Meet Our Writers
Angela lives in the Pacific Northwest with her very handsome husband and their three beautifully spunky girls. She is forty-two years old and has only just discovered her love for writing, proving that it’s never too late to find yourself and your dreams. She wholeheartedly believes there is power in our words, and in sharing our stories with others.
Her life has been marked by tragedy and loss, but it has also been laden with layers of hope, love, and a life she never dreamt was meant for her. She believes there is so much beauty to be found in our brokenness and her passion is creating a safe space for others to be open, real, and flawlessly imperfect.
She is the author of her first memoir called Redeeming Destiny: Dancing into Unexpected Truth. She now dedicates her life, through speaking and writing, to walk alongside others, as they too, learn to dance into their own unique design and destiny. She loves coffee, naps, and all things books!
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!
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.
Colleen was born and raised in Southern California. At the age of 19 she lost her Mom to cancer. Her life was turned upside down. She met her husband Albert while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton in the Marine Corps. They moved to Missouri in 2000 and began their life.
They now live on a 190 acre farm in a small town with their two amazing children. They have been together 20 years and married 16. Colleen grew up showing horse and to this day they are a big part of her family life! Currently she works at her children’s school as a secretary and love that they get to be together on a daily basis. In her spare time you will find her doing daily chores on the farm as well as competing in Rodeo as a family.
She loves DIY projects, reading, and journaling and has a slight addiction to coffee! Her life is a journey and she’s continuing to grow and learn and is so excited to be a part of this amazing group! When she was in high school, her dream was to be a reporter/journalist but life happened and God had other plans!
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 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.
Emily’s roots will always be in Michigan, but she loves being able to call Colorado home. She has been married to her hunk of a husband for four years and they have two of the most amazing children.
She believes in showing up for each other. Showing up to share the real, ordinary, and extraordinary parts of life. She thinks the three most beautiful traits a human can possess are grace, rawness and vulnerability. When people possess those traits and if they are willing to do the hard work of leaning in, feeling uncomfortable and owning their stories, they can find their true purpose.
When Emily started doing the hard work, she came to the realization that her purpose was to serves others, while giving grace. When people are fully granting grace to others, they are loving them without judgment and accepting them for who they are at that exact moment in time. When people do those two things, they are able to truly show up for each other. It might be hard. It might take courage, but it is the most important thing people can do for each other.
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 especially passionate about helping women find release from the pain and baggage of their past as she journeys with them through life’s challenges, 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.
Glenda is also a qualified teacher with over 23 years spent in education, mumma of three wonderful miracles, wife to one amazing husband, lover of life and proud Aussie.
A native to Northern Colorado and raised by a police officer and a flight attendant, Holly left home for her first year of college but returned to Colorado to receive her degree in elementary education. She met her husband while working at a café owned by his mom! After teaching for a number of years, Holly took a hiatus from education to raise her own kids.
She and her husband live in Windsor with their fur baby, tenderhearted seven-year-old son and spunky three-year-old daughter. She values the vibrant community of women she is surrounded by, especially since becoming a mother.
You can find Holly wake surfing or paddle boarding in the summer and skiing during the winter. Other hobbies include taking barre classes and catering to her sweet tooth. She hopes to bring some added humor to the day-to-day moments of motherhood and to be a voice for those, like herself, who must manage anxiety and the need for perfection in a demanding and imperfect world.
Jaime Jo is a daughter, sister, friend, a wife and mom to 2 beautiful young girls. She was born in California, grew up in Las Vegas and now lives the Midwest life in Missouri. She enjoys turning little moments into big memories for her family.
She loves hot tea, her current journal, and a cozy blanket. She has a large collection of bookmarks, key chains and earrings. Jaime Jo is a Journaling Mentor, helping women create a journaling practice that fits into their season of life. As mom’s we tend to give our all to others and may even forget what we love to do for ourselves. She uses the power of journaling to bring what they love back into their lives. Her message is “When you can’t do more of what you love, journal about it.” Her hope is to show women a place they can turn and be themselves, use their voice and explore who they are in the pages of their journal.
Find more info at www.restoreyoursparkle.com. Jaime Jo is passionate about connecting, encouraging and holding space for others to be themselves. She believes we all do our best with what we have and what we know. Being kind is huge in our world today and creating the life you want comes from within. Be the YOU no one else can be.
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.
Juli is a non-fiction writer based in northern Virginia. She is a freelance contributor for the Television Academy and on her own time writes to encourage herself and other women that the best is always still ahead.
She’s has courted and broken up with body issues, depression and emotional numbing, and is working on limited visitation with over-sensitivity, comparison and feeling ‘less than.’
After graduating from Penn State University, dreams of being a magazine writer-editor uprooted her to the Washington DC area, but stiff competition and some aforementioned demon-battling shifted those dreams to a reality in entrepreneurship. Fast forward several small businesses and a few decades later: she and her husband currently run a from-scratch restaurant and cupcake bakery, but she doesn’t bake or cook. Talk about a bloom-where-you’re-planted story.
