VoyageDenver – Denver http://voyagedenver.com The best of Miami, Everyday! Fri, 09 Apr 2021 08:14:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Denver’s Most Inspiring Stories http://voyagedenver.com/inspiring-stories/ http://voyagedenver.com/inspiring-stories/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 04:00:33 +0000 http://voyagedenver.com/?p=2053 The heart of our mission at VoyageDenver is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Denver’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with the city’s incredibly […]

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The heart of our mission at VoyageDenver is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Denver’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with the city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out Denver’s rising stars below.

Arvada

Aurora

Boulder

Centennial

Colorado Springs

Denver

Englewood

Fort Collins

Lakewood

Longmont

Westminster & Thornton

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Community Member Spotlights http://voyagedenver.com/community-member-spotlights/ http://voyagedenver.com/community-member-spotlights/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 00:56:01 +0000 http://voyagedenver.com/?p=98019 It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them the fundamental questions about who they are and how they became the person they are today. Understanding and empathy are essential building blocks for a better, more compassionate world. We’re incredibly fortunate to be […]

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It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them the fundamental questions about who they are and how they became the person they are today. Understanding and empathy are essential building blocks for a better, more compassionate world. We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to ask these questions each week through our interview series. Below you’ll find interviews from our community members and content partners – the folks who’ve been heavily involved with us, collaborating with us on content, sponsoring our mission and spreading the word about the work we do.

Lexi Zadak Schmidt | Nutrition & Wellness Coach

My name is Lexi and I currently run my own business called LZS Nutrition Ltd where I guide clients through personal health and wellness plans & protocols based on their goals and needs. I initially got into health and wellness through Crossfit! I started my second career as a part time Crossfit coach and became fascinated by how food can be used as FUEL for performance! I’ve since gotten several nutrition certifications and have expanded my knowledge so that I’m now able to use food not only to help improve people’s athletic performance, but to address other health conditions, as well! I see food as medicine! If we can understand how to fuel our bodies for our individual needs, we can optimize our health, increase our longevity and live each day feeling our absolute best! My goal is to help all my clients understand their own personal needs and develop a lifestyle that allows them to be the healthiest versions of themselves! Read more>>

Lizzy Brodie | Consultant

My name is Lizzy Brodie. I’m a 35 year old mother of 1, business owner and dream chaser. Being a mother is one incredible job that I’m proud to have and second to that is helping people achieve success as well as providing inspiration to do so. I have a Hip-Hop/Culture based blog that i launched 8 years ago. In 2018 I launched Lizzy Brodie Consulting as well as The Hustler’s Brunch. I aspire to inspire others with my story, my knowledge and experience. Read more>>

Alexa Hesse | Jam Enthusiast

I’m Alexa, owner & founder of Yummy Lotus. Yummy Lotus is a gourmet jam company with a specialty in pepper jams. They are vegan, gluten free and small batch crafted with the intent to nourish your soul and enjoy with the ones you love. Read more>>

Jim (Doc) Dorkins | Owner/Founder

Doc Goodbeard Beard Care Products was established in 2017. Owner and founder, Jim (Doc) Dorkins is a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He spent his enlistment as an aircraft refueling vehicle repairman. Working as a tractor/trailer mechanic for almost 35 years after exiting the military and he was medically retired due to injury in early 2016. Read more>>

Melissa Lycan | Vocalist, Speaker & Educator

My name is Melissa Lycan, the vocalist for a Colorado based folk rock band Nordic Daughter, keynote speaker of truths and educator in mathematics and business. Read more>>

Kelly Schexnaildre | Owner, Merfs Condiments

I was born and raised in South Louisiana, and I started cooking at 8 years of age. I have always had a passion for exceptional food, and all the experience and community it offers. I relocated to Denver, Colorado in May 2010, and I am an avid gardener who uses fresh, organic, and local ingredients in all my dishes whenever possible. I started making condiments about 8 years ago, and through experimentation and creativity, discovered that I love it. My idea for Merfs Condiments came to fruition in January 2014, and Merfs’ current line-up consists of 8 different hot sauces ranging in flavor from fruity and mildly spicy to savory and extremely spicy. The goal is to continue to offer condiments that are affordable and made from fresh, quality ingredients. Keep a lookout for some new sauces dropping in late 2021! Read more>>

DeAnna Weyhrich | Certified Professional Birth Photographer

I am a sentimental mom, a very protective grandma, and a certified professional birth photographer (CPBP) that you can trust to capture the raw, intense, and emotional moments the day you deliver your baby. I started my photography business four years ago, so I know the importance of supporting local businesses-especially during this pandemic! I will pick a beach vacation over snow packed places every time. I can be a bit of a penny pincher at times, which drives my husband crazy, but I am more than willing to pay for things that mean a lot to me (such as professional photography). Read more>>

 Jeffrey Riley | Owner & Cinematographer

Hi, My name is Jeffrey Riley and I am part-owner of the Denver-based video production company, Noble Bison Productions. We create content of all shapes and sizes such as corporate interviews, commercials, short films, music videos, and everything in between. We are very passionate about the work we do and truly strive to put the client first so that their needs are served to the best of our abilities. Read more>>

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Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories: Episode 1 http://voyagedenver.com/introverted-entrepreneur-success-stories-episode-1/ http://voyagedenver.com/introverted-entrepreneur-success-stories-episode-1/#respond Mon, 22 Mar 2021 07:46:34 +0000 http://voyagedenver.com/?p=97448 We are thrilled to present Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories, a show we’ve launched with sales and marketing expert Aleasha Bahr. Aleasha helps solopreneurs and sales teams double their sales by helping them see how the sales process can be honest, helpful and authentic. Learn more and connect with Aleasha here: https://www.aleashabahr.com/

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We are thrilled to present Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories, a show we’ve launched with sales and marketing expert Aleasha Bahr. Aleasha helps solopreneurs and sales teams double their sales by helping them see how the sales process can be honest, helpful and authentic.

