Meet Our Writers
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!
Read all of Amy’s articles HERE
Andrea is an empathic introvert who is learning to live her life in an open, authentic way. As a single mama for 17 years, Andrea happily put all of her time and energy into raising two wonderful sons who are the absolute light of her life.
Since her boys have become adults, Andrea has jumped head-first into a journey of self-discovery and self-love. She is now married to an amazing man, and the happy couple spends most of their free time exploring the Rocky Mountains that they love so much. Andrea is a professional copywriter with her own agency and gets great joy from helping women-owned businesses successfully market their products and services.
Andrea’s greatest desire is to use her own journey of life experiences to help others break free from the chains that are holding them back. She is dedicated to providing a safe space for others to live their truths out loud without hesitation. She lets her “freak flag” fly and invites others to do the same!
Read all of Andrea’s articles HERE
Aubree Monares is a student, a supporter of learning and growth, and a lover of people. Aubree is studying psychology at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and hopes to someday serve her community by becoming a counselor and a doula.
Aubree enjoys learning about social justice, reproductive justice, mental health, and doing her part to dismantle oppressive systems for women, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ folks.
Aubree enjoys spending time in nature, painting, writing, reading, practicing yoga, and watering her plants. She believes in the power of compassion, self-love, and acceptance, as well as the importance of finding the unique beauty within each other.
Aubree also enjoys spending time with her family, whom she adores. She values the importance of education and expanding our minds to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for everybody.
Read all of Aubree’s articles HERE
Bethany Jean has always had a flair for having a whole lot to say, landing herself the childhood nickname “Anne with an ‘e’” (any L.M. Montgomery fans?). As a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, most of her time, energy, and devotion is voraciously devoured by her three spunky darlings. Besides writing, she also expresses heart-to heart communication musically through singing, songwriting, and playing piano and guitar. Bethany is an English and Spanish teacher by trade, and she launched her freelance editing business in 2018.
Bethany dearly loves swinging under the big old tree in her front yard. In recent years, gut-wrenching books have unexpectedly found a home on her shelf, containing topics such as codependency, marriage to a sex addict, chronic illness, relational trauma, domestic abuse, and divorce. Still, she would not trade these heartrending experiences for the steadfastness that she’s learning to find in her God, in herself, and in her community. Her writing invites you to join the motley yet loyal family of brokenness and belonging.
Read all of Bethany’s articles HERE
Betzy Valdez is a proud mother, wife, entrepreneur, and connector. She is the founder and visionary of Empowered Leader – her true passion and calling in life. This business is her vision to provide opportunities for growth, connection, and community involvement. She hosts workshops, coordinates volunteer opportunities, and serves as a speaker for various events. Betzy’s goal is to empower YOUR vision, presence, and impact!
She’s also the owner of BV Virtual Custom Services which offers social media management, content creation, translating services, etc. Betzy’s goal is to provide custom services that allow local businesses to thrive. She also serves as the current President for the Hispanic Women of Weld County (HWWC), an organization that engages civically, awards academic scholarships, and recognizes the accomplishments of Latinas across Weld County.
In her free time, Betzy enjoys spending time with family, supporting friends and colleagues, and finding new ways of making an impact in her community.
Read all of Betzy’s articles HERE
Danielle is an introverted homebody that embraces the awkward. She is a lover of horses, keeping her plants alive, yoga, Roald Dahl books, elementary mathematics, DIY, and growing into her best self. After many years of failing to be happy, she is now dedicated to learning about herself, meeting her own needs, and advocating for others to do the same. She draws inspiration from the legendary Dolly Parton and Snoop Dogg and is finally taking the pencil to write her own epic adventure.
In her career, Danielle was in the classroom as an elementary teacher and math specialist. She fiercely supports the facilitation of learning with a growth mindset and empowering students with the tools to “make math work for their brain”. She currently supports teacher professional development and writes curriculum.
Danielle lives with her husband, children, and pets on the east coast of Virginia. She loves being on the river with her people, riding horses, and cherishing the small moments.
Read all of Dana’s articles HERE
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 track of their money and understand their financials so they can make better decisions. She cherishes her relationships with clients and loves helping business owners make strategic decisions.
