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Inspiring Stories from Boulder

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 Denver’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out Boulder’s rising stars below.

Lea Anne Paskvalich

In 1998 we moved our family from Illinois to Colorado. When one of our children was diagnosed on the autism spectrum in 2000, I founded a support group for parents of special needs children a few months later. We met for dinner once a month and some of those parents became my closest friends. Read more>>

Emily Kell

I’ve been passionate about making art since early childhood, and after graduating from SCAD-Savannah with a degree in painting, that transitioned into a full-time creative flow in 2012. Over the years, I’ve gone through many explorations of various mediums but have settled into painting as my greatest love. Read more>>

Jodi Goldstein

I have clear memories of setting up “photoshoots” with my dolls during my early childhood. It wasn’t until 11th grade that I truly felt that, okay this is it, this is what I want to do moment of clarity. I attended Art School in NYC, Upstate NY, and continued on to the UK to earn my Master’s Degree in Photography in 2002. Read more>>

HeatherLyn Ernst

On December 17, 2004, HeatherLyn gave birth to her first daughter, Ally Josephine. In an instant, she was exposed to a brand new world- the one of motherhood. HeatherLyn was determined to make her way through stylish, fresh and inspired. A Mellow Mood came to be because HeatherLyn wanted a place for herself. Read more>>

Katy Brooks

I started my business after going on countless trips stressing about bringing way too much baby gear and wondering to myself, there has to be a better way. The thought always crossed my mind while traveling and then after a brief encounter with an old coworker and friend. Read more>>

Susannah Allen

I was actually an art major back in college and focused on photography. I spent countless hours in the darkroom developing negatives and printing images. After working several jobs including a preschool teacher and graphic designer, I decided to start my own photography business. Read more>>

Karen Auvinen

I’ve been a working writer for over twenty years–published in literary journals and cobbling together work to keep my schedule flexible and give me time to write. After paying rent, writing has always come first. My story really starts with a fire. I’d gotten degrees in writing, first an MA in Poetry and then a Ph.D. Read more>>

Caito Foster

Spit Poet Publishing was founded on the idea that writers deserve an outlet for their expression that is not overbearing about rules, format, theme, etc. I was tired of watching my friends’ work get rejected from publications because their guidelines allowed for only a niche swath of writing to breakthrough. Read more>>


Livia Shapiro

I’ve been at this yoga thing since I was fifteen, and in some form of psychotherapy, since I was ten, I’ve been teaching yoga for fifteen years and serving people in the clinical setting since 2013. I wish I could tell you that after twenty years of yoga and meditation, sacred study and self-study that I am less anxious. Read more>>

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