She has one child, Abby, 18, who lights up the world. She is on fire for the power of connection and freedom we get from sharing our stories, making peace with our quirks and REALly living.
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 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.
Keri Hanson is a home schooling mother of sons. She also teaches yoga, coaches other moms in nutrition + holistic lifestyle, and writes. Perpetually studying nutrition, Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, Western Herbalism, and holistic self-care; she is endlessly fascinated by the human body and continually in awe of the natural world.
She believes that healing is found in connection—to one another, to the natural world, and to our highest selves. On really good days, she gets to help inspire those connections.
She loves reading, the smell of old books, drinking big mugs of herbal tea, long walks in pine forests, front porch conversations with close friends, campfires, thrifting, art, dreamwork, learning about the mind-body connection, her yoga practice, and shoveling snow. She’s grateful to live in Colorado with her husband and to be mom to her two beautiful sons.
Kim lives in the great state of Texas with her husband of almost 40 years. They have 3 grown kids and 3 sweet grandkids, whom they enjoy being young with. She has worked as a therapist for 20 years, but has been practicing the craft of writing for about 40. She is a lover of people, experiences, and words.
Having walked alongside many in their struggles and pain, and having experienced much pain and struggle in her own journey, one of her mantras has become ‘see the good.’ Well aware that focusing on the good does not make the bad go away, she’s learned that seeing the good helps us bear the bad. There are so many things in life worth celebrating, worth fighting for and growing for, but we can’t do it on our own. We need each other, in the good and the bad!
One of Kim’s deepest passions is to help people with the messiness of relationships, as she continues to learn in her own imperfect relationships. She’s also pretty passionate about her family, weekend getaways, quiet time, reading and writing. And sleep!
Connect with Kim through her website.
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.
Krystal lives with her handy Honduran husband and two rescue kitties in their fixer-upper house o’ dreams in the making. She balances the nagging pressures of full-time corporate hustle with making the most of every opportunity by pairing work travel and adventure to foster connection with story-filled people in everyday places.
Krystal moonlights as a writer for others about being present throughout life in the messy middle. Her desire is both to remember and to remind us that there is beauty in every step of this journey meant to be walked out in community. She invites us to sojourn with her in learning to trust that our past and present struggles are never wasted. Her words seek to support others in reflecting how in due time everything will work together for good and make for stories worth sharing to help others embrace the everyday splendor of their own journeys.
Madisyn Gentry was born and raised in Greeley, CO. Growing up in colorful Colorado has been the perfect place for her to explore, spend time reading under big trees, and enjoy the outdoor sun. She is currently a senior in high school, set to graduate in May 2020.
Gentry is a very outspoken individual. She leads her life in kindness and uses her voice, both out loud and in writing. She is a climate activist, she advocates for equal rights for all, and works relentlessly to empower the ones around her.
She will be attending the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO in fall 2020 to study journalism. She currently writes for her local newspaper, The Greeley Tribune. Informing her community and beyond is a passion she has been chasing for quite some time now.
Gentry has four younger siblings, all of whom she adores more than life itself. Each one of them serves as a reminder to her that family is one of the most important pieces of our journey here on earth.
Through her writing, Gentry hopes to touch the lives of her community, and someday, the world.
Marti has spent the last 20+ years exploring various forms of personal growth and healing and believes strongly that women supporting other women is essential to restoring balance in our challenging world. A key component to healing is recognizing that our worth is inherent – no matter our station in life, paycheck, relationship or family status, number of friends, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or number on the scale.
Marti moved to Colorado in 1995 from Texas at the age of 18 and is now a wife to Josh and mom to 9-year-old Amara. She telecommutes for a large non-profit research institute as a proposal manager. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University, has taught indoor cycling for 15 years, leads virtual meditation groups for her co-workers, and is also a volunteer with Moms Demand Action.
Natasha Grant shares the joys and privilege of parenting three spectacular and creative children who are ages 20, 16, and 4 with an intelligent and loving man of 19 years. She is the daughter to a beautiful and resilient woman and was born and raised Wagoner, OK. She now lives in Tulsa, OK with her family.
She is currently a stay at home mom, and home schools her two youngest children. Before she decided to home school her children, she enjoyed working in the health field for 14 years as a Certified Nurse’s Aide, Phlebotomist, and Home Health Aide.
Her love for writing was found during college through her beloved English Composition courses. From that time forward, every thought on her mind and feeling in her heart concerning how to help someone feel better has come out in the form of poetry. Her goal is to reach as many people as she can by using the gift of speech and building others up to live a mentally wealthy life. This goal inspired her to create Loved and Needed, which are shirts and hoodies that display direct messages of love, support, and encouragement. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram!
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.
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 be obsessed with the skin they’re in through her writing, community, leadership and friendship.
