Dear,

The fitness business, like any business, is hard and the critics are tough. Some will even try to mold you into what they want…  I learned over and over in my career that when I stuck to my authentic self, doors started to open, and I felt right. Because, if you don’t love yourself first, how are you going to be able to inspire and transform other lives?  It all starts with love.  Movement is all based on passion and love — when you love yourself, you have a little extra in your tank to give to others; when you love yourself, others feel it too. Energy does not lie!  You are a fierce woman of will. Your passion is your  mission . You are unapologetically  you  — after all, no one wants a copy.  Love,   Natalie Uhling    Owner of Natalie Uhling Fitness, creator of NUFit and the MVMT Tour, founder of Natalie Entertainment Group   NatalieUhlingFitness.com      

The fitness business, like any business, is hard and the critics are tough. Some will even try to mold you into what they want…

I learned over and over in my career that when I stuck to my authentic self, doors started to open, and I felt right. Because, if you don’t love yourself first, how are you going to be able to inspire and transform other lives?

It all starts with love.

Movement is all based on passion and love — when you love yourself, you have a little extra in your tank to give to others; when you love yourself, others feel it too. Energy does not lie!

You are a fierce woman of will. Your passion is your mission. You are unapologetically you — after all, no one wants a copy.

Love,

Natalie Uhling

Owner of Natalie Uhling Fitness, creator of NUFit and the MVMT Tour, founder of Natalie Entertainment Group

NatalieUhlingFitness.com

 

 

Building is both an art and a science.  But, after practicing for 25 years, I now understand that architecture and interior design also have a huge people component. The biggest challenge lies along the path of building trust with your clients.  See, one day you’ll walk through the construction site when the walls and roof are just going up, and the vision that has existed only in your head and on a computer screen will finally make its presence known. Then, the tipping point happens.  They’ll walk through the spaces, as they are taking shape, and say,  Wow, I get it now!   You will bring joy to people’s lives through designing spaces that will far outlive our presence on Earth. Hold on to this magic.  Kind Regards,   Jane Snyder    Founding partner, Mosaic Architects, Mosaic Interiors, and BLUBOX   MosaicArchitects.com

Building is both an art and a science.

But, after practicing for 25 years, I now understand that architecture and interior design also have a huge people component. The biggest challenge lies along the path of building trust with your clients.

See, one day you’ll walk through the construction site when the walls and roof are just going up, and the vision that has existed only in your head and on a computer screen will finally make its presence known. Then, the tipping point happens.

They’ll walk through the spaces, as they are taking shape, and say, Wow, I get it now!

You will bring joy to people’s lives through designing spaces that will far outlive our presence on Earth. Hold on to this magic.

Kind Regards,

Jane Snyder

Founding partner, Mosaic Architects, Mosaic Interiors, and BLUBOX

MosaicArchitects.com

Leaving the investment world will be the most challenging decision you’ll make in your career. I know you adore this job, and you think you’ll return and continue this work…but you won’t — at least not in the way you thought.  Don’t be afraid to fail! We learn to ride a bike by falling; life and business are the same way. Just remember to get back up!  Had you not been awakened by your children’s health, had they not gotten sick, or been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, you would not be the leader you are today. You see, so many of your best lessons have come through enormous challenges that have forced you to grow.  When you feel that constriction that is fear, lean into it — don’t let it lock you in your comfort zone – the magic in life and work happens beyond it!  You just might even find yourself on the TEDx Talks stage, recognized and supported in your work by people from around the world.  With love from the woman you become,   Robyn McCord O’Brien    Food industry advisor, author of The Unhealthy Truth, and public speaker   RobynOBrien.com

Leaving the investment world will be the most challenging decision you’ll make in your career. I know you adore this job, and you think you’ll return and continue this work…but you won’t — at least not in the way you thought.

Don’t be afraid to fail! We learn to ride a bike by falling; life and business are the same way. Just remember to get back up!

Had you not been awakened by your children’s health, had they not gotten sick, or been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, you would not be the leader you are today. You see, so many of your best lessons have come through enormous challenges that have forced you to grow.

When you feel that constriction that is fear, lean into it — don’t let it lock you in your comfort zone – the magic in life and work happens beyond it!