Learn more and connect with Aleasha here: https://www.aleashabahr.com/

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Heart to Heart with Whitley: Episode 1 http://voyagedenver.com/heart-heart-whitley-episode-1/ http://voyagedenver.com/heart-heart-whitley-episode-1/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 22:35:24 +0000 http://voyagedenver.com/?p=95766 We are so thrilled to present Heart to Heart with Whitley, a high-energy talk show hosted by the brilliant and empowering Whitley Porter. On this episode Whitley interviews actress and dancer Natali Micciche.   Connect with the team: Host: Whitley Porter  Guest: Natali Michiche Creative Director: Sam Papers Digital Producer- Jorel Balabala

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The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative http://voyagedenver.com/trailblazers-rewriting-narrative/ http://voyagedenver.com/trailblazers-rewriting-narrative/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 01:00:01 +0000 http://voyagedenver.com/?p=4624 The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more. With the […]

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The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more. With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Arvada

Aurora

Boulder

Centennial

Colorado Springs

Denver

Fort Collins

Lakewood

Englewood

Longmont

Westminster & Thornton

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VoyageDenver Podcast Episode 3: Meet Meg & Josiah Mothershed http://voyagedenver.com/voyagedenver-podcast-episode-3-meet-meg-josiah-mothershed/ http://voyagedenver.com/voyagedenver-podcast-episode-3-meet-meg-josiah-mothershed/#respond Wed, 06 May 2020 05:37:24 +0000 http://voyagedenver.com/?p=79086 We’re pumped to introduce you to Meg & Josiah Mothershed of Mothershed Deisgn.  Check out our interview with Meg & Josiah below and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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We’re pumped to introduce you to Meg & Josiah Mothershed of Mothershed Deisgn.  Check out our interview with Meg & Josiah below and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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VoyageDenver Podcast Episode 2: Meet Rebecca Gassman of Wild and Free Fermented Tea in Fort Collins http://voyagedenver.com/voyagedenver-podcast-episode-2-meet-rebecca-gassman-wild-free-fermented-tea-fort-collins/ http://voyagedenver.com/voyagedenver-podcast-episode-2-meet-rebecca-gassman-wild-free-fermented-tea-fort-collins/#respond Wed, 06 May 2020 05:36:03 +0000 http://voyagedenver.com/?p=79085 We’re excited to introduce you to Rebecca Gassman of Wild and Free Fermented Tea.  Check out our interview with Rebecca below and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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VoyageDenver Podcast Episode 1: Meet Erin Dvorak http://voyagedenver.com/voyagedenver-podcast-episode-1-meet-erin-dvorak/ http://voyagedenver.com/voyagedenver-podcast-episode-1-meet-erin-dvorak/#respond Wed, 06 May 2020 05:32:59 +0000 http://voyagedenver.com/?p=79082 We’re thrilled to introduce you to Erin Dvorak.  Check out our interview with Erin below and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.  

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What’s the Most Important Lesson You’ve Learned Along Your Journey? http://voyagedenver.com/whats-important-lesson-youve-learned-along-journey-2/ http://voyagedenver.com/whats-important-lesson-youve-learned-along-journey-2/#respond Sun, 01 Mar 2020 01:00:54 +0000 http://voyagedenver.com/?p=32017 Every twist in our story, challenge we face, and obstacle we overcome is an important part of our story.  These difficulties make us stronger and wiser and prepare us for what’s ahead.  As we grow and succeed we may imagine that soon the challenges will fade away, but in our conversations with business owners, artists, […]

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Every twist in our story, challenge we face, and obstacle we overcome is an important part of our story.  These difficulties make us stronger and wiser and prepare us for what’s ahead.  As we grow and succeed we may imagine that soon the challenges will fade away, but in our conversations with business owners, artists, creatives, academics, and others we have learned that the most common experience is that challenges never go away – instead they get more complex as we grow and succeed.  Our ability to to thrive therefore depends heavily on our ability to learn from our experiences and so we are asking some of the city’s best and brightest: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?

Kristen Olson | Entrepreneur & Documentary Film Producer

I’ve learned so many important lessons so far. Here are two:

Follow Opportunity
The most important career advice I’ve taken is: follow opportunity and eventually the path will intersect passion. I was at a time in my life when I knew I wanted to work in film, but didn’t know how to get started. Eventually through the work I was doing in marketing, I met the right people to help me make a transition into film.

Be the Talent
One lesson I learned through producing major music festivals: it’s best to be the talent. We spend so much of our life gaining skills and practicing the requirements of our jobs. We should not only fulfill our job duties, but more importantly we should choose to gain skill sets which allow us to be viewed as, “talented.” We should make time to be creative, take lessons and perfect an art. Eventually, those skills may provide a more rewarding career path.

@kristenolsonfilm
@kristenolsonfilm

Lee Moroz | Colorado Tough

It truly is a journey and not a destination. Work hard, be consistent, be a good person, be a good listener, everything is a learning experience and most importantly enjoy the ride.

coloradotough.com
@coloradotough
@coloradotoughbrand

 

 

Zoe Hudson | Cosmetologist and Free Lance Photographer

The most important lesson I’ve learned in this life journey is to always do your absolute best and you will always end up in the places you were meant to be in.  Keep moving forward and don’t give up!

@zee_euphoria

Charles Schoenherr  | Educator | Angler

Throughout my years as an educator, I have learned that patience is the best thing in stressful situations. Patience even bled its way into my life as fly fishing. Learning that the best way to handle any situation is calm actually gave me the opportunity to ask fo my wife’s hand in marriage. We had hiked into a familiar fishing spot, thinking that the trail was a large loop, turns out it wasn’t. What was supposed to be an afternoon of fishing, quickly turned dangerous. We were in a canyon that had zero cell service, and even less people. When it started to get dark, and my girlfriend (at the time, wife now) was panicked. We had almost no water left, no food left, and now it was getting cold. This particular area was known for its mountain lions and we even heard one scream. When all hope was thought lost, we found the top parking lot, found the road down to our car, and made it home safe. If it weren’t for the patience I learned that day, I wouldn’t have my Wife, or maybe even my life.

BRI BOWLIN | ARTIST AND CREATOR OF PIPIT & FOX – KIDS ILLUSTRATIONS

Be yourself. I think I am still learning this – daily. I see other artists who I admire and compare myself to them or try to emulate them, but it isn’t until you settle into and embrace being YOU that you find your own artistic voice, your unique drive and passion. I love sharing my art with others if it brings them joy, but ultimately I create because it is who I am.

@PipitAndFox
PipitAndFox.com
etsy.com/shop/PipitAndFox

Ursula Ibarra | Denver Native | Realtor | Momprenuer

Alicia Noelle Photograpghy

I started my journey in real estate nearly a year and a half ago. My background prior was in telecommunications/project management but I was craving more, I wanted purpose (and flexibility to be more present with my kids) real estate has given me that purpose with every client I meet! I love the interaction and getting to know each person/family background/goals to find the perfect home that fits their needs.

