Meet Our Writers

Amy Norris

Amy moved from the east coast in her early twenties to attend the Institute of Art in Denver. Little did she know how much she would love the area. She has been married to her husband for almost 20 years and together they are raising two bold and courageous teenagers in Loveland, CO. She works for a warmhearted non-profit and has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. Amy recently returned to her passion of writing, which fills her soul and gives her a voice to share her story through an authentic and raw heart. She hopes to inspire and enrich your life in this incredible community of women and remind you that you are so loved, always enough and oh so worthy in every way!

Anna believes that every person, regardless of past missteps, deserves the chance to create an amazing, impactful life. Her personal journey to better health and well-being revealed the importance of mental and emotional state when it comes to eating and metabolism. Day by day, she works through her own struggles with food, body image and mindset. As she learns, she uses her journey to serve others and make a real, lasting impact on their lives.

A Colorado native, Anna is wifey to her college sweetheart and mama to two unique, creative, and strong-willed girlies. She’s passionate about setting them up with the tools to learn to see failures and mistakes as opportunity for growth.  As a coach with multiple certifications, Anna is trained in a highly unique approach to self-worth and eating struggles. Bringing together health, mindset, eating, body image, and personal growth, she guides people in connecting their mind, body and spirit so they can overcome past barriers and move forward as a more authentic version of themselves.

Connect with Anna on her website, Facebook, and Instagram

Betzy Valdez

Betzy Valdez originally from Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, came to the United States with her family 22 years ago, chasing the well-known “American Dream”. Greeley, Colorado is where her and her family have resided over the past 22 years and it’s a place, she calls home. She has been married for 11 years to her supportive husband Javi and together they have three beautiful little girls and an American Bully named Bella. She is also the founder of B. Empowered, a space created to encourage others to be the change, to be empowered to be the world-changers, the difference-makers, the heart-changers.

Through Betzy’s own journey, she continues to be brave by sharing her story, her truths, her mess. Instead of allowing setbacks in her life to hold her back, she is determined to use her mess as her message of hope, strength and belonging. Her calling in life in to encourage and empower others in their own journey, regardless of color, race, religion, or legal status. She believes we must all have a vision, not division.

Betzy plans to continue her journey as an empowerment and motivational speaker as well as an active community volunteer, leader and advocate for immigrant and refugee rights. She is extremely excited for this new opportunity and hopes to connect with others.

Carissa Coghlan

Carissa Coghlan is the mother to three beautiful children, seven and younger. She stays at home full time and homeschools her oldest son. She loves drinking coffee, crafting and organizing her home. She grew up in the bay area of California, and will always feel most at peace standing on the beach hearing the waves crash onto the shore. She has a podcast, called Creating Coghlans, where her and her family are striving to live a more intentional life, filled with more understanding and grace.

Connect with Carissa through her podcast and Intagram!

Dana Andalora is a wife, mom of 3, and a numbers girl. She resides in Maryland with her family. Dana is grateful to be in a virtual community with amazing like minded women. She is fascinated with learning and considers herself a personal and professional development junkie.

As an expert bookkeeper and financial services provider for the past 15 years, Dana has helped business owners keep their records straight and create more space for profitable business to occur. She cherishes her relationships with clients, and loves helping business owners be more successful.

Dana also treasures time in the sun and on the beach and plans to live near the water one day. Dana delights in traveling and has traveled to several states for business and womens retreats. She is excited to be part of the We Spot blog and looks forward to interacting with the readers.

Dawn Miller

Dawn is a small-town farm girl who married her mountain man after college.  She’s a mom of 4 amazing kids and 3 beautiful fur-babies.  Having her degree in psychology and English, she pursued social work after college but soon became a SAHM and homeschool teacher.  Now that her kids are all older and in high school or college, She’s studying yoga.  Beyond her family, She loves coffee, dark chocolate, running trails, Jesus, and laughing hysterically until she pees.

Glenda O'Neil

Glenda is the founder and director of Novo Counselling, a private counselling practice situated in the beautiful North East Region of Victoria, Australia. She is particularly passionate about helping women find release from the pain and baggage of their past as she journeys with them toward emotional clarity and freedom. Marriage and Relationship counselling is also part of her skillset.

In addition to her one-one-one work, Glenda leads an online community ‘The Empowered Mind’ where she is passionate about educating and inspiring women to bring life and growth to their inner world, as they grow stronger, more empowered minds. Her online presence continues to expand with her online consults and programs. Together with her husband and a friend (a local GP) she has developed a workplace wellbeing program designed to address mental health needs amongst employees in workplaces in their local region.

Glenda is also a qualified teacher with over 20 years spent in education, mumma of three wonderful miracles, wife to one amazing husband, lover of life and proud Aussie.

Jeanne Hutchinson

Jeanne moved to Loveland in 5th grade from Michigan and graduated from Loveland High before joining the ARMY as a medic. Colorado has always been “home”, so she was excited to return in 2016 after almost 20 years as a nomad.

After the military she was blessed with a job that allowed her to travel the world – seeing 26 countries in just a few years.  Having that world perspective really solidified for her how blessed we are and to always strive to see the positive aspects not just of life, but also in the hearts of everyone around us.