You just might even find yourself on the TEDx Talks stage, recognized and supported in your work by people from around the world.

With love from the woman you become,

Robyn McCord O’Brien

Food industry advisor, author of The Unhealthy Truth, and public speaker

RobynOBrien.com

Watching you cook is like  magic , Abuelita.  I still remember sipping your champurrado in the morning while you made tortillas — the taste of that rich chocolate atole — everything fresh. It’s different from Mom’s cooking. It’s made out of love, not just necessity.  It was those trips to visit you in Mexico that made me fall in love with food. You were one of my biggest inspirations when I decided to open my chocolate business. You taught me that chocolate is at the heart of our culture. I like to think that with every batch I make, the deeper I get to my roots. The closer I get to you.  You will always be with me, Abuelita.  Con amor,   Damaris Ronkanen    Owner, operator, and chocolate-maker, Cultura Craft Chocolate    2018 Good Food Finalist, 2017 Good Food Award, 2017 Academy of Chocolate Bronze Award   CulturaChocolate.com

Watching you cook is like magic, Abuelita.

I still remember sipping your champurrado in the morning while you made tortillas — the taste of that rich chocolate atole — everything fresh. It’s different from Mom’s cooking. It’s made out of love, not just necessity.

It was those trips to visit you in Mexico that made me fall in love with food. You were one of my biggest inspirations when I decided to open my chocolate business. You taught me that chocolate is at the heart of our culture. I like to think that with every batch I make, the deeper I get to my roots. The closer I get to you.

You will always be with me, Abuelita.

Con amor,

Damaris Ronkanen

Owner, operator, and chocolate-maker, Cultura Craft Chocolate

2018 Good Food Finalist, 2017 Good Food Award, 2017 Academy of Chocolate Bronze Award

CulturaChocolate.com

As soon as I graduated dental school, I realized just how much more there is to learn. I’m still continuing that path — I don’t think you ever stop — but along the way, I’ve discovered new areas of interest: one that’s sparked my passion.  We need oxygen, and if we’re deprived of it, our system tries to find a way to accommodate. I’ve seen children dealing with poor sleep, allergies, and in turn, attention deficit, who develop orthodontic problems; I’ve seen adults with sleep apnea, who show signs in the oral cavity. As I began to understand the effect of airway issues on the dentition (really, our entire system), I learned something even bigger.  See, in order to get to this conversation, we have to take our time with patients, and develop the rapport. Life isn’t all that different.  Yours truly,   Dr. Ania Brackhage, D.D.S.    Dr. Ania General Dentistry

As soon as I graduated dental school, I realized just how much more there is to learn. I’m still continuing that path — I don’t think you ever stop — but along the way, I’ve discovered new areas of interest: one that’s sparked my passion.

We need oxygen, and if we’re deprived of it, our system tries to find a way to accommodate. I’ve seen children dealing with poor sleep, allergies, and in turn, attention deficit, who develop orthodontic problems; I’ve seen adults with sleep apnea, who show signs in the oral cavity. As I began to understand the effect of airway issues on the dentition (really, our entire system), I learned something even bigger.

See, in order to get to this conversation, we have to take our time with patients, and develop the rapport. Life isn’t all that different.

Yours truly,

Dr. Ania Brackhage, D.D.S.

Dr. Ania General Dentistry

The truth is, stylists come with tons of baggage.  Literally.   My career dictates so much about my living space and lifestyle that I can’t imagine  not  thinking about: Are there stairs that might make loading in and out hard?; Is the space big enough for my revolving prop or wardrobe closet?; Do I have a big enough credit line to front shoots?; Can I ever own a small car?…(Spoiler! The answer is no.)  I’m telling you now, being a stylist is not glamorous. I knew that from my first assisting job, but you know what? I still decided to go down this path, and never looked back.  We are in an exciting time where the lines between fashion and function are being blurred. No longer just for yoga and spin class, boutique labels like Tory Burch, and Stella McCartney are dominating runways  and the campground. Outdoor women are making headlines, and are refusing to be labeled as fashionless or masculine — just look at the wildly strong crop of female climbers we have in Boulder alone!  If you ask me, that’s something worth sticking around for.  Cheers,   Emily Choi    Lifestyle and fashion wardrobe/prop stylist, The Alpine Stylist   TheAlpineStylist.com

The truth is, stylists come with tons of baggage. Literally.

