We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Meade and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
I think the two biggest lessons I’ve learned are to ask myself two questions on a continual basis. Are you the chokehold of your business? Is this Liz talking or Liz’s fear talking? When I dig my heels in because of fear or perfectionism, I often become the chokehold of my business. When the owner is the chokehold of her business, it does not serve the company well. So I always check myself to see if I am preventing growth because of my own fears or desire for a “perfect” project, situation or environment. When I do get in a place of fear, I’ve gained enough awareness of myself to question the thoughts that are swimming around in my head about this situation. Is your fear real? Your thoughts have the power to destroy you or rocket you in your highest potential. The battle of my thoughts is a continual one and one I always question.
What should our readers know about your business?
Smith and Meade is a male/female residential development team and our design is female led. There aren’t a lot of female developers or builders out there, so that is one big differentiator with our company within the construction industry. Another element that makes us stand out is our quality and the detailed and intentional thought process behind our design. A home is only as good as the planning and thought that goes into the build. You can tell right off the bat when you walk into a home where there was poor planning or the design was put together based on the cheapest fixture possible. We really pride ourselves on our quality and detailed oriented approach to projects. We create homes that are greater than the sum of their parts, and are a source of joy and inspiration for the homeowner. There is nothing easy about construction! We are constantly being challenged by the market, new trends, new materials, new codes, etc. It is an ever evolving industry that keeps us on our toes. While challenging, that is one of the things that keeps us going. If it were easy, Nate and I would just get bored and move on! One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned being in the construction industry, is it is a journey. There is no destination. There is no point when you’ve gone through all the challenges, learned all the lessons and your journey is complete. The lessons never end, so just buckle up and surrender to the process. Smith and Meade was built on transparency, authenticity, and intentional, creative and purposeful design. We are whole hearted in our approach. In the construction industry, that isn’t always the standard, but for us it is. Our decisions are not only about profit, but are based on what Nate and I value. Sometimes to a fault, both Nate and I lead with our heart, but we’ve had success leading our company that way, so we’re doing something right!
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 is the best hole in the wall taco place in Sunnyside called Taqueria La Familia. It is a must to visit if you love tacos. If you love Italian food, the best Italian food I’ve had in Denver is Quality Italian in Cherry Creek and Gaetanos in Sunnyside. I would definitely recommend Estes Park for some amazing hiking and scenery for a day trip. Wash Park or City Park are great for a picnic or run/walk around the park on a nice day. I would definitely check out Rino for some walking around and checking out fun shops. Of course, Red Rocks is a great place to see a concert when we aren’t in a pandemic, but you can also get a great workout in on the steps at Red Rocks. I would also rent a bike and bike along the Platte River and then ride around downtime on a scooter.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My business partner and mentors along the way deserve the most praise for getting me to where I am today. I would also attribute the act of surrender to my success. I find myself continually surrendering to the process and the future. That’s a tough one. Who want to relinquish control! I’d also like to thank my therapist!
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