The most important thing I’ve learned thus far is to trust in my OWN process and continue to learn daily! I’ve endured highs and lows but thankfully I’ve been lucky enough to have great mentors and managing brokers who have guided me, answered and explained any and all questions that arise so I can apply them to my own business structure and be the best agent to my clients. Looking forward to a successful 2020!

@ursula.ibarra.35
ursulaibarra.westandmainhomes.com
@dnverrealtor_ursula

Marina Ladonko | knitting handmade designer

My journey is challenging) I just moved to the USA half year ago and it was not an easy decision.

I feel like I started a new life and my major lesson is  Do what you can and just let things happen; believe in the best for you and it will come ..

@ladon_co_knits

Dawn Williams | Founder & Chief Experience Officer of VenuHub.com

The most important lesson I have learned thus far is to follow your intuition, and live by The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz:

“Be Impeccable With Your Word.

Don’t Take Anything Personally.

Don’t Make Assumptions.

Always Do Your Best.”

Links would be:

venuhub.com
@VenuHubSearch
@venuhub

Joshua Zelcer | Colorado Real Estate Broker w Keller Williams Integrity

From my experience, my progress is a direct reflection on the work that I put in. There’s not a day that I don’t wake up and make calls at 8am. If I slack off and don’t get business it’s completely my fault. When I have a $10,000 month it’s because I worked hard and deserved it. The business I’m in is competitive and if I don’t follow up with a client or l make initial contact, someone else does; and I lose. I didn’t get into this business to be second best so everyday I work hard and spend time studying to become a better broker.

@joshzelcer
@joshzrealestate 

True West Hats | Hand-crafted Hat-makers making custom, one-of-a kind hats

Your business is only as good as your outlook on life.

truewesthats.com
@truewesthats

Brian O’Connor | Founder of Terrace Creative | Visual Storyteller

It comes down to What You Do, when your head hits the pillow at night. You can talk about an idea, contemplate where to begin your journey, or you can wait for the ‘right’ moment in your life to start.

I learned very quickly that when you begin to make choices and habits around what makes you uncomfortable, doors to opportunities and relationships open up left and right. Facing the uncertainty that inevitably presents itself when taking risks, is what has allowed me to branch out and grasp what is important to me when it comes to business and relationships. Listening, conditioning a positive mindset daily, and being open-minded as the journey unfolds. Cheers to everyone out there getting after it.

@terracecreative
@detached_outdoors

Julie Kim | Foodie and Marketer at Thai Kun in Golden, CO

Everything in life you have control over. If you don’t like something do something to change it and if you can’t change it, then change the way you think about it. Mindset is everything.

@julzkimmm

Brian Grace | Head Brewer at Thirsty Monk Brewery

Photo credit: Aaron Sprengeler

The most important lesson I have learned so far is to keep looking to learn something. Meaning that if you stay stagnant or don’t learn from your mistakes and triumphs, then you cannot truly be successful or stay successful. There are always lessons to learn and if you aren’t paying attention, you are in danger of falling behind and becoming irrelevant.

@thirstymonkdenver

Christina Cookson | Headshot and Portrait Photographer

My journey of working full-time as an attorney to building my own successful photography business has been incredibly rewarding and, at times, daunting.  Being an entrepreneur means being responsible for your own successes and failures, and realizing that you get back what you put in.  The key is to ride out the inevitable periods of disappointment and keep your vision and goals clear.  All good things will follow.

christinacookson.com
@ccooksonphotography
@ChristinaCooksonPhotography

Christina Coblish DC | Boulder Chiropractor and Founder of Colorado Nourish Boxes

The most important lesson I’ve learned might sound strange but stick with me: You can find a neighbor no matter where you are or no matter how long you’ve been there. I’ve learned that people are kind and generous and it doesn’t matter if you have lived next door to them for 10 years or if you’re buying a jar of hot sauce from them at a farmers market. Generally speaking the people of Colorado, in particular, are wonderfully open and welcoming people.

I moved to Colorado just 2 years ago, and despite feeling like a stranger in a new state, I’ve been l welcomed in as I were family. Sometimes that’s with a large gesture, or sometimes with a simple smile with genuine eye contact which can speak more words between two strangers than most words could cover. I’ve started both a healthcare office as well as a subscription box company that connects colorado artisans and their products to more people. And the largest lesson I learned in these endeavors is that people are inherently good and willing to help a complete stranger, which is the best gift you can give to someone who needs it.

Nourishboxes.com
@nourishboxes
@nourishboxes

Kimberly Siegel | Vintage Curator & Boutique Owner

The most important lesson I’ve learned on my journey so far is to not give up. Sounds a bit cliche, however, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across challenges I wasn’t sure I could handle. And because I truly love what I do, I pushed through those challenges. Sometimes with the answer and sometimes I winged it hoping I’d get it right. And even if I didn’t get it right the first time, I just kept going. And with that I kept growing little by little. Mistakes are okay, it’s how we learn. And it’s empowering to know now that no matter how many times we feel the wind knocked out of us, or feel frustrated or even feel like just can’t get it right…as long as we keep going, we keep growing.

@loveshackloveland
@loveshackloveland
loveshackloveland.com

Jenn & Amy S. | Queer Adventures

When you are the only one like you in the room, that is an opportunity to change hearts and minds. Be an example for those who come after you. Representation Matters.

@colorado_adventurers

Steph McCauley | Unbenched Creator

Everyone is looking to be apart of something bigger than themselves. Going through life alone makes it so much more difficult. When people have an outlet to be themselves and are surrounded by good people who want similar things, magic happens. I’ve watched person after person get out of their comfort zone and make huge strides into becoming who they want to be. We love playing games, trying new places around town, giving back, and listening to each other speak. Unbenched has allowed me to see how important it is to surround yourself with all kinds of people. It is so important to hear other people’s stories and learn from those around you. Life is a team sport, so have fun with it.

unbenched.org
@unbenched

Devin Chapnick | Poka Lola Bar Lead

My entire professional career has been within the beverage and hospitality industry. Few attempts have ever been entertained by me, even when I felt the least satisfaction from a particular job. I believe that has to do with my absolute need to create and delight. Hospitality is a noble pursuit, what we provide people is valuable and adds to the net good in the world. It took some time for me to see why I felt so strongly for this industry, but when I reflected on what brought me joy, it became easier to deal with the day to day struggles. When your intentions are more defined, the unnecessary noise dampens.

pokaloladenver.com
@pokalolasocialclub
@pokalolasocialclub

Matt Joshua | Geometric Artist

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far is that it’s ok to be your own worst critic. I’ve found that if I create something that I personally love, there is a really good chance that it may speak to someone else as well.