My career dictates so much about my living space and lifestyle that I can’t imagine not thinking about: Are there stairs that might make loading in and out hard?; Is the space big enough for my revolving prop or wardrobe closet?; Do I have a big enough credit line to front shoots?; Can I ever own a small car?…(Spoiler! The answer is no.)

I’m telling you now, being a stylist is not glamorous. I knew that from my first assisting job, but you know what? I still decided to go down this path, and never looked back.

We are in an exciting time where the lines between fashion and function are being blurred. No longer just for yoga and spin class, boutique labels like Tory Burch, and Stella McCartney are dominating runways andthe campground. Outdoor women are making headlines, and are refusing to be labeled as fashionless or masculine — just look at the wildly strong crop of female climbers we have in Boulder alone!

If you ask me, that’s something worth sticking around for.

Cheers,

Emily Choi

Lifestyle and fashion wardrobe/prop stylist, The Alpine Stylist

TheAlpineStylist.com

Everyone has their own idea of how the path to success ought to look. Take it from me — it’s not always a linear line…  Just because you’ve built a rewarding business, doesn’t mean you should kick back and letup on your momentum. After establishing my interior design brand, I’m now finding myself in the midst of my biggest entrepreneurial undertaking.  Some might ask how cocktails and design are related, but the way I see it, I’m just doing what feels true to myself. Launching my line of craft cocktails is an extension of my hometown cultures, Boulder and New Orleans. We enjoy life to its fullest: Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)!  Why resist the unknown if it feels right to you?  Cheers,   Lauren Maggio    Interior designer and co-founder, Cocktail Squad   LaurenMaggioDesign.com  CocktailSquad.com

Everyone has their own idea of how the path to success ought to look. Take it from me — it’s not always a linear line…

Just because you’ve built a rewarding business, doesn’t mean you should kick back and letup on your momentum. After establishing my interior design brand, I’m now finding myself in the midst of my biggest entrepreneurial undertaking.

Some might ask how cocktails and design are related, but the way I see it, I’m just doing what feels true to myself. Launching my line of craft cocktails is an extension of my hometown cultures, Boulder and New Orleans. We enjoy life to its fullest: Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)!

Why resist the unknown if it feels right to you?

Cheers,

Lauren Maggio

Interior designer and co-founder, Cocktail Squad

LaurenMaggioDesign.com

CocktailSquad.com

I’ve known a lot of creatives who’ve dealt with resistance from their family early on in their career. Mom, you made sure that I didn’t.  I remember when I was 12, and I begged you for a set of turntables, you surprised me with a pair that Christmas. That might have seemed like such a small gift, but Mom, it was one of the most impactful moments of my life.  You’ve been my biggest supporter from day one. That was imperative to my development as a young adult — it instilled a confidence in me that has resonated throughout my career as a DJ.  You raised me to be the creator I am today: intuitive, a tastemaker; unapologetically myself, even when others viewed it as weird, or quirky. I owe all of my success to the fact that you never allowed me to believe something was impossible.  Your daughter,   Simone Pier    DJ and owner of Simone Says LLC   SimoneSaysMusic.com

I’ve known a lot of creatives who’ve dealt with resistance from their family early on in their career. Mom, you made sure that I didn’t.

I remember when I was 12, and I begged you for a set of turntables, you surprised me with a pair that Christmas. That might have seemed like such a small gift, but Mom, it was one of the most impactful moments of my life.

You’ve been my biggest supporter from day one. That was imperative to my development as a young adult — it instilled a confidence in me that has resonated throughout my career as a DJ.

You raised me to be the creator I am today: intuitive, a tastemaker; unapologetically myself, even when others viewed it as weird, or quirky. I owe all of my success to the fact that you never allowed me to believe something was impossible.

