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Inspiring Stories from Longmont

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 Longmont’s rising stars below.

Jamie Gaston

I am a Colorado native who was born & raised in Longmont. I attended grade school through college here following in my grandparents & parent’s footsteps. My parents both worked hard to make sure my sister & I had great role models growing up. My little sister & I had an amazing childhood & upbringing. I have strong faith & family values. My passion is helping others. I want everyone to feel their best & look their best every day. I strive to always turn negative into positives & set good examples for my children no matter what’s thrown my way. I want them to know that anything is possible if you set your mind to it & never give up always follow your dreams. I absolutely love photography & aspire to be the editor & chief of my own magazine in the near future. I love crafting, party planning, dancing, glamping, jet skiing on the lake & traveling. I have several years of modeling experience & being in the entertainment industry. I knew there was more to me then what I was doing sitting behind a desk all day. I prayed about it & did a lot of soul searching for my purpose & decided to make a career change in 2019. Read more>>

Lisa Pomerantz

I never dreamt of getting into medicine. I dreamt of working with people and with nature, but I didn’t know there was a branch of medicine that embraced this. All I knew was conventional medicine, pharmaceuticals and surgeries, sterile hospitals and five minute appointments with a doctor who barely knew you. I was an Anthropology major in undergraduate school. I wanted to understand people and cultures in all their wonderful uniqueness. My path to becoming a doctor started back in 2011. I was studying abroad in Costa Rica when I got a call from my parents. They said that my dad had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and that I’d be cutting my stay short. My dad had always been your typical meat and potatoes kind of guy, but my parents began doing a ton of research on curing cancer. By the time I arrived home my dad had completely transformed his lifestyle. He went raw organic vegan, was drinking green juices daily, and regularly exercising. He also stepped away from his high stress job and focused on self-care. Read more>>

Haley Bergsgaard

I’ve always loved photography since I was a kid. I remember finding this photo of my Grandma and Grandpa. They were just lying on the couch; it was probably a normal Sunday afternoon and his head was in her lap. It was black and white and in a frame. Something about that simple, normal but so special moment captured forever in a small silver frame changed what I found “photo worthy” forever. I went to college for Psychology in Nebraska, moved to Colorado and got pregnant soon after. My oldest son Phoenix again changed me and brought photography back into my world. Suddenly my life had so many normal and special moments that needed capturing. I taught myself how to shoot manually on our old Cannon that had been sitting around. I don’t think a day has gone by since his birth that I haven’t taken photos. My photo career began as a mommy influencer on Instagram. Read more>>

Jocelyn O’Connor

I am the Owner of Wildflower Acupuncture in Longmont and the Director of Acupuncture at the Healing Warriors Program in Fort Collins. I have always been interested in helping people and really enjoy being able to be a part of another person’s journey. Even the smallest change for someone can have the biggest impact on the way that they live their life. I had a bit of a different start than most, as “THE PLAN” had always been to be an attorney and have my own practice one day. While I do run my own practice, I am helping people in a very different way. Read more>>

Robert Bellows

In so many ways it started over 50 years ago as I created my first sculpture. I was 19 years old. I was trying to understand the rolling tragedies that were tearing at the fabric of my family. Over whelmed by an intractable sadness I noticed something odd. Making a simple piece of “junk art” lifted my mood. So, I make art, not because I’m somehow talented. No, no that. I make art because I have to. Art is both my sail and my rudder. Without it my old friend depression pulls me under by the shirt tails. So, Here’s the Deal It took years to realize that depression and expression are actually one and the same thing. For me, depression serves as the nourishing root of expression. If I kill my depression, I simultaneously kill me expression. Odd thought perhaps, but that working with that simple idea has gradually handed me my very own voice. That’s hot potatoes. I shared this idea with then Major Brad Gallup (USMC, USAF (Ret.)) about 25 years ago when we in the mountains outside Estes Park for a Men’s Leadership Alliance Program. Read more>>

Maryann Sperry

Our trip-of-a-lifetime to Egypt, scheduled March 2020, was cancelled due to the coronavirus issue. But we were determined to have a great time in spite of the global quarantine. We used our intended itinerary for the guided trip and created day-by-day Facebook posts during our FAUX trip! We used images of the places in Egypt that we WERE supposed to be visiting on that particular day and Photoshopped our pictures into them! We hung a sheet from the ceiling in the living room for a backdrop, and used our camera with a timer to take photos of ourselves in various positions. I am a graphic designer and spent a couple of hours each on Photoshop to take our photos and insert them into humorous or interesting positions in photos of Egypt. My husband researched on the internet the places we would have been and created a make-believe story of what we did and saw each day. We had a blast with this project and had bunches of fun interactions on Facebook as our friends enjoyed seeing the pictures and anticipated each following day’s “adventures.” Read more>>

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