We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Funk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am a native Coloradoan. I was born and raised in Brighton where we still reside, I grew up in a super unconventional setting. My parents owned and operated the local roller skating rink where we also lived (yes in a house, attached to the rink), and I was raised working and understanding how business works from about the age of 9. From then, I worked my tail off both in our business and in school. Instead of falling into the roll of rink owner myself, I decided to pursue a college degree. I wanted a life outside of the rink and I truly love learning. I graduated college with an AS, BS in biology and a minor in linguistic studies. I also worked on my teaching credentials and I currently teach high school science. I have always been a worker bee, but I have also always loved to share stories and I think part of that is why I enjoy teaching and writing on our website. I am able to tell stories and through personal experience change lives and teach both online and in a classroom. I am right where I am supposed to be.
What should our readers know about your business?
In 2011, I found myself as a young mom, new teacher and a bit lost in who I was. I loved sharing our story, laughs, trials and tribulations as a new parent on social media and a friend said that I should start a blog, so I did. Over 10 years, this little blog has blown up as I share our life, good, bad, wonderful and ugly, but authentically. The business just sort of happened but the work to get there, to make the brand connections, to build our social following and to balance all that I personally have going on was NOT easy. It is daily work and even a day off here and there can be detrimental to my business. We have had to hire out certain aspects of our social media management, I have learned that I cannot work every single night to make sure everything is ready for the next day and that grace and balance are critical to being successful.
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?
I love those cheesy visits. Casa Bonita, obviously our roller skating rink, maybe some mountain cruises, a race at Bandimere, some Mile High Flea Market perusing and a night on the town in downtown. You really cannot go wrong visiting Colorado.
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?
I have a few groups to shout out. First and foremost is my family. My husband is incredibly supportive and has never slowed me down or discouraged me from going for anything I desire and our kids rock too. My parents and sister have been there for me from day one and continue to be some of my biggest cheerleaders. The professors I had in college from my associates program through my masters program were some of the most incredible people that I have had the pleasure of learning from. They opened my eyes to a world that I didn’t know existed and I am forever grateful for the knowledge and passion for education they instilled. Lastly, the people that have read, shared, and commiserated with me as I wrote and navigated this parenting life. The community that we have created, the honest discussions and the help that we have given each other is wonderful and I am so thankful that people choose to click links, to interact and to be a part of our lives.
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