Your daughter,

Simone Pier

DJ and owner of Simone Says LLC

SimoneSaysMusic.com

You can plan and ponder — that’s all good — but it’s truly more important to get in there and do.  I have what I like to call a “busy brain.” I’m always dreaming up beautiful treasures that I hope my customers will fall in love with. Some days are very long and filled with nail-biting and white knuckles, as we careen dangerously close to tippling over deadlines, but when the dust settles, it makes you go  ahhhhh …  Go chase that muse. She makes her appearance graciously and swiftly, but like any creative knows, you never know when she’ll return. I still wonder if she’ll appear again when I have a momentary creative block, but trust me, it’s a part of the process. When you catch your breath and have time to sit back and enjoy what you’ve made, you’ll know it was worth the work.  Do. Listen. Question. Learn. Succeed. Fail. Meditate. Breathe. Love. Eat real food. Repeat,   Margot Elena    Brand author of Lollia, Toykomilk, The Cottage Greenhouse, Library of Flowers, Love & Toast, Me Life + Home   MargotElena.com

You can plan and ponder — that’s all good — but it’s truly more important to get in there and do.

I have what I like to call a “busy brain.” I’m always dreaming up beautiful treasures that I hope my customers will fall in love with. Some days are very long and filled with nail-biting and white knuckles, as we careen dangerously close to tippling over deadlines, but when the dust settles, it makes you go ahhhhh

Go chase that muse. She makes her appearance graciously and swiftly, but like any creative knows, you never know when she’ll return. I still wonder if she’ll appear again when I have a momentary creative block, but trust me, it’s a part of the process. When you catch your breath and have time to sit back and enjoy what you’ve made, you’ll know it was worth the work.

Do. Listen. Question. Learn. Succeed. Fail. Meditate. Breathe. Love. Eat real food. Repeat,

Margot Elena

Brand author of Lollia, Toykomilk, The Cottage Greenhouse, Library of Flowers, Love & Toast, Me Life + Home

MargotElena.com

Listen, there will always be someone who doubts you.  I had one mentor tell me early on that what we were attempting was a moon shot. He wasn’t condescending when he said it; in fact, it was meant to be helpful. Like, “You know what you’re getting into,  right ? You know how hard this is going to be,  right ?”  Truthfully, there was no way I could know what we were getting into, or how hard it would be. The only way to learn that was just to start doing. Without a leap of faith, nothing new would ever be accomplished.  The key to overcoming doubt is to hold in your mind a paradox – to tell yourself: I know that the chance of success is very, very small, but I’m not going to worry about that today. I’m going to worry about making the best decisions I can make given what I know to be true today so that my vision can move forward. And by making a series of good, small decisions, I will continue to increase the chances of success.  With love,   Erika Trautman    CEO and founder of Rapt Media   RaptMedia.com

Listen, there will always be someone who doubts you.

I had one mentor tell me early on that what we were attempting was a moon shot. He wasn’t condescending when he said it; in fact, it was meant to be helpful. Like, “You know what you’re getting into, right? You know how hard this is going to be, right?”

Truthfully, there was no way I could know what we were getting into, or how hard it would be. The only way to learn that was just to start doing. Without a leap of faith, nothing new would ever be accomplished.

The key to overcoming doubt is to hold in your mind a paradox – to tell yourself: I know that the chance of success is very, very small, but I’m not going to worry about that today. I’m going to worry about making the best decisions I can make given what I know to be true today so that my vision can move forward. And by making a series of good, small decisions, I will continue to increase the chances of success.

With love,

Erika Trautman

CEO and founder of Rapt Media

RaptMedia.com

Published in Boulder Lifestyle, May 2018.

I’ve heard your stories, Dad.   An Irish immigrant growing up in Harlem: as soon as you graduated from high school, you worked a summer as a bartender and saved up all your money. At the end of that summer, you took your earnings to a bus station and asked how far away from New York City they would take you. It was Santa Fe, New Mexico.    What a huge leap of faith to leave everything you knew. I think of that often when I take a deep breath and take a chance.  That’s what I’ve done in my career: take chances.  From stock trader to sales to real estate — San Francisco to Denver — I finally landed on the right one.  But as exciting as transitioning can be, when I see my clients take those next steps in their lives, I know how overwhelming it can be.   Just breathe and take a chance. This is the lesson you’ve taught me, and now I pass it on every day.   Love,    Megan Mayfield    Managing partner and broker associate, Madison & Company Properties   MadisonProps.com

I’ve heard your stories, Dad. 

