Portland Girl Spotlight: Stephanie Richen

Portland Girl Spotlight: Stephanie Richen

Hello beauties,   This month I am very excited to introduce Stephanie Richen to you! Stephanie is that “rare ray of sunshine on a cloudy day” kinda gal. I met her about a year ago and she has been lighting up my life ever since. She has a open and kind heart and she has a way of making everyone feel at home in her home away from home (AKA her 2 Pure Barre businesses in Portland, Oregon).   She is a breast cancer survivor, a small business owner and a general badass. Meet Steph!     Tell us a little bit about yourself: Born and raised in Seattle, I grew up with a love of animals and always had pets in our home. After high school, I became a vet technician and worked for a pet hospital for almost 8 years. I wanted to further my education, so I decided to leave the field and go back to school to become a nurse, but this time for humans. =) I was lucky enough to land a job at The University of Washington as an anesthesia technician working in the operating room with very ill patients waiting to receive a heart, lung, or kidney transplants. Because of the high stress, it didn’t leave me much time for myself or to even work out. One of my friends, Christine, told me about this workout she’d been doing called Pure Barre. She invited me to join her that night. My life changed. I worked as a tech for 3 years until my husband got a job opportunity in Portland. We moved...