@treelinegeometric

Elise Roth | artist and educator

The most important lesson I’ve learned during my journey so far, is to just show up everyday and make something. Sometimes the results aren’t pretty, but I still work through the process and share what I come up with. This is my third year of being engaged in my own daily art challenge, and the structure has helped me focus and develop a clearer vision for the type of art and business that I want to create.

eliseroth.com

Mike and Heather Yeager | Husband and Wife Upholstery Team

With each new project brings new experiences. Meaning, even if two projects are similar, they are still incredibly unique due to the fabric, the style of the furniture, and the desired end result.

theupholsteryshopco.com
@theupholsteryshopco

Logan Aal | Realtor & Attorney

Soul-care is the most important thing you do; when your soul is unkept, when you are not spiritually “right”, everything else falls apart.

loganaal.homesincolorado.com
@denver_realtor_loganaal

Kim Bauer |  Realtor in Colorado and Florida

My mantra is seize every opportunity. I thrive on new challenges. Life is to be lived, not sitting on the sidelines watching it go by. By letting yourself be uncomfortable, good things can happen. This photo is a prime example. I am a Realtor, not an actor, yet I was asked to audition for this national commercial, and I got it! I had to improve in front of casting directors and a production team. Talk about taking me out of my comfort zone! Without taking that risk personally, I never would have gotten that amazing experience, not to mention all of the other experiences that followed. Positivity breeds positivity, and it’s a lesson I practice myself and teach my children. I always welcome new opportunities – bring it on!

kimbauer.westandmaincolorado.com
@kimbauerrealestate
@kimbauercoloradorealestate

DENISE OSMON | OWNER, CURIOUS MOOSE VINTAGE

The most important lesson I’ve learned along this journey is the need to continue to grow as a person. I’ve always been an outdoorsy gal, and I started hiking in my late 40s to stay centered, present, and healthy as I was building an online vintage clothing and home décor business called Curious Moose Vintage. Life is filled with surprises, twists, and turns—not unlike the trails that wind through the ponderosa pines in the foothills near my little town of Berthoud. I’m out there exploring two to three times a week (weather permitting, of course!).

The business has me tied to the computer most days. Keeping up with the online shop and managing the social media channels can be a struggle at times. Technology changes faster than I sometimes like, so I often hike to keep my head clear and my mind open to new ideas. It’s always a challenge out there on the trails, but a hike never fails to give me a fresh perspective on life. I love learning about Indigenous art from around the world. I love sharing what I find with my online community friends. I’m always growing my knowledge.

Football Coach Lou Holtz once famously said, “In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying, so get in motion and grow.” That quote has had a great influence on me through the whole course of my life. Personal growth is everything, so I look forward to reaching, learning, and growing always. Sometimes it’s on the trail. Sometimes it’s online. But there’s always something to be learned and something around the next corner.

@stories/curiousmoosevintage
etsy.com/shop/CuriousMooseVintage

BetaRay | Reggae/Rock Band

Don’t ever be so focused on your goal that you forget to have fun!!

@betaraymusic
@betaraymusic

 

Kym Terribile | Owner, Wax Crescent LLC

Kate Hunk

The most important lesson that I have learned on my journey so far is that I need to speak my truth.  Confrontation is incredibly difficult for me, and I often hold things back because I am afraid of hurting someone’s feelings or coming across as too demanding.  Running a small business has taught me that the best way to handle an uncomfortable situation is as soon as possible, and with complete honesty and integrity.  When confrontation is unavoidable, I always try to handle it with grace and understanding.

waxcrescent.com
@waxcrescent

Vince Coleman | Bison Leatherworker and Mountain lifestyle Specialist

Don’t take any profession or hobby with too much seriousness. Enjoy the ride and have fun. Cherish the gifts you have been given, and inspire others to create and do the same.

@Steamboat_leather
colemanshab.com

Erika Donaghy | Painter and Ceramic Artist

I started my art business in September 2019, and the most important lesson I’ve learned so far is to just do the thing. Whatever leap you are about to take, you will never be completely ready so just go for it, you can learn along the way.

erikadonaghy.art
@erikadonaghy.art

Sara Wilhelm | Colorado Native | Mom & Realtor

Life is short. In December 2018 I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. I’ve always lived from a place of abundance rather than scarcity, but the past year has really made me realize how important every day is. It’s easy to get bogged down by the voices in your head and the pressures to compete, especially in the real estate world. I’m more focused on intention & making every day amazing. Don’t wait to do “that thing”. Do it today!  I’m also less focused on comparing myself to others and more focused on connecting and coming from a place of service. You never know what another person is going through. If I can help make one person’s day better in the smallest way then it’s a good day.

sarajwilhelm.com
@RealtorSara
@YourDenverNeighborhood
linkedin.com/in/sarawilhelm80211

Warren Wood | Founder & CMO of Elevated Seltzer

Honestly, this whole company my brother and I built has been a giant lesson in of itself. Being the First Established Seltzery, we have had to react and change on the fly. In addition, we are able to pave our own path and experiment with unique ways to use and create our product. That comes with its trouble as well as some things are giant hits and some are busts. With that said, the most important thing I’ve learned is that it is important to maintain an equilibrium. What I mean is that when things are going amazing, you should respect and appreciate those moments. On the other hand, when things take a turn or go bad, you should react and improve those moments.

elvtdseltzer.com
livelifelvtd.wordpress.com
@ElvtdSltzr
@ElvtdSltzr
@elvtdpathfinder
@elvtdwanderer
@elvtdexplorer
pinterest.com/LivingLifeElvtd

Jill Rossini | Founder FIXY Makeup

Patience. Ever since I started designing my product, every step along the way has taken much longer than I expected. I wanted a product that people would love so I had to put in the time to make it right.

fixymakeup
@fixymakeup

Kate Whipple | Realtor | Broker Associate, CME, CNE, GRI

After selling real estate for over 16 years, this profession has taught me the importance of serving clients at the highest level helping to fulfill their dreams.   It is also a valuable platform to bring people together to give back to their community.  Donating your time whether it is volunteering, monetary or through a random act of kindness, utilizing my network to help others to thrive and grow is one of the most rewarding parts of this profession.

