We had the good fortune of connecting with Cielle Amundson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cielle, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is what I do. Being willing to be courageous enough to try and fail at things that are important to me is something I am proud of and is a driver in my life.
When facing a risk, it feels risky because I don’t know the outcome.
If it is something that I care about knowing the answer to, I tend to go for it.
For example, the risk of asking someone out when I liked them. I’d rather ask them out and deal with the insecurities for the moments (or days) leading up to the ask…and then know the answer. Yes or no. Either way, I can then move on with my life knowing and not wondering.
It’s the same with businesses/jobs. Wedding planning? Let’s try it. Real Estate? Not for me. Professional dancing? Love it, but not as a career. Now, I know.
Teaching, coaching, and supporting young adults in creating their lives, that is what continues to inspire me and fill up my joy cup. So, I keep doing it.
And I would not have the evidence to confirm that for myself, without risking/trying new things.
If I don’t go for it, I’ll never know. I’d rather risk it than feel regret.
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?
I am an educator and life coach for young adults.
Having been in higher education for 20 years, I continue to be awed by young adults- who they are and what they are up to in their lives, their communities, and the world.
It has become clearer and clearer to me that while we may teach content in college, we don’t often teach how to do this adulting thing.
As a society, we tend to tell kids what to do until they are 18. At 18, we then congratulate them on being adults and expect them know how to adult without actually providing any guidance.
I get to be a bridge- a fun, supportive, loving bridge that allows for a lot of dancing- but still a bridge. I support young adults in transitioning from doing things because they feel they should, to honoring who they are and what they want, trusting themselves, and confidently stepping into their own lives, written by them for them.
What crazy honor it is.
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.
I tend to do a mix between cute towns and mountains, which usually means staying along the front range.
Heading south, I love Manitou Springs. It has a super cute downtown with shops and restaurants nestled beneath Pikes Peak. There is also a lot to do in the area for families, including Garden of the Gods, a train up to Pikes Peak, the Cheyenne Zoo (be sure to feed the giraffes), and Cave of the Winds (an amusement park with cave tours). It’s also where I got married, so I’m a little biased.
Closer to Denver, a trip to Golden is always fun. If you’re up for it, bring a couple inner tubes and float down the river. No matter what, grab some ice cream as you walk around town. While you’re in the area, there are some easy hiking trails at Red Rocks- and if you are lucky enough to catch an evening concert there, the views of Denver at sunset are the best ever.
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?
When I met him in college, I was amazed that I could be completely myself around him- the silly, the dramatic, the high-pitched, the excitable, the dreamer, the overthinker- all of it. He not only accepted me, he celebrated every inch of it.
And, through the years, he continues to celebrate, honor, love, and support me.
I am so grateful for him and that we chose to do this life together.
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