ImagiNation with Garnie Nygren

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Garnie Nygren

COO, Serenbe

Occupation: COO, Serenbe

Favorite Productivity Tool: Not having email on my phone.

Most Recommended App: I don’t really use apps.

Last Thing You Read: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv


Instagram handle: @serenbe

Tell us about your journey? In 1991, my family took a weekend vacation to the beautiful countryside of Chattahoochee Hills, GA. My parents, Steve and Marie, were both Atlanta natives but wanted to truly step off the treadmill of life when they discovered this century-old farmhouse. In 1994, we decided to relocate full-time. We were soon struck by suburban sprawl when we discovered a bulldozer coming to tear down our paradise while my dad and I were out on a run in the woods. Soon enough, he purchased 1,000 acres of land, had a group of concerned citizen landowners and an idea for future land preservation. Ground was broken for the first Serenbe homes in 2004. I graduated from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration in 2005, shortly before the recession hit in ’08. I was fresh out of college during what has been known as the worst economy for real estate. Now I am the Director of Operations for Serenbe Development and Serenbe Real Estate. I also co-own cold-pressed Bamboo Juice and retail boutique Resource, which is located in the Serenbe community.

What what's your favorite part of your day? Morning trail runs in the woods of Serenbe. We have 15 miles of trails, so starting my day with a beautiful run sets my whole day up for success.

When do you feel most successful? When my team feels successful. As long as my team has everything they need in order to feel successful, so will I.

What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? A yoga class with Serenbe Yoga or a quiet, meditation moment at our stone labyrinth. With views of trees and a beautiful lake, it’s easy to breathe and completely recharge when I’ve had a long day.

What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? It’s important to remember that you can’t always take everything too seriously. There is always a plan B when something doesn’t immediately go as planned.

How do you optimize your day? After a good morning run in the woods, I enjoy drinking a cold-pressed Bamboo Juice, write a to-do list for the day and morning meditation. That way, my body and mind are inline for the day.

Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? My father, Steve Nygren. He always encourages innovative thoughts and has a unique perspective on a well-lived life that he has instilled in us since we were kids.

What does imagining more mean to you and your story? Imagining more means that anything is possible.

If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? Read more novels.