always dreamed of writing a book and have recently found such a passion for protocols and medication safety in the ER. I hope one day to combine these things into a book! <3

  47. I have been passionate about art and fashion ever since I was a child and my parents wouldn’t buy me the expensive dresses for my American a girl dolls so I sat in my room for hours making some of my own with scrap fabric. From then on as a 5 years old I knew I wanted to live in New York City and design clothes. I wanted to go to FIT or Parsons but I had a track scholarship to a university in Virginia that was not widely know among people in the fashion business but they had a fashion design program. I graduated at the top of my class and then moved to New York with a one way ticket that cost me $99 and I did not know a soul here or have any connections and I graduated in 2009 at the height of the recession when fashion wasn’t a booming business. Some job listings even said not to bother applying unless you went to FIT or Parsons and no one would hire me without experience but I couldn’t get any experience without that first job!! So I worked in retail at Express in manhattan making $9 an hour while I worked as an unpaid intern in queens at the museum and an unpaid intern in Brooklyn as a pattern maker. I used to do floor sets all night at express and then sleep on the train in the way to my next job. Finally my money was running out and just in time I found a job for a private label for Macy’s and it was awful, I worked there for a year and then went to The Limited for 3 years and I now work for Madewell as a manager overseeing all sweater product, woven and denim dresses and woven skirts. It just goes to show that your education is what you make it and now no one cares where I went to school and I have connections and a whole support system here!

  48. I’m committed to finding out what my passion is and making it happen. ☄Thank you for your inspiration. My fear has always been that it is too late, and I’ve felt so defeated by time and circumstances. This whole community is so inspiring!

  49. All I want to do is clean my house, read a bunch of books, workout, and hang out with puppies all day. :-) But seriously, my biggest fear is just change. I went to school for 4 years and now I’m not sure if I’m happy in my job. I am a middle school math teacher and am not feeling 100% satisfied. I definitely don’t jump out of bed every day with excitement. I’m just not sure what else I can do. It would literally have to be a complete 180, but I’m just not sure how to find the time to do that or even where to start. I know my passion is out there somewhere and I will find it.

  50. After starting Tone it up I committed to changing my life and decided to quit my job that made me unhappy and uninspired. I started re-training to be a veterinary nurse and am now half way through my diploma! So many amazing and wonderful things have happened and I’ve achieved so much since taking those first scary steps into the unknown! You are capable of so much more than you think! 💪

  51. Reading all of these amazing stories are so motivating and inspiring and drive me to want to find my passion!! I’ve been searching for a long time. I just turned 37 and am in a dead end job as a receptionist. I miss feeling more needed and important and knowledgeable for my work. I have worked in many different fields and thought I found that passion as a vet tech, but the hours, labor and sorry pay made me take a step back as I realized I couldn’t do it forever. I loved the day to day activity, but I started missing the more professional world. I’ve thought of going back to school, but I don’t know what for. I have an almost 2 year old daughter and I’m terrified that I might be setting a bad example as being a mom that doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up, and just working to pay bills is how you’re supposed to live. I want to be this amazing role model for her, but I don’t even know how to. I hope that I can soon see something that opens my eyes to what my true passion is.

  52. After graduating from college 1 year ago and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to do something I was passionate about and I struggled for 6 months to figure out my calling. Now I’m back in school and I am learning to become a Medical Esthetician! My passion in life to help women feel beautiful and to love themselves. I love what I do and it’s so important for women to take care of themselves mind, body, and soul. Looking back a year later, it took me some time to get where I am today. It was not easy and I felt lost for 6 months. Give yourself time to cultivate your passion and you will find it. When you love what you do you will never “work” a day in your life.

  53. Katrina you inspired me to finally go for my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification. I’d been waiting for the “right time” to take the course for several years. Shortly after hearing about your journey with your training, I signed up and graduated this past January! What an amazing experience & my dream is to open my own yoga studio. Karena, I am so excited to hear about your training & hope you will share more about it with all of us in the future. Thank you both for being you!!!!

  54. This Vlog is very inspiring! I have a passion for baking. I love doing it and especially seeing those around me enjoying my creations. I am going to find a way to combined both my passion for baking and my passion for wine!!

  55. My major has changed so many times. I was in the Navy for 6 years in the healthcare field, so I thought I wanted to be a nurse. But now, my major has gone from nursing to wildlife biology to plant science to real estate. I’ve just changed my major again to general business. I’m really interested in homesteading and farming…and I keep telling myself that I’m not crazy for wanting to do this! But I am really drawn to it. I like physical labor, and feeling tired at the end of the day, but in a good way. I like planting seeds and watching them grow. I’m drawn to the idea of being a provider of organic produce, grass fed meats, and free range eggs. I always have been a steward of the land, trying to keep it clean while venturing deep into nature on hikes. I can be a steward of the land in an even bigger way as a farmer with permaculture/regenerative farming practices. So I have this farming dream in my head…just need to figure out what my action steps are & commit to executing them :)

  56. I’ve been working as an in-house graphic designer and marketer for over 10 years in a variety of industries. My passion is branding and developing visual identity, and this year my goal is to take the leap to go out on my own – providing brand and strategic marketing services to small local businesses, makers, entrepreneurs and organizations all over the country.

  57. For over 10 years I’ve made my career working in-house as a creative, graphic designer and marketer in a variety of industries. I really enjoy telling brand’s stories through their visual identities and marketing. This year my goal is to take the leap to go out on my own – providing brand and strategic marketing services to small local businesses, makers, entrepreneurs and organizations all over the country.

  58. I will open my own fitness studio! I’ve been working at the same company for the past 18 years. And I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do with the rest of my life but had no direction. I found fitness 5 years ago and started as an instructor and am now working on my personal trainer certification. I have a two year plan to leave my current position and do fitness full time!

  59. I’m so inspired by all of these amazing stories and comments! I completed my Masters in Counselling a couple of years ago, part-time while working full-time and raising my daughter mostly on my own. I have always felt compelled to work in community counselling. Lately I have also been very intrigued by the mind-body connection and I’ve been brainstorming ways to combine counselling with fitness. I’ve loved reading the posts here on your amazing business ideas!
    I was never, ever an active person. I joined TIU over a year ago because I needed more activity in my life and I don’t live near a gym. I also had a VERY limited budget and just could not afford a pricey set of classes or gym membership. I was most amazed by the changes in my mental health; everyone around me could see the difference as well. I would absolutely love to have a part-time private counselling practice which would also offer coaching on nutrition and fitness!

  60. My sister and I are creating our own line of journals, this is something I’m SUPER passionate about and even though it’s slow going because of our jobs and life we will not give up!

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