We had the good fortune of connecting with Beth Bullard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beth, how do you think about risk?
I’ve come to understand that life is essentially a series of calculated risks and true failure is only realized in not trying. Adversities often challenge us to go beyond our perceived comfort zones and it’s there we discover possibilities that would be otherwise unknown. Delightful epiphanies that serve to broaden our perspective and provide new opportunities.
Thus far, the riskiest decision I’ve made was walking away from a thirty-year career in healthcare to become an Author and Photographer. Leaving everything I’d known to enter the unknown. I can happily report, I’ve never looked back.
Risk is change and change is an inevitable part of life. Promise me this, whenever asked “Why?” always ask yourself, “Why not?”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
On Writing: Two days after the unexpected loss of my spouse, I felt compelled to write a book about my experiences. I kept notes, journals and a few years later I took the leap. Writing, Tragically Beautiful, was a cathartic experience. I knew nothing of the industry I was entering but felt I had skills that would translate. I read, listened to podcasts, and worked with a local company to edit and publish my first book in the fall of 2020. I love the art of writing and have great respect for all that put pen to paper.
My writing is clever and relatable. I craft emotional rollercoasters for the mind and the heart. Offering moments to think and opportunities to feel. Wit and humor provide balance to the work. Many readers tell me, “I laughed and cried on the very same page” and others have lost sleep because they couldn’t stop reading.
I enjoy giving a voice to experiences frequently lived but not often talked about. The simple gifts each day offers if one merely takes a moment to look.
In picking up the camera, Beth discovered a nexus with mother nature.
“I find joy in discovering what the act of simply existing has to offer. Honoring each moment no matter how majestic or modest it may appear. My eye is drawn to the subtle nuances found between the lines. They express stories of purpose and time and are a celebration of living.”
I pride myself on capture the image in real-time and do very little to no editing of my work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Denver is my happy place. I spent most of my young adult life living in the city, We’d run in Wash Park, hang out on Gaylord street and have dinner along sixth street or broadway.
A trip to the Denver Art Museum and a stroll downtown would defiantly be on the list. We’d take in a show at the DCPA and have a nightcap in Larimer square or along Lawrence street.
A visit to the Highlands for ice cream and people watching then a cocktail at My Brother’s Bar would be in order.
Cheery Creek for Brunch and a bit of shopping and later a trip to the antique stores along Broadway.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to recognize my touchstones, The two women who made my first book, Tragically Beautiful Essays on Love, Loss, and Hope, possible. Renee Evans and Kristen Ashley.
In addition, All my colleagues at Northern Colorado Writers, an incredibly supportive writing community.