Equipped with not only the gritty real life experiences of the military, she is has a degree in Psychology and is a Certified Financial Educator who has worked in corporate as well as entrepreneurial roles.

We are all connected and deserving of love and success. Jeanne has made it part of her mission in life to spread joy, help others navigate the challenges of life, and edify other women to believe in themselves and create the life they dream of.

Julie Giroux

Julie is 24 years young, yes young. She believes life should not be how old you age, but how much you live your life to the fullest. Currently She’s a Psychology student, with a designation of the mind, body and brain. She’s passionate about helping others discover themselves, but honestly just helping people. She’s married and has a pretty cool dachshund. Baking is her other passion in life, and she’s always trying new recipes. She’s excited to be apart of this group. She can’t wait to grow in this community, and make new connections!

Juliette Sakasegawa

Juliette Sakasegawa lives in San Diego with her husband and three children. She is an Empowerment Coach for Life & Business, a Speaker, a Course Creator, an Educator, and an Instructor for new life coaches.

Juliette is a Certified Life Coach through the Life Purpose Institute and an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. She also holds a BA in Theatre Performance, a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and an MA in Mathematics Education.

She is passionate about helping women embrace their self-worth and learn to prioritize themselves. She supports her clients through life transitions and helps them to discover their life purpose. She also helps busy women reduce stress and overwhelm so they can create an empowered life that they truly love.

Connect with Juliette on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and in her self-care community.

Kelly Beatty

Kristen is an entrepreneur at heart having helped start two companies, a marketing consulting agency in Denver and a technology services company in Atlanta. During her “corporate gigs,” Kristen continues her work in the high tech and telecom industries as a sales and marketing executive for over 15 years honing her expertise in partner marketing, lead generation and account management. While working full time, she has ventured into various side hustles including event management and network marketing as a creative outlet.

Kristen grew up as a nomadic child of an Air Force fighter pilot and an amazing officer’s wife. She gets her wanderlust from having moved eight times and lived in four countries before the age of 18. She is now the mother of two, and loves residing in south Denver near her treasured tribes of college besties and the best mommy network.

Kristen’s true passion is giving back and spends many volunteer hours supporting the Alzheimer’s Association as a board member, policy advocate and event volunteer. Kristen can be found on Twitter and Instagram.

Lynette is a southern belle transplanted to central Pennsylvania.  She lives there with her little gentleman who is an avid Lego-lover and her little princess who loves to read and draw. 
She loves designing and has put that passion to work by creating her own children’s clothing line. 
After finding the courage to leave a failing marriage, she realized that there were so many other women who needed to find their own courage. As she shared her heart and the new things she was learning about bravery, she felt drawn to reach a helping to hand to those coming behind her. That launched an opportunity to touch many more lives through writing and mentoring.
She’s excited to grow and learn in this We Community and hopes that her writing will encourage all who read! 
 

Nicole is a Texas-raised southern girl who is now happily living life in Northern Colorado. She is married to Brent, her high school sweetheart, and together they are raising their two teenage daughters. Nicole has ten years of experience teaching elementary school. She is following God’s calling to write and serve others by encouraging those who are also navigating this beautiful, hilarious, and sometimes messy life. Her desire is to approach life’s peaks and valleys with a big serving of grace, an abundance of faith, and a splash of humor. She enjoys hiking and skiing with her family, movie nights at home that include takeout and pajamas, and a great cup of coffee first thing in the morning. 

Robin Pantusa

Robin Pantusa lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband and three children. She taught kindergarten and first grade for ten years before making the choice to stay home and care for her children. She enjoys the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and the laughter of dance parties with her family. Robin finds life in honest and vulnerable conversations and in the partnership of writing with her Father. You can find more of her writing on her person blog Joyful Surprise.

Stacy is a woman with Texas roots, who, as a lover of mountains, camping, and hiking, is over-the-moon to call Loveland, CO her current home.  Stacy holds a degree in Elementary Education, having spent many years in the classroom as a Special Education or Substitute Teacher. As wife to her pastor-husband for over twenty years, and mother to their three daughters, Stacy has been blessed with the opportunity to manage their home and focus on raising their girls.  Partnering with her husband in ministry over the past two decades, she is armed with experiences of walking through the hardships of life with many.  However, she has also had the opportunity to embrace beautiful moments of joy, grace, and overcoming with others, as well. It has been her honor and joy, as of late, to serve and teach within Bible Study Fellowship as a Substitute Teaching Leader.  Coming alongside other women to read, study, learn and grow in their understanding of the Bible and how it applies to their everyday lives has been where Stacy has discovered her “sweet spot” for teaching.  Having traveled many parts of the world, she yearns to come alongside, support, and edify others in and through their circumstances.  She hopes another avenue for finding connection with women will be found in and through her writing. For, it is her joy in life to encourage, uplift, and connect with youth and women in navigating “this thing called life.” 

Trisha Russell

Trish’s journey to becoming a Trauma Advocate began in 2009 when she returned home from Afghanistan broken and unaware. Once she realized how much her brain had changed from my experience in a combat zone she committed to figuring out what life would look like with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It took 8 years for her to realize there would never be a cure; however, she has mastered exercises and techniques that have made it possible for her to design her new normal and live a life she’s proud to share with her family and friends.

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