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 women’s retreats. She loves being a part of the We Spot blog and enjoys interacting with the readers.
Read all of Dana’s articles HERE
Dawn is a small-town Iowa farm girl who married her Colorado mountain man after college. She’s a well-experienced mom of 4 exceptional young adults. Having her degree in psychology and English, her passion is studying the mind and good literature.
Her desire to write came from the amazing encouragement of several teachers. Dawn loves teaching yoga, drinking black coffee, hiking and running mountain trails, and laughing hysterically until she pees. You can read more of Dawn’s spiritual musings on her personal blog.
Read all of Dawn’s articles HERE
Beginning with her first humorous poem at age 14, Edie knew she had a passion for writing. In 1982 when she read The Sky’s the Limit by Wayne Dyer, it started her on a journey of personal growth. And finally, coming from a family of doctors and nurses, Edie has the DNA of someone who is destined to help alleviate pain and suffering. You put all those things together and you have a person always striving to reach her potential by helping heal other’s pain and who makes creative writing and laughter part of that journey.
Edie has certifications in Emotional Freedom Techniques (aka tapping) and The Emotion Code and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She’s the author of “Divorce Vows – A New Approach.” She loves to work with clients, teaching them how to use tapping to release their own emotional baggage. She blogs thoughts and ideas HERE and is the creator of Catie’s Corner, her alter ego. She’s been married for 35 years, has three adult children and lives in Loveland, Colorado.
Read all of Edie’s articles HERE
Hi there, let’s meet Haja Rahim. Her beautiful name descends from Hebrew and Arabic, meaning departure and flight. Her name is pronounced “Ha ja” think about karate chop “hiya”
A quick lesson in pronunciation. Now, it’s time to tell you how Haja; fell in love with writing. At 14, almost 15, she started writing short stories, poems, and plays. After; the loss of her brother. She adored traveling; by writing and reading.
Haja’s writing was published for the first time in middle school, with a photo she took. Did we forget to mention, she’s an artist of sorts: writing, photography, painting, designing clothing, redesigning old garments, making skincare products (her line, Manifest Beauty Skincare), and building things. Those artforms; will take you on a journey: visually, mentally, and physically.
After her 1st publication, she was ecstatic. From middle school to college, she immediately joined many different writing classes: acquiring all kinds of literature. Haja admired romanticism; for its rebellious nature. Her affection for knowledge grew; with reading. As years passed, Haja was published; in magazines, websites, and labels.
Haja loves writing about being authentically yourself. Which: heavily includes meditation and spirituality. She’s looking forward to sharing her adventure as she writes with The We Spot, in the beginning of a beautiful voyage.
Read all of Haja’s articles HERE
Juliette Perlmutter is an Empowerment Coach for Life, Business, and Relationships. She is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and a Reiki Practitioner. Juliette is passionate about helping her clients in a variety of areas. She can help you create a life of joy and fulfillment, reduce stress and overwhelm, enhance your relationships, discover more peace and calm, make peace with food and your body, move into the next chapter of your life smoothly and easily, or discover a new life or business of your dreams.
Read all of Juliette’s articles HERE
Those closest to Maggie Daniel know her as an eternal optimist. Not that life has been easy by any means, but she tries to look at the bright side of things, and always considers what can be learned from each challenging experience.
A resident of Fort Collins for nearly 30 years, Maggie is an avid music lover, photographer, and writer. She enjoys volunteering in the community whether it be emceeing at music festivals or working at the local library bookstore.
In her past life, she studied literature at Southern Illinois University, where she also taught creative writing as a graduate student. After college, Maggie went to work as a technical writer for AT&T and then later for Apollo Computer. She is now retired, but she remains active and ready for adventure. She is married with two grown children – and hoping to be a grandmother someday.
As a contributing writer to The We Blog Spot, Maggie is excited to share her thoughts on mindful living, wellness, and connecting with others in a meaningful way.
Read all of Maggie’s articles HERE
Nikola is a Kansas native that came to Northern Colorado by way of Long Island, NY. After running a successful business in NYC she’s confident that the song lyric, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” is the truth. However, she faltered big time through the unknowns and isolation of becoming a stay at home mom.
