Women in Charge- Ashley

Time to resurrect my Women in Charge series! I love reading about strong women and getting to know their story. So when I decided to revive these series, I immediately started thinking of a list of women in my life that inspire me. Ashley, owner of Minny Spoons, is definitely on top of my list.

I first met Ashley where people meet friends these days: Instagram! We are both Tone it Up girls from MN and that’s how I first came upon her IG page. We attended Tone it Up meetups, events and workouts together!

Ashley is also an entrrepreneur who started her own nut butter, Minny Spoons, business last year. I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that her business will be a tremendous success across the nation. First of all, her nut butters are UNREAL. They are so delicious that I could probably eat a whole jar. Second, Ashley is just one of those women who are so sweet and so nice that you can’t help but want to support her in whatever she is doing!

Ok enough of me talking about her, let’s get to know more about Ashley in her own words!19247919_10207188867600060_6551324512114172069_n

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Women in Charge- Molly H.

When I first thought of doing this series, I immediately started thinking of a list of women that I find inspiring.  I also asked some of my gfs who they thought were inspiring.  One person came up a couple of times in my circle of friends.  Yep, you might have guessed who it is from the title.  If you’re in the Twin Cities area and active in the fitness/wellness/yoga/crossfit/lululemon (you might have seen her pics at the Mall of America store!) /Alchemy community, you have definitely met or seen or heard of Molly Hanten.

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I knew I had to interview her because, duh, she’s a freakin boss!  Molly is one of the owners of my gym, Alchemy, and that’s where I first met her.  You read that right.. one of the OWNERS.  Oh, and did I mention she’s younger than me?  I’m pretty sure when I was in my late 20s, I had no idea what I was doing or wanted to do, let alone own my own business.. ok let’s be honest, I still don’t know what I’m doing but I’m slowly finding out what I want to do.. ok but I digress, this post isn’t about me :p  Let’s just get into the interview before I start gushing and embarrass myself, shall we?

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1) Tell us a bit about yourself!

– I am 28, living in Minneapolis with my Ross and my dog Summit. I have been in the fitness industry for nine years, went to UST and love the Twin Cities. I am a one of the Founders and Owners of Alchemy!

2) How did you get started in the fitness industry?

 I was a big marathon runner (even competitive for a bit) in college. I over-did it and became injured so found my way into CorePower Yoga. I love the group aspect right away and took the teacher training the summer I started. I started teaching soon after! After a few years, I noticed I was not getting stronger or more fit with just running and yoga and found my way into a CrossFit gym. I then met my current business partners and we talked and talked about how we could come up with a concept better, more sustainable, approachable and effective than both yoga and CrossFit… and after a lot of work, trial and error and fun, Alchemy was born.


3) How would you describe Alchemy to someone who has never tried a class there?


Exhilarating and empowering. The workouts don’t get easier, you get more fit and work harder. You can always improve and will leave the class feeling alive and empowered no matter what your fitness level is.


4) What is your favorite A10/A20 moves?

I enjoy pull-ups and burpees!

5) Any advice to anyone who wants to start their own startup/ business?


Find business parters who are your perfect match. That is MUCH easier said than done. I am so blessed that not only are my partners some of my best friends, but we compliment one another and know how to work well together. I would never be where I am without my awesome team. Many hands make light work.


6) Any favorite recipes you would like to share? 🙂

OMG- I honestly LOVE food very much but my cooking is super simple, I also rarely follow recipes. I have a kale salad i eat like every day. Kale, coconut amino, garlic, red onion, Apple Cider Vinegar (or dijon mustard), nutritional yeast and smashed avocado. Mash it all up together and it turns into a creamy delicious dressing for the kale. I know it’s lame to say a salad but I love it. In the morning I will add roasted sweet potato and eggs or some other protein/ carb if I have it for lunch or dinner.

When I’m not being healthy, I live for desserts. I am a good baker, but I don’t bake often. I will for Holidays but that’s about it. So my recipe for your sweet tooth? Find the best bakery in town (Cocoa and Fig in MPLS) and treat yourself to a pistachio and a salted caramel macaroon. I could live on macaroons, eggs, roasted brussels sprouts and avocados 🙂
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Check out the Torpedo Kickstarter at alchemy365.com

 

If you’re in the Twin Cities and haven’t met this boss yet, you definitely need to check her class at Alchemy!  It will be an amazing workout for sure!

You can also check out Molly here:

Website: http://www.alchemy365.com

IG: @mbhanten

 

Women In Charge – a new series

Ok, so here’s the deal.  I like to surround myself with inspiring people.  I like to be around people that push me to be a better person, people who motivate me, people who inspire me.  And by people, I seem to mean women.

There are so many women that I just find so inspiring, so boss,  and that led me to this idea of starting a series that I am calling (for now) my “Women in Charge” series.

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My idea is to interview women that I find inspiring , write about them, so that I can share their story to other people in hopes that they will inspire you too!

So for my first guest, I thought I would go to someone near and dear to me, who is a boss babe, and is definitely an inspiration to me.

I would like to introduce you to my friend, Lauren M.

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Lauren and I met via the wonderful world wide web.  We met at a Tone it UP MN meetup a couple of years ago.  So from the get go, we had the love of exercise in common!  Isn’t the internet the best?

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Unfortunately, Lauren has moved away from the Twin Cities so we aren’t able to regularly meet up for workouts, coffee, or dancing the night away at a club and telling people we were from LA (LOL) but technology is so great that we are still able to keep in touch and see what each other is up to even if it’s only sometimes via social media.

Now, if you are following her on instagram or Facebook friends with her, you know that this chica is one bad ass babe, who started training for her first triathlon last year and now has done more, including the New York City Tri ( can you imagine swimming in the Hudson river?!? ).  So I definitely wanted to ask some questions about that!

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So check out my interview with her below!

If you had to describe yourself to a complete stranger in one minute, what would you say?

I’m a forever smiling, genuine person who wants to contribute to society and make an impact in everything that I do. I also love to sweat and eat food.

What got you started with participating in triathlons?

I participated in my first indoor triathlon about a year and a half ago. My coworkers were doing it so I decided to join in on the fun. That 10 min swim, 30 min bike and 20 min run inside the gym made me proud, proud that my body could push through that challenging workout. I immediately wanted more so I signed up for a sprint triathlon shortly after that.

Any tips for someone who would like to do their first triathlons?

Indoor triathlons are a great way to get a taste of the sport. They are non intimidating and really fun! Most importantly find the fun in the journey. It will be challenging and it will push you past your limits but that’s the beauty of it.

What keeps you motivated to be active and healthy?

Inspiring others to make a healthy change in their lives. It makes my heart flutter when friends and family tell me that I inspired them to take charge of their health in some way.

Any favorite recipe you would like to share with us?

The summer heat has me craving dishes that don’t require the stove. My current go-to dish is ceviche stuffed avocados. You can find the full recipe on my blog: http://www.flowwithdelight.com/blog/2016/6/26/ceviche-stuffed-avocados

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For more Lauren in your life , check her out here:

IG: @flowwithdelight

Twitter: @flowwithdelight

Blog: http://www.flowwithdelight.com

What about you?  Who are the women in your life that inspires you?  Leave me a comment below!