We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Tepas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I tend to be a bit of a risk taker in many ways… within reason, of course. From a very young age, I was taught to push the envelope, try new things, go new places, but always to be kind. Heck, my mom even took me sky diving for my first time on my high school graduation day! If you’re going to start a new business, you cannot be afraid. You need to be willing to adapt, willing to push through fear, and willing to recognize where you’re wrong and stand strong when you know you’re right. It can be very difficult to look fear in the face and say that you’re going to try anyways, but there’s no telling what beauty can be on the other side if you’re not willing to step forward towards change and take that risk.
What should our readers know about your business?
The life of an entrepreneur is full of twists and turns – it’s not for the faint of heart. Over the years, I have been eternally proud of the gumption I’ve shown through it all. There were many days that I did not know where this path would lead. Though over the years, I’ve learned to trust my instincts, trust my strengths, and trust the people I’ve chosen to surround me on this journey. Similarly, everyone has the ability to spread love and kindness, but, as an entrepreneur, you can create a career that is focused purely on what you love to do. I absolutely love to build communities of like-minded individuals in ways where they can support and encourage one another. It’s a beautiful way to live!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Denver, my go-to is Larimer Square. I love the whole vibe of the street and that it’s kept some of its character from when my first family member moved here in the early 90s. I tend to take new visitors to Osteria Marco, followed by letting the incredible bartenders at Green Russell make their own magic, custom concoctions for us to enjoy. For a week-long trip, I would absolutely have to bring a new visitor into the mountains to see Georgetown and Breckenridge. Both towns have kept their mountain flavor over the years and the locals are so kind and willing to share their little secrets. I’ve grown very fond of these two towns over the years… Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many incredible, powerful, smart, kind women that have blazed this entrepreneurial path ahead of me that I would like to thank. They have each, in their own way, offered me guidance, support, encouragement, and inspiration to continue moving forward towards the next big thing. Some specific women I have the privilege of working with daily are Melissa Levy of RBL Remote, Jennifer Olson of Jennifer Olson Photography, and Jody Levy who is involved in a whole host of businesses, two that I’d highlight being NeuroPraxis and The Milk Cleanse. These three women are always working towards the good, making the world better everyday through their work. This shoutout goes out to them!