Things are flying!

Holy schmokes, today was a very long—though excellent—day.

Woke up at 5:30 to attend the cycling and pilates class. For starters, I am out of shape to begin with and body is aching all over with bittersweet soreness—but then throw in the fact that I grabbed 7-pound weights while everyone else in this particular exercise were using 2-pound weights…and now I can hardly walk or lift my arms. A woman came up to me after class and said, “You did great today, but I really think you should consider using smaller weights like the rest of us!” Oh, the minor details I sometimes overlook…

Jake, Jeff and I loaded into the truck at 8 a.m. this morning and traveled around the Valley. Our first stop was in Del Norte, where we met with a man named Marty Asplin. He is working on starting up an incubator there, and gave us so many helpful tips for our vision. There are already two incubators in the area—one in Grand Junction and the other in Taos. We’ll definitely be making contacts at both. Marty mentioned there are a ton of foundations out there who are interested in helping start-up incubators, so we will be looking into writing some grants as well.

Our next stop was Creede. Oh my goodness, the drive from Del Norte to Creede was absolutely breathtaking. I wish I could have stayed longer to explore and hike. I will definitely be going back in the future to drop off our glass recycling—mostly as an excuse to go back.

Side note: The movie The Lone Ranger was filmed last summer in South Fork and Creede. Tim, the director of PALS was able to be a double in the film, and Jeff got to fill in for him one day. I’ve heard a lot of great stories about their experiences and look forward to seeing the movie this summer—especially now that I’ve seen the area…

For lunch, we ate at Kips Grill in Creede. I had an elk burger topped with green chilis stuffed with mozzarella. It was so delicious.

After, we met with Kara, a web designer based in Creede. We discussed our ideas and what we were looking for in a website, and she is going to write up an proposal and get back to us soon.

Our next stop was in South Fork, where we picked up a donated donut machine. This is a potential micro-business idea one of the Adelante clients is interested in. It took quite some time create a method of wheeling the machine into the truck—it had to have weighed over 500 pounds!

To sum up the rest of the day since it’s getting really late, we had our first 3-hour Leading Edge Business class tonight. I am really excited for it. It’s very engaging and hands-on, there is a different speaker with various backgrounds each week, and we really get to connect and share ideas with fellow classmates. I spoke with a woman tonight for a few minutes and I felt like I was already best friends with her. I love the mindset entrepreneurs have and I love how excited and passionate they are.

There’s always so many thoughts and ideas I gather each day as we work towards launching this idea, but I feel that it would take me hours to type them out each day—but if you’re ever interested in hearing more of the latest, feel free to give me a call!

In other news, I just booked my flight for graduation! Hooray! I will be flying into Cleveland May 9 before heading back to Denver May 14. Graduation is great and everything, but really it’s an excuse to come back and reunite with those I miss. I hope to see as many of you as possible!

“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

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