An Irish immigrant growing up in Harlem: as soon as you graduated from high school, you worked a summer as a bartender and saved up all your money. At the end of that summer, you took your earnings to a bus station and asked how far away from New York City they would take you. It was Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

What a huge leap of faith to leave everything you knew. I think of that often when I take a deep breath and take a chance.

That’s what I’ve done in my career: take chances.

From stock trader to sales to real estate — San Francisco to Denver — I finally landed on the right one.

But as exciting as transitioning can be, when I see my clients take those next steps in their lives, I know how overwhelming it can be. 

Just breathe and take a chance. This is the lesson you’ve taught me, and now I pass it on every day. 

Love, 

Megan Mayfield

Managing partner and broker associate, Madison & Company Properties

MadisonProps.com

Do you know why I created Bad News Babes Social Club? Because of women like you: working hard and unapologetically walking their own path to create lives and futures they are proud of.   Do you know why I went to school to be a nail technician? I want to be a better boss to you. Working by your side every day and seeing how physically and mentally demanding this work can be has been the most eye-opening learning experiences of my life.  From owning our businesses and raising babies, to learning how to be great partners and mothers: I learn from you, too — failures and all.   You make me want to work harder every day to continually create a healthy and happy environment — you have and always will continue to influence my career.  Your number one supporter,   Tran Wills     Founder, Base Coat Nail Salon + Bad News Babes Social Club   BaseCoatNailSalon.com

Do you know why I created Bad News Babes Social Club? Because of women like you: working hard and unapologetically walking their own path to create lives and futures they are proud of. 

Do you know why I went to school to be a nail technician? I want to be a better boss to you. Working by your side every day and seeing how physically and mentally demanding this work can be has been the most eye-opening learning experiences of my life.

From owning our businesses and raising babies, to learning how to be great partners and mothers: I learn from you, too — failures and all. 

You make me want to work harder every day to continually create a healthy and happy environment — you have and always will continue to influence my career.

Your number one supporter,

Tran Wills 

Founder, Base Coat Nail Salon + Bad News Babes Social Club

BaseCoatNailSalon.com

There’s never enough time in the day, is there?  Coffee. Exercise. More coffee. Clients. Phone calls. Errands — how do we keep the energy and creativity up in the chaos we call life?  For me, the answer is mornings. In the morning, I knock out my most mentally-intensive tasks. I find comfort in order, and that allows me space to relax and let my mind think through more creative, big-picture ideas and aspirations. I read and find inspiration everywhere: travel, food, design, and of course, a lot of Instagram.   There’s always more we could be doing: more press coverage we could garner for our clients; more ideas to bring to the table; more industry innovations to follow and implement; more to give  ourselves .   Keep pushing yourself forward, and never be satisfied.  xoxo,   Aubrey Gordon    President and founder, Sprocket Communications    “Top PR Company” and “Top Social Media Company” by AdClub Denver (2014-18)   SprocketCommunications.com

There’s never enough time in the day, is there?

Coffee. Exercise. More coffee. Clients. Phone calls. Errands — how do we keep the energy and creativity up in the chaos we call life?

For me, the answer is mornings. In the morning, I knock out my most mentally-intensive tasks. I find comfort in order, and that allows me space to relax and let my mind think through more creative, big-picture ideas and aspirations. I read and find inspiration everywhere: travel, food, design, and of course, a lot of Instagram. 

There’s always more we could be doing: more press coverage we could garner for our clients; more ideas to bring to the table; more industry innovations to follow and implement; more to give ourselves

Keep pushing yourself forward, and never be satisfied.

xoxo,

Aubrey Gordon

President and founder, Sprocket Communications

“Top PR Company” and “Top Social Media Company” by AdClub Denver (2014-18)

SprocketCommunications.com

Some bars can come off as pretentious and unwelcoming to people who maybe don’t know as much about wine and spirits — but that’s ridiculous!  You have to do something  different . That’s what I did…  I created an environment where my guests would feel welcome to explore different wines and expand their horizons free of judgment. I’ve done and continue to do everything I can to break down barriers in this business. I created a concept and executed it in my own way.  That is an essential part of being an entrepreneur: being willing to break the mold.  So, put yourself out there. Believe in yourself and work harder than everyone else, and you can and will be successful. That “success ” may not look exactly like what you had originally imagined (bar helix is a perfect example), but you can accomplish the goals you set for yourself.   With love + champagne,   Kendra Anderson    Owner, bar helix + Swirl Girl Enterprises    Certified Advanced Sommelier, named “Best New Bar” by Westword’s Best of Denver (2018)   InsideTheHelix.com 

Some bars can come off as pretentious and unwelcoming to people who maybe don’t know as much about wine and spirits — but that’s ridiculous!