KateWhipple.com
@katewhipple_realestate
@KateWhippleDenverRealEstate
linkedin.com/in/katewhipplerealestate

Larry Nix | Singer | Songwriter | Entertainer

Photo credit: Reilly Medema @reilly_m_photography

In my experience, connections are what matter most in life. If you haven’t reached your goals you think you deserve it’s likely you just haven’t made the right connection yet. Be patient, work hard, stay focused and the right people will find you. …and also, sound body, sound mind. Lots of exercise and water, with a healthy dose of a rock and roll lifestyle can help you live right and possibly forever. I’m also only 36 years old, so what the hell do I know.. Maybe ask these questions again when I’m 96.

LarryNix.com
@larryindenver
@lpnix

Taylor Hassebroek | Photographer & Graphic Designer

I think the most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey is to keep grinding even when you feel like you can’t or shouldn’t. There are days when every creator does not feel worthy, including me. Push yourself creatively, and do not get too comfortable with where you are. Then you’ll grow as a person, an artist and a business owner.

taylorhassebroek.com
@taylorhassebroekphoto

Trish Garber | Madre Coffee lover & enthusiast

The biggest lesson we’ve learned so far is to know who your ideal client is and who it isn’t. As the business has grown we had a hotel that was looking for 2oz bags that would be individually packaged and ground, to have in each of their hotel rooms. This is a cool hotel downtown and we would love to work with them. Though the numbers looked great, the labor and tedious nature of filling 150 small bags and grinding each couple weeks ultimately wasn’t the model we wanted to build. We love the large supply business, and we get to offer delicious Colorado roasted coffee to big groups of busy workers. Also learned you don’t have to take every meeting!

madrecollective.com
@madrecoffeecollective

Bridget & Jim | Cofounders of Postcard Foods, I-70 Food Outpost

Whenever possible, put your phone away during dinnertime.  After a year of planning, we launched Postcard Foods this January and we are currently planning our wedding in October.  If we let it, every conversation between us could be about food costs, to-do lists, and expenses, but we are trying really hard to treat dinner as a moment to connect with one another.  We hope that our food helps provide that same moment for our guests. By offering travel inspired shareable meals to enjoy in the comfort of your home or home away from home, Postcard Foods encourages its customers to gather together and unplug, without the hassle of the grocery store or expense or resort food.

@PostcardFoods

Jamie Fontana | artist works

If you want to be skilled at something you have to put in the work. Simple, but so true!

@fontanapaints

Party Liquor | Here for all of your beverage needs

Katie Fletcher Photography

Every event and client is different, so it’s important to be flexible with all of their requests to ensure they get exactly what they’d like.

party-liquor.com
@partyliquorco
#PartyLiquor
@Party-Liquor

Sandrine D’Andrea | Certified Herbalist

The most important lesson that I’ve learned in my journey so far is that “in order to evolve and reach happiness, we need each other.

@sageriverbird
nextdoor.com/g/ajtqy51uu

Britt McGaughan | Candle Maker| Owner & Digital Project Manager | Integrated Producer

The most important lesson I’ve learned on my journey so far is to stay true to my vision and brand. I started my company to create high-quality, sustainable, eco-friendly candles. It’s been easy to get lost in the beauty of other products and focus on the limitation of available 100% recycled materials, but I stay committed to my vision. I create because I love it and I’ve learned everyone’s vision is different and one is not better than another. When the path gets rough, I remind myself that there are people who pay money to just watch other people play video games and then I realize we all have something to offer. Colorado is full of amazing makers and I am proud to be a part of it.

keystoneinspired.com
@keystoneinspired
@keystoneinspired

Perlita Osuna | ER Nurse

The most important lesson I’ve learned would have to be is to take the risk. If I didn’t take the risk of leaving my small town in Arkansas and travel the country for 2 years, I would not as happy as I am now. It has led me to the most amazing friends, taught me so much about the world and more importantly, myself.

@Pearlzz

Logan Schenk | Commercial real estate broker & Food Fanatic

I’ve grown up in the generation of the social media takeover, from Instagram to Facebook to twitter and everything in between. These different social media platforms are a great outlet for expression, but at times comes criticism, a false perception of reality, and judgment. It can be hard not to reflect on others’ opinions and to compare yourself to others. But the further along I’ve come in this little journey called life, the more that I’ve realized that these perceptions don’t matter.

I am passionate about food, I spend just about every weekend trying a new restaurant(s). My personal Instagram and Snapchat used to revolve around all the different places I’d try, and everyone told me that I should just create a food Instagram- but the fear of the judgment held me back for so long. Finally, I put aside the worries and created a page dedicated to all of my eating, and I’m happy I did. I post what I want when I want- it’s not about the followers, the likes, or making myself out to be a certain way. Its just food, simple as that.

As cliche as it is, others’ opinions don’t really matter and it may have taken an Instagram page to realize this, as silly as it may sound. This isn’t all about social media, but rather what it taught me. It’s okay to be genuinely yourself all of the time. Judgment may happen, but who cares? As long as you’re doing what you enjoy, do it to the best of your ability and be proud of yourself!

@logansbitesandsights

Stacey Elizondo | Family and Lifestyle photographer

I have learned to be true to my passion and have confidence in my style and my business. It is easy in photography to allow the clients to control your sessions, your style, and even your pricing. However, over time I have learned my own style, how I want to interact with clients, and what capturing their memories is worth. I love seeing my client’s eyes light up from their images and knowing I was true to myself in every way in creating them brings me as much joy.

staceyleephoto.com
@staceyleephoto
@Staceyleephoto

Chloe Conradi | Fiber Artist & Founder of Libertine Crochet

I’ve learned to trust my instincts. Too often I second guess myself about what “the market” would want, but success comes when I’m creating art that’s true to who I am and what I want to make. If I’m passionate about something, it’s probably the right path.

