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

Hi Mindy, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My favorite quote is “Replace judgement with curiosity”. I’m not sure who the originator of this quote is but it has dramatically changed the way I see myself and other people. It has opened up a new perspective when I think about the world. There are times when I find that I am judging or being critical of myself. These are the times I am mindful and get curious why I am thinking about myself the way I am. It usually has nothing to do with what I am judging and more about underlying emotions. The same is true if I catch myself judging another person. It’s usually a projection of my own insecurities. When I get curious, I am able to learn more about myself and other people. This curiosity allows me to see the world is much more expansive than I could ever imagine. The world and people have so many layers and so much to offer in the space they take up.

What should our readers know about your business?
I graduated from Denver Seminary with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling. I knew while in school I wanted to work with eating disorders and wanted to have a private practice. I had the ability to start a practice while working a job in Human Resources to support me financially while I built my practice.

What I think is unique about my business, is my brand: Living in the Hot Pink. In eating disorders, a common characteristic in clients is black or white thinking. This means there are only two options: yes and no or I had a slip in recovery and now I’m back at square one. In black and white thinking there is no room for other options, the middle ground, or what therapists like to call the gray.

I struggle with black and white thinking. I had a therapist tell me many times to “live in the gray”. Gray to me is very boring and wasn’t an enticing concept to me. One day, I was wearing all hot pink and we were talking about the subject of black and white thinking. I decided to change my gray to the hot pink. Hot pink to me was more inviting and adventurous. It made me curious about what the middle ground might be like. So today, I try to live in the hot pink and encourage others to live in whatever color works for them!

One of my favorite things about being a therapist apart from working with clients is having the opportunity to blog and guest speak about my story and my brand. I love encouraging and showing those struggling that recovery IS possible!

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?
Hands down I would take them out of the city to visit Vail Mountain. Once we did that, I would focus more on Denver. The highlights would be: The Botanical Gardens, Rockies Game, dinner at North Italia, Red Rocks, lunch at Cherry Cricket, Sunday Supper at Somebody People, South Valley area to hike, a tour of Denver Seminary, Union Station, and a visit to Meow Wolf.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In my private practice I work with clients struggling with eating disorders. A big part of my work in this specialty is due to The Eating Disorder Foundation of Denver (www.eatingdisorderfoundation.org). I myself am in recovery from an eating disorder. Many years ago during my journey of recovery, I joined one of their free support groups to find community, accountability, and encouragement. Today, my journey has taken me full circle as I now facilitate support groups at The Eating Disorder Foundation of Denver. Without the support of the the foundation, I wouldn’t be living my dream as an Eating Disorder Therapist. It feels wonderful to give back what was given to me in my time of need in recovery.

Website: www.livinginthehotpink.com

Instagram: @livinginthehotpink

Facebook: Living in the Hot Pink

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