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March 14th marked the official launch of prettysmart+badass. The event was "made so" and went off with a bang. The Denver Art Museum was closed to the public and was a gorgeous setting for guests. The space is beautiful in and of itself, yet was beautifully adorned with arrangements by the Perfect Petal. Pink bubbly was passed, cocktails flowed, hors d'oeuvres were served and the human connection commenced.

Guests included: a badass who runs a marketing division of NBC, lawyers & doctors, women who rock the tech world, a badass who changed the way we vote--- significantly increasing voter turnout meanwhile reducing costs in CO, and now she is going state-to-state to help others. There was a head of school, heads of households, and teachers, badasses who are shaping our future by positively influencing our younger generation. There were business owners and entrepreneurs, the owner of The Perfect Petal and the owner of Bar Helix were present among others. And there was this gorgeous, bright array of rising stars. Women who will become CEOs, board presidents, business owners, moms, even the President of the United States. And there were men. Men who want to elevate themselves by embracing badass women.

The program was kicked off by Dana Grinnell, Founder + Fellow Badass of prettysmart+badass.

  • She introduced the pillars of the COMMUNITY: Aspire, Inspire, Admire, Lift.

  • The MISSION was articulated. To help women exploit their inner badass professionally, physically, and in life. Education via: a virtual platform, local ed events with no topic being off limits, parties with an emphasis on creating experiences that bring people together, retreats, and a summit, bringing men and women together to gain knowledge with the intention to elevate everyone.

  • The founder went on to discuss the VALUES of the organization. Accessibility, giving back, and including men.

She introduced special guest Courtney Montague, business partner to Kelsey Montague Art. Courtney gave a beautiful recount of her journey in business which was a tale of failure, failure, success. She touched on work life balance, prioritizing future passive income streams, and left the audience with the advice of "let your concept prove itself to you, rather than push it".

Leslie Herod was the 2nd guest speaker and inspired the guests by sharing her own self-doubt that a black, lesbian woman could run for office. She stood before the guests between a bill that she presented and the vote to prove her own self-doubts wrong. She is the first african american LGBTQ elected official in Colorado. She commented on the meaning of prettysmart+badass to her. Making no apologies for her own feminity, intellect or empowerment she exclaimed that girls and women can be all of the 3 and we should embrace that.

The Dior doors opened and guests had private access to the exhibit. Conversation and human connection continued. Women were exchanging business cards, setting up future dates for coffee and lunch, more established women were sharing insights and lending advice to rising stars, and men basked in the bright light of a room full of badasses sharing their own support and perspectives. At the conclusion, guests were ushered down the stairs equipped with a branded swag bag full of items donated by women owned businesses, and a list of future events by prettysmart+badass. The event was truly a vision turned reality and the perfect way to mark the launch of a company that intends to tackle gender diversity in a constructive, approachable, no BS manner for men and women.

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Courtney Montague, business partner to Kelsey Montague, is our esteemed guest speaker at the #PSBlaunchparty. As you will see, not only are they endlessly talented, they are wonderful human beings! Catch a sneak peak of their story, as featured on CBS news. Enjoy, and we will see you on March 14th for more of the Montague sisters' inspirational journey to success.

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Updated: Dec 18, 2018

“At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I've made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.” ~Ringo Starr

Meditation has become the hottest topic of discussion in the wellness arena. It has been around for eons with the earliest written records dating back to 6th century BCE/BC. It is really a simple thing, yet for some reason, seems so daunting and esoteric. With anxiety, depression, and all sorts of metal health issues on the rise, meditation comes on the form of a solution that is free, accessible to anyone, and can be done anywhere anytime. I have heard stories of people meditating on the subway, in a Starbucks, at lunch time, and personally, I do not have the mental focus (yet) to do so. I am a true beginner and my meditation practice is very much evolving, but here are some tips that help me:

*Create a beautiful space where you want to spend 10-15 minutes everyday. This could be a nook in your closet, a chair in your living room, or a room dedicated to cultivating your inner zen.

*Create a habit by doing it at the same time every day. I do it first thing in the morning. It helps me get out of bed at 5am to know that I'm easing into my day with something calming that I look forward to.

*Give yourself an ambiance and get comfortable. I like to light candles, turn on a space heater (its chilly in the am), sit on a couple of pillows with a blanket over my lap.

*Use an app to guide you. I like the Daily Calm, but there are many others that would work too.

*Don't beat yourself up for a wandering mind during meditation. Meditation is an experience, there's no right or wrong way.

*When in doubt just focus on your breath.

*Reap the benefits~ these have been scientifically proven

-->Reduces stress, anxiety, addictions, memory loss, blood pressure, pain

-->Promotes better emotional health, self-awareness, kindness, attention span, sleep

*Share the benefits with others. The world would be a much more peaceful place if everyone spent time calming their minds & feeding their souls.

Join me over at the fellow badass community page to share your best meditation practices!

Here's to channeling your inner zen,


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