You have to do something different. That’s what I did…

I created an environment where my guests would feel welcome to explore different wines and expand their horizons free of judgment. I’ve done and continue to do everything I can to break down barriers in this business. I created a concept and executed it in my own way.

That is an essential part of being an entrepreneur: being willing to break the mold.

So, put yourself out there. Believe in yourself and work harder than everyone else, and you can and will be successful. That “success ” may not look exactly like what you had originally imagined (bar helix is a perfect example), but you can accomplish the goals you set for yourself. 

With love + champagne,

Kendra Anderson

Owner, bar helix + Swirl Girl Enterprises

Certified Advanced Sommelier, named “Best New Bar” by Westword’s Best of Denver (2018)

InsideTheHelix.com 

My family struggled. I didn’t have the finer things. I suppose you could say I was the salt of the earth — “hillbilly,” and proud of it.   But one of the most difficult decisions of my life was choosing to leave my career in Ionizing Radiology. I was being exposed to radiation day in and day out. Dark circles, rashes, immunity issues — my eyebrows even fell out at one point; I felt I was dying…   I wanted to be healthy and live. Where could I go with radiology background?   The light side: a place where collagen grows, skin damage is reversed, and human cells flourish. You got it — lasers, visible light, and non-ionizing medical aesthetics. It ended up being a perfect marriage after a difficult divorce year.  From a fire within, the hillbilly peach blossomed.  In love and light,   Dawnyel Himes, RT, CLT, LSO    Mad Peaches   MadPeachesMedSpa.com

My family struggled. I didn’t have the finer things. I suppose you could say I was the salt of the earth — “hillbilly,” and proud of it. 

But one of the most difficult decisions of my life was choosing to leave my career in Ionizing Radiology. I was being exposed to radiation day in and day out. Dark circles, rashes, immunity issues — my eyebrows even fell out at one point; I felt I was dying… 

I wanted to be healthy and live. Where could I go with radiology background? 

The light side: a place where collagen grows, skin damage is reversed, and human cells flourish. You got it — lasers, visible light, and non-ionizing medical aesthetics. It ended up being a perfect marriage after a difficult divorce year.

From a fire within, the hillbilly peach blossomed.

In love and light,

Dawnyel Himes, RT, CLT, LSO

Mad Peaches

MadPeachesMedSpa.com

It all comes full circle and makes perfect sense in retrospect: you’re an odd child, and that has made me into the entrepreneur I am today.  I remember you roaming about on your own, soaking in the world, collecting stones, and reading books about their healing benefits. You harvest and grind barks and berries, concocting beauty potions; make your own yogurt and use it for facial mask treatments; make floral facial steams; and put the neighbor’s mint and vanilla extracts in lotions to give little spa style massages — you aren’t like other children.   No, but you’re forming inklings of the apothecary artisan you’re going to be.    These things that you’ve created, I’ve not stopped since.  In health + beauty,   Brandy Monique    Founder, FIG+YARROW, Good Bower   FigandYarrow.com

It all comes full circle and makes perfect sense in retrospect: you’re an odd child, and that has made me into the entrepreneur I am today.

I remember you roaming about on your own, soaking in the world, collecting stones, and reading books about their healing benefits. You harvest and grind barks and berries, concocting beauty potions; make your own yogurt and use it for facial mask treatments; make floral facial steams; and put the neighbor’s mint and vanilla extracts in lotions to give little spa style massages — you aren’t like other children. 

No, but you’re forming inklings of the apothecary artisan you’re going to be.  

These things that you’ve created, I’ve not stopped since.

In health + beauty,

Brandy Monique

Founder, FIG+YARROW, Good Bower

FigandYarrow.com

Published in Cherry Creek Lifestyle, May 2018.