We created聽Tone It Up, a global fitness and lifestyle community, out of a friendship and a dream. Seven years ago, Katrina and I met at a gym in Manhattan Beach, California on a聽Friday聽night. We quickly realized that we both had similar goals: We wanted to start a community where women from all over the world could support and motivate each other to be their fittest and most confident selves. And from that dream, Tone It Up was born! We started with just the two of us and a tripod filming fitness videos on the beach, and we鈥檝e grown into a worldwide community with fitness videos, premium workouts, a聽Tone It Up Nutrition Plan, and workout apparel and gear. We鈥檙e even launching Tone It Up Protein bars in聽Target! We鈥檝e learned so much along the way, and today we鈥檙e sharing our top tips for succeeding as a female entrepreneur and turning your dreams into your reality.

1. Take risks.聽Don鈥檛 be afraid to take a chance on something new. Change is uncomfortable, but you need to get out of your comfort zone to truly make your dreams happen. If we never took a chance and went for our dreams, we wouldn鈥檛 have this amazing community and a best friend in each other. Katrina and I reminisce about, 鈥淲hat if we didn鈥檛 decide to talk to each other that night at the gym? What if she never approached me?鈥 Don鈥檛 let a moment go by, a word go unsaid, or a chance go untaken.

2. Always stick to your roots.聽This is one of the most important lessons we鈥檝e learned since starting Tone It Up. When making every decision in our business, big or small, we always think back to why we started Tone It Up 鈥 to create a community where healthy and empowered women come together to live their best lives 鈥 and we stay true to that original mission.

3. Trust your instincts.聽Six years ago, we had a gut instinct that women would want a series of workouts and lifestyle advice to help them feel their most confident for summer. We followed that instinct and created the first Bikini Series. We actually came up with the聽idea the night before we filmed it! Sometimes your most important ideas that will change your life come out of the craziest and most unexpected moments. Now, we鈥檙e launching our sixth annual聽Bikini Series聽with eight weeks of daily workouts, fitness videos, tons of new recipes and nutrition advice, daily motivation, and live workouts on聽@ToneItUp.

4. Find your support system.聽Having two of us has been incredible. It鈥檚 amazing having your best friend as your co-founder because you get to support each other and experience everything together. We get to learn together, lean on each other, and share each moment.

5. Organize your priorities.聽We鈥檙e always juggling a lot 鈥 photo and video shoots, business meetings, running our social media聽@ToneItUp聽and聽@KarenaKatrina聽鈥 so it鈥檚 essential for us to make lists to organize it all! Every day, we each make a list of priorities and focus on the top of the list first and work our way down. If some things at the bottom of the list don鈥檛 get done, that鈥檚 okay. There鈥檚 always聽tomorrow!

6. Never forget to focus on YOU.聽We also schedule in time for ourselves, our workouts, meditation, journaling, and setting our intentions every day because it鈥檚 so important to prioritize yourself and your health. When you prioritize yourself, you鈥檙e able to be a better leader, coworker, friend, wife, and family member to everyone else around you. The people in your life will be drawn to your positivity.

7. Do everything from love.聽The most important thing in both your professional and personal life is to make sure you鈥檙e doing everything out of love and passion. We followed our passions and they led us to this incredible community. When you鈥檙e driven by love and passion, you can achieve things you never thought possible!

Looking for more advice to become strong and confident? Sign up for the Bikini Series聽HERE! It鈥檚 eight weeks of heart-pumping workouts, delicious recipes, live workouts, and tons of motivation and support from the Tone It Up community!

What are your best career tips? Share them with us @BritandCo and @ToneItUp!

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