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.

Constanze Arenz-Kulkarni | Artist & Designer

I was born and raised in a small and very picturesque town in Southern Germany. My childhood was all about spending time outside: I climbed trees, played soccer and explored the hills and forests around our house. I did all of this with my siblings and friends and very little parental oversight (it was the Seventies after all…). Looking back now I can attribute two major character traits to my childhood: Read more>>

Cell 23 | Rock Band

Cell 23 was formed in November of 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The band is made up of five individuals with distinct personal and musical backgrounds. Some of us played in school – jazz band, concert band, marching band and beyond – some of us played in worship bands at church, and some of us were choir boys. Read more>>

Danielle René Romberg | Certified Life Coach and Motivational Speaker

I’m from a relatively small town in Oklahoma, with humble but loving beginnings. My parents raised me to only take what you need, be grateful for what you have and to help others every step of the way. I believe that we are all on this earth to help lift each other up. That is the driving force behind my soul and my business. Read more>>

Mandy Benson | Owner of Brickroadco LLC & content creator

I was born in Denver but lived most of my younger years in Kansas. My background & upbringing greatly influenced my current business & where I am today. My family loved to shop at garage sales & discount stores. Both sets of my grandparents were business owners & serial entrepreneurs. Both of my grandmothers and my mom were avid makers/crafters and taught me many of the skills that I know. Read more>>