We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia McCafferty and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Julia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is essential.

Trusting yourself to take a risk is what’s going to fuel your fire. I believe that you grow the most when you’re outside of your comfort zone and always pushing yourself. You have to be willing to let go idea of being ready and just take the jump. Move somewhere new, meet new people, start a new business, but most of all believe in yourself and whatever you do, do it will all of your heart and never look back. Deciding to take the risk already has you one step closer than anyone else just thinking about it.

Taking risks has played a major role in both my life and career. When I was younger, I was shy, but I always pushed myself to do things that I wasn’t necessarily comfortable with. From moving to Tennessee not knowing a soul, to getting my Master’s degree, to leaving my career and moving out to Colorado and starting a new business- I knew I always had to keep moving forward. I always ended up being proud for trusting myself to take those risks and that helped me to gain confidence to continue to persevere.

Accomplishing something that seemed scary or daunting to me is what motivates me to keep taking risks. We are a lot more capable than our minds let us think and once we push that envelope, there’s no turning back.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Level Up Locators is an apartment locating service in the Metro Denver area. We provide a concierge-style experience that is tailored to your individual needs- 100% free. With so many different neighborhoods and competitive market- finding an apartment in Denver can be stressful and time consuming. Whether you live in Denver already or you are looking to make the move, Level Up Locators partners you with a local agent to truly understand what you are looking for and help guide you along the decision making process.

How our service begins is with telling us what you’re looking for on our contact form. From there, it will take you to a calendar to pick a time that works best for you for us to reach out! The initial call is around 10-15 minutes for us to hear a little bit more about you, your experience with looking for a place and your wants and needs. From there, your agent will make you a personalized list of apartments to view that best match pricing/availability. Once you look over your options, let your agent know which you’re interested touring (virtual, in person, or facetime) and any questions you have! Your agent will schedule your tours, and even go tour for you if you are out of state or crunched on time! They will help get your questions answered and offer any advice you’re looking for. After touring, you can pick out your favorite location to call your next home and submit your application! We recommend working with us about 30-60 days before your desired move in date to get the best pricing and availability.

What sets Level Up Locators apart from others is our ability to relate to our clients. We are professional and hard-working but also just real and genuine people. It helps when you are moving somewhere new to be able to relate and talk to someone who has your best interest in mind. I treat my clients like I would if I was helping my family or friends look for an apartment. You will always get honesty and respect when working with Level Up.

I am most proud of the business I have created thriving from referrals and word-of-mouth. I think it speaks volumes that previous clients, friends, and people from social media have shared my service with their friends and family. It means a lot that they trust us to get the job done and I’m really grateful for that. We are growing rapidly and I couldn’t be more excited for the future! I am also beyond proud to be a woman-owned small business and I have so much respect for start-ups.

I got to where I am today with Level Up from putting my head down and doing the work. I had to block out the negative and reinforce the positive and just keep moving. The only way to move was forward. I don’t think anything worth having comes easy. This has been one of the most challenging chapters of my life thus far but I know the risk is worth the reward.

What people don’t see is the six months without a paycheck, one year without a car, people doubting you, you doubting yourself, and making the choice to show up anyways. At this stage of my life, I have overcome battles that seemed impossible at the time and I know that this is another test. It’s all about mental mindset. Whenever I’m having a hard day, I think of all of the people and companies that I know that are successful-and if they can do it, so can I. I think it just depends on how bad you want it and if you’re willing to put the work in. I knew that it wasn’t going to be an overnight success but if I kept showing up and doing what I knew to be best, that the result could only be further ahead than where I was yesterday.

Some lessons I have learned along the way:
-No one is coming to save you, do the work and be proud for what’s been accomplished
-Trust yourself
-Be willing to do what other’s don’t
-Don’t take things personally
-The moments where you feel the most vulnerable are moments you will look back on that built the foundation of your success

I want the world to know that my brand is built off authenticity and human connection. I want anyone who interacts with Level Up to feel like they were talking with a friend that they trust.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend is visiting the area for a week and we could fit in everything we wanted we would do the following:

See Mt. Joy at Red Rocks

Night out for live music at Herbs

Happy Camper for Brunch

Take the dogs to St. Mary’s Glacier for a hike

Walk around the shops on South Broadway

Go to a Rockies Game

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have lived in so many places and in each place I have learned and experienced something new that has helped me grow and mold into the woman I am today. Thank you to everyone that has welcomed me into a new place like family and took me under their wing.

Thank you to my Tennessee family and for the teaching staff at my first job in Clarksville, Tennessee. Moving to TN was the first time I really moved away from home, other than college, and I was treated with so much love like I had been a part of people’s family since I was little. Thank you for making me realize that it’s okay to move somewhere new and guide me along the way. Also, thank you to the staff from REACH Academy in Toledo, OH that I would not have been able to get through some truly hard times without.

Thank you to my college professors at Bowling Green State University, especially Rick Worch and Mary Ann Culver, for always believing in me at times I wasn’t sure if I believed in myself. Thank you to Christine and Jorge, for being a rock in my life and for bringing me out to Colorado. I wouldn’t be where I was today without you. I want to make each and every one of you proud.

Thank you to my family and friends for understanding me and always being a phone call away.. There’s times where I feel like I’m not doing as well as I want to be and then I hear from a friend who tells me they are proud of how far I have come and helps keep me going. Thank you to my parents who have always believed in me and my friends that have turned into family.

Lastly, thank you to all of my students I’ve had the honor of teaching or coaching. You each have a beautiful soul and I think about you all of the time. I’m so proud of each and every one of you. Always be proud of what makes you unique and I hope that you practice taking risks to learn or try something new. I know you will all be successful at whatever you set your mind to.

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