Where you grew up and your background can often have surprising effects on our lives and careers. We’ve asked folks from the community to tell us about how their background has affected them.

Kent Hart | Photographer & Videographer

I am from Leesville Louisiana. I didn’t grow up with much. Some nights I went to bed without dinner. Sometimes we had no lights. But my mother was a loving one. And that I feel is irreplaceable. Growing up like this always made me wonder is this all life has to offer? It can’t be I thought. As I watched people on youtube and tv live a luxurious life. So I decided I wanted to chase that. My first goal was to get away from where I was from. Read more>>

Jennifer Weiler | Trauma Therapist and Business Owner

I am a native Coloradoan. I grew up in Grand Junction, CO and moved to the Denver Metro area in 1995. Growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of money but we had each other. I think this allowed me to understand what was really important in my life, and that is relationships and finding joy in the small moments of life. I was always the person my friends sought out for support and it was a natural progression to become a therapist. I was also taught from a young age that my body and my “gut” always has the right answer. I was given permission to always trust this knowing inside me. I use this lesson as an expert in the treatment of trauma. I teach my clients to listen to their inner wisdom to heal and keep themselves safe. Read more>>

Stephanie Krueger Domingue | Certified Holistic Doula & Mother Roaster

I’m from Colorado, born and raised with a few stints abroad. I was raised on a small sustainable farm. My family worked hard to grow and raise what we would eat, including ethical meat, eggs, milk, cheese, and seasonal produce. I would/ and still do spend countless hours in the barn with my mom and we quietly watch’s goats deliver their kids, horses foal, and even chicks slowly hatch. Read more>>

Christyana Fletcher | Photographer

I’m from a small town called Cottonwood, in Arizona. There’s not much to do there, so I spent a lot of my childhood reading or down by the river. I think being alone with my imagination so often fueled a lot of my creativity today, and spending time in nature gave me an appreciation for beautiful places. Read more>>