I have lived in Highlands Ranch since 2010 and before that, Los Angeles and New York.
I have been working with Todd Smith — “Tomato Todd” — from the South University Farmers Market for the last two years in Centennial and Greenwood Village. When I found out that we were invited to go back to Centennial for a market this year I was so excited! I sell botanical-based skin care and wellness products from a company called Neora.
My favorite part of a farmers market is that the vendors become a little family. Another favorite is getting to know the community. I love chatting with people and finding out their stories and where they are from.
Wearing many hats
It seems like a lifetime ago, but before I was a mom and involved with Neora, I was an actor, singer and dancer in New York and Los Angeles. I’ve been very lucky to have worked around the world. Some of my favorite “gigs” were when I performed on Broadway, danced for Madonna and acted in a film called “Unfollower” that comes out this year! I’m humbled and honored to have just won an EVVY Book Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association for a children’s book I authored last year called “Magic Thinking for Kids”!
Talk yourself up
I am currently going to schools and community centers to teach students and adults how to incorporate positive self-talk and affirmations into their lives! Our youth especially needs to know how powerful they are and that they can create their day, year and future with the choices they make.
I also volunteer with Highlands Ranch Helps the Homeless and Be Kind, Be Helpful — two group that help communities and schools in need.
Passionate for self-care, well-being
When someone would ask me, when I was young, what I wanted to be when I grow up, I’d say “Happy!” They’d argue with me that happy wasn’t something to “be,” and I’d just say “It is something to be! I just want to be happy!” I’d look on the bright side on pretty much everything, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have daily challenges. I’m one of six kids, so there was always something going on!
On self-care, I found that it became more important to me after my 20s when I injured my knee dancing. I think I took my health for granted when I was young and striving to be successful.
I really enjoy being of service and helping people look, feel and live better. I believe if you practice self-care, you will lead a happier life because you will be more mindful of how you feel and what makes you happy.
A fun fact about me is that I was the voice of the Verizon Ring Back. Remember “Please enjoy the music while your party is reached”? That’s me!
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