@LibertineCrochet
youtube.com/channel/UCLjY5lj-hc0jODae_0cvD5w
etsy.com/shop/libertinecrochet

Sarah Collins | Lucky Locks Founder

Sierra Selene @sierra_selene_

The most important lesson I’ve learned on this business journey is to never underestimate the magic of what can happen when you pour yourself out to build something that brings you joy and is an expression of your truest self. Putting my love of photography, design, magic and humans together — I have created something that uses up every ounce of energy I have, but I end my day feeling full of love and gratitude. Full because I hear of my customers feeling lovely and noticed for months and months after receiving our services. Full because my Partners are being empowered to run their own successful businesses, are gaining confidence, providing for their families, and making quality connections with their communities. Full because these sparkles make others smile when they see them and make others fearlessly initiate a conversation with a stranger about their sparkles, then move on to something deeper. As humans, we crave connection with each other, and our little strands have forged so many connections. I couldn’t be happier that this path chose me and I said “yes.”

luckylocks.co
@luckylocks.co

Ryan Jelken | Executive Chef and Sarah Rozema | Director of Marketing and Sales

The most important lesson we’ve learned as a growing local company has been how essential it is to stay connected in our community and to listen to our clients’ needs! We tailor our dishes regularly to meet individual needs – to compliment wine & beer pairings, vegan or gluten free foodies, or daring and creative dishes! We all have a different sense of taste – our goal is to design something tasty and artistic for each person that comes to us. Eat well, live well. – Sarah & Ryan

@coloradotravelingchef
@coloradotravelingchef

Natalie and Jill | The Stitch Sisters-Crochet Artists

We have learned to be patient and find continued inspiration from those around us. While we let our business grow slowly, we continue to work on things that excite us. Finding the balance between business growth and creativity has been our greatest lesson.

etsy.com/shop/StitchsistersStore
@stitchsistersstore

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Every twist in our story, challenge we face, and obstacle we overcome is an important part of our story.  These difficulties make us stronger and wiser and prepare us for what’s ahead.  As we grow and succeed we may imagine that soon the challenges will fade away, but in our conversations with business owners, artists, creatives, academics, and others we have learned that the most common experience is that challenges never go away – instead they get more complex as we grow and succeed.  Our ability to to thrive therefore depends heavily on our ability to learn from our experiences and so we are asking some of the city’s best and brightest: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?

Christine Webster | Designer & Beekeeper

Befriend the process. Creating, learning, changing, growing, healing are all processes necessary to the human experience. Resisting process is exhausting and impossible. And while surrendering to process is uncomfortable, magic happens and truth rewards us when we do.

@thepeoplesbees
@canu.creative
beequinox.eventbrite.com

Valeria Serrano Vélez | Gallery Manager

I think one of our most important lessons we’ve learned in our journey so far is to not let our excitement get the best of us. We were so eager to open up Union Hall and have it get going that we started with tons of exhibitions and programming right off the bat, but didn’t realize we could potentially be overwhelming our audience by oversaturating them with content. We realized a few months ago that we were really doing too much and started full-speed too quickly, so now we are making some changes in our 2020 calendar that are much more balanced and in-line with the level of participation our audience is seeking. Ultimately, we were so excited for what we were doing and were so eager to share it with our audience, that we realized we really needed to take a step back and build our audience first before we presented such a plethora of programs and exhibitions to them. These new changes will allow us to meet our audience at a much more equal level than we were maybe doing before, and we’re happy to have learned this important lesson early on as we continue forward!

unionhalldenver.com
@unionhalldenver
@unionhalldenver

Cherish Flieder | Licensed Artist | Watercolor Illustrator + Product Designer

The most important lesson I have learned is also the lesson I need to remember daily. So, I wove it into my art company tagline – “Something to Cherish®, because life is a gift.”

Every moment is a gift. No one is promised tomorrow and yet most of us waste too many minutes of today worrying about it. This can lead to anxiety. We can’t change the past, but we spend too much time regretting it. This can lead to depression. We want things to be just perfect, so we embrace fear and delay it. This is the overwhelming reality of procrastination.

Instead, this is what we should do. First, smile. Take 3 deep breaths and be grateful for everything in your life at this moment. This includes the good, bad, and ugly, as they are the teachers life uses to make us who we are meant to become if we will only let them. Keep looking up, have faith, and reach for joy in every circumstance. Be quick to forgive, mend what you can, and let go of what you can’t change or fix. Never lose your ability to laugh at yourself at the end of the day. Spend more time with the beauty of nature and the mysteries of your Creator. Connect face-to-face and heart-to-heart with your people more than your technology. Listen closely and be kind to others as well as to yourself. Don’t wait to sing your song, dance your dance, give your gift, or paint your dream. Be the authentic, original and best version of you. Start right now. There’s no time in life for do-overs. The way you do it will be just right for right now, as long as you are willing to adjust along the way.

Right now we hold time in our hands. Right now we can use our hearts, minds, and hands to make a difference. Right now, this present moment, is where eternity past and eternity future intersect. This moment is completely yours. What will you choose to do with it?

SomethingToCherish.com
SomethingToCherish.shop
@somethingtocherish
@somethingtocherish
Facebook.com/groups/somethingtocherish

Tiffany Tushar | Founder of Wag On Project & Stage 5 Clinger to Dogs

There are SO MANY! But I think the most important so far has been staying true to myself by remembering WHY I started this journey in the first place. So many people will offer their support and it can be overwhelming. The cause and WHO we give back to has been a constant in my decision making. Keeping this in mind, I’ve been able to weigh each suggestion and/or critique and decide ultimately if it benefits the cause and the brand.

wagonproject.com
@wagonproject
@wagonprojectco

Maz Mukayess | Wheelchair Expert  | Donut Slinger

As Humans we spend a lot of time passing judgement on others, fighting those that disagree with us and sometimes being hateful. The older I get the more I come to understand while that can be our Human nature, It is also Human to learn from and control those feelings. If we replace Judgement, impatience, and hatefulness with kindness and simply Love we will find that we all want the same thing each year on this trip around the sun. Being Human can mean all of these things (good and bad). It is how we teach ourselves to react as Humans that creates a more loving world. Go hug a stranger today and I promise it will make you both feel incredible! And Obviously EAT A DONUT!

@Winchells_Aurora
winchellsdonutsaurora.business.site
@winchellsaurora

Emily Fout | Gemologist & Jewelry Builder

Photo Credits: Emily Fout Model: Anna Brooks

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey is “you will always be more successful if you except help from the people around you.”

