It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. My name is Christina Cromwell. I was born in California but have been in Cary, NC since I was about 8 years old. My parents and younger sisters still reside in Cary, I grew up playing soccer, and fitness has always been a big part of my life. I attended school at Stetson University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. While at Chapel Hill I met my best friend and now business partner, Jennifer Stone, and we moved to Greensboro upon graduating to open Pure Barre.
Q. What is your work?
A. My work is Pure Barre — I live, eat, sleep all things Pure Barre. G (Jennifer) and I opened our first location on Westover Terrace in August of 2013 and expanded to New Garden in December of 2016. Pure Barre is a boutique fitness studio specializing in the barre method workout. We use a ballet barre and tiny isometric movements to build long, lean muscles. Pure Barre is the fastest, safest, and most effective way to change your body and results can be seen in just 10 classes. While Pure Barre is the best workout, we are a community. A community of strong women who come together and work hard day in and day out and a community of strong women who make it truly seem like a big happy family! My work is teaching classes and everything that comes along with owning two studios, but my work is also fostering the amazing relationships and growing the family we have built!
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I currently got involved with the Make A Wish society here in Greensboro and am working with them to plan their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Kentucky Derby event. It is a big event out a High Caliber Stables in Summerfield and occurs on the day of the actual Kentucky Derby. Everyone gets dressed up, there is a silent auction, a live auction, drinks and food, and presentations. I attended the event last year and loved it, so I am excited to be on the other end of things and helping plan it!
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. About a year ago, by best friend (and business partner) and I decided to take the leap and open our second Pure Barre studio. It definitely scared me — no other boutique fitness place in Greensboro has two locations, the New Garden location was a step in a direction where we want to expand to but hadn’t fully yet, we hired more team members, we took on a lot. Honestly, I was scared. Scared but hopeful, scared but determined. I am so glad we took the leap and expanded — this past year has been a busy time but I am happy we went for it!
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. I am not sure if I honestly know what I want to be doing the most, but 100% know the work that I am doing is beyond fulfilling right now. I am happy in the now, doing what I do and completely fulfilled by it. When I am no longer at that point then I guess I’ll need to reevaluate!
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Gosh, that is a hard one! I think I would have to tell myself that anything is possible if you just work hard. Set your goal, achieve them, then set new ones. And to soak up every minute with your family and friends that you can!
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. I would love to advise your readers and share my belief that you can do absolutely anything you want. Any limitations or “I can’t” isn't created by the universe — it is created by you. Break through those barriers otherwise you’re limiting yourself. I fully believe that someone can do anything they set their mind to. For some things it may take more time, more practice, more dedication, etc but anything is possible if you work hard.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. The strong women who walk in and out of my studio doors truly keeps me going. Any time I am tired, uninspired, or any bit of feeling “off” — I know that when I walk into Pure Barre I will immediately be uplifted and filled with a sense of happiness. I often refer to Pure Barre as Disney/happy land, it is almost near impossible to not forget about your day. People are smiling, friendly, working hard, and the energy is inspiring.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. My favorite yoga pose is birds of paradise. My mom is a yoga teacher extraordinaire — I used to avoid going to her classes but one summer something changed. I went to her classes a few times a week, 100% discouraged when I started because I was not flexible, not strong, but I was trying. Class #1 she had everyone pop into birds of paradise — I remember how effortlessly and beautiful my mom was getting into the pose and I was determined to be able to get it. Class #1 it did not happen. It took awhile but eventually with the help of my mom and just her smiling at me letting me know I could do it I finally got into birds of paradise and was able to straighten my leg at the top. In that moment I was so happy, proud of myself, and thankful for my mom. Birds of paradise is my favorite yoga pose because it reminds me of all of those things!
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I think I live a life of abundance through my daily interactions with people. I love my job and I love what I do, but my days are filled with interactions with some of the best women I know. I live abundantly through the amazing people that cross my path daily — through smiles coming in and out of the doors, through conversations about life and how they are doing, through the silence while taking class yet inspiring each other silently, through the sense of accomplishment people create in our studios. I am full with smiles and joy from my Pure Barre family.