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

Hi Theresa, is there something you believe many others might not?
There is the notion, or conventional advise, that you must trust yourself far above others, to the extent that others can often not be trusted and will usually let you down.

While understanding what drives you and following that, even if others do not see your vision, has merit, I have learned that others bring much more value to my life and business than I can bring on my own. I have learned that letting go and letting others embrace my vision in life and business, in a way that their contributions can be felt, has much more value than the risk there is in someone else letting me down or not showing up the way I want them to. In fact, learning to embrace others’ contributions in a way that fits who they are, makes my life exponentially better.

What should our readers know about your business?
The Center of Love and Acceptance (TCLA) was born out of a drive to make an authentic and meaningful impact on persons and or groups of people who are searching for a way to feel better and or live life more authentically. The mission of TCLA embraces focusing on self-care and healing, thereby creating a community of hope and strength, starting with love and acceptance of who and where each of us is today. I have found that connection, to ourselves and others, and hope in what is still possible, are what keeps us from feeling so completely alone, and give us reasons to go on, no matter the circumstances. This is the foundation of my focus on what we know as mental health care. I call it ‘coming home’.

The drive for TCLA speaks to my own journey in life, which is forever ongoing, as well as it speaks to the idea that we can only take others as far as we have been willing to go ourselves. It speaks to the idea that we are all students and teachers at the same time – wounded healers if you will. The format of TCLA brings us all on the same level – the level of humanity – and we are all encouraged to embrace ourselves and each other, while we walk side by side on this journey in life.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I moved to Denver in 2018, after having visited several places in Colorado over the years. My intention was to live in a place that offered a balance of all things that bring me joy and happiness. Although I would love to show others the places that bring me the most joy, fun and entertainment, I start by asking my visitor what they would like to experience. This is because Denver, or immediately outside of Denver, the experiences are as varied as are my close friends. Also, as my friends are aware, my greatest joy is to try new things, see new places, and have new experiences. For example, if I go to a restaurant where I have been previously, I will order something off the menu I have never tried.

However, after my visitor gives some guidance, I will start with some basic suggestions. If a concert is in order, Red Rocks. If a hike and views are on the agenda, Look Out Mountain or Mount Evans are not too far or too difficult. If a quaint place with good beer is in order a local brewery tour or up to Golden for a visit and Coors Brewery Tour usually satisfies. If they ride bikes like I do, we will tour the area on the Platt River trail and meet up with the Cherry Creek trail for starters. I also would suggest a RiNo District Art Tour, with dinner and drinks at Bamboo Sushi in LoHi. If it is game day, and or they are friends or family from Wisconsin, Swanky’s Vittles and Libations is also a must. If my friend is into a little history, I will likely take them to Central City. Another favorite thing to do is eat a variety of ethnic foods, and for this there are many places to choose from in the Denver and Aurora area!

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?
Although there are many, many people, mentors, books, trainings, organizations and groups that deserve not only my respect, but to whom I attribute much of my knowledge and growth, THE most significant shout out and thank you goes to my dad, Thomas Kirchner, Sr.

My dad spent his life mentoring and parenting teenagers in Southern Wisconsin. These teens were in the foster care system, and they were young people who “no one else wanted” and who had “no where else to go”. They were the “bad” kids. He brought them under his roof in what was called a Family Group Home, and for every one of his own biological children and every single one of his sons and daughters who became “his” the moment they moved in, he made a meaningful connection. He made it a point NOT to let anyone else tell us who we were. His message was that every person had an important place in this life and in this family, and that they mattered – because we mattered to him.
I have found that making meaningful connections in life is impactful in all areas of growth and healing, and it can be the difference, sometimes, between life and death. This is the foundation of what drives me.

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