@fizzylovejewelry
fizzylovejewelry.com

Corinne Cullinan | Blogger & Content Creator

The most important lesson I’ve learned on my journey thus far is to trust the timing of my life. To not compare my progress to anyone elses and ditch old expectations of where I thought I’d be by now in life. To put my complete focus on doing things I love, that make me feel in alignment, and in doing that create a life I love.

corinnecreates.com
@corinne.creates
youtube.com/channel/UCrPyI40CId4K_YDNjMSZSHg

Kurt Rushin | Creator, AgentZero, Inc.

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” -Neil Gaiman

There is always inherent risk in anything worth doing, and starting my own business that allows people to use innovative technology to search for a home was the riskiest thing I have ever done. It’s also been the most rewarding. This has been the most important lesson in my journey so far. The idea that every single person you meet can be a potential life changer is a close second.

agentzeroonline.com (we are currently rebranding/redesigning – the new site will go live in March)
@agentzeroinc

Liz Beson | Canvas + Denim Painter | Flower Crown Maker

At least on my artistic journey, I’ve learned to keep making and to make art for myself. Art really is some kind of therapy for me and allows me to express my feelings and emotions in a way that fully releases them. I had started a full fledged art business and was so focused on making art specifically to sell and for other people, that I stopped making anything for myself. As of this year, it’s been life changing to be back to making art for fun and because it’s what I want to make. Last year I experienced a sudden loss and grief in multiple areas of my life, and painting allowed me to share my experiences and relate to others in a way that words can’t always portray. When something tragic happens to you, it’s easy to feel so alone because you can’t even grasped what has happened. Sharing my art with others has allowed for the most random, bittersweet connections to form and I’ve really learned we’re never alone, ever.

linktr.ee/hcbyliz

Kirsten Miller | Colorado License Barber/Stylist & Personal Stylist

Every choice we make either enhances our spirit or hinders it, so in other words, staying TRUE to myself, TRUST that “gutt-instinct’ and don’t hesitate to act! Managing my energy & staying present, presence is power. Also, be grateful!

@Kingdomk19

Carrie & Catherine | Cofounders of The Balanced Exchange

Through this journey, we are learning what it looks like to prioritize progress over perfection in everything from environmental goals to business development. Driving system change takes looking at the big picture and encouraging approachable small steps.

thebalancedexchange.eco
@thebalancedexchange
@the.balanced.exchange

Monique Esparza | aerial instructor | dental hygienist | wife and cat mom

The most important lessons I’ve learning in my journey so far, is to be vulnerable, patient, trust more and love what you do.

@jupitermoonbaby

Pete Pfankuch & Wendy Wagner | Innkeepers

Photo Credit: @everydaymountaingirl

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  You absolutely can not please everyone, so do your very best and know it’s them, not you.  This is such a rewarding career.  Smile everyday and have fun!

bearsinn.com
@bearsinnbedandbreakfast
@bearsinnbandb

Natalia Sullivan | Owner of WyldeDreams and professional multi-tasker

The most important lesson I have learned so far is to carry patience and discipline in everything.  Starting a small business while balancing a full time job and having a life is really tricky. I have to juggle time and commitments and, sometimes that means making sacrifices. But, I can do it all if I keep working at it and stay kind with myself.  Making art can bring up a lot of self-doubt.  It is so easy to compare myself to other people. That is the nature of the world we live in today. When it comes down to it, though, I am so happy and grateful to get to share this passion with people. I have come to learn tp be patient with myself because the doubt is part of the process that pushes me to be more creative and playful in what I make. Watching people try on pieces that make them feel good about themselves brings me more joy than I can express.  I am right where I want to be!

wyldedreams.com
@wyldedreams

A cappella Poet & Mindset Coach

Be as honest as you can, as soon as you can. It is important that your truth can be received, however, it is the most important that you express it.

@eatmorekelery
@kelery_is_good_for_you
@ditty.marie

Adriane Laws | jewelry designer | entrepreneur, and spiritual warrior

No matter what career path you are on, and especially if you are an entrepreneur, one of the most important things to remember is to be ALL IN. There will be setbacks, disappointments, and days when you just don’t feel like doing what needs to be done. But when you are committed to doing what it takes to move forward every day, you don’t let those bumps in the road change your trajectory. And just to clarify… it doesn’t mean you have to work ALL THE TIME. After all, one of the reasons we become entrepreneurs is so we can have some time freedom. Sometimes, the thing you need to do in the moment to keep going in your business is to take some time for yourself. Go to the gym, watch movies all day, get a pedicure, meet a friend for coffee, or sit by a babbling brook. Well-placed me time is actually an integral part of running a successful business. So, by all means, take breaks when you start feeling bogged down. The thing is though, when you’re all in, you know what you are doing is taking a break, not bowing out, because you have committed to keep going through the difficulties.

tulastonejewelry.com
@tulastonejewelry
@tulastonejewelry

Mindy Jarrard | owner of Kady’s Kollars

To always believe in yourself and never give up!

kadyskollars.com
@KadysKollars
@KadysKollars

 

Ashley Tauch | Marketing Director, STEADY CBD

I previously worked in the cannabis industry for some of the biggest brands in the country, and throughout my experience I have learned to embrace the “quality over quantity” mindset. I am very happy to work for a company that truly believes in the product they are putting out into the world, only using the highest-quality, premium ingredients and doing all the appropriate testing of our products. I can truly say I am proud of the products I am promoting on a daily basis.

besteadycbd.com
@steadycbd

Sanaz Ashrafian | dental hygienist

Don’t wait until tomorrow to chase after your dreams. I have always wanted to open an office where patients feel good about taking care of their oral health and I’m so happy I’m chasing my dreams.

milehighhygienespa.com
@milehighhygienespa

 Noah Ungar, BSN, RN- Surgical Nurse and Real Estate Professional

Growth blooms from uncomfortable positions in unfamiliar situations”
As people we need to challenge ourselves. I have found through personal experience as an Operating Room Nurse, that we must insert ourselves in situations we are not accustomed to in order to blossom. Don’t be afraid to adjust your lifestyle to change, for it is necessary to become the best version of yourself. Always urge yourself to learn and explore as new adventures are lying ahead!

