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Kristin Nelson
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Career Info

Primary Industry:
Health, Wellness and Fitness
Personal Career Headline:
Owner, Diva Den Studio

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Career Snapshot:
Kristin Nelson is the owner of Diva Den Studio, an all women’s boutique fitness studio in Portland Oregon. Her vision for Diva Den Studio began back in July of 2010 and has continued to grow. DDS was the first boutique fitness studio of its kind and paved the way for other pop up studios along the way.  DDS has always been a safe space for women to come workout and have fun. Featuring 3 large studios, a spa, childcare and boutique, it is the largest of its kind in Oregon. Offering over 40 different fitness formats a week from dance, to fitness, it has always tried to keep things fresh. Instructors are encouraged to create their own formats and have their own flavor in classes. It is a strong community of women supporting each other of all different ages, shapes, and fitness levels. Everyone is welcome.
Prior to owning Diva Den Studio, Kristin managed her family’s business “Mac’s Market & Deli.” This is where she learned from the best (Her father) how to run a business properly. Over time her husband also came on board and she took some time off to stay home with their 3 children. Once the kids got into school, she realized she needed to do more. This is when she started teach pole dance. After taking one class in a small gym, she knew this movement was for her and quickly trained herself to teach. This was back when Pole Dancing was brand new and there were no classes or certifications. Since then she has taken several trainings and workshops as well as hosted the top athletes in the sport at Diva Den Studio.
With a background in sports and a love for fitness, she wanted to have all different options to workout. Since that didn’t seem to exist, she created exactly what she wanted. Every class added was a class she wanted to take. Barre, Burlesque, Hip Hop, you name it. Thats how it started but now the schedule is packed with different formats requested by others as well.  Kristin and her husband also own a bookkeeping and payroll company which her husband runs. Her number one priority is her family. Being a mother is her favorite role in life and loves that she can create her schedule around her kids.  Diva Den Studio is set as a franchise and she has had offers from around the world of people wanting a studio near them. The studio continues to grow and is the home to some of the most talented and amazing women around. Kristin is a big supporter of women and believes that her team is what has made them what they are today.

What Else To Know

My Goal of the Day:

To work with my team of amazing women to bring joy to others. I couldn’t do it without them. Women are amazing and when we work together and support each other, there is no end to what we can do.

My Thought of the Day:

Do everything with kindness. I try to always believe the best in people and treat them with kindness. It goes a long way.

My Action of the Day:

Balancing my work and family with grace. I love my job and love my family. I don’t want either to ever feel like a chore.

My Deed of the Day:

To make sure everyone that comes thru my door leaves feeling good. You never know what people are going thru and it’s the little things that can help turn their day around. Be part of making it better, not adding more stress.

My Tip of the Day:

Put yourself on your schedule!  Don’t neglect your health by not taking the time. Schedule yourself each day for a workout, meditation or whatever you need and treat it like an appointment that can’t be broken.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

So many things! I love the tree’s and all the green but mostly I love the kindness. People are quick to smile and say hello.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

For breakfast I love La Provance’s Omlet Collette. It is yummy!

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM –  I’m in the middle of my morning workout at my studio!

10:00 AM – Usually in front of my computer answering emails and creating content.

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

At my desk. I usually make something at home and catch up on the news or other things. It’s a time to turn off my brain and relax.

7:00 PM –  Settling in with my husband and waiting for my son to get home from practice.

11:00 PM – Hopefully asleep!

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I drink SPARK every morning. I don’t drink coffee or juice so this is my morning favorite. After that it’s just water all day. If it’s a Friday or Saturday night there will for sure be a glass of wine or cocktail. 🙂

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Instagram for sure since I’m always posting for the studio. I love @dade2shelby. I am in awe of what he can do! Plus I absolutely love my girl @g2dance ! She is the perfect balance of dance, fitness and family an her posts always make me smile.

What should everyone try at least once?

Pole Dancing!

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Laying in the sun (With sunscreen of course 🙂 with a good book.

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