We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I decided to open Origin House of Fitness as a safe haven for myself as a group fitness instructor, but also with the intention of giving clients a different exercise experience. After having countless negative experiences both as a teacher and a participant in various group exercises classes, I decided I wanted to do something different. As a trauma survivor myself, I often felt very uncomfortable in classes; I felt like I needed to act or look a certain way and I was often on edge, not knowing if the teacher was going to call me out, or adjust me in class. As a teacher, I was often forced to teach scripted material and the more I learned and grew as a teacher, the more I realized I needed and wanted to truly be able to teach to the folks in my class which was different day to day and class to class. I also have an educational background in Psychology, Meditation and Mindfulness, so when I opened the studio, I began to teach my own unique methodology that is trauma informed and includes principles of psychology and mindfulness; I call it mindful fitness. Being an independent studio owner and solopreneur allows me the opportunity to use all of my training, wisdom and gifts to provide a safe sanctuary for folks to begin a journey of self-exploration through mindful movement modalities or “exercise” where we practice functional and sustainable methods that are also fun. We value community and practice radical self-love for ourselves and others. Although it’s been challenging at times, opening this studio has been the most magical thing in my life and I’m excited to see where it evolves especially during this pandemic.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Every major stage in my life has prepared me for this journey of being a studio owner. I’ve worked for small independent business owners and huge corporations and learned so many things along the way. Often times I realized certain things that felt negative, but I used those experiences to think about how I would do things differently to create a more positive outcome. Personally I experienced a lot of trauma and difficulty growing up, but I used those experiences to foster curiosity, which then led to education and understanding, and now the capacity to hold space for others with empathy, sensitivity and care. I’ve always been able to transform challenge into opportunity, and building the studio and community is such a beautiful example of that. I’m a life-long learner and always looking to tell my story and share wisdom with my community. On the tough days, I remind myself of my purpose and mission, to empower others to make positive changes in their lives, I reflect on all the magic, all the wins, and that usually gives me the motivation to keep problem solving and working on through.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Colorado because of the endless beautiful outdoor adventures! Depending on the season, we’d head out to tour and play in some state or national parks. I absolutely love the mountains and hot springs, so chances are good, we pack up the Element, spend our days mountain biking or hiking and unwind in some hot springs. While car camping and cooking is great, we’d also look for local eateries and coffee shops to fuel our adventures. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people that have helped shape and inspire my vision and business. The biggest help was working with my local Small Business Development Center. They helped me refine my mission and vision statements, understand market research and the steps needed to start my business and a million other things! I’ve worked with many of their staff and volunteers and always recommend to anyone starting out a new business or looking to grow and refine to reach out to their local SBDC.