Her other passions include being an exceptional partner to her husband, Hagen, a patient parent to her precious children, reading #allththings and getting out in nature as much as possible.
Photographer credit: Naomi Gumpert Photography
Rachel moved to Colorado when she was eight years old from Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2005 and, immediately, started working with the justice involved population. Her career began working with youth, but she transitioned to working with adults in 2009.
She resides in the Denver metro area with her husband and two dogs. Rachel has a passion for photography and loves taking pictures as a hobby. She also recently found a love for health and personal development when she set out on her own wellness journey. Lastly, Rachel loves the beach and plans to live by one someday.
She is excited about being part of The We Spot blog and getting to connect with others in this community.
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.
Sami Main is a certified life coach and published author living in Brooklyn, NY with her boyfriend, two cats and two dogs. She is passionate about wellness, balance, nutrition and personal growth.
Her book, How to Deal: Tarot for Everyday Life, is available through Harper Collins and Urban Outfitters. She’s been performing improv comedy for the last decade, and you can frequently find her listening to podcasts on long walks.
Savannah is a Colorado native of twenty-three years. She has been married to her husband for five years in December and they just welcomed their new baby girl into the world in June.
About a year or so ago, Savannah realized that she needed to take a serious look at what she wanted for her life. She realized that she wanted to educate and inspire others through her story and has felt very called to do so. Savannah has always had a passion for helping others. Ever since she can remember, she has wanted to support others to overcome trauma and obstacles that were similar to what she experienced. As a young child she was abused, neglected and exposed to other traumas, but she knew God had a plan and a purpose.
She has put in and is still putting in the work to overcome the traumas, and she wishes to encourage and give hope to others. She hopes to continue with her blog, finish writing her book, as well as speak to adults, kids, teachers, parents and anyone else who will listen about her stories to help educate and inspire.
Sonya is graduate of Guilford College and a preschool teacher who lives at the North Carolina coast with her husband of 25 years, their three children ages 19,18,12 and their rescue dog Goldie.
Her youngest child was recently diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum and she has a heart for encouraging other special needs mamas.
One of her favorite out door activities is hanging out at the beach with her family searching for sea glass. She also enjoys doing diy projects and decorating her home on a budget. Sonya blogs at sonyaburgess.com encouraging women to create a beautiful, intentional life and home. You can also connect with Sonya on Facebook and Instagram.
Stacy is a woman with Texas roots, who, as a lover of mountains, camping, and hiking, is ecstatic 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.
A wife and mother to three daughters, Stacy has been blessed with the opportunity to partner in ministry with her husband for the past two decades. Armed with experiences of enduring the hardships of life with many, she has also enjoyed embracing beautiful moments of joy, grace, and overcoming with many, as well. Having traveled a variety of places throughout the world, she yearns to come alongside in grace and love to support and edify others in and through their circumstances.
Stacy hopes to find yet another avenue for connection with women through her writing, as it is her life’s focus to encourage and uplift others in navigating this thing called life. Find additional articles written by Stacy by visiting her personal blog.
Stephanie is a life-long learner, an English professor, life coach, yoga instructor, and reiki II practitioner. She’s also a wife, mother, and grandmother. Although she has been known to be a little too hard on herself, her sacred intention is balance, grace, and growth. Honoring her own integrity and inner knowing is important to Stephanie, and these principles guide her journey.
During her early marriage, Stephanie helped her husband on the farm and raised their three children. Then, in her late thirties, she followed the calling of her heart and returned to school,
completing her bachelor’s degree and going on to earn a master’s and PhD. Within a ten year span, she went from stay-at-home mom to college professor, and she is grateful for both experiences. Education was the doorway to freedom for Stephanie—physical, mental, and spiritual freedom—and she passionately believes in sharing with other women what she has learned along the way.
Tegan Kreider lives in Windsor, CO but is a Kansas girl at heart. She attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and continued her education at Colorado State University where she completed a degree in Social Work. After completing her bachelor’s degree Tegan began a 10 year career as a Probation Officer. Tegan was also the Volunteer Coordinator which allowed her to train students in other social work programs.
She has a passion for helping others and public speaking. Tegan decided to become a stay-at-home mother with the birth of her daughter, Charlotte. One sleepless night she was searching for help and discovered the Sleep Sense™ program. The program helped her family find sleep. Her son, Harrison, also benefited later on down the road.
Once Tegan discovered that Sleep Sense™ was looking for consultants she KNEW this is what she needed to be doing. Not only could she help other sleepless families, but she could share something she believed in and continue to follow her passion of helping others.
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.
Originally from Florida, Trista Gangestad and her family moved to CO seven 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. Now looking forward to getting back into her career, she recently formed Hello Pumpkin, a freelance business providing promotion and design services for small businesses. Trista is also currently writing a memoir of her experience raising a special needs daughter.
When this busy mom has time for herself, she enjoys sewing, crafting, shopping, drinking “candy coffee” and watching guilty pleasure TV shows.