Blog: Meet Candy

Meet Candy. She’s a non-profit consultant, triathlon athlete, entrepreneur, animal lover, and ELEVATE member who is always pushing herself to reach new heights.

We caught up with Candy and asked her some questions about what makes her happy, what makes her tick, and what goals she has for the upcoming New Year. Take a read here:

What do you do (for work, life and play)?

I work for myself and run my own fundraising/development consulting business. I work with local non-profits to help them with all their fundraising needs.  In life, I love to play!  I am an endurance athlete and like to focus on half ironman triathlon distances.  I love to ski, road bike, mountain bike, trail run and eventually want to learn how to rock climb and canyoneering.  I love to explore Summit County and neighboring Park County with my two dogs, Roo and Monroe. 

What’s your vision/goal for the next year? (BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal)

I am in the process of a new business venture with two very talented local ladies. We  are in the process of creating our website. It’s entitled Life with Altitude. We plan to launch in December so stay tuned for details.  In addition, my 2016 BHAG will be to compete in Escape from Alcatraz June 2017. It’s an Olympic distance triathlon (1.5 mile swim, 18 mile bike and 8 mile run). The swim takes place in the frigid cold waters of the San Francisco Bay where you jump off the back of a ferry boat.  The bike is an 18-mile hilly and very technical course through the streets of downtown San Francisco and the run is 8-miles along the shoreline of the bay climbing up the infamous beach ladder course!  Although it will be at sea-level, the course if not for the weak at heart.  It’s a bucket-list race for sure!

Why did you move to Summit? How long have you been here?

I moved to Summit in February 2013.  It’s going on four years. I moved from Philadelphia and it was the best decision of my life! I can’t imagine living, playing and working anywhere else.

What’s your motivation?

My motivation is continuing to step out of my comfort zone.  I love the challenge of conquering my fears or of the unknown.  Nothing is more exhilarating in feeding my soul.

What’s your biggest challenge?

I think LIFE is the biggest challenge.  Curveballs are constantly thrown and it can weigh you down but it’s how you look that those solutions to bounce back.  We only get one shot at this and I want to make the most of it.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Literally, my dogs.  Their sweet faces, unbridled energy and unconditional love is infectious.  They help me start my day with a smile on my face and a skip in my step. 

What’s your “WHY” in life or for work?

To help others.  It’s why I do what I do.  I want to help people succeed and organizations grow to help benefit the community at large.

How do you manage setbacks or obstacles?

With patience, kindness to myself, and counting on my emotional intelligence as a reminder that I am resilient.  I’ve experienced the sudden death of my father late in life, two divorces, living in a third world country with daily violence/crime and sexual abuse as a young child. Through all that I’ve still managed to move forward and never look back.  I try my best to learn from my past of course but I know once I set my mind to something, I realize I came come out stronger on the other end. That’s a powerful thing.

Why work at a coworking space?

I like the open work space, the positive energy, and the people I have met so far.  Working from home is hard and I’m a social person.  I find this is a good weekly balance to my work week. 

What’s your secret sauce or superhero power or secret weapon?

In grad school I was called “Candy the Connector”.  It doesn’t take me long to meet new people and I love the energy I get knowing I’m helping others connect in our community.

What’s your advice to other entrepreneurs?

Don’t be afraid to try. 

Favorite trail or outdoor activity/spot to be?

Two spots:  I love to run or mountain bike the Horseshoe Gulch Trail and open water swim in North Pond in Silverthorne.  There is something special swimming outdoors and looking at the mountains.  It’s the best way to feel like your problems don’t exist and why I love Colorado so much.  Nature is the best medicine.

Anything else? (favorite podcast, book, quote)

My favorite poem is INVICTUS  by William Ernest Henley.  It was the same poem Nelson Mandela read daily in prison.  The last two lines guide me everyday and it’s now tattooed on my left wrist:

“I am the master of my fate:  I am the captain of my soul.”  Words to live by!

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