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Meet Laurie Benson

“There is an entire world waiting for you on the other side of fear.”  It’s been a winding road and a brave adventure for Laurie Benson up to this point, sitting next to the Arkansas River, over a steaming cup of coffee, telling me about the past 25 years.  The common vein rolling through all the changes- Perspective, passion, and a willingness to step out … Continue reading Meet Laurie Benson

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Amy Purdy

“I always knew I wanted to live in the mountains, ever since I was young,” says Amy Purdy, on her choice to move her Adaptive Action Sports organization to Copper Mountain in 2011, the year snowboarding was first announced as an official Paralympic sport. “We kept finding ourselves coming out to Summit County multiple times every winter for competitions and just fell in love with … Continue reading Amy Purdy

Janie Hayes – On the Path of Passion

There are two kinds of people in this big, wide, beautiful world – the ones who take on a 4,300-mile bike race across America and don’t quit even when a pit bull bite in Kentucky leads to a subsequent rabies shot, and people who…don’t.  Janie Hayes jumped back on her bike to finish 3rd overall in her second Trans Am Bike Race in 2017, a … Continue reading Janie Hayes – On the Path of Passion

3 Powerful Questions to Identify Your Strengths

I cannot see the forest because the trees are in the way! At times we are so bogged down by the details that are in front of us each day that we miss the big picture: Especially when it comes to our own successes and failures. It can skew our perception of ourselves and what we are good at doing. After thinking about our failures … Continue reading 3 Powerful Questions to Identify Your Strengths

Jovan Enfermera – 2018 Woman Who Rocks the Rockies

Meet Jovan Enfermera, a dedicated healthcare provider serving people’s needs in our mountain town communities. She was once an undocumented immigrant whose parents brought her to the United States when she was six years old to seek a better life. “I was raised here in Colorado and received all of my education in Summit County. I have been part of my community for over 21 … Continue reading Jovan Enfermera – 2018 Woman Who Rocks the Rockies

Taking Chances and Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

Every year I try to take myself out of my comfort zone, consciously, by trying something new. It is something I have done for a large part of my life and reminds me that nothing is impossible. It gives me fuel for the times when life gets tough. Most of the time it involves an adrenaline packed activity but not always. Three years ago it was … Continue reading Taking Chances and Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

The Mountains or the Beach

Which do you prefer in the summer? Me, I’m torn. I love them both. As someone who grew up on the Jersey Shore (which was not like the TV show of the same name. Heck, those creatures aren’t even from New Jersey. I wonder if they’re even from this planet), I have an almost visceral attachment to the beach. When I was a kid, I spent my entire summer there. … Continue reading The Mountains or the Beach

Shannon Galpin – Fear Does Not Live Here

  Shannon Galpin is a global women’s rights activist, author, artist, explorer, and advocate for sexual assault survivors as well as the original founder of Mountain2Mountain, a burgeoning nonprofit that has touched the lives of hundreds of men, women, and children in Afghanistan, is today’s guest blogger. She brings us some perspective and advice on a subject she is well acquainted with: FEAR. I am sitting at my kitchen … Continue reading Shannon Galpin – Fear Does Not Live Here