Website: https://homesmart.com/real-estate-agent/colorado/greenwoodvillage/52555-noah-ungar/Welcome
Linked-In: www.linkedin.com/in/noah-ungar-bsn-rn-re
Instagram: NoahUngar_RE

 

 

Carly Wilde | Owner, Milk Glass Productions and Betsy Phillips | Owner, Wildish Production

There is no elevator to success, you must take the stairs as they say. It truly takes 3-5 years of a lot of hard work, passion and dedication to make a business/vision/dream come true or even get close to where you want to be!  There are so many times you will doubt a decision or look back with regrets but realize they are all lessons to bring you to where you ultimately are supposed to be. As we enter year 3, we feel really fortunate to have made it to this point but are proud of ourselves.  We feel as if you work really hard, you can’t go backwards only forwards and eventually it will pay off!  Even if it simply is just the lessons you learned along the way.

thecocktailmajors.com
@thecocktailmajors

Fernanda Garner | Healthcare Interior Designer and Watercolor artist

The most important lesson that I have learned in my journey is the fact of not taking anybody or anything for granted. Every person you meet or experience you encounter is just another piece of your own never ending beautiful puzzle “Called YOUR life, YOUR Story”. I love to express in my watercolors the fact that imperfection is what makes us beautiful and unique; instead of being ashamed of it, we should embrace it no matter what it is or what has been because those are the things that have shaped us into who we are.

@garner.fernanda
society6.com/garnerfernanda

Annie & Matt Afon | digital nomad couple

The most important lesson we’ve learned on this journey so far is the power of knowing your WHY. Knowing your WHY is way more important than knowing your how. If you have a dream, chase it. Don’t let it slip away because you’re unsure of how you’re going to pull it off. If you want something bad enough, you’ll figure out a way to make it happen. Only you have the power over your dreams. No one is going to dream them for you.

@ditchingconventional
@ditchingconventional
ditchingconventional.com

Michelle Taylor | Broker Associate at LIV Sotheby’s International Realty and Outdoor Enthusiast

Be authentic. A good real estate agent will take time getting to authentically know their client’s lifestyles by hearing about their goals, hobbies and jobs. Listening to clients talk about their life and their goals is key to helping them find a home best suitable to live the life they love. By learning this lesson, I’ve been given the gift of authentic friendship from nearly all my clients and I couldn’t be more grateful.

@michellelynntaylor
MichelleTaylorLIVSIR
michelletaylor.livsothebysrealty.com

Dark Rose Club | not your usual barbershop

The most important lesson that I’ve learned in my journey so far, is to treat every client like they’re your first and last. Be thankful for their business. If it wasn’t for them you wouldn’t have a business. A lot of people in this industry forget that and focus more on being “rockstars” and impressing others in the industry. Clients always come first.

darkroseclub.com
@darkroseclub

Alexis Drennan | Owner at Tulaire

There. are. so. many. But the major lesson that comes back time and time again is to RELAX. My journey with Tulaire has proved to be scary, exciting and stressful and has prompted more than one existential crisis, but you can’t live in panic or fear or anxiety. It doesn’t produce anything helpful. Relaxing and taking it one step at a time means you get done what you can in the amount of time you have.

tulaire.com

Rev. Stephanie Price | Pastor at The Land

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far is to let go; of my expectations, my fears, and my picture-perfect plans. I’ve learned that when I hold on too tight to how I think things should go, I miss all the amazing things that are actually happening.

thelandaurora.org
@thelandaurora
@landaurora

Helena Hollis | Founder of CocoRidge Coconut Water

In 2018, while traveling in Bali, I was hospitalized for an unknown illness and spent three days in a coma—I awoke with a completely new perspective on life. After much reflection on the past six years of being in business, I realized I was allowing myself to let the stress and challenges of owning a business overwhelm me instead of facing them head on. I also learned that my business can only succeed as far as I am able to succeed with my own mindset. My business is a direct reflection of who I am as a person. If I’m unorganized, my business becomes chaotic; if I’m lazy or tired, my business will run inefficiently and therefore not be able to grow—eventually falling apart.

My suggestion for entrepreneurs: it all comes down to what you can handle. That is why I have since invested in my health and mental wellbeing, and it’s already paid off significantly. Success has nothing to do with making a ton of money or making it big right away but has everything to do with how you can be the best version of yourself. How is that done? By reading a business book each month, listening to a podcast during your travels, attending relevant networking events, expos, and retreats to continue to grow as a person. Growth is continuous and once you stop growing, your business can become stagnant and irrelevant.

cocoridge.com
@cocoridge
@cocoridge
@cocoridgewater

Jwlç Mendoza | Artist & Muralist

Photo Credit: Berenice Aguirre @Veryberynice

The most important lesson I have learned during my journey as an artist is that if you don’t truly believe in yourself and don’t take risks in this life nothing will ever happen. Dreams will stay as only dreams and they will never come true. We got to learn that failing is not always bad, but most important we got to learn how to enjoy and trust the process.

@Jwlc_art
@Jwlc.art1
Jwlc.bigcartel.com

 

Sara Rose Foreman, RDN | Athlete | Coach | Sports & Performance Dietitian

Recently I came across this quote, “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.” I feel this captures one of the greatest lessons I have learned in this journey, in that when you feel like throwing in the towel, don’t.

Taking that leap into a small business owner and a private-practitioner has been one of my most significant accomplishments; it is rewarding yet, challenging, and exhausting at the same time.

Lessons I have learned so far on my journey are:

Don’t get lost in the things that are easy or that you tend to enjoy doing. Push your comfort zone and do the things you are most scared of or are avoiding.

Limit the outside noise and focus your time, attention, and effort on what you know is the best for you and your vision. If it’s not aligned with your goals, it is ok to say ‘no.’

Don’t give up. When you feel like giving up, don’t. Have faith in your abilities, the process, and know hard work, determination, passion will take you where you want to be.

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Brent Jones | Artist and ABOC Optician

The most important lesson I’ve learned is it’s better to live life guided by a compass than a clock.

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Noah Ungar, BSN, RN | Surgical Nurse and Real Estate Professional

“Growth blooms from uncomfortable positions in unfamiliar situations.”

As people we need to challenge ourselves. I have found through personal experience as an Operating Room Nurse, that we must insert ourselves in situations we are not accustomed to in order to blossom. Don’t be afraid to adjust your lifestyle to change, for it is necessary to become the best version of yourself. Always urge yourself to learn and explore as new adventures are lying ahead!

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