She re-found her passion and confidence by helping others to learn how to lean into the strength found in support through her writing, community, leadership and friendship. Her other passions include being an advocate for under-resourced new families with Stork Support of Northern Colorado, partnering with her soul mate and husband, Hagen, being a patient parent to her precious children, reading #allththings and getting out in nature as much as possible.
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Photographer credit: Naomi Gumpert Photography
Riki grew up in Colorado, enjoying the outdoors and the mountains. She is an open minded straight talker, sometimes to a fault, who is constantly striving to better understand herself and her family. She is mother of three teenagers, and a wife of 21 years, married to a Ft. Collins native.
She is a fiction writer of three, soon to be published books, she has been writing for five years. Riki and her family are making use of the pandemic and decided to buy a camper and travel around the U.S. with her family, expanding the pleasures of hiking and sleeping under the stars. She realizes this could be the most amazing thing she has ever done or a total disaster.
Riki hopes to inspire and laugh along with you as she shares her struggles of growing up with ADHD and raising a child with ADD. Along with striving for more compassion and empathy for the world and herself. She is delighted, and a bit petrified, to be a part of the incredible We Spot Community.
Read all of Riki’s articles HERE
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 personal blog Joyful Surprise.
Read all of Robin’s articles HERE
Sarah has had a passion to learn since childhood. In those days, the term “personal growth” did not exist in her world. What did exist was art and creativity, and they were the door to self knowledge and personal trust which opened slowly over the course of many years.
She credits creative exploration with helping her to find center and find her authentic self, and in so doing, she feels called to share the power of creativity with others.
The thread that connects the many chapters of her life has been her connection to people: daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend. Her roles continue to expand: Organizer. Listener. Advocate. Teacher. Realtor. Artist. Writer.
From home base in Laporte, Colorado, Sarah loves traveling near and far, and seeing the world through fresh eyes.
Connect with Sarah on Facebook, Instagram, and her website.
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Savannah Howe is a Colorado Native, a wife, mother, writer, and mental health speaker. Savannah woke up one day and realized God had a bigger plan for her life. It was placed on her heart to share her story and to help educate and inspire others.
Savannah is a childhood trauma survivor, as well as a suicide attempt survivor. It is her passion to help others who have gone through similar things as she has. Savannah is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work currently and hopes to continue on to get her Master’s in Social Work as well and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She also hopes to continue her speaking career and write a book!
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Teri has experienced 30 years in the hair industry. While owning and running her business in Northern Colorado, she’s most proud of being the CEO of her beautiful family. She has three talented flown and grown daughters, 25 and 21 year old identical twins.
Her life experiences have embodied plenty of transitions including marriage, children, and a stay at home mom life. Followed by relocations from VA to TX to CO, working with at risk teens, grieving the heartbreak of divorce, and the pivoting struggles of single parenting.
While stabilizing life in Colorado as a single working mom for the past 15 years, she never forgets to give back through philanthropy projects. She has a passion for people, reading, dancing, music, connecting with kids, and empowering women in all circles of life, especially behind the chair. With empty nesting now in full swing, she aspires to add writer, painter, musician, gardener, traveler and stay at home dog mom to her resume. Exploring all that life has to offer in gratitude is the catalyst for her creativity.
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Originally from Florida, Trista Gangestad and her family moved to CO ten years ago and live on a small hobby farm with a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains. She and her husband have 2 daughters, the oldest of which was born with Trisomy 18, a chromosome disorder.
Trista has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and worked in Communications and Event Planning for more than 10 years before becoming a mom. During the pandemic, Trista discovered a need for clean burning candles that don’t emit soot or chemicals into our homes. She formed Clever Cow Candle Co. in 2021 and makes hand poured, 100% soy wax candles with clever, inspiring and sometimes sarcastic designs on the containers. Check out her candles at www.clevercowcandleco.com.
When this busy mom has time for herself, she enjoys sewing, crafting, shopping, drinking “candy coffee,” and watching guilty pleasure TV shows.
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