We had the good fortune of connecting with Carolyn E. Wentz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carolyn, how do you think about risk?
“The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.” — Goethe. Throughout my entire life, risk taking has been a part of my DNA. It never occurred to me to play it safe. From the time I was a little girl, playing baseball instead of softball to an adult choosing to track gorillas in Africa over the Bahamas, I have believed some of our greatest blessings follow risk taking. Each risk gets us closer to revealing what we are truly capable of and what our potential limits might be. I like to push limits. In my career, this has both served me very well and also caused some tension. When it benefited my career, it meant success, it meant advancing and it meant respect from others. When it caused tension, I learned either what limits I needed to embrace or that it was time for a career move. Risk taking has been a major part of my life story and its the reason I am now an entrepreneur, living my best life in Colorado. In my personal life, there are too many blessings to count as a result of risks, but I met my husband, have traveled extensively and have had many amazing adventures by taking the road less traveled. I have accumulated great friends in the process of taking risks and they have walked along side me at different intervals. However, there were also naysayers who told me “you can’t” or “you shouldn’t”, and I DID anyway. Sometimes heeding everyone’s opinions just clouds the vision God has for you. In my case, God created me to be a risk-taker.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Littleton Massage & Sports Recovery (LMSR) is a dream come true for me. Since I was probably 12 years old, I wanted to be an entrepreneur and have a business to call my own. I was patient and worked in many business development roles before venturing out on my own. My staff and I take pride in having a business where people and their wellness are at the forefront. I believe what sets us apart from others is that we are not just transactional. We are committed to finding solutions for our clients’ health issues through restoration and recovery. It certainly has not always been easy, and with COVID we faced dire issues, but we persevered. Littleton Massage & Sports Recovery wants to collaborate with others in the fitness and wellness industry to provide spaces with trusted professionals where people KNOW they can find holistic solutions to attain their health & mobility goals. For many physical ailments, we are an alternative to surgery and drugs. We have had many clients tell us they “tried everything” and only after seeing us did they experience true healing. Additionally, we believe in acceptance and inclusivity. I have a zero-tolerance policy on any type of discrimination towards clients, staff or anyone in the community. LMSR is committed to healing and acceptance.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many great things about Denver. When people visit, I like them to experience the best of the local favorites and my usual spots. Normally, I would take them to one of my favorite downtown restaurants like Carmine’s on Penn or Guard & Grace, or to a local Littleton favorite like The Lake House Kitchen + Tavern, Bowles Cafes or Thai Bistro. Of course, being a Coloradan, I want them to be active indoors or out with me, so we either hit Row House, Movement or Earth Treks to climb, go hiking at a local park like Three Sisters or walk the creek paths in Golden. I also love yoga and am always trying to get people to join me at CorePower, The River or Yoga6. Once friends are acclimated, we hit the mountains, and depending on the season either ski or camp. Some of my favorite spots are Winter Park, Crested Butte, Salida and Ouray.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my Shoutout to Red Rocks Church. After accepting Christ in my early 30s, the support of my church family was what I need to propel forward into the life I wanted for myself. Having always been tenacious, energetic and ambitious, it was amazing learning how to re-direct those traits to serve and succeed. Without the wisdom of my pastors, the leadership opportunities with RRC’s Women’s Ministry and the solid friendships that developed, I would not be where I am today.