We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsey, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Balance is always a goal of mine. I love to be busy, but not to the extent that I can’t do anything well! I was a competitive swimmer for about 15 years, so I learned how to manage my time efficiently at a young age. Juggling athletics, academics, and relationships was challenging but rewarding. Now that I have finished my undergraduate degree and am working while pursuing a Master’s, I find myself in a familiar position of needing discernment and discipline in how I choose to spend my time. If I had to sum up what balance looks like now, I would say that I prioritize my mental, spiritual and physical health first so that I am energized to put my heart into work, school, and relationships.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have always been fascinated by human behavior and thought. I graduated from UC San Diego (Go Tritons!) in 2019, with a degree in Psychology and a Business minor. I decided to try the Business world right out of college, but sales and database work left me feeling empty. In 2020, after a year of feeling out of place, I decided to return to school to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I applied to be Graduate Assistant at Colorado Christian University, which is where I work now and take classes online for my Master’s. The population I ultimately desire to work with is students, so I feel very blessed and fortunate to get to interact with college kids every day! It was not easy to go through the identity crisis that college graduation brought. I lost the sport I love, and the structure of school within a matter of months, and attempted to enter the work force in the middle of a global pandemic. It was a hard year, and I know I am not the only one who can say that. If I could tell any soon to be or recent college grad anything, I would say have extra grace for yourself, and don’t be afraid to try something and change your mind. I believe everything works out the way it is meant to, and if you don’t learn to tolerate ambiguity you will never build resilience!
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?
Definitely! My favorite place for brunch is Cafe 13 in Golden; great food and such a beautiful location. Nurture cafe in Denver is a very unique coffee shop that has a great atmosphere for studying, and they even offer services like massage and acupuncture on the second floor. For dinner I’d recommend curry from India Nepal Oven in Littleton, or handmade pasta at Dio Mio in Denver. Also, a fun spot to get drinks is Honey Elixir. also in Denver, and Little Man’s ice cream is a must. In terms of activities, Golden has some great hikes, including Table Mountain and Nightbird Gulch Trail. Green Mountain in Lakewood is also a classic, and the Red Rocks Amphitheater is a must see for anyone from out of town. Estes Park is also absolutely incredible, and Horsetooth Reservoir/hike in Fort Collins is 100% worth the drive up north.
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 to give credit to the many mentors, coaches, family, and friends who have walked alongside me throughout my journey. Whether it be for a matter of months or years, every one has played an impactful and necessary role of making me who I am today. My parents and younger brother especially are the people I most rely on and love! I also need to give credit to the sport of swimming for teaching me some of the best and hardest lessons. And finally, my faith in God is the cornerstone of my life; trusting that He has a beautiful story planned for all His children is what keeps me going on the tough days.