We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Carter (Mims) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
Growing up, I don’t think I ever cared about legacy. My heart and soul told me I was going to make such a big impact on the world, it didn’t matter if I left a legacy behind or not. These days, I’m a bit older and wiser and know that impact doesn’t happen without creating a legacy. As an individual that strives to make the world better every day, the legacy I want to leave behind is one of empathy, hope and change. Through my non-profit, Bad Bettie Project, I am able to craft that legacy. I spend every day trying to make others have a better day, better week – hell, even a better life. And I think that work has long lasting effects that are building my legacy as we speak. I want people to remember me for the good work I did, not for my name.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As if being a PR/marketing specialist didn’t keep me busy enough, my non-profit is a necessary kind of busy. I started Bad Bettie Project with the goal of connecting like-minded women so we didn’t feel *so alone* in Denver. That need for community and sisterhood blossomed and became the home of 2800 women looking to better themselves and the world around them. It wasn’t until 2017 that we realized what we were doing was much bigger than community, we were actively supporting each other through all kinds of struggles. Thus, I began working on forming us into a non-profit with the IRS. By 2018, we were approved and Bad Bettie Project really came into its own. Now, we help women across the country in Colorado, Marlyand and New York through our Emergency Bettie Fund. This fund helps women with financial handouts when they’re faced with financial despair or emergency situations. In addition to financial help, we give every member access to our resource director for local programs and assistance. Getting here was not easy. Non-profit life is hard and thankless most of the time, so how we’ve managed to grow and prosper over the last 5 years is pure magic (and maybe some blood, sweat and tears.) We’re so incredibly excited to have helped dozens of women over the last few years and are ready to face any new challenges the world throws our way.
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?
This is easy! Being from Texas, I have loads of friends that visited (pre-covid) and I loved to give every one of them the “Colorado Experience.” What is the Colorado Experience? I’ll lay it out for ya: – Starts with a dispensary run, cause most people visiting want to at least experience a dispensary even if they don’t like cannabis, so I usually take them to The Clinic, Green Solution or Lightshade to start – After goods have been grabbed, we must grab a post-travel snack! Stopping at Voodoo Doughnuts for the iconic pink box + wild doughnuts is always a treat – While you’re at it, after popping into VD on Broadway – let’s explore the area! Hitting some of my favorite boutiques: Awakening Boutique, Hope Tank, Fancy Tiger Crafts and you can’t forget The Wizard’s Chest! – After you’re done shopping and snacking, it’s time to hit my fave brewery: Lady Justice Brewing! – A good beer then calls for even better dinner, so we head on over to Ophelia’s for atmosphere and food (plus live music when available!) – Gotta head to bed early, cause tomorrow we’re hitting St. Mary’s Glacier for the most epic (and visitor friendly) hike near Denver! – After we hike, we’ll grab some Beau Jo’s pizza before sitting in I-70 traffic to head home Now THAT’S how you do it!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is absolutely dedicated to Bad Bettie Project! Bad Bettie Project is one of the most overlooked non-profits in Colorado despite being the only financial resource dedicated to millennial womxn and their families in the state.
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