So this is a first. This week, we've got two ladies sharing the spotlight. Not only are they best friends, but they are also business partners. Together, they own SYNCSTUDIO BKLYN, and they do one hell of a job operating this fitness studio. Karla Misjan handles the yoga side of the business and all the PR, while Ashley Lively manages the spin side and all studio operations. They make a fantastic team and I very much look up to both of them for creating one of the coolest, most comfortable fitness studios in Williamsburg.
As you can see below, these ladies are so interconnected and totally on the same wavelength. We can feel the positive vibes from here! Read on below to see how Ashley and Karla both answered the Girl Gang spotlight questions.
Where do you find your inspiration?
KM: Everywhere – when my eyes are both open and closed. Inspiration can be easily drawn from the outside but you can also find it within yourself.
What’s your special sauce? That little trick you do before walking out the door to perk you up and make you feel your most you?
AL: Pep talks, positive thoughts and lip balm.
KM: I play music every single morning as I am getting ready. There is a chance that I might sing along but it is guaranteed that I’ll do a little pirouette or hair flip.
Who are your mentors? Who do you look up to?
AL: My friends and family.
KM: Too many important people to name but my yoga teachers have supported and helped me grow as an individual and as a business woman. To them, I am forever grateful for shaping my life to what it is now.
What makes you happy no matter what? Like if you’re having one of those no good rotten days where everything is terrible, what’s the thing that pulls you off the ledge?
AL: Teaching SYNCCYCLING® classes (kinda cheesy since its my job, but true!) & Ice Coffee.
KM: My yoga practice…and, a good hair day.
Where do you go to find your special thing?
KM: When I’m dressing up (it doesn’t happen often), I like to do it big. Reformation has the greatest looks for a variety of body types. I know when I walk into that store, I am going to find something that will make me feel great and look like a stone cold fox.
Where do you shop for closet staples?
What’s your formula for a killer outfit?
AL: Every season I build a uniform, that way I know I will have a killer outfit everyday!
KM: I like to keep it simple. There was a time in my past life, when I worked in Fashion PR, that I tried to keep on top of the trend…it was exhausting. I find myself more confident now just wearing a really nice pair of jeans (props to my past client R13), a white t-shirt, and either my gold Birks during the summer or a nice pair of booties in the winter. As cheesy as it is, confidence is my formula for a killer outfit.
Tell us a story. What is your earliest memory of making a conscious decision about your style?
AL: My earliest memory related to style is the every day battle I would have with my parents over socks and jelly shoes. I dispised socks and always wanted to wear jelly shoes.
KM: My family was visiting Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland when I was maybe 6 years old. Obviously, I still believed in Santa Claus and we were set to meet him to tell him our Christmas wishes that evening. My mom had picked out a special outfit and wanted me to wear a pair of bright purple Mary Janes. I thought they were hideous and threw a complete tantrum. I’m not sure what I actually ended up wearing that evening, but I do know that I was the last one to meet Santa Claus that evening. And my eyes were really puffy.
Social media. Who do you love/stalk?
KM: @kissser – Michele is actually a yoga student of mine at SYNCSTUDIO. She is fabulous, and a complete sweetheart.
What’s something you struggle with in your career?
KM: Balancing teaching and managing.
Tell us about a time when you hit a breaking point, a fork in the road? Have you ever wanted to quit and run away to Bali?
AL: Oops! Already did that this summer. Went to Bali for a month practicing Yoga and surfing my heart out.
KM: Definitely has happened and more than once, but luckily my business partner is also my best friend. We balance each other out and know when one another needs a moment, a day off, or an actual getaway. We won’t question each other. It is an unspoken support that we have built over more than a decade. I will say that breaking points need to come in order to build something new.
What is something you’d say you are always fighting against? What’s the thing you have to pep-talk yourself about?
AL: Letting go of judgement from others and not taking things to personally.
KM: The idea that I have to be doing more.
What is the skill you picked up as a kid/teen that you still rely on today (i.e. teaching yourself html/powerpoint/etc., getting what you want from mom and dad, making a great sandwich)?
AL: Setting goals and working to achieve them.
KM: 1) Determination 2) Making a great playlist (thanks, Napster)
What are you most proud of in your life? Can be career or non-career related.
AL: SYNCSTUDIO and our team! To be completely honest, I'm not sure yet. I am very proud of what I have done, where I am and who I am, but I still have such a long way to go! I still have lots of room for improvement and more to give.
KM: The life that I built for myself. We have the power to do so much if we put our hearts and our minds to it. I’m pretty damn proud of SYNCSTUDIO and all of the instructors and students I have had the pleasure of meeting through this business.
What is the one thing you throw on when you head out the door that gives you that warm glow from deep in the tummy that says, “I know I look good”?
AL: Positive thoughts and a smile!
KM: Love, deep belly laughs, and a smile.