We had the good fortune of connecting with Renee Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Renee, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I am a Libra so balance is in my blood! The quest for balance is a day to day forever journey. About six months ago I cut my rather large network down to a few people. I started an off grid/hangout hiatus. I started focusing more on my self care and structured routine. Once that was kind of dialed in; next was to let go of projects, people or situations that don’t serve me anymore. I even put a disciplined travel ban on myself until March. The travel ban was to commit to reaching my goals. This past year was fast, wild, intense and very rewarding. Heading into my phase four of my spiritual off grid journey I am traveling to Hawaii for a while to work remotely, reground and to continue to work on the balance in my life. In order to succeed in my professions and within my inner self I needed to go a little off grid. I am a social butterfly that loves to give. But also must remember to protect my own energy and stay focused on my goals.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I honestly feel my real business is my personal branding. I created a company back in the day based off of my name NeNe Wright. I used to sell my jewelry under the name at festivals, markets and online. Once 2015 rolled around I really started to invest in p.o.m.e. | Product Of My Environment as an owner. p.o.m.e. is an earth conscious apparel company for women and men based out of Denver, Co. Once I stepped into the owner position at p.o.m.e.; the brand NeNe Wright became less art I created and became more of myself as a Networker. As some would say I am the connector to the glow sticks. Rare and valuable. (Lets hope they are sustainable glow sticks). Networking or in the beginning just being a kind person who isn’t afraid to talk to other humans is how I got to where I am toady in business. Chattin and Chillin is my M.O. Through my good genes I acquired the quality to talk and connect almost immediately to anyone (thanks mom and grandparents). I also value my community of hard workers and loved ones. I am also the creative mentor and assistant to Connor Batley of Goophay and Pickled Threads. Check him out in his studio or at the local market in Denver, CO (also my roommate and best friend). Upcycling or should I say “pickling” the most incredible vintage threads. I believe we will all rise and its better if we do it together. My brain is naturally promoting someone else at all times. Who needs a photographer, lets plan a shoot, lets throw a show, who needs coffee and more. I am surrounded by so many humans that could benefit from each other they must all connect. Lessons I have learned are if you have bad energy or are not aligned with what my crew or me have going you won’t last. Or you will last too long and it will blow up mainly on you. Humans have been my biggest issue always but especially 2020-present. I have also learned that people really do struggle with confident and strong women also known as dope ass queens. They can’t play at the same level. Sometimes they respect the queen, fear the queen or the perish in the presence of the queen.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my friends and family visit I give them the Colorado scoop! I am all about the local love. Eat, hike and music. Food: We will probably visit our friend John Bosbyshell for the best smoked chicken on the block. You can’t get anymore local. My other favorite humans to eat with are Guy and Traci of Mile High Micgrogreens. They built their own wood fire pizza oven on their urban boomstead (farm). Their homemade pizza or pita nights are over the top. They even throw a great honey party! Yes, they have bees in their community. Music: I am constantly surrounded by talented and beautiful musicians. We will definitely be sitting through a jam, studio or show. Music is a huge part of my life. So forever connecting more creatives and being inspired on my end. The venue I frequented the most during quarantine is Knew Conscious located in the heart of Denver. KC is a beautiful art gallery featuring digital art and his newest live painting by the owner Kurt Redeker. It is also a space for members of KC to experience intimate performances by many musical acts while undergoing a high quality visual and sound experince. Nature is the last topic of attraction. Hots springs, local park laps, camping or hiking a 14er (mountain higher than 14,000 ft) we are out there in nature. My company and I branded Nature Is Never Closed. When the world shut down last year we knew NATURE didn’t close. People need fresh air. Being quarantined for so long and just in general we became familiar with nature being a safe place respectfully. Nature therapy is real and it works. Doesn’t hurt to treat yourself to a little CBD too. 5280 Hemp Fam is one of my go to CBD companies I enjoy. Go with the flow, eat whole in good company, see the world, create and be a good person.
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 want to dedicate this shoutout piece to my close immediate family members, one of my best girlfriends Megan and my business partners Rob, Jeremy and Melissa. All of these humans have supported me as an entrepreneur and artist since day one. They will and have walked through fire with me and for me. From tough love to drinking champagne to major successes; these are the ones by my side.
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